Braidwood is a small, rustic community that grew from the discovery of coal in the area. Drive Route 66 and enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Braidwood, surrounded by outdoor recreation catering to hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping. There are no veterinarians in Braidwood, but there are vets in nearby neighboring communities ready to serve your pup when needed.
are a part of the hunting culture here, and you can find dogs in training in the fish
and wildlife preserves, such as the Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife area in
Lorenzo, and the Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve. These areas also have excellent nature
trails for hiking and leashed walks outside of hunting season.
While road-tripping Route 66 with your pooch, stay at one of the dog-friendly hotels near Braidwood. In Morris, the Comfort Inn, Days Inn & Suites, and Holiday Inn Express & Suites each allow two dogs of any size for an additional fee per pet per night. Don’t miss Blackbird’s Bowl, Morris, a unique boutique of holistic food and treats plus an “Apawthecary” of supplements for your pup. Try the gourmet cookie and biscuit bar. Explore Braidwood's trails, lakes, wildlife, and history to see why this community is so special.
Three miles from Braidwood in the town of Godley, K-Mine Park is named for the abandoned mineshaft on the property, and for the contribution of coal mining to the area. Your leashed pooch will enjoy a brisk walk on the jogging trails, and a meander by the children’s zoo, as well as some dog-tastic off-leash time in the Godley Dog Park. The dog park is a fenced park with sniff-tastic fire hydrants, Dogipots/waste disposal bags, a bench, and a doggie water fountain. The Braidwood Dunes and Natural Area is open for hiking on weekends during the day for a nature adventure of bird and wildlife watching as you hike.
Rustic campers will be thrilled to find the pup-friendly Fossil Rock River and Campground, just nine miles away in Wilmington, with a swimming lake and beach on property, just right for a good splash and dog-tastic walk. If you need a placec to stay, The Knights Inn-Wilmington allows two pets of any size for an additional fee per pet, per night. Pet parents must book rooms directly with the hotel to assure a dog-friendly room. Tire your pup out and take a leashed hike in the fresh air on the picturesque trails at Milliken Lake. Get your adventure on in the Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife area in the tranquil setting near the flowing rivers and natural prairie land. Wildlife is abundant here, so take along your picnic for a little more time to watch.
Near Heidecke Lake in the town of Coal City, the lightly trafficked Prairie View Trail is just six miles from Braidwood, with two options of 1 or a 3.5 mile leashed walk. Self-guiding trail maps are available. Your pooch will be thrilled with some time at the Dog Park on Maple Street, just behind the softball/baseball diamonds. The dog park has two fenced areas, one each for large and small dogs. After your exercise, stop by Big Fish Bar and Grille for delicious seafood where you can sit with your pup at the eight outside tables. Big Fish offers an assortment of American favorites or have a big piece of the Chef's Choice cheesecake to top things off.
Less than 18 miles from Braidwood in the town of Morris, Gebhard Woods State Park has rustic overnight camping just a half mile (5-10 minute) walk into an open grassy designated camping area. Pitch your tent and cook dinner on one of the grills or fire pits. Your leashed pooch will enjoy a walk on the trails around the fishing ponds and streams. Try a leashed walk on the Illinois & Michigan Canal NHC, a multi-use trail repurposed from a historic canal towpath. Your pup will love an off-leash romp at the Tag-a-Long Dog Park. The park provides two fenced areas to separate large and small dogs, benches, water, and waste disposal nearby.