What to Pack for Biking on the Cardinal Greenway in Indiana

What to Pack for Biking on the Cardinal Greenway in Indiana

What to Pack for Biking on the Cardinal Greenway in Indiana 

The Cardinal Greenway is Indiana's longest rail trail, starting at the trailhead located in Richmond. Spanning 62 miles, this recreational area is a favorite spot for individuals looking to get outside and take in the scenic views of the White River. While visitors of all interests can enjoy their time here, bikers especially will find this award-winning trail perfect for long rides throughout East Central Indiana.

Essential Items to Pack 

Ready to hit the rails to trails? Here are some essential items you want to be sure to pack before biking the Cardinal Greenway trail in Indiana:

  • Bike: Make sure you have a bike that is comfortable, sized to you and in good condition before you head out on the greenway. Perform a quick pre-ride bike inspection and ensure everything, from the tires to the chain, is good to go.
  • Helmet: Stay protected with a well-fitting helmet. Adjust the straps to make sure it fits well.
  • Printed trail map or phone for navigation: Because this greenway is so long, you will need a printed map or map on your phone. Easily navigate and find your way around the city. 
  • Phone: No matter how long you plan to bike, keep your fully charged phone on you. You can use it to update friends and family with your location or call for help if needed.
  • Plenty of water: Stay hydrated by bringing plenty of water bottles. If you plan on being out for a long time, especially in the summer, consider supplementing your water bottles with a hydration pack.
  • Headlight: Maintain visibility in the evenings and at night by bringing a headlight. This tip is especially helpful when traveling and biking in unfamiliar cities.
  • Bike lock and bike chain: If you plan to explore, make sure you have a way to secure your bike. Properly locking your equipment means it will be there when you return.
  • Clothing layers: Richmond weather can vary. Keep a few layers on hand to stay comfortable throughout your ride.
  • Snacks: Keep your energy up on long trips by fueling your body with nutritious foods. Some healthy snacks include trail mix, fruit, veggie chips and protein bars.

Enjoy a Relaxing Stay at Richmond KOA Holiday 

After spending the day on the Cardinal Greenway, head over to the Richmond KOA Holiday campground to enjoy a relaxing night. You can give your muscles some much-needed relaxation in the campground's solar-heated pool! Whether you prefer a more traditional Tent Site or would like to enjoy the luxuries that the furnished Deluxe or Camping Cabins provide, you will find the perfect place to stay. 

At this family-owned and operated campground, your entire family will find all kinds of amenities and activities ranging from bike rentals to movie nights to gem mining. 

To start planning your next outdoor adventure, reserve a campsite online today.

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