Monon Trail - Carmel
The city of Carmel, Indiana lies a short distance north of Indianapolis, but the Monon Trail continues on through it for some five miles, roughly paralleling U. S. 31 (Meridian Street) from 96th to 146th Street in Carmel.
Along the trail are any number of activities and parks. Carmel also hosts events such as free summer concerts, Carmelfest over the July 4th holidays, and in September there’s the Carmel International Arts Festival.
Parks close to the Monon Greenway and with direct access to the trail include Lenape Trace on the south side of Carmel. This is a 5-acre green space and shelter house. Further north, on both sides of the Monon are Central Park and the Monon Center. These areas combine for a 161-acre complex of indoor and outdoor activities. There is a water park and pool, fitness facility, skate park, as well as wetlands, woodlands, fishing pier and some four miles of trails in the park.
Moving north again on the map, Civic Square is on the west side of the trail, and hosts a weekly Saturday farmers market in season. There is an arts and design district in Carmel as well, with Children’s and Repertoire theaters, symphony, children’s art gallery, and a miniatures museum. The Old Monon Depot is home to Carmel’s historical society.
In addition, this area offers Ferrin’s Fruit Winery and tasting bar, and a little further afield is Conner Prairie Living History Park to the east.
Out of breath yet? The Monon doesn’t end here!