Nickel Plate Trail

Explore the Nickel Plate Trail 

The downtown portion of the Fishers Nickel Plate Trail is now open, including the pedestrian tunnel beneath 116th Street, allowing users to travel from 106th Street to 146th Street. Explore the trail and everything it has to offer this summer below:

By the Community,

For the Community

In 2018, we asked the community to help us turn the Nickel Plate railway into a whole new kind of public space by sharing their ideas and suggestions for the Fishers portion of the Nickel Plate Trail.

Between an online suggestion box, community events, activities and think tanks, and the incredible effort by our local schools, that simple request resulted in an outpouring of support. We asked people to "be bold, be original and be heard," and they were!

In 2019, the City unveiled the Nickel Plate Trail Master Plan, a long-range master plan for the one-a-kind public space that featured ideas from residents, students, community groups, and more. The plan was created by the Nickel Plate Trail Master Planning Committee comprised of Fishers residents and community leaders, in collaboration with NBBJ and Ex2 Partners. Check out the Master Plan.

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Trail Construction 

Paving has been completed from 106th Street to 146th Street. These paved portions are now open for pedestrian and bicycle access. Motorized vehicles are prohibited, unless required for accessibility purposes. Coordination and planning are underway with Indianapolis for the southern portion of the trail, between 96th Street and 106th Street. 

Downtown Hub & Pedestrian Tunnel

In spring 2022, the City of Fishers opened the Nickel Plate Trail pedestrian tunnel beneath 116th Street, providing pedestrians with safe and efficient passage through the 116th Street intersection without disrupting traffic flow.

Tunnel Entrance

Pedestrians and cyclists on the trail can enter the tunnel from North Street and South Street. Consistent with NPT Master Plan, the terraced wall on the side is designed to make the trail feel open and inviting as you approach the tunnel. 

View of south tunnel entrance
People overlooking the tunnel entrance

Monumental Stairs

The monumental stairs and seating immediately next to the concrete steps has composite decking and provides seating overlooking the trail-level plaza, the perfect spot for live music, special events, and community gatherings. Concrete stairs with a built-in bike ramp below the handrail allows pedestrians and cyclists to access the trail at 116th Street. We’ve also added lighting and charging stations so guests can plug in their phones and laptops.

People relaxing on the Monumental Stairs
View of Monumental Stairs
View of Monumental Stairs

Pedestrian Bridge & Nickel Plate Station Plaza

A pedestrian bridge above the tunnel exit on the north side of 116th Street connects the former train platform to the new Nickel Plate Station plaza. In addition to offering plaza space for gatherings and community events, the bridge provides an important east-west connection through the Nickle Plate District off 116th Street. Swings have also been installed under the train platform to provide additional seating around this area.

Family being the "T" in NPT
View of new plaza
View of new plaza and swings

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Trail Rules & Safety

Use caution at trail crossings and use the signal button located at intersections to notify motorists of your presence. The flashing yellow lights at intersections along the trail warn motorists of pedestrians but does not require vehicles to stop, so proceed with caution when crossing. You can learn more about safe crossing with the video above.

Mile markers have been installed every tenth of a mile along the trail and should be used as location markers in the event of an on-trail emergency. Trail users should dial 9-1-1 from their cell phone in the event of an emergency.  

The City of Fishers has installed rule signage along the trail to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all trail users on the multi-use path. Rules include:

  • The trail is open daily from dawn to dusk. The downtown core portion, from South Street to Lantern Road, will be open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight once constructed.  

  • Self-propelled modes of transportation are welcome on the trail. Any mode of transportation that is motorized is prohibited unless required for accessibility purposes. Horses are also prohibited.

  • Stay to the right and pass on the left. Do not block the path for other trail users. When approaching from behind, communicate before passing and say, “On the left” to give others time to respond.

  • Adjust speed for path conditions and other trail users. Be especially careful while passing pedestrians, children, and dogs. Always maintain safe speed and control. The downtown core of the trail has a maximum speed limit of 10 mph.

  • Pets are allowed if kept under control and on a six foot or shorter leash at all times. Pick up pet waste and dispose of it in proper receptacles.

  • Respect the trail environment. Do not litter, remove plants, disturb wildlife, graffiti, or damage the trail or surroundings. Stay on the trail to help reduce erosion.

  • Park and access the trail from established trailheads only. Respect private property. Do not trespass or cut through adjacent properties or yards.

  • Do not promote or sell commercial products on the trail unless permitted by City of Fishers.  

  • Smoking and alcohol use are not permitted while on the trail.