The quaint little town of Monon, Indiana was once the place to be, pawticularly if you were a passenger on the railroad. Back in the 19th century, Monon was a key stop along the railroad -- most trains en route to larger cities like Lafayette and Louisville had to pass through Monon and change direction at the junction here. During the Civil War, the Monon Railroad was so central to the Union Army that Confederate troops destroyed many of the tracks here.
Today, though, "The Monon" route is no more, and the population of the town declined along with the popularity of the railroad. This sleepy spot is named after two rivers which flow near it, and the word "monon" is derived from a Native American word meaning "swift running." It's no surprise, then, that Fido will pawsitively love this place -- after all, running swiftly is one of his favorite things!
The first place you should take your pooch in town is City Park. This is a nice-sized park nestled in the heart of town, and it's home to a playground, pavilions, and a running trail. Just remember to bring a leash with you.
If you're looking for a place to stay, the Dream Acres Campground is pawfect! You can bring your dog and tent camp, park your RV, or even rent a cabin. There are many walking trails all through the park, and you can also enjoy fishing and picnicking with Fido here.
Delphi is the closest place to jump on a Rails-to-Trails walking path with your pup. The Delphi Historic Trails network follows ten miles of the former Monon Railroad line as well as the Wabash & Erie Canal. Along the way, you will find authentic and historic canal houses that are pawfect for a photo op! One of the trailheads can be found inside Canal Park. You'll need to bring drinking water with you, and your dog will need to be leashed. There are trash cans along the way, so remember to bring your doggie waste bags. You can camp at the tent sites along the trail, or set up your RV at designated points.