Indiana River Walks




Indianapolis Central Canal Towpath

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Broad Ripple Village, Butler University, The Indianapolis Museum of Art and Riverside Park are all accessible while using this historically significant trail. The canal was originally going to connect Peru with the White River in Indianapolis, but funding problems bankrupted the state in 1841 and the canal was never finished. The Canal Trail follows closely the towpath that would have been used by oxen or horse teams to pull barges up and down the canal.

Restaurants and Shopping are plentiful along this trail at both Broad Ripple Village and the area at 56th and Illinois Streets. Playgrounds can be found at Riverside Park and at Broad Ripple Park.

Length of Trail

A little over 5 miles in length, this trail can be extended since it connects with the Monon Rail-trail and the White River Wapahani trail at either end.

Trail Surface

Crushed Limestone which was surprisingly smooth and did not hamper our stroller.



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