Experience Urban Trails and More
The mission of the Evansville Trails Coalition is to connect people and places, to promote active lifestyles, and to advocate for the development of multi-use trails. We have compiled trails maps, pedestrian and bicycle route maps within the Evansville area and listed them here, so that you, Evansville's Trailblazers, will have access to the resources already developed by businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals.
List of Trails & Maps
Our goal is to be Evansville's resource for trails maps and information, to build awareness of the resources we currently have as a community and to identify and advocate for the completion of vital segments within our greenway and existing pedestrian and bicycle networks. Full connectivity is the goal and the desired end result! If you know of a walking, running, bike route, or trails map not listed, please share it with us.
1. Evansville Trails Coalition Map (to be updated)
The Evansville Trails Coalition regional map features Evansville area trails and is currently being updated to include I69 and other recent completed projects. View The Evansville Trails Coalition regional map here. This map will be updated to feature I69 and various completed trail system segments, such as the new Hi-Rail Trail and the North Main Street multi-use trails.
2. Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage - 6.75 Miles
Evansville’s Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage is 6.75 miles of separated and protected urban trail that connects our city core. View or download a map of the current Greenway passage brochure.
Sections and Landmarks of the Pigeon Creek Greenway
The Riverfront Corridor is located along Evansville's downtown from Sunrise Park to Tropicana Casino. The 1.5 mile trail goes by the Evansville Museum of Art, History, and Science, the Evansville Pagoda, Convention and Visitor Bureau, the Four Freedoms Monument and Dress Plaza. Trailheads are located at Sunrise & Sunset Parks, the Evansville Museum and at the Evansville Pagoda with parking and restrooms available during operating hours.
The Industrial Corridor is a 3.5 mile trail between the Riverfront Corridor and the Middle Levee Corridor. The Industrial Corridor is located on the Pigeon Creek Levee starting at Fulton Avenue and Riverside Drive, along Fulton Avenue to John Street and then west to the Mead Johnson Trailhead. The trail then follows the levee along Pigeon Creek to the Uhlhorn Trailhead. Phase 4 of the Industrial Corridor, Louisiana Street to Dresden Avenue was completed in 2012.
Marchand Bridge Overlook
The Marchand Bridge Overlook is located at the mouth of Pigeon Creek on the Ohio River. This 1891 Pratt Truss Bridge was dedicated on October 21, 2009 into an overlook for the Greenway Passage. The former Ohio Street Bridge was funded from Riverboat funds and from a Transportation Enhancement Grant from INDOT. The bridge is linked with the Industrial Corridor across Ohio Street.
Shirley James Gateway Plaza
The Shirley James Gateway Plaza is a tribute to Mrs. Shirley James for her dedication and service for the Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage. Designed by VPS Architects and RhodesWork, Ltd. the Plaza shows the different impacts transportation has made on Evansville's progress. The Gateway Plaza is located along the Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage south of the Lloyd Expressway at the Mead Johnson Trailhead,; 1501 W. John Street. The structures depict six different forms of transportation. The Greenway Historic Committee researched and wrote the text for the history panels telling how transportation made Evansville into a commercial center.
Middle Levee Corridor - The Middle Levee Corridor was the very first trail constructed by the City of Evansville.
The trail starts at the Heidelbach Canoe Launch and follows the Pigeon Creek Levee for 1.7 miles. Parking is available at the Heidelbach Canoe Launch, Garvin Park Trailhead and at the Animal Control Center (limited spaces available) near the Uhlhorn Trailhead.
3. High-Rail Trail - 2.5 Miles
This trail opened in November 9, 2018 and is currently the newest completed trail segment in Evansville. It is a 2.5 mile stretch of trail that runs along the west side of Highway 41, begins at Riverside Dr. and ends on Walnut Street, connecting to the Oakhill multi-use trail that begins at Walnut Street (East of Highway 41) and ends at East Virginia Street. The Hi-Rail’s name stems from its historical use as a rail way within the Indiana Hi-Rail Corporation and was a railroad which operated lines here in Indiana, as well as in Illinois and Ohio. It ceased operations in 1997. The railroad was known for its extensive use of locomotives built by the American Locomotive Company.
4. walnut Street TRail - .20 Mile (Approximate)
The Walnut Street multi-use trail in downtown Evansville is just the beginning of this multi-use trailway. The Walnut Street Project will continue this project from Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. to Vann Avenue. See our “Plans” page for additional information and links to project details.
5. North Main Street TRail - 1 Mile (Approximate)
The North Main Street multi-use trail begins at Division Street and ends at Garvin Park and is a little over 1 mile of multi-use trail with a dedicated bike path.
6. Virginia Street Multi-use Trail - .6 miles (Approximate)
The Virginia Street multi-use trail is a .6/mile connecting segment that runs from First Avenue to North Main Street.
7. OAK HILL MULTI-USE TRAIL AND BIKE ROUTE - .75 miles (Approximate)
The Oak Hill Road segment begins at Walnut Street and connects to the bike route at East Virginia Street.
