Where to Run/Walk and Hike
Eagle Creek Park, the 6th largest municipal park in the Nation, encompasses two State Nature Preserves. It includes more than 3,900 acres of wooded terrain and open meadows just begging to be run through. If you’re looking for soft, well manicured, trails to run on this is the place for you!
This nearly 6 mile long paved pathway forms the main spine of Zionsville’s over 20 mile long trail system. The trail's south end in Nancy Burton Memorial Park starts with a dramatic view of Eagle Creek from a bridge over the water 60 feet below. A descent down a mammoth boardwalk brings you to Starkey Nature Park and an extensive system of walking trails in the Eagle Creek floodplain.
Town Run Trail Park is a haven for runners and mountain bikers. The 127-acre natural resource park has nine miles of packed dirt trails with plenty of hills to really get your blood pumping. Beginner and intermediate level trails are available. Bikers have the right of way, so hike with caution.
At Fort Harrison, landscape and history blend together at this unique setting on the north-east side of Indianapolis. The 1,700-acre park features walking and jogging trails, picnic sites, fishing access to Fall Creek and two national historic districts. The former Citizen's Military Training Camp is preserved around the park office in what was once known as Camp Glenn.
Skiles Test Nature Park is an 80.91 acre park owned by Indy Parks. It is designated as a natural resource area. Over two miles of trail exist within the park, with more being planned. Most of the property was bequeathed to Indy Parks by the heirs of the Skiles Test estate. Mr. Test was a local businessman who once owned around 700 acres in northeast Marion County. He lived within the current park boundaries from 1913 to 1964. This property was once famous for its miniature railway, unique pool and bathhouse complete with high dives and elevators, and the "House of Blue Lights". No structure exists on the property today.
Southwestway Park is adjacent to Winding River Golf Course and Cottonwood Lakes. In 2002, the community, along with the Park Foundation helped purchase an additional 101 acres to expand the park. It is now second in size to Eagle Creek Park
Southeastway Park is a 188-acre nature park located in the southeast corner of Marion County just off of I-74. This park features newly paved walking/biking trail, forest trails in 80 acres of forest, several prairies, a pond, Buck Creek, a sledding hill, 6 picnic shelters, several picnic sites, playgrounds and an Activity Center.