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Indianapolis / Marion County

Indianapolis will serve as the geographic and historic hub of the NRHT embracing the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and the White River State Park as core elements to connect trail users with the Historic National Road and all of the other attractions of the vibrant downtown area.

As shown below, Indy Greenways and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail are planned to form the route through Marion County.  See more details in the
Indianapolis Greenways Master Plan.

NRHT route across IndianapolisNRHT through

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On the west side, the NRHT will use the developing 34-mile Vandalia Trail from Putnam and Hendricks Counties.  From Plainfield, this route will take the planned Vandalia Trail along the north side of the Indianapolis International Airport and through neighborhoods bordering the active railroad to join the open Eagle Creek Trail which goes south and east to the White River.  It will then
follow the White River Trail north to White River State Park.  A more direct route to downtown not using the Eagle Creek Trail is also being studied.  Trail users access the vibrant "business route" downtown and in Fountain Square on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail which also proceeds south to connect with the Pleasant Run Trail.  Following the Pleasant Run Trail northeast, trail users then pick up the evolving Pennsy Rail-Trail in the historic Irvington district and continue through the well-established Pennsy Trail in Cumberland.  This will be the gateway east to the well-established Pennsy Trail in Greenfield and the existing NRHT in Henry County.

Dozens of interesting sites await visitors along the trail.  A dramatic entrance into downtown Indianapolis is presented by the old Washington Street bridge between the Indy Zoo and White River State Park, now a popular bike/pedestrian bridge.  Other landmarks such as the Capitol, Monument Circle, Fountain Square, and the Irvington Historic District grace the route.

Open Trail

The portions of the trail that are open today are the Eagle Creek Trail south from I-70 to and along Raymond Street, the White River Trail north to the Indianapolis Zoo area and across the old Washington Street bridge to downtown, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail along Washington Street, Virginia Avenue, and Shelby Street through downtown and Fountain Square, the Pleasant Run Trail from Shelby Street to Ellenberger Park in Irvington, the Pennsy Trail in Irvington, and 1 mile of the Cumberland Pennsy Trail.

White River Trail Bridge to Downtown
Washington St bridge

Future Plans

The Indianapolis Greenways Full Circle Master Plan includes completion of its Pennsy Trail in Irvington to connect to Cumberland and the Vandalia Trail west to Plainfield.

Existing Features on or near the Trail

Indianapolis Airport
Indianapolis Zoo
White River State Park

Amtrak station
State Capitol
Monument Circle
Garfield Park
Historic National Road Interpretive Panels
Washington Street Historic District
Bona Thompson Center
Irvington Historic District

The old Washington Street bridge (White River Trail)

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