Indiana’s Central Canal was created in the early 1800s in effort to connect the Wabash and Erie Canals to the Ohio River. The original plan was large in scope, so large that cost and funding became a concern and the project was halted. Only an Indianapolis segment was completed, with a start/end point in Broad Ripple next to the Monon Trail.
If you’re walking, the canal towpath is a scenic spot for a stroll and there are often ducks and geese in the water. Or if you’re on a bike, you can follow the towpath southwest to Rocky Ripple, Butler University or art exhibits and grounds at Newfields (formerly the Indianapolis Museum of Art). You can even ride all the way to downtown Indianapolis by veering off the Central Canal trail at 38th Street and hopping on the White River Trail across the river.
Exit the Monon Trail in Broad Ripple at the canal bridge (pictured above)
Photo by Jim Grey