The Old Northside of Indianapolis used to be one of the most fashionable places to live in Indianapolis during the time surrounding the American Civil War. After a slow decline during the 1950s and
Eagle Creek Park Soars
Located on Indy’s northwest side, Eagle Creek Park is truly a municipal treasure. As one of the largest city parks in the country it offers a wide range of activities whether it’s on the water, in the woods or at one of the many event spaces on the grounds. The park as we know it today, opened in 1972 during legendary Mayor Richard Lugar’s tenure, who then went on to serve the constituents of Indianapolis in the US Senate from 1977-2013.
Below, I highlight some of my favorite areas of the park:
Eagle Creek Reservoir: The focal point of the property is certainly the 1,400 acre lake where residents can launch a boat to fish, kayak or canoe the perimeter or get a full body workout rowing where the 1987 Pan American Games event was hosted and the NCAA Championships are held each year. There is a 10 hp motor limit so think about it as a no wake zone across the entire lake. Perfect for sailing or cruising around on the pontoon!
Hiking Trails: The trail system in the park has various levels of difficulty and length. To see the most of the sights, I would recommend the Red Trail which stretches from 56th St all the way to the 71st St entrance and covers all the different areas within the park. The highlight for me is walking the narrow inlet across the lake and up around the shore with panoramic views to the west. It’s a great trail for on-leash dogs through the woods and water. From start to finish it’s 6.75 miles so you can get your steps in for the day!
Rick’s Café Boatyard: After a day on the water or a long hike, reward yourself with an adult beverage at Rick’s. A+ sunset watching on the patio paired with outstanding food offerings is almost to good to be true. Located on the southeast side of the reservoir off of Dandy Trail, there’s no better place to eat fresh seafood and listen to live music than at Rick’s!
Honorable Mention: The list of amenities really is endless. Other park activity areas include the pistol range, golf course, dog park, treetop adventure course and nature centers. Daily park passes start at $5 per car or you can purchase an annual pass for $60. For more information checkout the website, here:
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