If you and your pup want to go for a fun walk on a pawesome urban trail, check out the B-Line Trail! This 3.1-mile rail-trail takes you through Bloomington, and along the way, it passes tons of unique sights. The trail is outfitted with LED lights, allowing you to walk the trail any time of day or night. Dogs are welcome to join you on this trail on-leash.
The B-Line Trail has two trailheads: one in northern Bloomington at Adams Street and one in southern Bloomington at West Country Club Drive. If you choose to start your hike at Adams Street, the first sight you’ll see is Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park. This green space is home to a playground and a variety of sports fields. After that, you’ll reach WonderLab Plaza, which has picnic tables and both human and doggy water fountains for your convenience.
As you continue along the trail, you’ll pass eight sculptures and murals made by local artists. This includes the trail’s signature sculpture, Bloomington Banquet, which was made using limestone from a local quarry. You’ll also pass through three more plazas that all have plenty of benches where you can relax and take a break with your pup. Plus, you’ll also go through an old railroad switchyard, and you’ll pass Bloomington’s city hall, which is located within the historic Showers Brothers Furniture Factory.
If you’d like to extend your hike, the B-Line Trail connects to the two-mile Bloomington Rail-Trail at West Country Club Road. This trail also goes along a historic railroad, and it takes you by lovely Clear Creek and through a beautiful wooded area.
The B-Line Trail is a fun trail that takes you through Downtown Bloomington and passes tons of interesting historic and cultural sites. You and your dog will both love trekking on this pawesome trail together!
There’s very limited shade on the B-Line Trail. Be sure to give your dog lots of water, especially if you’re walking on a hot day. There are also no doggy bags available on the trail — be sure to bring a few with you so you can clean up after your pup while you’re walking.