Indianapolis, IN: Eagle Creek Loop

On this easy 6-mile loop, you'll cross Eagle Creek Reservoir on a scenic causeway, wander lovely woods, and catch views from a waterfront lookout.
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On this easy 6-mile loop, you'll cross Eagle Creek Reservoir on a scenic causeway, wander lovely woods, and catch views from a waterfront lookout.

Mapped by Swati Gunale

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.7

Waypoints

ECL001

Location: 39.8555297851562, -86.2935104370117

Cross Eagle Creek Pkwy. and follow trail heading W. In next 500 ft., pass trail marker MS and cross Eagle Beach Dr. Stay straight on path where side trails enter

ECL002

Location: 39.8647918701172, -86.3010330200195

Turn R @ bottom of wooden stairs; head SE. To the W, sailboats glide by marina on glassy water

ECL003

Location: 39.868579864502, -86.2985076904297

Straight @ 4-way (M10) to continue N through woods. In 450 ft., go L @ T, heading SW

ECL004

Location: 39.8686294555664, -86.3009414672852

Pass South Overlook (climb stairs of deck for views of vibrant foliage and water), then descend hill. Turn R onto causeway, a dirt corridor across middle of reservoir; kayakers, canoeists paddle by on both sides of trail

ECL005

Location: 39.8771591186523, -86.2979507446289

Keep straight @ 3-way; side trail leads to nature center

ECL006

Location: 39.8771781921387, -86.2953567504883

Cross road, then head E @ FT4 on well-marked Volksmarch Trail under golden canopy of elm and ash

ECL007

Location: 39.8761100769043, -86.2908630371094

L @ 4-way (FT3), heading E

ECL008

Location: 39.8748588562012, -86.2887115478516

L @ 4-way (FT2)

ECL009

Location: 39.8685684204102, -86.2953567504883

L @ 3-way (NE3) for brief stretch S

ECL010

Location: 39.8679389953613, -86.2938766479492

L onto Big Pine Dr. In 800 ft., pick up trail on R side of road

ECL011

Location: 39.866870880127, -86.2917175292969

L onto 62nd St. for 450 ft., then R onto Reed Rd., heading S

ECL012

Location: 39.8610610961914, -86.2902221679688

Turn R into woods, following trail W, then S. Stay straight @ SE5 and SE2 during final .5-mi. stretch to trailhead

Views of Eagle Creek Reservoir

Location: 39.873779296875, -86.3061218261719

©Swati Gunale

The Causeway

Location: 39.8726272583008, -86.3061676025391

©Swati Gunale

Marshy Views

Location: 39.8629341125488, -86.3007888793945

©Swati Gunale

Volksmarch Trail

Location: 39.877197265625, -86.298225402832

©Swati Gunale