Swayzee, Indiana was founded in 1880. The railroad made it possible for many professions to be introduced to the town. Its motto is, "The only Swayzee in the world," because it is said that a sailor sent a postcard home to his family and used only "Swayzee" as the address, but it still made its way to the family. Another fun fact is that this is where the turn signal for the car was said to be invented. For more fun facts and information, you and your dog should check out the historical markers that can be found in and around the city, most of which are located along a walking path.
You and your whole family will enjoy going over to Swayzee East Park. There are several things you can do while you are here, including playing on the playground, exploring the walking path, and sitting under the shade tree with a good book.
If you want a more strenuous hiking trail, you could take a 16-mile trip and head over to Marion. Miller Avenue Trailhead is a paved walking trail where you and your dog can spend a couple of hours just walking and burning some energy. There are almost always other dogs here, so you and your pooch are sure to sniff out some new friends!
There are no water fountains along the way, so please remember to bring plenty for you and your pooch. You will also want to have doggie waste bags with you to clean up after your pal.
The Nickel Plate Trail runs through several communities in Howard and Fulton Counties, including the unincorporated community of Cassville. This Rails-to-Trails project is named after the former rail line that once ran through here. This well-kept trail is known for being clean, so make sure to practice good "petiquette" and bring some waste bags along to help keep it that way! You'll also want to bring plenty of drinking water for you both. The Cassville trailhead is located approximately 17 miles from Swayzee. The total trail is over 40 miles long and features beautiful landscapes along the way, including creeks, woodlands, and wetlands.