The White River Wapahani Trail runs north and south all the way through Marion County. Considered a “greenway,” the trail spans 6.85 total miles. It can be reached by West. 38th Street and White River, and is an asphalt trail.
When running on the trail, or biking, it will connect you to the Indianapolis Zoo as well as the White River State Park.
The near-7-mile trail is planned for extension that will connect the it to numerous other trails to form one, interconnected trail for long-distance runners. The trail currently connects to:
- Fall Creek Trail on the southern segment
- Central Canal Towpath
But proposals have been made to connect the trail with Eagle Creek Trail and the Pleasant Run Trail. The connecting trails have the following lengths:
- Central Canal Towpath: 5.23 miles
- Pleasant Run: 6.9 miles
Trail-goers that run to the downtown area will be able to continue their run through the Indianapolis Cultural Trail off of Washington Street. The trail runs through five districts, and spans an additional 8 miles.
White River does overflow during the rainy season on occasion. The trail runs alongside the river, so this is a concern for some trail-goers. Driftwood and other debris may be found along the trail after an overflow, leading to several obstacles in the way of the trail-goer.
A bit rough in some places, this is still a relatively flat and robust trail that will be able to be walked, biked or ran on.
When approaching 10th Street, the trail kind of disappears and is not marked properly. Keep a close eye on this area to avoid getting off track. And if possible, look at a map or bring one along with you to easily overcome this lack of marking.
If you hike or bike on the trail, take your time, and be cautious of mud and debris from the river.