There’s a lot more to French Lick, IN than a name that sounds like the title of a particular sort of Urban Dictionary entry. To address the elephant in the room -- the settlement was originally a French trading outpost located near a salt lick. The small town has been one of Indiana’s premier resorts since the mid-1800s, when tourists flocked to take advantage of the supposed medicinal properties of the area’s sulfur springs.
While spa cures are less common today, French Lick is still a pretty popular spot, and it’s easy to see why -- the area is almost completely surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery Indiana has to offer, sitting on the edge of the Hoosier National Forest and close by to vast, gorgeous lakes. The town is full of small, artisanal shops and grand architecture, and, of course, there are the casinos.
Though the town doesn’t have its own dog park, French Lick prides itself on a warm welcome, and that certainly applies to your furry friend. It should come as no surprise that French Lick is near some fantastically fur friendly hiking options, and though you might need to drive a little to get the best for your buddy, you’ll find some pawesome dog parks a little fur-ther afield!