Tails on the Trails program brings dogs, owners to Zionsville’s trails


A program that began Sept. 1 encourages owners to take their dogs into Zionsville’s parks through Oct. 31. Tails on the Trails, now in its fourth year, encourages people and their pets to explore local trails with the opportunity to win prizes.

“The whole goal behind Tails on the Trails is to get families and their pets out to the different Zionsville parks, especially now that we are getting into fall and getting the cooler weather, we hope,” Park Naturalist Mindy Murdock said. “When talking to a lot of dog owners, usually they have their favorite park they go to or the route they always take when they walk their dog, so this opens it up to, ‘Hey, there might be other parks you might want to check out.’”

All Zionsville parks are dog-friendly, with dog clean-up stations positioned throughout. When pet owners register their dogs, they are sent information on eight trails to walk in Zionsville Parks. To be eligible for prizes, participants must walk six of the eight.

“Every time they do a walk, they go back onto the website and submit that they did one of the walks and then their dog is entered into a drawing,” Murdock said. “Once a week, we will pull names from the dogs who have completed a walk, and they get a chance to win some prizes.”

Two winners are drawn each week. Prizes include treats, toys and gift cards to dog-friendly shops. Group walks also are available. If participants attend a group walk, they get an extra entry into the weekly prize drawings. Group walk information is sent once a pet owner registers.

Tails on the Trails is free. To sign up, visit zionsville-in.gov/452/Tails-on-the-Trails.