2017 Indiana Trails Study Summary Report (PDF, 3.1 MB)
Statewide Trail Map 2016 (PDF, 5 MB)
During this online event, we will be celebrating the Indiana Greenways Awards recipients as well. Nominations are due by March 1, 2021. Read the criteria for the awards and nominate your choices!
It is both a vintage remnant of 19th Century Indiana, and a modern mid-city escape along gentle waters and into quiet woods. The Central Canal Towpath Trail of Indianapolis is 6.5 miles long, from the canal’s feeder gates at White River to its southern terminus at Burdsal Parkway. Along the way, users can enjoy two restored 19th Century bridges and a much newer one in bustling Broad Ripple Village.
The Towpath is the lynchpin of a greenways loop that includes the Monon Trail and the White River Wapahani Trail. Its surface is packed crushed limestone, a reminder of its hard-working heritage as a corridor for cargo and passenger boats pulled by draft animals.
As early as the 1960s, Indianapolis citizens began voting with their feet to make the Towpath a greenway. Even today, the original single track made by thousands of joggers and walkers is rutted and visible. As public demand for trails grew in the early ’90s, the City began resurfacing and extending the Towpath. A popular but separated section of the same canal corridor exists further downtown, lined with concrete and forming a segment of the Cultural Trail.
Fort Wayne Trails has planned a busy 2021 event schedule, including virtual options. The UAW Pedal Poker Run, Pufferbelly Run/Walk/Stroll, and Trek the Trails all are on the docket, along with many other fun events. Come visit this creative, aspirational greenway system in Northeast Indiana.