The White River itself is the primary rivere corridor in Marion County, It makes a winding path through the city from the northeast corner of the county to the southwest. Wapahani is its Native American name, and it is home to dozens of species of fish, small animals, birds, bees, butterflies, as well as some red fox, coyote and deer. Blue heron, wood ducks, osprey, golden eagles and several varieties of hawks nest along its wooded shore, and a pair of bald eagles have hatched young near the river in Southwestway Park.
Greenway DescriptionThe White River Wapahani Trail is approximately 4.75 miles that starts at Riverside Regional Park at 38th Street and follows the White River south to White River State Park. Currently, it links with the Central Canal Towpath and passes by several Indianapolis cultural and educational attractions including the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Lake Sullivan Sports Center, IUPUI, the Downtown Canal Walk, White River State Park, and the Indianapolis Zoo. Trail users can also access the Monon Rail-Trail via the Central Canal Towpath at 30th Street.
With approximately 18 more miles planned, it will eventually connect to Fall Creek, Eagle Creek, Pleasant Run, and Little Buck Creek trails. The next planned improvement will be the extension from the Indianapolis Zoo south to Raymond Street.
The White River canoe route (blueway) is 16 miles long, with launch sites in Town Run Trail Park (96th St.), Broad Ripple Park (62nd St.) , the Indianapolis Arts Center (adjacent to the Monon Trail at 67th St,) and at Riverside Regional Park below 30th Street (Lake Indy.) This route passes through dense woods and residential sections, and has become a favorite of canoeists and kayakers.
The Central Canal Towpath, the Monon Trail, the Pleasant Run Trail and the White River Wapahani Trail all are NRTs!