Trails in Indiana

Thomas McMahan Trail - Anderson




The Thomas McMahan Trail is part of the Anderson Trail system along the White River near downtown Anderson. Please see our “Anderson Trails” for more information about these paths and Anderson. Thomas McMahon was a very congenial and popular mayor of Anderson in the mid-80’s. Sadly he passed away about 2000. The Thomas McMahon also connects to city trails, such as trails around a lake, park, and wetlands The trail runs parallel to the White River, thus offering many river views and handicapped-accessible boardwalks and look-outs.
The Thomas McMahon Trail’s southern terminus is just northwest of Edgewater Park and just east of Indian Trails Parkway. At this trailhead, there is plenty of parking. Lots of waterfowl and squirrels live around this trail. There are trash receptacles and seasonal picnic tables along the trail. One can also find the Anderson Athletic Pool to the east of the trail. The northern terminus of the trail is on the west end of Truman Bridge at E. 3rd St. and Main. There is no parking at this exact point, but additional parking can be found along the trail. The path continues on city sidewalks. Anderson University, a small Church of God university is about ½ mile east of the northern point of the trail. The University has a variety of interesting old and new buildings, as well as ball fields, a fitness center, and open areas. Restaurants and businesses can be found on all sides of the trail.
Come hike or bike the Thomas McMahon Trail for the scenery and stay for the many amenities nearby it offers!
Type of Trail: 
Rivar Bank
Uses allowed: 
walking, biking.
Wheelchairs allowed: 
Attractive Features: 
Riverviews & shady spots, boardwalks, connects to trails around lake, park &wetlands.
asphalt very rough in some places.
North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : 
West.end of Truman Bridge - East 3rd Street
South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: 
Cincinnati Avenue
Direction to #2 from #1: 
Near to US highways: 
I-69 to State Road 9 to 3rd Street to Edgewater Park.
Lat. of Major TrailHead: 
40d 06m 08.14s N
Long. Of Major TrailHead: 
85d 39m 11.01s W
Agency, Group Owned: 
Anderson Parks & Recreation Department
Fred Reece Jr.
Anderson, IN - 46011 – 46018
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 2100 , Anderson IN, 46018