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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.
Shamrock Dog Park is located in Layfayette. It's ruffly thirty miles from Monon, but there is plenty for your dog to do! There are two large dog areas and a small dog area. Water is provided in the summer, but you will need to bring your own in the winter. The park also provides doggie waste bags. You'll have to register to play first, though. You can get your day pass at the feed store in town, but you will need your dog's vaccination records. Please remember that you should keep your dog on a leash until you are safely within the fence.
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.
Clegg Memorial Garden sits atop a hill that overlooks the city, and you can also take in the beauty of the Wildcat Creek. This is a peaceful little area with walking trails that you and your dog can enjoy all year long. Each season brings its own beauty, so you'll want to visit often -- just make sure your pup is leashed. The garden requires you to pick up after your pet, and this rule is strictly enforced, so make sure you have plenty of doggie waste bags. This unique park is a hidden gem that you may not find unless you are on the lookout for it!
If you love history, then West Lafayette is the place to bring your dog for his walks! Sure, it's ruffly 30 miles away, but where else can you find 18 miles of trails that crisscross through historic battlefields? The Wabash Heritage Trail combines your need to exercise with your need to learn history. You can get a complete map and see it all or just come and explore all on your own. Make sure you keep your pup on-leash. You will want to have water with you. You may be fined if you don't clean up after your pup, so have doggie waste bags ready.
All that exploring, walking, and having fun is bound to make you and your hound hungry! If you already made the thirty-mile trip to Lafayette, then you can't take your pup home before you grab a bite. Wait! Don't turn into that drive-thru just yet! The East End Grill will welcome your dog with open arms. Grab a patio table while you wait on your drinks. The fare is steakhouse combined with bistro. You can choose from classics like shrimp and grits or pan roasted salmon. By the time your meal is over, you and your pup will both need a belly rub!
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