Central Canal Towpath

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Trail Distance: 5.2 miles
Time Estimate: 2 hr
Elevation Gain: 24 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Unknown
Description

Do you and your fur baby need a break from the buzz of the big city? In Indianapolis, there's no better place to find some peace and quiet than on the Central Canal Towpath trail. You and your fur buddy will find this five-mile-long pathway is probably the most pawsome place in the city to take a walk. Although the trail does run alongside the canal, pups can't swim there and should be kept on a leash the whole time.

The towpath extends from 30th Street through to Broad Ripple Village, and there are several places where you and pup can access  it. The most popular points of entry are either in the Riverside Park or from Westfield Boulevard. The towpath is also accessible from 30th Street and Broad Ripple Avenue. You can find parking spaces for vehicles on W. 30th Street or near Broad Ripple Park, where the towpath connects with the Monon Trail, another well-trodden trail in the area which your fur buddy will love too.

The Central Canal Towpath trail winds its way through the city suburbs past art galleries, museums, and the Butler University campus. These probably won't interest your pup half as much as the ducks and geese they are likely to spot swimming along the canal. Unless your pup is a history buff, they probably won't appreciate either of the two nineteenth-century iron bridges you'll need to cross either. Your fur baby will love the wooded areas though. They're shadier than the rest of the trail, which is exposed to the elements and can be quite warm in the summer. While your pup might fancy lapping up some of the canal water if it gets thirsty, it's best not to. If you're going to be out for a while, you'll need to take some water and clean up bags with you, as there are none to be found anywhere along the towpath. Have a fur-ific stroll!

Trail Features
Forest, Easy Incline, Urban
Abundant Wildlife
Cautions & Considerations
The towpath is popular with joggers and cyclists. Keeping your pup on a short leash will prevent any unwanted accidents.

Address
Westfield Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46208
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Westfield Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Hours
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