The Hendricks County seat, Danville was incorporated way back in 1835. Danville’s history has been lovingly preserved; Courthouse Square and the central shopping districts are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as are a number of the grand homes on Washington Street and Broadway. Explore this lovely town by foot and paw while your buddy sniffs out some new friends.
In spite of its small size, Danville is only 20 miles from the heart of Indianapolis. With affordable housing and an easy commute, the town is growing thanks to an influx of commuters. Suburban Danville gives your pups lots of creature comforts. There are four veterinary clinics in town and multiple 24-hour animal hospitals available in Indy. You'll even find drive-through pet supplies in nearby Brownsburg: Crossroads Drive-Through Feed Barn will load your trunk with premium pet food while you chill in the front seat with your buddy.
The 53-acre Blanton Woods is Danville’s best puppy perk. Willed to the town on the condition that it never be developed, this lovely nature preserve has five miles of wooded trails that wind past creeks and streams. The park has no facilities beyond picnic tables, so plan ahead for your restroom break and bring water, waste bags, and anything else you’ll need. This park is so peaceful that you’ll forget you're only a few blocks north of Main Street.
Founded in 1913 to protect the city’s communal wells, Ellis Park on Main Street is a century-old Dansville tradition. A loop road circles the athletic facilities, and spur trails cross over the famous swinging bridge and follow the banks of White Lick Creek in this 49-acre park. From Ellis, take the footpath from the southwestern corner of the park to reach Danville Police Department headquarters, and then pick up the sidewalk beginning at the historical marker in front. Follow the sidewalk west on Main Street into the heart of Downtown Danville, where you’ll admire the classic brick storefronts and historical architecture. The Bread Basket Café & Bakery on Washington Street has converted an old home into a dog-friendly restaurant, so stop and enjoy breakfast or lunch at one of seven outdoor tables on the wide covered porch.