8. Evansville African American Heritage Trail - 1.0 Mile (Approximate)
A partnership between the City of Evansville and the Evansville African American Museum, the Evansville African American Heritage Trail - the Baptisttown Walking Tour, explores the story through some of our local individuals, businesses, churches, schools and events that have shaped Baptisittown’s identity and helps us to better understand the fabric of our community. This trail is approximately 1.0 miles in length and is a wonderful way see many of the historical landmarks and buildings as you cultivate a greater awareness of our community’s cultural diversity and story while being active! Click to download: The Baptisttown Walking Tour Map
9. West Side Trails - 13 Miles
The Westside Improvement Association has created 13 miles of Trails from existing infrastructure, including two urban trails and two scenic trails that take you from the Greenway trailhead on Franklin St. to all the best stops on the Westside: Reitz Hill, Howell Wetlands, Golfmoor Park, and the Helfrich Park Loop.
10. Howell Wetlands Trails - 2.0 miles
Howell Wetlands has 35 acres of marshland, slough and remnant river oxbow, with 2.0 miles of trails throughout. Click for additional information regarding Howell Wetlands.
An Upgrade is a simple lifestyle change that can have lasting health benefits. Follow the Upgrade signage, get your steps in, and see 27 awesome places of interest in our city. Upgrade is an initiative of the Welborn Baptist Foundation. View the walking and biking maps from Walk EVV.
12. Burdette Park Discovery Trail - Discovering the River-Bottoms
This trail is a key connection to an area of river bottom land, with an additional 32.35 miles of paved roads currently signed for bicycle use south of Burdette Park. Click to see the Burdette Discovery Trail, Discovering the River-Bottoms Brochure
13. USI Trails and USI to Burdette Park TraiL
The USI-Burdette Trail is a three-mile paved trail and is the result of a USI/Burdette Park partnership. It is a diverse, interesting, and educational route for hikers, bicyclists, and runners. The scenic trail allows users to witness Southwestern Indiana’s natural beauty while connecting a picturesque park with one of the nation’s most beautiful college campuses. The USI-Burdette Park Trail is a designated destination point of the American Discovery Trail, which passes through Southern Indiana. The trail also has been named a National Recreation Trail by the Secretary of the Interior. Click to visit: USI/Burdette Park trails page. To view trails maps - Click here: Bent Twig Trail , USI Burdette Trail , South Campus Trail
14. Evansville Bicycle Club Map Routes
Need a longer ride? The Evansville Bicycle Club has mapped out several routes with bikely.com ranging from 12 to 122 miles. Check out their routes, see their ride schedules, and connect with a community of Trailblazers.
15. Eagle Slough
Eagle Slough is located at 500 Waterworks Rd., Evansville, IN 47713. Eagle Slough is an oasis of wetland and mature bottomland forest, home to over 160 species of birds (including warblers at Eagle Slough). The preserve offers a walking trail with interpretive signage along an old rail bed, and a series of observation decks overlooking the wetlands and open water lake. The healthy bald cypress stands at Eagle Slough contains some of the largest bald cypress trees in the state. DIRECTIONS: **Due to construction on US 41, Eagle Slough is currently only accessible from Waterworks Rd.
From Evansville, take Weinbach Ave. south to Waterworks Rd., then proceed west for ¾ of a mile. The Eagle Slough parking area will be on the right.**
From the intersection of US Hwy 41 and Waterworks Rd/Shawnee Dr, drive east on Waterworks.
The parking lot will be on your left after 0.15 miles.
16. Evansville In Motion Walking and Running Maps
The Evansville In Motion booklet was developed after three nurses from the Vanderburgh County Health Department, Carol Anderson, Sherry Hurt and Louise Kiesler, attended a chronic disease conference. Visit their webpage HERE. To view the brochure and maps, click this link: Evansville in Motion
17. Scott Park Hiking Trails
Scott Township Park is located at 2112 Schlensker Rd, Evansville, IN 47725, in Vanderburgh County, IN, north of Evansville. In 2003, Scott Township built this park to help bring a place for outdoor exercise and recreation. Scott Park is 37 acres and contains 5 walking trails through the wooded land. Visit their website here: Scott Park Visit additional details at Waymarking.com: ScottParkHiking
18. Warrick Trails
Our friends in Warrick County have a fantastic vision and are taking action on implementation. See what they’re up to and take an afternoon to experience Warrick Trails.
19. Friends of Angel Mounds Hiking and Biking Trails
Woodland Trails: Beyond the archaeological site are walking and biking trails through the wooded section of Angel Mounds’ property. Maintained mostly by volunteers, these trails are free and accessible anytime from one of three parking locations. Vehicles using the Angel Mounds parking lot must be out by 5:00 P.M. Central Time (Dogs must be on a leash). Click HERE to see the map.
Muskhogen Trail: This trail is maintained by the Muskhogen Trail Committee, Boy Scout Troop 301, Methodist Temple. It is a time honored tradition for scouts to make the six-mile, one-pass hike, or double-back for a 10-mile hike. Click HERE to view or download the brochure.
20. American Discovery Trails - Indiana Trails
Walk Across America: is a route for walking across the country mainly followed the American Discovery Trail, featured on Dudetrek.com--click here to visit the page. Visit the Indiana Trails Community page: MAPS
21. Great American Rail Trail
More than 3,700 miles between Washington, D.C., and Washington State, the Great American Rail-Trail promises an all-new American experience. Through 12 states and the District of Columbia, the trail will directly serve nearly 50 million people within 50 miles of the route. Across the nation—and the world—only the limits of imagination will limit its use. See the map HERE