Do you want to go on an enchanting adventure?
The Central Indiana Enchanted Fairy Trail is now open providing a fun way to explore Hendricks County this summer.
My husband and I decided to take our 2-year-old Tinkerbell fan to search for stops along the trail, and we had a wonderful time. The trail includes fairy stops at about 25 locations in Avon, Brownsburg, Danville, Indianapolis, North Salem and Plainfield, with more stops in neighboring counties and that will be added over time.
Fairy Trail Locations
We began our fairy journey at the Brownsburg Parks and Recreation building in Brownsburg. When we arrived, we searched around the building and found a ceramic fairy house in a planter outside of the parks office. We also made our way to find the fairy stop at Brownsburg Chiropractic .
The next day, we found fairy stops at the Hendricks County Historical Museum, Danville-Center Township Public Library and Washington Township Park. I think our favorite stops were at the Danville-Center Township Public Library and Washington Township Park.
We had never been to the Danville library before, so we decided to go in and my kids had a blast reading, coloring and playing with toys at the library. The Washington Township Park stop was fun because it involved hiking, and we even had to go off the trail to search for the hidden fairy house. It took us a little time to find it, but we were so excited when we finally did!
Odonata the Dragonfly Fairy
Brownsburg resident Rebecca Holloway started the trail and also goes by the name Odonata the Dragonfly Fairy. Holloway is part of a performing group called the Fae of Norsey Woods.
Some of the fairy houses and habitats were provided by Odonata, but others have been created by the businesses or organizations. At each stop, you can scan a QR code using your smart phone to watch a video from the fairies.
Children can write letters to Odonata the Dragonfly Fairy at the Fairy Headquarters at Brownsburg Public Library and will receive a personalized email in return.
Map Out a Plan
A map that includes special instructions for some of the stops can be found ahead of time at the Central Indiana Enchanted Fairy Trail website and hitting the Take a Tour button. We found that the instructions, which can be printed or simply read excited our daughter even more before beginning our journey.
One purpose of the Central Indiana Enchanted Fairy Trail is to help residents and visitors explore new businesses and organizations in the county. While you are at the stops, also try to take time to explore the area. You might discover an activity you love.
Central Indiana Enchanted Fairy Festival
A Fairy Festival was first held in May 2019 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex.
The past two years Holloway and other event organizers have tried to expand on that inaugural festival with plans to have it at Beasley's Orchard. Unfortunately, the pandemic spoiled those plans. They postponed the 2020 event and had very limited activities this year. They plan to bring back the event in the spring of 2022.