Despite having a reputation as the Prairie State, Illinois has many different hiking trails with varying elevations and beautiful views. Fortunately, many of these trails are dog-friendly, so you can take your furry companion with you to get some exercise and enjoy being immersed in nature. Some hiking trails require dogs to be on a leash, while others have areas for off-leash walking. Our list has some of the best dog-friendly hiking trails in Illinois and all the information you need to ensure you and your dog have a safe time hiking together.
The 10 Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails in Illinois
1. Trillium Trail
2. Garden of the Gods Loop
3. Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area
4. DuPage River Trail: Whalon Lake Loop
5. Des Plaines River Trail
6. Cal-Sag Trail
7. LaBagh Woods Nature Observation Loop
8. Black Hawk Forest Nature Preserve
9. Starved Rock State Park
10. Rim Rock National Recreational Trail
Whether it’s out in nature or near a busy town or city, Illinois has plenty of hiking options for you and your dog. Just keep in mind that most hiking trails require dogs to be leashed at all times and only let your dog run off-leash in designated dog-friendly areas. Most hiking trails also don’t have many trash receptacles, so make sure to pack light. Respecting park rules will ensure that both your dog and the surrounding wildlife are kept safe, and you can keep enjoying hikes together for many more years to come.
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