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Hot On The Trails: Pennsy Trail

“Once the connection is made to the east, bike commuting to downtown Indianapolis from Greenfield and Cumberland will increase,” says Scott Irons, owner of Indy Cycle Specialist. “It’ll also be a boon to Irvington, as riders explore our shops, restaurants, breweries, and the beautiful neighborhood.”

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Hot On the Trails: Indy’s Town Run Trail Park

Trek women’s advocate Kate Nolan has ridden Town Run for 20 years. “It’s very flowy. There are lots of short step-ups and -downs, and I love the drops,” she says. “It has plenty of terrain changes, from hilly and windy to dirt berms in the prairie.”

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Hot On The Trails: Indy’s White River Wapahani Trail

“I love the trail south of the zoo,” says Andrew Hector, a downtown runner working up to a marathon. “It’s pretty much just you, the woods, and the river … a little oasis in the city.”

Monon Trail
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Hot On The Trails: The Monon, Updated

How popular is the Monon Greenway in Hamilton County (and Carmel in particular)? Some 450,000 people biked or walked it last year, so it’s no surprise that about $500 million in new development projects have broken ground—or will shortly—adjacent to the trail.

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Off the Beaten Path: 4 New Brown County Hikes

Recently opened or improved nature areas in Brown County you might not have visited yet.

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Indiana Backroads: Just Like Old Times in Owen County

Owen County lets explorers encounter nature in some of its purest forms.

City Guide 2014 Hometown Favorites Indianapolis Cultural Trail
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Cultural Trail Expansion: Is Garfield Park Next?

“We’ve had some good discussions with leaders about potential expansions,” says trail executive director Karen Haley.

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Street Savvy: Plainfield

The heart of Plainfield holds one surprise (cool yarn shop!) after another (fantastic bike trail!).

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Indiana Trails: Shades State Park, Silent Partner

With deep gorges, lush ravines, and sandstone cliffs, Shades evokes the splendor of its more-popular neighbor, Turkey Run—but without the crowds.

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Indiana Trails: Adena Trace's Hideaway Cove

Thirty minutes in at Adena Trace, I reached a clearing, and the overlook delivered: A gorgeous panorama of the eastern shore opened before me.

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Indiana Trails: Gimme Shelter (With a Past) in Hoosier National Forest

The term “middle of nowhere” might have been coined for spots like Hemlock Cliffs, a trail leading through an oasis of sandstone bluffs designated a “special place” by Hoosier National Forest officials for its striking and rare features.

Ogle Lake, near the Hesitation Point trailhead in Brown County State Park
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Indiana Trails: To Hesitate Is Divine

The trip was so pleasant, when I found myself back at the lake post-hike, I wanted to turn around and do it again—relentless crowds and all.

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Indiana Trails: Backyard Backcountry in Morgan-Monroe State Forest

Not until a mile or so in did I realize how far off the mark I’d been in Morgan-Monroe State Forest—and experienced the kind of a-ha discovery that hikers live for.

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Indiana Trails: All-Terrain Fun in Versailles State Park

The wide mix of terrain over 16 miles of singletrack in Versailles State Park has made the trail system a favorite of many Hoosier riders.

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Indiana Trails: More Ramble, Less Gamble in French Lick

A glutton for punishment, I took the harder route. As my legs churned and my lungs screamed for more oxygen, I quickly realized this stretch has significantly more elevation gain than most Hoosier trails—including Brown County’s Hesitation Point.

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