Paul Ruster Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Indianapolis, Indiana that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.2 miElevation gain52 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestRiverViewsWildflowersBugs
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Marc McDonald
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Dan Scott
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Andrew Vargo
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Tad Durham
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Callie Fillenwarth
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Hard to follow in the snow especially with all of the other little paths leading to people’s backyards, icy & slick in places, but a nice little walk. Lots of squirrels, ducks, wood peckers, and nuthatches.

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Steve Knoop
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Tad Durham
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MJ Evermore
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Daphnée Morency
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Trail on this app had nothing to do with the actual trail but it’s easy to navigate regardless. Very pretty

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Kat Thompson
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A little busy for my taste but enjoyed the opportunities for exploration. Will return!

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Krista Jensen
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Courtney Carrillo
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Nice wooded trail lots of great nature pics. Only wish it were longer hike seemed to end too soon!

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Jason Strunk
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i was pleasantly surprised by this trail. a beautiful and peaceful walk. a few elevation changes- not steep enough to increase your heart rate, but sufficient enough to add a nice variety to an already pleasant walk. there is a large hill near the parking lot that would be great for cardio training, or sledding and snowboarding during the snowy months

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Emily Clare
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Hiking

In the summer, we bring the dogs and walk straight down the creek in the water. It’s so much fun for them to swim and quite a nice workout for us too. This is a great, quiet little trail. It’s not particularly well marked but you would have a hard time getting too far off track due to the small size. I’m grateful this park is right down the road!

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Kris Reed
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Not bad for a in city trail. Super quite and nice for a little escape in the city. But BRING BUG SPRAY!

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Anthony Stone
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Hiking

Good short trail that has some small elevation gain. Stay on the gravel path as there are many unofficial paths that lead into the neighborhood and backyards of homes on the northern edge of the trail.

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Jordan Masopust
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the entrances to the trail and the area surrounding the park has native vegetation which is wonderful to see. The trail itself is unmarked with many unofficial paths that will lead one into the northern neighborhoods. I personally enjoy the confusion but most won't. The trail is fairly isolated which I enjoyed and has some good views of the creek if you can find them.

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Leif Johnson
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Generic scenery, confusing trail. AllTrails map needs significant adjustments to match the actual trail.

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Kris Reed
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Not bad for a trail in a small park. Peaceful setting

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Brad Titus
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This is a nice trail - not flat, but not so hilly as to be prohibitive to the casual hiker. The bugs were a bit much - I will bring spray and wear long pants next time - but it was a fun little hike, perfect for a summer evening after work.

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Levi Misner
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Karen Pell
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Love this place as it's a nice escape to hike. Lots of wildflowers and some hills following the creek.

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Sherri Keaton
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Good, more natural trail in the woods. Nice to have a place to walk that’s not just a paved path!

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Kelly O'Neill
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The trail is not well marked. Follow the gravel trail and watch for trees with a giant orange or red dot to stay on the trail. There are many well-worn footpaths that take you to resident back yards.

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Katiana Charpentier
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Surprisingly wonderful hike this close to Cumberland and Easy Washington Street. The park is tucked away from the road and the trail is like stepping into a hidden forest. Definitely a moderate trail with some steep inclines and elevation changes. I took my dogs, but don't recommend it. The trail can be very tight in some areas. Also, don't go when there has been much rain. The trails can get pretty flooded and deep with mud. It isn't marked very well compared to state park trails and there have been MANY visitor-made trails that can get someone turned around. Some of them end up in the backyards of nearby neighborhoods, so make sure you pay attention to the turns. I ended up in a backyard while someone was mowing. Whoops. Lovely creek views and not heavily trafficked. I went on a Sunday morning. Very enjoyable and peaceful and I will definitely go again. Sans dogs this time. :)

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Jenny Roach
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Great hiking for a short distance..

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Jon Dettmer
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Excellent park that you would never know is there. It's maybe 5 minutes from my house and is awesome to take my dog to and walk around the woods.

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