Mooresville is only 12 miles from the Indianapolis International Airport and less than 20 from Downtown Indy. With over 160 dog-friendly restaurants and 8 off-leash dog parks in the Indy metro area, Mooresville's suburban location gives your pup lots of amenities to bark about. Still, Mooresville’s slow pace and sense of community keep the small-town spirit alive.
The 150-acre Pioneer Park is Mooresville’s premier dog walking destination. Located a little north of downtown, this park combines leafy greenspace with family-fun facilities ranging from baseball diamonds to a zip line. Three miles of paved walking paths circle the park, giving your fur-baby a view of the action while he works off some energy. Be sure to clean up any messes: the Parks & Rec headquarters is in Pioneer Park and upkeep is a priority.
The Vandalia Trail stretches for 16 miles, running within a few miles of Mooresville. It is the longest completed segment of the planned 150-mile National Road Heritage Trail that will cross the state end-to-end. The two segments of the Vandalia — one wild, one surburban — are reached by trailheads in the nearby towns of Amo and Plainfield. The Amo trailhead is in the middle of the small downtown, but that segment of the trail is peaceful and rarely used, passing through forest and onto a boardwalk that crosses Crittenden Creek on a 30-foot trestle and continues on to Coatesville. The Plainfield section is paved, wheelchair-accessible, and far more heavily used — which means new friends for your sociable pups.
Downtown Mooresville is pedestrian-friendly and best explored by paw. The Mooresville Commercial Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and Main Street’s brick-front storefronts recall the city’s 19th century roots; download a self-guided historical walking tour from the Mooresville Public Library website. While you study the architecture, your fur-baby will appreciate the interesting smells and friendly neighbors. You can take a break on a bench in the small Hadley Memorial Park at the corner of Main and Indiana, but a real walk through Mooresville’s past should include Old Town Park, a few blocks southeast just below High Street — the seven-acre green space has been a Mooresville gathering place since 1877.