Central Canal Towpath
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The Central Canal Towpath is both a vintage remnant of 19th Century Indiana and a modern mid-city escape along gentle waters and into quiet woods.  Along the way, users can enjoy two restored 19th Century bridges – one of which connects to the gardens and grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art and a one pedestrian bridge in the Broad Ripple Village area. 

Greenway Description

The Central Canal Towpath begins at the Monon Trail in Broad Ripple and follows the historic 1836 canal towpath for 5.23 miles ending at 30th Street.  The trail surface is a packed crushed limestone, which serves as a reminder of the towpath's hard-working heritage as a corridor for cargo and passenger boats.  The trail connects to the White River Greenway at 30th Street and leads Greenway users to downtown Indianapolis. 

When completed, the Central Canal Towpath will extend from 30th Street to 16th Street, bringing an important amenity through the neighborhood.  Eventually, it will connect to the proposed Fall Creek Greenway. 

Central Canal Towpath


1870's Bedstead Bridge
Illinois Street
restored: 1999

1870's Bowstring Bridge
Indianapolis Museum of Art
restored: 1999


The Central Canal Towpath, the Monon Trail, the Pleasant Run Trail and the White River Wapahani Trail all are NRTs!