Sweat It Out
You're invited to visit and enjoy the beauty of Crown Hill, not only as a cemetery visitor, but also to exercise. We offer many opportunities to move about through the programs we offer, but you're also welcome to visit any time our gates are open to walk, run, or bike. Children in strollers and friendly dogs on leashes are also welcome. (Please curb your dogs.)
The Crown Hill Walking Club! We invite you to join us this summer and fall for the Crown Hill Walking Club from June 1st - October 31st. We encourage you to enjoy scenic Crown Hill Cemetery while being active and participating in friendly competitive challenges. The Crown Hill Walking Club is FREE! Please visit the funeral home lobby to sign up for the Crown Hill Walking Club at the front desk or download the Application here and return to the front desk. Applications must be submitted before participating. The email provided by participants at registration will only be used for the Crown Hill Walking Club and will only be sent information on the club, new routes, challenges and prize information. (If you're a runner you can join too! Just follow all the Walking Club rules.)
You must be 18 years or above to be a member of the walking club. It will be based on the honor system and you must walk during the posted times Crown Hill Cemetery is open. (Gate hours: North Gate at 38th & Clarendon Rd. - 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. through September and maybe some of October, then it closes at 6 p.m. The South Gate at 34th St. & Boulevard Pl. gate is open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. year round.) After each walk, record your miles with the receptionist at the front desk inside the funeral home. If you walk after 5:00 p.m. and the Funeral Home Office is closed, you may call the next day during office hours and record your time or email email@example.com with your mileage. The office phone number is 317-925-3800. Mileage walked must be inside the Cemetery and miles walked outside do not count. You must fill out a Walking Club Application to be a member of the Crown Hill Walking Club. As walkers reach the miles of 25, 50, 75 and 100 they will receive prizes to encourage them to keep going. The walker with the most miles on October 31st will receive a cash prize!
WALKING & RUNNING ROUTES
Feel free to download & print the routes below or pick up a copy at the front desk. Please note that you can start anywhere along the routes. Some of the routes are easy (short and flat), while others are more challenging. The routes which take you to the top of the Crown are challenging because the hill is steep, but the amazing view is more than worth the hike! If you want to do a route but feel that you need to skip the Crown, just deduct .25 miles from your total.
0.51 Mile Walking Route - Short and easy route by the Gothic Chapel
0.95 Mile Walking Route - From the Gothic Chapel to the Crown & back
1.00 Mile Walking Route - Easy route on the north grounds
1.45 Mile Walking Route - Easy route on the north grounds
2.05 Mile Walking Route - Starts at 34th St., includes Gothic Chapel
2.47 Mile Walking Route - Starts at 34th St., goes by Dillinger's grave
3.03 Mile Walking Route - Nice 5K route with hills, including the Crown
4.15 Mile Walking Route - Perimeter route with the Crown
5.00 Mile Walking Route - Perimeter route with the Crown, plus some
6.05 Mile Walking Route - Most challenging route but fun to do
OTHER ROUTE MAPS
In addition to the ten maps above, you're welcome to create your own route map for running or walking, or you can download theses other route maps we've created, which include a 5K route map [PDF] and this online interactive 5K route map currently used for the annual Beyond the Badge 5K Run / Walk for teams and individuals that's held each September and is pictured here. Hundreds of runners and walkers join us for this great event every September. You can also download our 3-mile and 5-mile route maps. You can also check out this Google Map of Crown Hill with lots of interesting locations marked.
Crown Hill is also a designated walking site for the American Volkssport Association. Click here for a link to information about their Crown Hill walks.
For those who want to explore all of the 25-miles of roads at Crown Hill, there's a great resource for creating your own walking or running route and it's called the Google's Gmap Pedometer. (All the maps on this page were created with Google's Pedometer.) With this tool you can create endless maps within Crown Hill and calculate mileage (or kilometers). Please note for this to work within Crown Hill you'll need to click on the "Satellite" feature. To get started, just type in one of our addresses in the "Jump to" box and zoom in!
Crown Hill Cemetery
700 West 38th St.
3402 Boulevard Place
Indianapolis, IN 46208
SECTION SIGNS & PAINTED LINES
All sections within Crown Hill have green section number signs which correspond with the sections numbers on the map. There are also small boulders on many section corners with section numbers. We have a yellow and a white line painted on the two main drives through Crown Hill. The yellow line connects both gates (38th St. & 34th St.) directly and the white line connects the gates via the longer, scenic route which includes President Harrison's memorial, the Crown (at the base), the National Cemetery, the Gothic Chapel, etc.
There are restrooms located in the Community Mausoleum on the north grounds: the Women's is downstairs or upstairs on the left and the Men's is downstairs or upstairs on the right. There are also restrooms located on the south grounds behind the Gothic Chapel. Restrooms are open during regular office hours.
OTHER GREAT WAYS TO EXERCISE AT CROWN HILL!
TAKE AN AWARD-WINNING GUIDED TOUR
We offer both Public and Private Group Walking Tours, and most all cover about one mile in ninety minutes, which is a comfortable pace for most people. In addition to walking a mile, most tour participants will have the opportunity to walk up to the top of "the Crown," the highest hill in Indianapolis at 842.21 ft. From this incredible vantage point, visitors can see a 360-degree panoramic view of the entire Indianapolis skyline.
We offer Public walking tours on the second, third, and fourth weekends of the month from Memorial Day through early November. Please check out our Calendar of Events for dates, times, place to meet and the tour topic. Private Group Walking Tours can be scheduled for any time and any day except holidays and at the availability of a tour guide. The fees for both types of walking tours is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students. Private Group Walking Tours have a minimum fee of $50 per tour and must be scheduled in advance. Please visit our Best of Indy Tour Section for more information.
In addition to the public and private group walking tours we offer, we also have several Self-guided Walking Tour routes available. These
routes include several historical tours and two tree tours. The Historical Tour routes are included in our five-dollar history book, Memories
of the Past: A Tour of Historic Crown Hill Cemetery, which can be purchased at our main office or can be ordered with our History Book Order Form [PDF]. Our two
self-guided Tree Tours are both on our free Tree Map, which also available at the main office or they can be
downloaded as a PDF file below. The Tree Maps include two walking tour routes as well as the location of
107 species of trees, each marked with a sign corresponding to a number on the map as well as the scientific and common names.
Tree Maps, Tree Tours, & Tag Info [PDF]
Cyclists are always welcome to ride the many roads of rolling hills within our gates. Please take extra caution on roads requiring improved pavement, wear a helmet, and don't ride to the top of the Crown.
Crown Hill is an active cemetery and thousands of people come here each year to attend funerals, visit the graves of their loved ones, and attend events. When you notice cemetery visitors we ask that you respect the needs and privacy of others and exercise in another location in the cemetery. Please also note that any activity done at Crown Hill Cemetery is done at your own risk.
Enjoy your visit!