Finding enjoyable activities to share with your pet can be a challenge in winter. Fortunately, there are a couple of dog-friendly trails in Will County to keep you and your pet busy until spring’s arrival.
Your puppy may get bored walking the same trails, so the historic Centennial Trail may provide a delightful change from the usual routine. This trail is part of a preserved canal towpath that lies between the Des Plaines River and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. Technically, it’s a multi-use trail with wide and level paths. The Centennial Trail is also part of the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor and connects to the Illinois and Michigan Canal State Trail.
Your dog will love chasing the birds and deer as the two of you stroll through the forest. Note, however, that there are bridges on the trail. In fact, there’s a rather famous 112-year-old swing bridge on Romeo Road.
Some dogs won’t cross bridges, but your pet may feel quite comfortable doing so. If your pet is of the former persuasion, try accessing the trail from the parking lot on East Romeo Road at the Isle a la Cache Forest Preserve or at the small lot to the east on 135th Street in Romeoville.
Frankfort Bark Park at Commissioners Park
If you’d like Fido to enjoy a good run, head to Frankfort Bark Park. This is a gated park, where members are given access cards for entry. For the annual fee, Frankfort residents pay $60 per family, while non-residents pay $65 per family.
Do you have a small dog? If so, there’s a separate small dog area for your pet. It comes equipped with lights that go on at 4:00 p.m. Note that the lights are on a timer and will turn off at 8:00 p.m.
This popular bark park opened in May 2007 and was voted one of the top 10 dog-parks by Dog Fancy Magazine in 2008. It’s part of Commissioners Park, located to the northwest corner on 80th Avenue & Sauk Trail. Your dogs will love changing up their daily routines at this park.
Lower Run Rock Preserve
This 372-acre preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system. It features the 0.63 mile McClintock Road Access Trail plus a 7.5-acre, off-leash dog park. If you have a small dog, you’ll have access to a 2.5-acre enclosure exclusively for dogs under 35 pounds.
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All in all, these dog-friendly trails in Will County provide plenty of diversion for pet parents and their dogs.Back to all posts