Central Canal Towpath

photo: On the Towpath Trail. Photo by John Terrill.

Length: 5.23 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Greenway, Urban Trail
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Indianapolis
State(s): Indiana
Counties: Marion
Longitude: -86.19281
Latitude: 39.81085

Driving Directions

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The Central Canal Towpath begins at the Monon Rail-Trail in Broad Ripple and follows a historic 1836 canal towpath. The historic character of the canal was maintained by recreating the crushed limestone surface and adding two historic bridges dating to 1872 and 1879 for trail users. The Central Canal Towpath today represents one of a handful of historic functioning canals. The canal was designated as an American Water Landmark in 1971, and it became part of the Indianapolis Greenways System in 1994.

Additional Details

Width: 96 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed rock, compacted
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Average Grade: 1%
Maximum Grade: 2%
Elevation Low Point: 704
Elevation High Point: 728
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: The Greenways Foundation

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Ray Irvin
Trail Manager
Indianapolis Parks, Greenways
900 E. 64th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220
(317) 327-7431

Terri VanZant
Indianapolis Parks, Greenways
900 E. 64th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46220
(317) 327-7431
[email protected]



On the Towpath Trail. Photo by John Terrill.

On the Towpath Trail. Photo by John Terrill.


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