Indianapolis, IN

White River Trail

The Central White River Trail is a terrific option for running in the heart of Indianapolis. The paved multi-use path runs for up to 7 miles along the White River from Raymond St. south of downtown, through downtown, and then north to Riverside Park. There are great views of the Indy skyline, and good glimpses of the water. It’s also known as the Wapahani Trail, from the Delaware Indiana’s tribe’s word for White River.

From the south end at Raymond St. (Eli Lily Recreation Park), the trail runs along the west side of the river for 2.2 miles north to downtown. Good downtown access is via a pedestrian bridge linking the Indiana Museum and the Zoo. In the downtown section, you’ll pass the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Lake Sullivan Sports Center, IUPUI, the Downtown Canal Walk, White River State Park, and the Indianapolis Zoo. At the 3.3 mile mark, cross Michigan St. to the east side. The trail continues north for another 3.5 miles, with a nice 2-mile section through Riverside Park.

Add-Ons: At Riverside Park, continue north on the Central Canal Connector Trail for 2 miles through the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, which features contemporary art installations showcased amid 100 acres with woodlands, meadows & a lake. The canal trail continues for many miles from there. At the south end @ Raymond St., connect to the Eagle Creek Greenway, which travels for 3.2 miles along Eagle Creek through West Indianapolis.

Essentials
  • Up to 7 miles (11.3 km) one-way
  • 170 feet (52m)
  • Downtown Start is in near the Indiana Museum. South end @ Raymond St., north end @ Riverside Regional Park

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Robert M Amos
10 months ago

I believe that your description “northeast corner of the county to the southwest” is incorrect or misleading, The White River Trail doesn’t run anywhere near the northeast part of Marion or any other county.

Essentials
  • Up to 7 miles (11.3 km) one-way
  • 170 feet (52m)
  • Downtown Start is in near the Indiana Museum. South end @ Raymond St., north end @ Riverside Regional Park