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Looking for an exciting way to stay active and explore the great outdoors along our NW Indiana communities? Look no further than the Northwest Indiana Bike Trails!

Surrounded by a variety of local landscapes, these trails offer a perfect blend of adventure, tranquility, and community spirit. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a casual rider, these trails cater to all skill levels and provide a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


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But it’s not just about the physical benefits – these bike trails are also making a positive impact on the communities they wind through. By fostering a sense of togetherness and promoting a healthy lifestyle and environment, they are not only energizing individual lives but also building stronger and more connected communities.

Read on to see how the beautiful bike paths in NW Indiana have a positive effect for The Region.


Did you know there are over 200 miles of bike trails across Northwest Indiana, as reported in The Times local newspaper? The abundance of these trails have become a catalyst for active lifestyles all around The Region.

The new interest in biking during Covid, plus accessibility and convenience has made it easier for us to easily add biking into our daily routines.

Regular cycling along the NWI bike trails offers a low-impact workout that improves cardiovascular fitness, strengthens muscles, and enhances overall endurance. It’s also a nice stress-buster and mood-enhancer to ride along the various landscapes of The Region.

One of the best things about the Northwest Indiana bike trails is that it all-inclusive, accomodating individuals of all ages and fitness levels. Entire families can ride together, enjoying quality time and instilling healthy habits in their children. Even better, invite the grandparents to ride along too!

Local Bike Paths Increase Social and Community Engagement

Local bike paths not only promote active lifestyles and better health but also foster a sense of community and belonging. The shared experience of cycling thru Northwest Indiana’s diverse communities strengthen the bonds between residents.

Ride the bike paths frequently and you’ll see many of the same people. Many friendships and are forged thru the network of like-minded individuals you’ll encounter on your daily bike ride.

Many local, bike-friendly businesses have made it easy for cyclists to stop and visit, providing social activities and vibrancy to communities. They have become meeting places for fellow cyclists from all over NW Indiana to mingle, grab a drink, share stories, and talk shop. During the last Tuesday of the summer months, you’ll find many cyclists stopping at bike-friendly Fuzzyline Brewery in Highland to park and enjoy the monthly Highland Restaurant Crawl.

Economic Benefits Of NWI Bike Trails

NWI bike trails not only enhance the well-being of its residents but also add many economic benefits for local business owners as well as homeowners. This, in turn, benefits the entire Region and each NW Indiana community.

Cyclists Help Support Local Small Businesses

The NWI bike trails natural ability to attract residents from neighboring communities, and even tourists, is great for the growth and sustainablility of local small businesses.

Studies have shown that areas with well-established bike infrastructure tend to attract new businesses, residents, and investments. The Downtown Hammond renovation is counting on being extremely bike-friendly to accomplish just this thing.

NW Indiana business owner, Eric, explains, “The bike paths have been a game-changer for my shop. We’ve seen a significant increase in customer traffic, particularly on weekends when cyclists come through. It’s not only about the immediate boost in sales but also the long-term relationships we’ve built with regular customers who discovered us while cycling. The bike paths have created new opportunities for businesses like mine.”

Northwest Indiana Bike Trails Help Increase Home Values

Walkability is a big factor when choosing a home to live in. It is a measure of how easy it is to live your daily life outside of the car – within walking distance. Obviously, having the bike path near your home would decrease the reliance of a car to get everywhere and increase your walkability…and your NWI home value. (To find your NW Indiana home value, click here).

Some developments are even built around being walkable, near the NWI bike trails and easy to travel by bike or foot, such as Centennial Village in Munster, and the new downtown Hammond re-development.

Communities With NW Indiana Bike Paths

Bike Path Cities/Towns Length (Miles) Restrooms Water Available Paved
Erie-Lackawanna Trail Hammond, Crown Point 17.5 Yes Yes Yes
Oak Savannah Trail Griffith, Highland 8.7 Yes Yes Yes
Pennsy Greenway Trail Hammond, Schererville 7.2 Yes Yes Yes
Marquette Greenway Gary, Portage 10.7 Yes Yes Yes
Prairie Duneland Trail Chesterton, Porter 9.2 Yes Yes Yes
Erie Lackawanna Trail Gary, Hobart, Merrillville 6.9 Yes Yes Yes
Munster Millennium Trail Munster 3.5 Yes Yes Yes

NW Indiana Bike Paths Help Improve The Environment

Anything that cuts down on pollution in The Region is more than welcome, and the biking infrastructure plays a crutial role in making us greener. As we intentionally become less reliant on automobiles around The Region and make more use of the NW Indiana bike paths, we can change our landscape for the positive. Here are some ways biking improves our environment:

  • Reduced vehicle emmissions
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • Air quality improvement
  • Noise pollution reduction

Come Along On A Bike Ride On The Erie Lackawanna Trail