Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Illinois

If your dog likes to ruff it, bring Fido hiking in Illinois. Our dog friendly hiking section includes everything from easy one-hour walks to fantastic overnight trips in Illinois that won’t be soon forgotten. Seriously, go take a hike!

Pet Friendly Allerton Park & Retreat Center
Allerton Park & Retreat Center Whether you are looking for a place to hold a dog-friendly special event, or just want spend an afternoon taking in nature's beauty, Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, IL, offers all of that and more. It has 1500 dog-friendly acres of meadows, woodlands, gardens, hiking trails, farmsteads, and amazing sculptures. And it can be used daily for hiking, picnicking, and bird-watching. There is also a 100+ year old Georgian mansion right on sight that hosts many weddings and other special events. Dogs are allowed, but must be on a leash (no more than 6') and under the owner's control at all times. Owners are also responsible for cleaning up after their pets. See Details
Pet Friendly West Street Sculpture Park
West Street Sculpture Park Bring Fido to West Street Sculpture Park in Galena, IL, to walk on the trails. The park features two acres full of welded sculptures by John Martinson. There are maps available for self-guided tours. See Details
Shawnee National Forest The dog-friendly Shawnee National Forest covers more than 270,000 acres in parts of ten counties in southern Illinois. The National Forest Service and Illinois Department of Natural Resources maintain dozens of natural areas for recreational use and several wilderness areas. From the 90 foot Pomona Natural Bridge to the remains of a Mississippian Native American village at Millstone Bluff, there are hundreds of miles of hiking trails to choose from. Trails range in length from the 150+ mile River to River Trail that runs between Battery Rock on the Ohio River and Devil's Backbone on the Mississippi River, to the easy one-fourth mile Observation Trail at Garden of the Gods. Dogs must be leashed at all times. See Details
Chicago Riverwalk Chicago Riverwalk is dog-friendly. This pedestrian waterfront hike spans from Lake Shore Drive to Lake Street in downtown Chicago, encompassing restaurants, a public art gallery, and a museum right on the riverwalk. See Details
Rim Rock National Recreation Trail Rim Rock National Recreation Trail is a wonderful trail for a hike with your pup in Junction, IL. This popular dog-friendly trail winds through massive rock formations around the rim of a rock escarpment. You'll enjoy the beautiful views while your pup enjoys the exercise. Just keep Fido leashed on the trail. See Details
Ferne Clyffe State Park Dogs are welcome at Ferne Clyffe State Park. The area has been known as a natural scenic spot for over a century and it won't take you and Fido too long to figure out why. The eighteen trails in the park wind around the picturesque wooded area, streams, and larger bodies of water. There are seven picnic areas in the park for you to enjoy as well. If you want to stay a little bit longer, you can select one of the many campgrounds that are dotted around the park. See Details
Starved Rock State Park Starved Rock State Park is full of hiking trails that wind through canyons, amazing views, and waterfalls. Leashed dogs are welcome to hike through the park as well as 2 of the net by parks in the area. There's fishing, bbq, pavilions, and playgrounds. See Details
Matthiessen State Park Matthiessen State Park is pet-friendly. You can bring Fido with you to enjoy the pretty canyons, flowing streams, stunning prairies and luscious forest. There are five miles of trails in the park that can be enjoyed by dog owners, with a variety of different routes that vary in difficulty, so all hikers will be able to get their fix. The picnic areas in the park are one of the main attractions, some of them built on the remains of a 17th century French fort. Dogs must be on a leash for the duration of their stay and owners are reminded to clean up after their pets. See Details
Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park Get your pet a bit of culture at this sculpture park, where dogs are allowed on-leash on almost all trails. See Details
Little Grand Canyon Little Grand Canyon is pet-friendly. The area is especially beautiful during April and October when spring wildflowers and fall colors are at their peak. The entire trail is 3 miles trail but shorter segments can be taken that lead to scenic overlooks. The upper trail has interpretive signs. In the canyon the trail winds along the base of 300-foot bluffs and through a bottomland forest before leading out of the canyon through a rocky creekbed. The trail is moderate to difficult. Leashed pets are welcome if they are cleaned up after. See Details
