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 pedestrian and bicycle routes & 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.
Our goal is to be Evansville's resource for maps and trails 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 map, or bike route not listed, please share it with us.
1. Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage
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.
2. 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.
3. West Side Trails
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.
4. Howell Wetlands Trails
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.
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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.
9. 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
10. 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
11. 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.
12. 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.
Muskhoge 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.
13. 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
The following list features city and/or county projects currently planned, or underway.
Evansville Bike and Pedestrian Connectivity Master Plan
Evansville is working hard to become a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly city. Every year more bike lanes, protected pedestrian paths, and cycle tracks are added to the city’s bicycle grid. See the Evansville MPO's Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity Master Plan.
Walnut Street Project
The Walnut Street Project corridor is approximately 3.1 miles and is identified as a "road diet project" reducing the number of vehicular traffic lanes from four to three. The project to improve Walnut Street involves rehabilitation of the pavement, curbs and gutters, and south sidewalk, along with replacing the north sidewalk with a multi-use trail. Preliminary engineering started Spring of 2018 and construction is currently scheduled to begin in 2020. This is a multi-use trail that begins from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Vann Avenue. Get additional information on the Evansville City webpage here: https://www.evansvillegov.org/city/department/division.php?structureid=300
See the latest presentation slides from the March 12, 2019 public meeting held at the C.K. Newsome Center: 3/12/19 Presentation Slides
North Tif District Plans- Bike lanes and sidewalks
The Evansville Trails Coalition had the opportunity to advocate on behalf of City Ordinance #F-2018-20 (North District Project Plans) before the City Council, October 8, 2018. Ordinance #F-2018-20 was passed and the project plans are moving forward. There are several sidewalks and bike lanes within this project that will connect to our current Trails network that ends at Lynch Rd. Once complete, the Northside residents will have access to downtown. This is a vital segment in reaching full connectivity.
Oak Hill Road: This road will be constructed in two phases: Lynch Road to Eastwood Drive and Eastwood Drive to the Hedden Road/Millersburg Road roundabout. The road will have bike lanes and a sidewalk along one side. This will match the design the City of Evansville used when Oak Hill was reconstructed south of Lynch Road. In addition to the road projects, a standalone trail will also be constructed between the Hedden Road/Millersburg Road roundabout and Kansas Road.
Boonville New Harmony Road: This road will be reconstructed between Petersburg Road and SR 57. A standalone trail will provided on the south side of the road. A section of trail or sidewalk will also be constructed between SR 57 and Green River Road even though that section of road will not be reconstructed. This will allow a connection between the Boonville New Harmony trail and the bike lanes and sidewalks that will be constructed on Green River Road.
Kansas Road: Kansas Road will be reconstructed between Petersburg Road and Seib Road, and between Oak Hill Road and Green River Road. A sidewalk will be provide along one side of Kansas Road as a part of the reconstruction.
Green River Road Trail: A standalone trail will be constructed along Green River Road between Lenape Lane and Millersburg Road. The trail will run along the east side of Green River between Lenape and Hightower, and it will be located on the west side of Green River between Hightower and Millersburg.
Evansville is making progress! Here are a few of the completed trails and segments within Evansville:
This trail’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.
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.
North Main Street Multi-Use Trail
The North Main Street complete street multi-use trail is currently complete and in the process of beautification with flowers and other added amenities.
Virginia Street Multi-Use Trail
The Virginia Street multi-use trail is a connecting segment that runs from First Avenue to North Main Street.
Oak Hill Multi-Use Trail and Bike Route
The Oak Hill Road segment begins at Walnut Street and connects to the bike route at East Virginia Street.