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Two tires might be better than four if you live on the northeast side, work downtown, and face a frustrating commute. The Fall Creek Trail meanders alongside its namesake waterway from Geist Reservoir, across the Monon near 33rd Street, and on to downtown. Savvy cyclists beat State Fair traffic in August and peep the changing leaves at Fort Harrison State Park in the fall. Hard stops rarely interrupt the wide, paved path, popular with serious riders doing time trials, families out for joyrides, and pedestrians, too.
If your ideal trail includes jump lines and wall rides, Town Run is the place to go. With nearly 7 miles of packed-dirt paths, the 127-acre northside park straddling I-465 is a haven for mountain bikers (it’s maintained by the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association in partnership with Indy Parks). Beginners are welcome: All the gnarly stuff is labeled, so you can go around obstacles if you want. The entrance off of 96th Street east of Hazel Dell Parkway is not highly visible, so keep your eyes peeled.
Starting at Indy’s Riverside Regional Park at 38th Street and following the waterway south to the downtown Canal Walk and on to Raymond Street, runners looking for distance without crowds hop onto the Wapahani—the name Native Americans gave the trace that once followed the same route. Other recreational and cultural destinations abound along the way.