Don’t cross out Indianapolis off your hiking destinations’ list just because it has a flat landscape and is a busy city. If you know where to look, you can find some of the most rewarding hiking trails that you will have ventured on. Who said you always have to scale towering mountains and mammoth canyons for a good trail? Give these five hiking trails a try in Indianapolis. By Shubhanjana Das

1. White River State Park

Despite being a city park, White River State Park manages to pack in quite a good 6.6 mile-long trail in a 127 acre park. The hike is moderately tough but rewards you with views of the skyline and the guiding White River. You will also be accompanied by mountain bikers but need not worry about space for the trail is wide and well-marked.

2. Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve

Have a rendezvous with virgin nature at one of the only two state nature reserves in Hamilton County. The hiking trail is wound around a whopping 42 acres of woodland a historic cemetery. The hike is free and can be enjoyed at any time of the day, preferably before dark.

3. Indianapolis Culture Trail

This one-of-a-kind trail is a unique and if you ask us, best way to explore the Circle City as it takes you through each of Indianapolis’ cultural districts. The hike covers a total stretch of about eight miles, covering Fountain Square district, the Wholesale District, Market East District, Mass Ave, Indiana Avenue and White River State Park and Canal. Perfect for beginner hikers.

4. Holliday Park

If you’re hiking with your family, Holliday Park is a lovely way to connect and reconnect with nature in this 94-acre spread. Its three-and-a-half mile trail winds through the beech-maple forests. There is a nature centre in the park, and the place itself is perfect for tagging your champ along. The park has around 400 species of trees and flowers and a wild population which consists of deer, fox and beavers.

5. Brown State Country Park

Every Indy local knows Brown State Country park to be the country’s largest state park. This 12,000-acre nature residence may remind you of the Great Smoky Mountains for it does bear some resemblance. While you can choose amongst 12 different forest-lined trails based on what you are expecting from the hike, we suggest the park’s highlighting trail, the short but sweet Fire Tower Trail, dotted with deep ravines and hilltops. Perfect for intermediate hikers.

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