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 Shawnee National Forest
Shawnee National Forest The 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
Pet Friendly Beck Lake Dog Park
Beck Lake Dog Park This massive, 44-acre fenced dog park includes wide open fields, trails, drinking fountains, training enclosures, and even a swimming pond. Annual membership and key fob are required. See Details
Valley Line Trail (Skokie Line Trail) The Valley Line Trail (Skokie Line 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 Chicago! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Valley Line Trail (Skokie Line 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
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
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
Chicago Lakefront Bike Path The Chicago Lakefront Bike Path is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Chicago! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Chicago Lakefront Bike Path. 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
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
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 offers all of that and more. It has 1500 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
Pratt's Wayne Woods Forest Preserve Bring your pet for the chance to play off-leash in the designated area of this forest preserve, which is fenced on 3 sides. Permit required. See Details
Independence Grove Dog Exercise Area This fenced, off-leash dog park includes 30 acres of space for your pet to play, as well as river access for a dip on hot days. Pets welcome on-leash on the walking trails. See Details
Burnham Greenway The Burnham Greenway 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 Chicago! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Burnham Greenway. 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
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
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 Algonquin! 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
Northern Section I&M Canal Trail The Northern Section I&M Canal Trail is a multi-use trail preserved from a historic canal towpath that's a great place to walk Fido in Willow Springs! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Northern Section I&M Canal 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
Pioneer Parkway (Rock Island Trail Extension) The Pioneer Parkway (Rock Island Trail Extension) 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 Peoria! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Pioneer Parkway (Rock Island Trail Extension). 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
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 Springfield! 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
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
Garden of the Gods Recreation Area The Garden of the Gods Recreation Area are 320 million years old and are made of sandstone. Pets must be on leash while visiting the Shawnee National Forest. The Observation Trail is a .25 mile long interpretive trail that allows you to encounter many unique rock formations, as well as the beautiful view of the Shawnee Hills. If you plan on spending more time in the area, there is great access to the River-to-River Trail from the Garden of the Gods Recreation Area. See Details
North Branch Trail The North Branch Trail is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Glenview! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the North Branch 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
Great Western Trail (DuPage Parkway Section) The Great Western Trail (DuPage Parkway Section) 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 Lombard! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Great Western Trail (DuPage Parkway Section). 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
Des Plaines River Trail The Des Plaines River Trail is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Gurnee! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Des Plaines River 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
North Branch Trail The North Branch Trail is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Skokie! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the North Branch 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
Centennial Trail The Centennial Trail is a multi-use trail preserved from a historic canal towpath that's a great place to walk Fido in Lockport! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Centennial 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
Illinois Prairie Path The Illinois Prairie Path 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 Elmhurst! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Illinois Prairie Path. 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