White River Wapahani Trail


White River Wapahani Trail Facts

States: Indiana
Counties: Marion
Length: 6.85 miles
Trail end points: W. 38th St. and White River Pkwy. W Dr. at Riverside Regional Park and W. Raymond St. and S. White River Pkwy. W Dr.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6443673
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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White River Wapahani Trail Description

The White River Wapahani Trail is nearly 7 miles long, stretching from 38th Street at Riverside Regional Park south to W. Raymond Street. Near downtown Indianapolis, the trail provides access to White River State Park and the Indianapolis Zoo. With several more miles planned, it will eventually connect to a number of other trails.

Currently, it links with the Central Canal Towpath and the southern segment of the Fall Creek Trail. In the future, it will connect to the Eagle Creek Trail and the Pleasant Run Trail.

Downtown, trail-goers can easily reach the Indianapolis Cultural Trail at Washington Street, which stretches 8 miles through the city and spans five cultural districts with public art and numerous attractions. On the other end of town, trail users can also access the Monon Trail via the Towpath or a crosstown connection on St. Clair Street.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available in White River State Park (801 W. Washington Street) and Riverside Regional Park (2420 East Riverside Drive). A new trailhead at the intersection of W. Raymond Street and S. White River Parkway W. Drive also offers parking.

White River Wapahani Trail Reviews

We rode this trail on Townies, four of us. After only a few miles, we found ourselves dodging driftwood on the trail. The White River was very high and had obviously covered the trail recently and from the older eveidences of river swelling on the trail it evidently frequently covers the trail. There was a variety of scattered debris, rocks, tree limbs and most treacherous, mud bogs that were as much as two to three inches deep that crossed the trail side to side and ran for 25 -100 yards long in some places. We actually rode into one of these without suspecting after rounding a bend and my wife went down suffering a leg injury. Getting stopped was treacherous to say the least and exiting these mud bogs was very difficult without dropping our bikes and or ourselves.

There was a one point in the trail, a tree perhaps two and half feet in diameter was down across the trail with a rock wall on one side, the river and a mud bog on the other. Eventually we could not proceed any further so instead of finishing the ride we turned around and and eventually climbed a forty foot hill at 30 degrees, bikes and all, to get away from the trail. We had to negotiate a wooded area, a ton of broken glass and a horde of mosquitoes to boot.

I would not reccomend this trail to anyone. As an experinced trail rider, I found it to be the most ill maintained trail uoon which I have ever ridden. Avoid this trail!

Nice trail - we rode from link with Central Canal Towpath to downtown Indy - trail was a little rough in places due to roots under mining asphalt surface but other than that ok. Few road crossings not functional as you approach Indy and at one location you just run out of path and have to hunt the connection into Indy. Easy ride, no gradient and good connection to the Central Canal Towpath at the Naval Armory.

Nice trail that is clearly marked. It wasn't too difficult and only had a couple of areas where crossing was a little difficult, 10th street near IUPUI comes to mind, also the trail does kind of disappear there as it is not as clearly marked as it could be. Of course if you saw a map of the trail first this wouldn't be an issue.

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