Small-town charm is just one of the allures of the pet-friendly town of Lebanon, Indiana. Part of Boone County, the town got its name when the early pioneers came across a thicket of hickory trees that reminded them of Biblical cedars. This rustic appeal has stayed with Lebanon, and the town offers plenty of dog-friendly events and places to explore. The community gets together for annual parades through the town's center and attracts visitors looking to pay homage to the past in Lebanon's Historic Center. The Historic Cragun House — now a museum — is a beautiful Victorian home built in the late 1800s.
Dog owners can't get enough of Lebanon, which offers easy access to everything they need for Fido. There are 4 veterinarian clinics and animal hospitals, 7 pet shops, and 2 dog-friendly hiking trails all within the greater Boone County area. Dogs are also welcome to hang out with their owners as they dine at 4 of Lebanon's pet-friendly restaurants that have an outdoor seating area for the doggos. You can head down to the Anderson part of town for "Bark-B-Q", or grab a slice of pizza on Washington Street. After the meal's done, you can take a relaxing stroll through any Lebanon's 3 city parks. Fido's already got his leash ready!
Is your dog a true carnivore that loves it when you slip him bits of steak under the table? If you live off Anderson, you can visit Parky's Smokehouse with your pup to experience some truly tempting and delicious smoked-from-the-pit entrees. Parky's has gluten-free and veggie options for the healthy doggos too! Try a coffee crusted ribeye, bourbon glazed salmon, or a plate of the Oink & Onion. You can wash it all down with a Salty Dog cocktail as you box up your bones for Fido! Leashed, well-behaved hounds are welcome to chow down with you. Don't forget to bring a water bowl!
Does your precious pooch love walking around in the park so he can sniff every tree? Living off Washington will place you within walking distance of Coleman Memorial Park. The park has been the pride and joy of the town for 75 years and plays host to walking trails, recreational sports, playgrounds, and picnic areas. There are Jacaranda trees sprinkled throughout the park, which offer a nice view when the pink flowers are blooming. After a trip to the park, you can head over to Greeks Pizzeria for a slice...or a whole pie! Try the specialties, like Cordon Blue ala Rafael or gourmet wings on a pizza!
Does your dog have tons of energy and love going for nice long hikes through the trees? If you live off Lafayette, you can walk over to the Sam Ralston Trailhead, which interconnects with a trail system called Farm Heritage Trail. The full trail is 20 miles long — beginning in Thorntown and ending in Lebanon — and stretches through various counties and towns of Indiana. The Sam Ralston is a mile long and begins at Dead End Road. This is a good place to take larger dogs that can walk furrever! Don't forget to bring water for Fido, as dogs are more than welcome on the trail.
Does your dog need a cup o' joe to get going in the morning? Maybe just the smell lets him know it's time for his morning walk? If you live off Noble, there's a pet-friendly Starbucks where you can grab your coffee and hit the road with Fido. You two can head down to Abner Longley Park. At Abner, you'll find a lovely overlook of a duck pond with a trail that circles the body of water. There are two pavilions that make a sweet place for a picnic. Don't forget the waste bags and a Frisbee for a game of fetch!
Does your dog think he's more of a bear than a dog that's as cuddly as he is protective? Good companion for a hike! Living off Sugar Creek gives you quick walking access to the Big 4 Trail. This hike is 9.5 miles of winding crushed stone through the backcountry of Indiana. There are trail markers along the way and plenty of wildlife to see. If you go at the right times, you might stumble across deer or spot a red-tailed fox! As you walk, note that Abraham Lincoln traveled this route on his way to his presidential inauguration. Fido's impressed!