‘Graffiti Road’ is a Nearly Forgotten Stretch of Pavement Outside of Indianapolis
Thousands of vehicles travel along I-70 every day heading across central Indiana, and likely none have any idea there is a hidden gem located just a few feet from the interstate.
About 40 minutes outside of Indianapolis there is a unique and colorful stretch of road that is aptly known as 'Graffiti Road.' The name perfectly describes what it is - a road that is covered in graffiti, and apparently, it is open to any wannabe artist that would like to add their own masterpiece. Aside from the graffiti, the road itself is very easy to overlook.
The local road commission called this stretch of pavement County Road 575 East and it carries a Mooresville address, but that section of the road is actually closer to the community of Joppa in Hendricks County. Regardless, it's a small, plain, county road cutting through an otherwise stereotypical Indiana cornfield just off I-70 East before you reach the exit for Plainfield.
I have personally made the trip from Evansville to Indianapolis countless times over the years, driving right past Graffiti Road - of course, I have no idea if it was actually 'Graffiti' road at the time. Maybe it wasn't Graffiti Road back then. When did people start spray painting the road, and who decided to turn the county road into a mega-mural? I don't know, but it sure is cool - and definitely worth visiting. So, whether you want to add your own masterpiece or you just want to see what everyone else painted, I think a trip to Graffiti Road should be on every Hoosier's bucket list.
Even if you can't make it in person, check out the road via Google Street View.
Graffiti Road Then and Now
Take a look at the video from 7 years ago and more recent photos below to see how the graffiti has proliferated along the road.