Known as the "The Crossroads of the Nation," the roaming spirit is still alive and well in the town of Schererville, Indiana. The town got its name from Nicholas Scherer, a German settler who arrived in the area in 1846. Before the town, or even Indiana, was settled, Native American trails traversed the lands that are now modern highways and state roads. The air of friendliness this town holds extends to both two- and four-legged friends. With the surrounding countryside stocked full with trees and trails, it's easy to see why dog lovers settled down in a place like Schererville.
The town has over seven veterinarians, six pet shops (with more outside the town), and five off-leash dog parks. On top all these "pawsitives," there are some gorgeous trails to hike. After taking in all that scenery, you can take your pup right along with you to gorge on some Chicago-style deep dish pizza or a hot dog done the Indiana way! If you like your carbs more in the form of hops, in a tall cold one, you can cruise into the neighborhood for a delicious craft beer! Best of all, your doggo can come along for the ride!
Is your pup a trailblazer with dreams of heading west to mine for milkbones? Then Main is the place to settle down in Schererville. Within Main is the Erie Lackawanna trail. At one point in history, the Erie Lackawanna was a train-track known as the "friendly railway." Now refurbished as a hiking trail, Erie Lackawanna offers a panoramic glimpse into the old country. The trail crisscrosses all over Schererville, and not far from its starting point is the Oak Ridge Prairie & Oak Savannah Trail—another great place for a hike! If your pup is feeling lazy you can always just watch (or, in Fido's case, chase) birds, or throw a picnic in the prairie too!
Does your dog jump across the furniture to get a bird's eye view of the living room? If this is so, the best place to take him is the Plum Creek Forest Preserve in Pine Hill. The preserve holds the Greenway Trail. Some sections of the trail are elevated on a land bridge which gives a fun perspective of the rorest. Hiking through Plum Creek feels like swinging on vines as you are eye level with the tree canopies. After flying down the 3.15-mile trail, you and Fido will probably have a barkin' appetite. Head over to Beggars Pizza for deep dish or even a taco pizza! 'Pupperonis' welcome!
Does your dog jump across the furniture to get a bird's eye view of the living room? If this is so, the best place to take him is the Plum Creek Forest Preserve in Pine Hill. The preserve holds the Greenway Trail. Some sections of the trail are elevated on a land bridge which gives a fun perspective of the Forest. Hiking through Plum Creek feels like swinging on vines as you are eye-level with the tree canopies. After flying down the 3.15-mile long trail you and Fido will probably have a barkin' appetite. Head over to Beggars pizza for deep dish or even a taco pizza! 'Pupperonis' welcome!
When Saturday morning comes around, is your dog waking you up by placing a tennis ball at your face? We all know what that tennis ball means--time for the dog park! Lucky for pups in the Harrison neighborhood, there are two off-leash dog parks with all the amenities. The first is part of the Centennial Golf Course and is for members only. No worries, Fido! If you're not into golfing, hop on over to Wicker Memorial Dog Park where anyone can register to play off-leash! After tennis, it's time for a pint! No better place to grab a barrel-aged craft with your pup than 3 Floyds Brewpub. The pub is pet-friendly and has small bites and great brews!
How does your dog enjoy the finer things in life? Is he a pampered pooch or indulged doggie? Either way, take him to the Town Center so he can strut like a royal doggo. One of the finer restaurants in Schererville is also totally dog-friendly. At Pappas Restaurant & Bar, you can enjoy a seasonal meal like the Chipotle Sunrise burger and pet your dog at the same time! Once you've had your fill you can hike it all off at the leash-free Dogwood Run in Lemon Lake Park. Just head down 41 with your "pooch pass" and enjoy the 14-acre facility!