Lost Bridge Trail The Lost Bridge Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Rochester! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Lost Bridge Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Willoughby Heritage Farm and Conservation Reserve Leashed dogs are welcome at ‍Willoughby Heritage Farm and Conservation Reserve in Collinsville, IL. This dog-friendly public park has been recreated with atmosphere inspired by 1940's farm life, complete with tractors, barns, a 1930's Craftsman style Farm House, and even live animals like donkeys, steer, chickens, and goats. There are over 30-acres of wildlife preserve complete with hiking trails, bridges, and vistas overlooking the prairie and other areas. Open daily to the public and admission is free. See Details
Fullersburg Woods Fullersburg Woods is a Du Page County Forest Preserve with miles of multipurpose trails open to bicyclers, horseback riders, cross-country skiers, hikers and dog walkers. There is a section where dogs are not permitted because it is home to a lot of wildlife (signs are posted). You are expected to leash your dog, pick up after him, and keep him from swimming in Salt Creek. There are some water fountains, so bring a collapsible water bowl. See Details
Fox River Trail (Algonquin to Aurora) The Fox River Trail (Algonquin to Aurora) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in South Elgin! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Fox River Trail (Algonquin to Aurora). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Old Chain of Rocks Bridge The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Granite City! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Lewis Memorial Acres This is a great trail for dog owners. It is about 2 miles with plenty of trees and shade throughout. Deer spotting and wildlife of many kinds are common. It is also right next to the new Sangamon Valley Trail near Harrison Park, Lutheran High School, etc. Dogs should usually be on leash, unless your pup displays good recall and leaves bicyclists alone. See Details
Fox River Trail (Algonquin to Aurora) The Fox River Trail (Algonquin to Aurora) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Saint Charles! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Fox River Trail (Algonquin to Aurora). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Constitution Trail (Bloomington to Normal) The Constitution Trail (Bloomington to Normal) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Bloomington! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Constitution Trail (Bloomington to Normal). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Hidden Lake Forest Preserve Hidden Lake Forest Preserve is pet-friendly. This spot is home to more than 2 miles of trails that wind through Hidden Lake, making it a great destination for hikers, joggers, birders and other wildlife watchers. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as all mess is cleaned up after them. See Details
Techny Prairie Park and Fields Techny Prairie Park and Fields is pet-friendly. Bring your leashed dog along for a walk at this park district park which is within walking distance of Northbrook Metra and downtown. Here, you'll find a golf course loop and detention pond loop with beautiful prairie vistas. There are human toilets along the way. Don't forget to clean up any mess left behind by your pooch. See Details
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve is pet-friendly. The 2,503-acre preserve in Darien is one of the area's most popular forest preserves, known for its Rocky Glen waterfall, Sawmill Creek bluff overlook, and extensive trails. Explore 11 miles of trails with your leashed pooch by your side and discover natural beauty along the way. See Details
Lake Storey Park Lake Storey Park is dog-friendly. There are around five miles of paved bike and walking trails to explore throughout the park. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners, as long as they are under control and all mess is cleaned up after them. The centerpiece of the park is an expansive lake, offering visitors swimming, boating and recreational opportunities. See Details
Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park is pet-friendly. This public space is situated directly across from the Gateway Arc in St. Louis. The park is home to the Gateway Geyser, the tallest water fountain in the U.S. and the Mississippi River Overlook, which is a viewing tower that offers unprecedented views of the
Gateway Arch and downtown St. Louis. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners along the trails of the park.
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Schweitzer Woods Forest Preserve Pets have a blast playing off-leash in the fenced dog parks at this forest preserve. Includes 5 acres of grassy spaces and wooded paths. See Details