The friendly little town of Cortland, Illinois is situated in DeKalb County. This town is only a few minutes away from the larger town of DeKalb, so you can enjoy nearby conveniences while still keeping the small town feel. As you wander through the charming streets of this town on your walk with Fido, you’re sure to find some great parks along the way! This town also has its very own animal hospital, making it a cinch to raise a happy healthy puppy.
If you and your pup are exploring this town, you need to check out one of the favorite neighborhood hangs! The Cortland Community Park can be found just off of Llanos Street, in the east end of town. Here you can find a variety of athletic fields that your pup is free to sniff and play on, as long as priority is given to sports and athletic events. Dogs needs to stay leashed and be picked up after in this park.
Just a ball’s throw away from the Cortland Community Park is Welsh Park. This park is situated along the railroad tracks, so you can your pup can relax on the grass and watch the trains pass by. There is a playground in this park and plenty of grassy areas.
With all of the parks in this charming town, and big city convenience right nearby, Cortland is sure to make you and your pup feel right at home!
This town may be small but it’s big on parks! You and your playful pup have plenty of opportunities to switch up your morning walk. Hetchler Park is located on W Ellen Street, and has a sprawling grassy area your pup can sniff and romp around on! Just south of Hetchler Park, you can find the woofderful McPhillips Park. This park also has plenty of nice grass to play on, and a paved walking path that runs along the west end of the park that leads to a playground. Dogs are welcome to join their two-legged friends in both of these parks, as long as they stay leashed and are picked up after. So don’t forget the waste bags and the dog treats!
Just north of Cortland, in the lovely town of Sycamore, you can find Sycamore Community Park. This park just 10 minutes from Cortland, and is the place to go if you and your pup are just itching to get outside into the great outdoors! This park has restrooms, picnic tables, a large variety of athletic fields and playgrounds. Your doggo will especially love the peaceful walking trails here! The park connects to the Great Western Nature Trail, which is approximately 17 miles. The trail starts in Sycamore and continues all the way to the town of Saint Charles. Leashed dogs are welcome! When you get thirsty, head over to The Forge Brewhouse in the same neighborhood. Here you can enjoy a craft brew made from local ingredients next to your best pal at one of the dog friendly outdoor tables.
To the west of Cortland, the neighboring town of DeKalb has a plethora of parks for you and your pup to enjoy! A pawsome option is Prairie Park, located in the South 1st Street neighborhood. This peaceful park features the South Branch Kishwaukee River flowing through it, so you can enjoy the sights and sounds while you play with your pup. Along the river, you can find a multi-use paved pathway, just perfect for your walk with Fido. Amenities also include picnic tables, disc golf, and plenty of grassy space and shade trees. Leashed dogs are more than welcome here, so get ready to make some furry friends. If you want to stay a while in this neighborhood, head over to the Travel Inn Dekalb. They allow pets of any size for a small additional fee.
Another pawsome park in the town of Dekalb that all the dogs are barking about is Katz Park. This park can be found in the North 1st Street neighborhood, less than a 15 minute drive away from Cortland. This park has something for everyone, including the family dog! This park has an off-leash dog area for your pup to run and play in freedom, and enjoy some pawsitive socialization. The dog park is equipped with waste bags, drinking water, picnic tables, and even spare balls to throw! In the surrounding park, there are athletic fields, a walking path and restrooms. Dogs need to stay leashed when they’re not in the fenced in area.
To get a little deeper into nature, head over to the town of Big Rock. This town is about a 30 minutes away from Cortland, but the drive is worth it! It’s here that you can find the Big Rock Forest Preserve and Campground. This 840 acre preserve is made up of mature woodlands, tallgrass prairies and wetlands to explore. There are plenty of multi-use hiking trails here as well that are popular among runners, cyclists, horseback riders and dog walkers of course! If you want to stay a while in this gorgeous wilderness, head over to the campsites here. There are 96 modern campsites, 9 primitive campsites, and 4 equestrian campsites available on first come, first serve basis. Leashed dogs are welcome to join in on the fun with their owners, as long as they get picked up after!