10 Best Dog Parks in Illinois!
Whether you're a local looking to explore your own backyard or an avid traveler with a four-legged family member, Illinois' dog parks are a great way to spend an afternoon. From scenic trails and lush meadows to fenced-in areas for small pups and swimming ponds, there's something for every dog in the Prairie State. Keep reading for a rundown of the 10 must-see spots!
At the picturesque Whalon Lake Dog Park, you'll find an 11.9-acre off-leash area, as well as a 1.9-acre section reserved for pooches under 35 pounds. Make the most of this pawfect space.
Don't miss out on Hammel Woods Dog Park, which offers 147 acres of hiking trails and plenty of places to explore with your pup. Furry friends can roam off-leash in open meadows and meander along mowed trails while you take in the beauty of the historic Grinton Mill.
Located on 66 acres of fully fenced land, Lakewood Dog Park is ideal for adventurous pooches. Peruse the wooded trails and explore the open meadows while stopping to take a sip of water from the hand pump.
Spring Avenue Dog Park is the only off-leash area in the Glen Ellyn Park District. This pup-friendly paradise features a large open play area, picnic tables, benches, and even free parking.
If you're looking for a more secluded dog park experience, head to Prairie Wolf Dog Park in Lake Forest. This 44-acre area is fenced and includes training enclosures, large fields, trails, and a water fountain - plus a pond that your furry friend can splash around in.
In the heart of the Norwood Park neighborhood, you'll find the Norwood Park Dog Park. At just .13 acres, it may not be the biggest off-leash area you'll find in the state, but it's perfect for a quick outing with your pup. Look out for the doggie drinking fountain, benches, clean up bags, and ample parking.
At Independence Grove Dog Park in Libertyville, you and your pup can perfect their off-leash skills in a fenced two-sided area. Here, you can also access the Casey Trail and Des Plaines River Trail, but keep your dog on a leash for those particular hikes.
The Oldfield Oaks Dog Park in Darien is part of the larger forest preserve. Here, your pup can explore with a leash that's 10 feet or shorter. Enjoy the wildlife, stop for a picnic and make sure you don't miss the scenic views.
Spanning 90 acres of natural woods and meadows, Meadow Valley Park & Dog Park is an ideal spot for you and your pooch. It is the perfect park to go for a long walk or jog.
The Gregory Island Dog Park offers a spacious fenced-in area for both small and large pooches. With access to the Fox River on each side and plenty of room for them to roam, your dog will love this destination.
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