the site where you won't be able to wipe the wag off your dog's tail
National Parks With Hiking
There are no national parks with hiking in Illinois.
Links to National Forests With Hiking
Shawnee National Forest
Midewin National Grassland
State Parks With Hiking
Illinois State Parks
Dogs are welcome in most Illinois state parks except in campground cabins. Dogs are not permitted on the trails in Beall Woods State Park.
Share A Favorite Hike With Your Dog In Illinois
Your Dog's Favorite Hikes In Illinois
Submitted by Heather
While it may not be the ocean, Lake Michigan is a beautiful. My Lab, Wyatt, enjoys going to the beach in Evanston, IL, (first suburb north of Chicago) that is exclusively for dogs. It is well maintained, extremely large, and is full of friendly canines and their friendly owners. I highly recommend it!
Submitted by Marta
Just a note to let you know that the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie (not Grassland) now has about 13 miles of interim trails and is currently allowing dogs on leash on the trails. We do have a lot of habitat for sensitive species of grassland birds, who nest on the ground, so dogs are more restricted here than elsewhere, but are still welcome. Our website is www.fs.fed.us/mntp/
Also, I take my own dog to the Hammel Woods dog park operated by the Forest Preserve District of Will County -- he can run free with other dogs and he loves it!
A picnic area with tables and an outdoor privy is conveniently located adjacent to the visitor center parking lot. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own grill for cooking or use one of two near the picnic shelter. Ground fires and alcohol are strictly prohibited anywhere in the park. All park visitors are asked to do their part in safeguarding our environment by utilizing the available aluminum recycling containers. Pets are allowed in this area only. All other areas of Volo Bog State Natural Area are restricted from pets.
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