Thousands of visitors and locals have shared what Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield and the four Northern Towns look like through their lens. And it’s obvious there are certain spots Instagrammers and photographers love to revisit to take images throughout the year. To inspire you to check out something new, we’ve rounded up some of the most Instagrammable, photographed spots in Hamilton County. Let the wanderlust commence!
With the same name as the popular New York greenspace, Central Park has six miles of trails winding through native prairies, wetlands and woodlands. The boardwalk over the lagoon is a popular place to stroll and observe wildlife. Visit the East Woods and go on a scavenger hunt to find the animal carvings in tree stumps.
You’ll know you’ve arrived at Coxhall Gardens when you hear the hourly chimes from the twin 90-foot bell towers. Walk around the recreation lake and visit the Children’s Garden area. This is a popular spot for engagement sessions, senior portraits and prom photos in addition to nature photography.
Located in Fishers, Flat Fork Creek Park is known for its lengthy boardwalk through the woods, connecting to three tree houses off the path. If you’re feeling more adventurous, there’s also 1.25 miles of progressive mountain bike trails. Climb to the top of the 60 foot sledding hill in the warmer months for a panoramic view, perfect for capturing sunrises and sunsets.
This iconic building has welcomed visitors to the county seat since the 1800s. The Hamilton County Courthouse is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, and photographers capture its majestic beauty year-round.
What was once a railroad route is now a paved greenway, spanning more than 25 miles in length from Indianapolis north through Carmel, Westfield and Sheridan. The Monon Trail is open year-round, dawn to dusk, and plowed in the winter. Plus, it’s a great spot to see the changing fall leaves.
Built in 1870, Potter’s Bridge is the only remaining covered bridge in Hamilton County. The bridge provides stunning views of the White River below, and the surrounding park connects to the White River Greenway Trail, passing through Forest Park to downtown Noblesville and Morse Park and Beach.
Ritchey Woods is one of only two state designated nature preserves in Hamilton County. Visitors are welcome dawn to dusk to hike, bird watch or simply spend time in nature. Remember to stay on the trail at all times, as this land is protected.
Hamilton County’s largest park boasts more than 750 acres of land, including eight miles of multi-use trails and a three-mile stretch of the White River. In addition to walking through the wetlands, prairie and trails, visitors can visit the archery range, equestrian center and aerial adventure trails at Strawtown Koteewi Park.
Just west of Coxhall Gardens is another popular park, West Park. Spring and summer is the perfect time to explore the prairie maze and pond boardwalks to see elements of nature all around. In the winter, kids (and kids at heart) love to glide down the two-story sledding hill.
The iconic White River weaves more than 300 miles in length through Indiana, including a stretch in Hamilton County. Popular spots to see the river up close include Strawtown Koteewi Park, Potter’s Bridge Park, the White River Greenway and River Road Park.