If you haven’t walked along downtown Noblesville’s Riverwalk lately, you might take a walk there.
For those who haven't yet experienced the Riverwalk trail, you are missing out.
The Riverwalk, on the south side of Conner Street by Riverside Cemetery, now offers a place for reflections with some new poetry and prose about nature.
It's a beautiful walk that backs up to the cemetery, other City-owned property, county-owned property and private property.
The most convenient place to leave your car is in the county-owned parking lots, which are rarely full.
Once you get to the Riverwalk behind the cemetery, you no longer feel that you are in the city. The wide cement path with guard rails and permanent retaining wall meanders along White River and away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Noblesville.
The Riverwalk was already a great place to enjoy nature, wildlife, the White River and some quiet time to yourself, or family time with your kids or significant other.
Now, a community partnership encourages safe river experiences with a temporary free pop-up exhibit on the Riverwalk, celebrating Indiana’s landscape and resiliency during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) pandemic.
The collection of prose and poetry was designed by Hamilton County Tourism staff and curated by Indiana Humanities as part of its “Next Indiana Campfires” program
“Reflections on the Riverwalk” features poetry, prose about nature and includes 21 excerpts of writings by midwestern authors displayed along a half-mile of the Riverwalk, available for viewing now through the last Sunday in November.
These authors use nature as an inspiration as they discuss the critical connection humans have to our environment through poetry and prose.
“Reflections on the Riverwalk’ project was made possible by Hamilton County Tourism, City of Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana Humanities, Next Indiana Campfires, White River Vision Plan and Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.
The walkway begins near Riverside Cemetery on the east side of White River near Conner Street and goes south.
NobleMade gift shop on Conner Street in Noblesville offers a one-of-a-kind anthology, “Next Indiana Campfires: A Trail Companion,” a collection of 30 favorite readings from the Campfire series, along with a trail journal to record your thoughts and observations, for $20.
This exhibit is just one more way that Hamilton County Tourism is making life better and more enriching in Hamilton County.
Visitors can share their reflections about their experiences on social media by using the hashtags #MyWhiteRiver, #VisitHC, #NoblesvilleIN, #HamiltonCountyIN or #INHumanities.
The southern section of the Riverwalk is Phase III of the Riverwalk project. Riverwalk's Phase I constructed walkways under Conner Street and to the Hamilton County Parking Lot in 2008. Riverwalk's Phase II constructed walkways from Logan Street to the Pedestrian Bridge in 2012.
A path connects all of the walkways together.
The City began clearing trees in 2016, before any construction, at a cost of $80,000, which was to be deducted from a matching amount with the county. Original bids were received in June 2016 but were thrown out by the state. New bids were received in September with Beaty Construction in Noblesville being awarded the contract for $1,746,872. The total cost for Noblesville and Hamilton County combined is about $350,000.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.