Despite being a city full of hustle and bustle, there are a surprisingly notable amount of getaway spots where you can become one with nature in and around Indy. And when it comes to proximity to state parks, Indianapolis is certainly the place to be! Whether you’re looking to hike, fish, bike, or camp, these five state parks near Indianapolis offer you a wonderful opportunity to do so. Check them out as soon as you get the chance!

Whether you’re looking for a quick day excursion or a lengthy camping trip, the state parks near Indianapolis should have exactly what you’re looking for. What are your favorite state parks in Indiana or around Indianapolis? Let us know all about them in the comments!

To find trails and trail maps for each of these parks, you’ll definitely want to use our go-to trail app. Once you have your adventure planned, be sure to fuel up with a delicious meal beforehand! These must-try restaurants around Indianapolis are sure to hit the spot.

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State Parks Around Indianapolis

What are some of the best parks around Indianapolis?  

You may be wondering, "What are some state parks near me?" Indianapolis might be the largest city in Indiana, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have pockets of natural beauty everywhere. Some of its most beautiful features are its awesome parks, and there are plenty to go around. Some of the most popular parks in Indianapolis include:

  • Eagle Creek Park, on 56th Street, which is great for hikers and biking as well. There’s lots of room and plenty of things to do and see!
  • Another much-beloved park is White River State Park, which is an urban park downtown. It’s situated along the White River and encompasses 267 acres.
  • We also love Holliday Park, which is super interesting in the sense that there are legitimate ruins here (of what? We guess you’ll have to find out), and it’s a ridiculously fascinating place to explore. There are remnants of an old amusement park, there, too!
  • Broad Ripple Park is another popular option.  


What are the best hiking trails in Indianapolis?  

Who says the big city can’t have great hiking? We sure don’t! According to our friends at, there are more than 50 wonderful trails in and around Indianapolis just waiting to be explored. Among the most popular are trails at the nearby Fort Harrison State Park like Lawrence Creek Trail (which is 4.5 miles long) and Fall Creek Trails Loop (which is 2.7 miles long).

Holliday Park, mentioned above, is wonderful for hiking and features the Holliday Park Trail. It’s absolutely beautiful! In the summer it’s lush and green; during winter, it’s a wonderland.

The White River Canal Walk is another good one; it’s perfect for those who prefer to stay in an urban setting instead of getting all dirty out in the sticks. Need some more ideas? Here are just a few of the best places to go hiking near Indianapolis.