Wabash and Erie Canal Park is an expansive outdoor recreation area in Delphi, Indiana. The park is located on the north side of the Wabash and Erie Canal, and it includes an interpretive center, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and access to a 10-mile trail system known as the Delphi Historic Trails. Your dog can come along with you for your visit to the park and the trails if you keep them on a leash and pick up after them.
These multi-use pathways can be explored on foot, paw, or (non-motorized) wheels year-round -- during the winter, the trails are also open for cross-country skiers. The trails follow the path of the Monon Railroad as well as the Wabash and Erie Canal. These trails are part of a network of 1,600 trails in the United States that were converted from abandoned railway corridors.
You'll have several different paths to choose from, so if you want to go for a quick walk or a longer journey, you've got options! Visitors can opt for the VanScoy Towpath Trail, a one-mile trail that begins at Trailhead Park. On this trail, you'll see much of the Wabash River, and you'll also pass two former paper mills. For a shorter option, you can take Robbins Trail, a 0.5-mile trail that runs along the banks of Deer Creek. For a longer journey, begin your trek from City Park and take the 1.5-mile Monon High Bridge Trail.
Most hikers choose to begin their journey from Canal Park because there are restrooms here, as well as plenty of parking and access to the interpretive center and other activities. Your dog is welcome in the outdoor spaces of Canal Park, but they won't be able to join you inside any of its buildings.There are a few spaces along the trails with water, but visitors are encouraged to pack their own water and doggie bags. You and your pooch are going to have a blast exploring historic Delphi on foot (and paws)!