Hiking in nature is one of my favorite ways to unplug and connect with my family. This summer, with the Pandemic restrictions, we will be venturing out into nature even more than usual. For many families, including ours, a trail with a path is important, as we have a son in a wheelchair and an infant who uses a stroller. Accessibility is important, but walking around in the neighborhood on the sidewalk, gets old quick! Here are 10 great trails to take your kids while using a stroller or wheelchair.
16141 E 101st Street, Fishers 46040
This 60-acre park features a lake, nature trails, a sledding hill, a mountain-biking course & more. They offer a large paved trail with plenty to see and do!
Nickel Plate Trail
106th Street/ I-69, Fishers 46037
The Nickle Plate Trail is a large project underway in Fishers, which is replacing a section of railroad tracks with a hiking trail. Currently, there is a small section open, with parking available right off the roundabout at 106th street and I-69, heading west towards Hague Road.
You might also like the paved trail at Bee Camp Creek Trailhead in Fishers.
Multiple Access Points
The Monon Rail Trail is unique, as it provides 26 miles of connected trail through multiple parts of town. It stretches from Sheridan in the north, and extends south through Westfield, Carmel, Broad Ripple, and passes by the Indiana State Fairgrounds before intersecting with the Indianapolis Cultural Trail on the east end of Massachusetts Avenue. There are mulitple access points with free parking at the following streets: 91st Street, 86th Street, 75th Street, 67th Street, 65th Street, 62nd Street, 56th Street, 54th Street, 49th Street, Westfield Boulevard, Broad Ripple Avenue, and the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Indianapolis Cultural Trail
Multiple Access Points
In addition to the Art and Nature provided on this 9 mile trail, there is also an adaptive bike program, with handicap accessible bikes available for rent. For a comprehensive list of entry points, visit the Indy Cultural Trail site.
1300 W. Fry Road, Greenwood 46142
Northwest Park offers 12 acres, mature trees, and Pleasant Run Creek, which makes this park a great place to walk and submerge yourself in nature. Free parking and restrooms are also available.
Harrison Trace Trail
6000 N Post Road, Indianapolis 46216
The Harrison Trace Trail at Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park is a great option for walking. Plenty of scenery, multiple playgrounds, and a beautiful pond to enjoy. They also have multiple bathrooms available throughout the trail for the public to use. If you are looking to make a day at the state park, they have a variety of amenities for the whole family to enjoy, which are all listed on their website.
6001 Edenshall Lane, Noblesville 46060
Dillion Park has a beautiful and scenic trail, as well as a unique playground, with a large sandbox that runs through the entire park. This is a great option for a nice walk, as well as a place to run and play for the kids!
19401 N Allisonville Road, Noblesville 46060
Potter’s Bridge Park features the only remaining covered bridge in Hamilton County, and is surrounded by a 66-acre park. This makes for a unique option, and beautiful views to get a much needed change of scenery. Mature trees provide ample shade, as well as fishing opportunities, and a playground for multiple options to connect as a family.
White River Greenway Trail (Noblesville)
1 N 8th Street, Noblesville 46060
This trail begins behind the Hamilton County courthouse in downtown Noblesville. The trail continues all along the White River up to Morse Park on Morse Reservoir. There is plenty to look at and enjoy on this trail, and it is even connected to Forest Park, for a playtime and bathroom break, if you so choose.
White River Greenway Trail (Carmel)
13410 River Road, Carmel 46033
The mile-long path winds through wooded acres alongside the White River. This trail is complete with great scenery, and shade for a walk on a hot summer day.
Go adventuring in confidence, knowing you and your wheels can safely travel on trails.