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Eastern-Central Indiana Canal Loop + ADD NEW ROUTE


11   in Indiana Indiana165295 Miles

By Bill Belei
on July 1, 2001

4.3out of 5

3 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

A verbal description of how to find Connersville Indiana is as follows: Take I-70 east out of Indianapolis, IN for about 40 miles. Off of I-70, take exit #137 (Route 1) south to the town of Connersville to begin the route.

From Connersville, head south on route 121 until you get to route 52 and take that east for a few miles to the town of Metamora. From Metamora, turn around and head about 1/2 mile back west on 52 and catch state route 229 south to Peppertown, Oldenburg, and on to Batesville. Next take state route 46 east to and through Morris and on to St. Leon and continue on 46 till it meets 52. Now take 52 north on to New Trenton and up to Brookville where you want to look for state route 101 heading north. This route will take you past the Mounds State Recreation Area and the Whitewater Memorial State Park. After the town of Liberty, take US route 27 north up to Richmond. From Richmond, finish your route by heading west along US 40 ("The Old National Highway") towards Centerville.

Scenery

This ride stands out because of its great combination of beautiful scenery, plenty of amenities to get you off the bike and great rolling hills to keep you throttle wrist moving. Portions of this route travel along a section of Route 40 which has been designated by the US Dept of Transportation as an official National Scenic Byway.

Along this route you will see some beautiful river valley scenery as well as a very large reservoir. The route mostly travels through beautiful Indiana woodlands and goes through some nicely kept up old towns where you will see some exciting churches and courthouses.

Photo contributed by a visitor in July 09: "Metamora"

Road Quality

This route lies in the central area of Indiana where the state has some great hilly twisting roads ideal for those of us smart enough to ride bikes. A strong 4 by Midwest standards. Photo contributed by a visitor in July 09: "Church"

Roadside Amenities

This route takes you to some picturesque Indiana towns with a great variety of museums, crafts, restaurants, and attractions. At the end of the route you can stop at 'antique alley' and visit some of the 900 antique dealers along this stretch of highway. Below is an overall summary of some of the highlights along this route: - Connersville is a good size town of about 25,000 with a collection of large mansions built from the prosperity that the channel once brought to this area. In this town you can take a ride on an old train following the path of the channel. The train makes a roundtrip of about 32 miles. The train runs on weekends and holidays (call the Connersville COC for more information at 765-825-2561). - Metamora. This small Indiana town has over a hundred stores and shops spread out along the canal and various streets. Here you can take a half-an-hour trip aboard a canal boat being pulled by a pair of horses. - Oldenburg - known as the 'village of spires' because of its many buildings with tall steeples. The town has some very impressive immense brick structures built by the early German Catholic settlers to remind them of their native German villages. - Batesville has the quaint little Sherman House Inn that resembles a cuckoo clock. The Sherman House offers a great German lunch buffet. - New Trenton is where you will find the Town and Country Gift Store in a building dating back to the early 1800s. - Brookville will give you access to the 15-mile reservoir known as Brookville Lake. Here you can enjoy boating, fishing and camping. - Heading north on 101 you will be able to enter both the Mounds State Recreation area and the Whitewater Memorial State Park. - In Richmond Indiana you can visit the historic district and see lovely antique homes, shops and restaurants. US 40 was once known as the National Road and runs through Richmond. In this town you can visit the Old National Road State Welcome Center and learn about the history of the National Road. - The drive from Richmond to Centerville along US-40 is loaded with about 900 antique dealers. In Richmond you can see the Lantz House Inn, which was a famous Inn that where the original owner built 'Conestoga wagons' used by pioneers heading west into the new frontier. Today this French-style brick home built in 1823 is operated as a bed and breakfast. Photo contributed by a visitor in July 09: "Flags of Indiana"

Additional Info

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By Guest
on July 6, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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This was a fun trip however the parts we most enjoyed were from Connersville to Batesville. There were plenty of turns to keep a smirk on my face. The ride from Batesville all the way up to Richmond was really boring. Ideally I think we should have road from Connersville to Batesville and then turned right back around and went up to Connersville again. On our way to Connersvlle though the road is closed we had to head a little further east than expected. It really wasn't that big of a deal and added maybe 5 more miles to our trip. We started in Fishers, IN and clocked in around 250 miles for the whole day there and back. It took us from 0900 to 1700 to complete the trip (we did make a lot of stops along the way.) The roads between Metamora and batesville were the best. Be careful though, there is a bit of gravel on the road. I think they must have recently repaved the road because the gravel is black and you can hardly make it out from the road. All of rear wheels slipped out from under us at some point to be a little cautious. Other than that, it was fun. We are looking at taking a few more rides of this site in the future.

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By flrider06
on August 7, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make H D

Motorcycle Type Touring

I have to start this review by admitting that I am a little biased about this particular ride. I grew up in the area and have traveled these roads since I was a child. With that said, around here, this is one of the best rides you can take on a motorcycle; I do it several times a year. You get some of the finest East-Central Indian has to offer, hills, curves, trees, and rivers. It is also a historic area; you will travel alongside the canal that once ran from Hagerstown to Cincinnati, so history buffs may enjoy the sites. I agree with the other reviewer who said the ride to Richmond was rather boring, not much to see. Even so, Richmond, situated on I-70, has all of the restaurants and hotels you might need when traveling through the area. In addition, this loop is near both I-70 and I-74 and since it is a short ride, anyone passing through will enjoy this scenic diversion. There are some eateries along the way in Connersville, Metamora and Brookville, no worries about fuel either. Take some time and adjust your route to Brookville Reservoir, the largest body of water in the area. Right now, State Road 121 from Connersville to U.S. 52 is under construction and closed. You may want to postpone your trip or consider picking up US 52 in Rushville and following it to Brookville.

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By Guest
on February 2, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

As stated, very nice ride. Metamora has a huge flea market late in the summer.

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