Pleasant Run is a fitting name for this trail, which meanders along the stream and roadway that shares the same name. The path connects to several parks, neighborhoods and interurban areas of Indianapolis.
The southwestern region of the trail starts in Garfield Park near the intersection of Pleasant Run Parkway and Michigan Street.
The majority of the trail consists of asphalt, but some areas can be windy and hilly. While this is primarily an easy trail, it does intersect with sidewalks of busy streets and the terrain can be irregular at times.
Along the way, you’ll encounter railroad crossings, residential neighborhoods and old industrial parks. Some parts of the trail are bright and sunny, while others are shaded, offering a cool escape on a summer day. Other areas are open, with bushes, trees and grass as far as the eyes can see. Wildflowers can be spotted along some parts of the trail in the spring and summer, and you’ll find park benches along the way where you can take a break.
The trail’s start in Garfield Park offers hiking opportunities as well as a swimming pool, playgrounds, a conservatory, gardens, a family center and even an amphitheater. Special events, like concerts, are held in the summer, and you’ll encounter several stunning bridges in this area.
As the trail meanders away from Garfield Parka and up to the northeast, you’ll pass by a parking lot and Orange Park. The trail also crosses the Kin Hubbard Memorial and Christian Park, one of the most popular and oldest parks in the city. Several amenities can be found at Christian Park, including grills, picnic areas, playgrounds and sports fields.
The northern part of the trail starts in Ellenberger Park, which also offers a swimming pool, hiking trails, and special events for families. Wildlife and wildflowers can be found all throughout the park.
The city plans to extend the trail in both directions and include a connection to the White River Wapahani Trail.