In 1853, the Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville Railroad opened 300 miles of line from Lake Michigan to the Ohio River. a map of the two main lines formed an "X" over the state of Indiana and crossed at the line's namesake city of Monon, Indiana. The word Monon was derived from the Potowatomi Indian word monong, meaning "swift running." "The Hoosier Line," as it became known, carried troops, ammunition, food, fuel and medicine to Union forces during the Civil War. Throughout its history, the Monon provided continuous service to the Indiana limestone industry. The former Carmel depot on the Monon line is now home to the Carmel Clay Historical Society and Museum.
Carmel's Portion - The Monon Greenway - 96th Street to 146th Street
Westfield's Portion - The Monon Trail - North of 146th Street
Indy's Portion - The Monon Trail - South of 96th Street
- Length: 5.2 miles
- Activities: walking, running, biking, in-line skating, cross-country skiing
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Greenways Links: Monon Rail Trail to Fall Creek Trail and Central Canal Towpath
- Surface: Asphalt, 10'-15' wide
- Major Access: 1300 Rohrer Road, 221 First Street SW, One Civic Square and 1451 E 96th Street
- Destinations: Carey Grove Park, Meadowlark Park, Central Park, Pleasant Grove Park, Lenape Trace Park and Carmel Civic Center
- The Monon Trail Greenway from 96th Street to 146th Street is open dawn to dusk, daily.
- Be considerate of other trail users.
- Be aware of your speed and trail/greenway conditions.
- Skaters yield to pedestrians.
- Bikers yield to everyone.
- Keep right.
- Pass on the left and communicate before passing.
- Keep pets on short leashes and clean up after them.
- Dispose of litter in provided receptacles.
- Look both ways and cross streets with extreme care.
- Yield when entering the trail/greenway from adjacent areas.
- Yield to vehicles at intersections.
- Do not disturb animals or vegetation along the greenway.
- You are responsible for your personal belongings, vehicle and other forms of transportation.
- Report unsafe conditions to Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Offices: 317.848.7275.
- Emergency, call 911.
- Report maintenance issues to Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Maintenance Offices: 317.573.4044.
US31 Project - http://us31hamiltoncounty.in.gov/
Please note that the US31 project is ongoing and closures of Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation's trails and greenways is out of our control. We will let everyone know when there is an anticipated closure, but please know that we are not always informed in a timely manner. To stay up-to-date on the US31 project, please click here.