Explore the most popular birding trails near Indianapolis with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is my favorite trail in this state park. You go thru a variety of terrain, including meadows, along creeks, and through winding hills.

I don’t love that bikes are allowed on this trail but it’s best to go the opposite direction of them so you can see them coming head on, rather than being surprised from behind.

As with many trails in this park, you can hear traffic and see the roads. This one isn’t horrible as you’re mostly hearing traffic inside the park, but it’s not the best sound to hear when you’re in nature.

Other than that, it’s my new favorite trail that’s close to downtown Indy.

A nice, 4.5 mile hike to get out of the city and get back into nature.

Reasons I don’t love this trail:
- it’s windy and very back-and-forth so during much of the trail, you see where you’re going and that just isn’t a fun feature for me;
- during some of the hike you can hear the car traffic on 465 and surrounding streets and it takes away from the experience of being in nature.

hiking
15 days ago

Very nice trail to hike. Well maintained. Would be slick with moisture due to packed dirt by the bikes.
Was passed by some bikers and runners but the trail is a mostly open with good visibility.

Less technical than the Town Run Trail Park but also more open and the trail a little wider. On the Town Run, you really have to watch for bikes.

hiking
16 days ago

I have to go with some other hikers on this one. I gave it only 2 starts for hiking but it would be a great trail for biking.

Well maintained trails that are only wide enough for one person/bike. I was lucky in that every time a bike came on us (all the riders were extremely nice), we had a place to jump off the path. There are many places and blind corners that getting off would have been a issue. The bikes these days are so quiet that they are on you in a blink. We spent the hike listening for bikes which was very difficult the closer you get to 465's noise.

The trail has one direction, so make sure to enter to the Northeast.

hiking
30 days ago

nice trails. very well marked. A little sad the extra loop was still closed. I would say more toward easy with a few moderate areas. Some beautiful birds!

hiking
1 month ago

This is a beautifully maintained bike trail. It says hikers are welcome on the sign, but the trails are too narrow to allow bicyclists and hikers through at the same time. Bikers had to stop for us to get out of their way. All were extremely nice about it (thanks!) but we felt like we were imposing more than sharing just by being there on foot.

Didn’t see a soul on this well maintained trial which is clearly maintained for bikers but I ran the trail. Not a lot of areas to step aside should the need arise. Well cleared generally but be aware can be very slick in the morning if dew is heavy or within hours of a rain. First third of seven miles in heavily shaded, middle third is meadows ad final third is wooded. I will visit overtime I am back in Indy as time allows. Beats the treadmill at the hotel any day.

1 month ago

The red trail as marked doesn’t quite match the one posted here. It’s closer to 6.5 miles. Trail markers are better than they used to be depending on direction going. The trail that goes along sand bar in the water is in need of repair. Several areas where you might have to walk through water or over skinny wood planks.

This is my favorite trail at this park. I like the way it meanders and undulates. It’s well maintained and marked. I did miss a turn (my fault) and made an unexpected loop a just over two miles in, but I didn’t mind as appreciated the extra distance.

I’m not certain if mountain bikes are allowed, but I was hit by a mountain biker during my hike. I noticed him as he was approaching from about sixty feet behind me. He shouted “Coming through!” at 30 feet away. I wasted no time jumping off the path, but as he was leaning into a turn, his shoulder clipped my shoulder. He didn’t slow down as he approach me and was going way too fast to make a pass. He shouted “My fault!”, but he didn’t even stop to see if I was ok.

I was so shocked at what just happen I didn’t have the words to say anything as we could see each other across from one of the ravines moments later. He wouldn’t look at me.

I wasn’t hurt, but I was pretty upset about the situation as I almost had my six yo daughter come along with me. She decided to stay back last minute as she’s had come down with a cold. I felt what the cyclist did was very reckless, and I’m thankful my daughter wasn’t there as she might have not made it out of the way.

I’m an avid cyclist, I commuted to work by bike for seven years, and support bicycle advocacy groups. I believe mountain bikers should have a place to ride. However, this cyclist was completely reckless. I’m glad I didn’t run into him back at the parking lot as I sure I would’ve said some choice words (not my character).

hiking
1 month ago

First time on Red Trail. Easy to Moderate. Slight elevation changes. As of post (7/2018), portion was shut down due to construction. Some trail markings were missing. Paper map worked better in questioned areas versus app.

I enjoyed this trail, in the middle of the day, in mid July. The tree canopy provided lots of shade. The trail moves up, down, left, and right which kept it interesting. The lack of trail markers and use of different coloured flags took away some enjoyment as I wasn’t always sure of where I was. I helped a group of boys find their way as well. Not a safe idea with sketchy trail markers. Note also, this park doesn’t have garbage cans. Your asked to carry all your garbage out. Enjoy.

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

walking
2 months ago

Great trail with wonderful, woodsy, views. My pregnant wife and I walked at a relatively slow pace and completed it in an hour and a half.

views are beautiful from the top of the lake

hiking
2 months ago

Such a gorgeous trail, mostly all in the shade. Nostly for mountain bikes but an awesome hike as well, we loved hiking it!

This is a nice meandering trail. Use caution as it’s a MTB trail too. No benches or pic-nick tables on this trail.

Love the terrain and the trail- I was expecting more bikes but no issues. I was trail running and at some point I missed a sign. But it was a nice easy run.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Took us approximately 1 hour to complete. Not too busy, but did step off trail to allow bikers to pass by. Would definitely do this trail again to train for trail running.

very nice surprise

walking
2 months ago

Peaceful and relaxing

Nice trail. Well marked. Very scenic with the water and birds.

walking
2 months ago

Good views of downtown Indy. There are bicycle, kayak, and paddle boat rentals near the fountain as an alternative to walking

hiking
2 months ago

Well-maintained and well-trafficked trail that’s best for light hiking or trail running. Definitely would consider this to be more easy than moderate

trail running
2 months ago

This is the long trail in Fort Harrison. Beautiful trail with loads of trees and wildlife. Little slick in spots after the rain but not too bad

hiking
2 months ago

Park was very nice and plan to return for other trails. The orange trail was marked pretty clear, fairly easy, and not busy at all. We did not pass a single person during the entire hike.

road biking
3 months ago

this is a nice place with lots of other things to do along the way bike rental at the white river end shaded most of the way not crowed but was on a Friday day , beautiful buildings and bridges.

Nice trail. We got a bit turned around at one point and looped back to somewhere else on the trail. But we were able to take a shortcut back to our car from where we ended up. It was really pretty though. Nice flowers and beautiful trees. Very wooded, easy trail to hike.

3 months ago

Nice hike through bird sanctuary and through woods.

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