This is by far the city’s most popular running spot. Located 13 miles west of downtown, it is one of the largest metropolitan greenspaces in the nation, consisting of 3,300 acres of woodland and 1,300 acres of water. The park is located on the northwest side of Indianapolis and includes 5K, 8K, and 10K certified road courses along with an uncertified 7K course that all begin near the beach parking lot. The terrain is flat in places and gently rolling in others. Trails are clearly marked with wooden posts and views of the water are available every few miles.
In addition to these measured courses, there is also 10 miles of rolling to challenging natural-surface trails, which wind along the reservoir and through forests. The most popular is nicknamed the “Blue Man Trail”, due to the markers consisting of the outline of a man in blue with walking poles. The loop is roughly 6 miles.
The park has many other facilities once you’re there — a beach, marina (for boat related activities), nature center, and Ornithology Center.
- 5k, 8k, and 10k Certified Courses
- Flat to Hilly
- Trails have different start points but several at 56th St. and 71st St.
- Lots on 56th St. and 71st St. $5 Parking Fee
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