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Dog Areas in Harvard, IL

Harvard is a small city located close to the border between Illinois and Wisconsin. A lot of notable people were born in this place, one of whom was the founder of Motorola, Paul Vincent Galvin. While you're in Harvard -- which boasts that it's the "Milk Capital of the World" -- be sure to wander around the historic downtown area and snap a shot of Fido sitting pretty next to the cow statue!

If you are willing to cross state lines, we recommend taking Fido to the Geneva Lake Shore Path, which is located around 13 miles away from Harvard. It goes along the shore of the Lake Geneva and offers amazing views and plenty of serenity for you and your leashed pooch. 

If you're worried about your dogs' health or any possible emergencies that you might encounter while you're in Harvard, you'll be happy to know that Harvard has its own vet clinic which will take great care of your pooch in case of accident or emergency.

Finding dog-friendly accommodations in Harvard might be difficult unless you prefer Airbnb rentals. Nearby Woodstock has plenty of traditional lodging options that welcome pets.

There aren't any dog-friendly restaurants or off-leash dog parks in Harvard, but dog-friendly fun and food is just a bone's throw away! Whether you're looking for a place to chow down with your hound or play and hike the day away, 

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Harvard, IL

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    Population Density 3,287/sq mi

    #1 North Crystal Lake Park

    If you want to take your dog somewhere close to Harvard to stretch their paws, one pawssibility that is located around 21 miles away is the Hound Town Dog Park. This three-acre off-leash park is located right outside the North Crystal Lake Park neighborhood. Before going there, you'll have to visit the parks department and buy a passkey. Your pooch will meet plenty of new fur friends while romping around! Separate areas are provided for small and large doggos, so you don't have to worry about their safety. There are shaded picnic tables for human visitors, who must be respawnsible and clean up after their fur-babies. 
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    Population Density 249/sq mi

    #2 Prairie View

    Bull Valley Dog Park welcomes doggos of all shapes, sizes, and breeds in a nicely fenced off-leash area! If you decide to give it a shot, head 14 miles away from Harvard to Woodstock. This park, located a skip and a hop from the Prairie View apartment complex, is a simple, no-frills affair; it's just a large field that has proper fencing. Your dog will have seven acres of land to run through and explore. Make sure that you bring waste baggies and fresh water with you because these are not provided there. Also, you will need a permit for using this park -- permits are available both for residents and visitors.
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    Population Density 3,820/sq mi

    #3 West Lake in the Hills


    Lake in the Hills Dog park is another furrific option in the vicinity, just 24 miles from Harvard. The park is properly fenced and allows doggies to explore the terrain off-leash. Water is available on-site and there is some shade that will protect you and your pooch from the hot weather. Another big plus is the separated areas for large and small dogs. Bags and water are both provided here as well. You'll need to purchase a membership to play at this park, so be sure to bring proof of vaccinations. What more could your pup need than a huge, clean space filled with friendly doggos? 

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    Population Density 579/sq mi

    #4 Hebron

    For those of you who would prefer to take a hike with their dogs and avoid paying for park memberships, Hebron Trail is the pawfect choice! The trail starts fairly close to Harvard, around 8.5 miles away, and it's 6.7 miles long in total. This trail also connects to another trail along the way called Prairie Trail. The trail allows doggos, horses, bikers, and hikers to explore the various terrains and scenic views along the way, so make sure your pup gets along with larger four-legged friends! If you decide to tackle the trail, make sure you bring fresh water, snacks, and waste baggies so you can clean up your dog's mess.
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    Population Density 827/sq mi

    #5 East Rockford


    Ruffly 27 miles away from Harvard is another dog park that you can visit called Elliott Dog Park. This large, well-maintained park is located in the East Rockford Historic District. Dogs will have the opportunity to run off-leash in separately fenced areas for differently sized canines here. The park is covered mostly in grass and features water spigots so doggos can stay hydrated while they play. Like many dog parks in the area, this one also requires a membership, so bring proof of vaccinations when visiting. Make sure you have poop baggies with you to keep the park as clean as it already is! 

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