A charming suburban community ruffly 25 miles northwest of Chicago, Itasca, Illinois is sure to be a vacation destination not soon forgotten. Whether you and your pup enjoy the city hustle-and-bustle or you prefer to escape into the countryside, Itasca is the gateway for it all. Should your pup get in any trouble during your visit, there is one veterinarian within Itasca town limits and more than 20 in the surrounding communities.
To begin your Itasca adventures, head to the 132-acre Salt Creek Marsh Forest Preserve. This scenic preserve contains many different ecosystems and types of terrain, including meadows, wetlands, prairies, marshes and a bottomland forest. Visitors will have the opportunity to view a variety of wildlife, including various birds, reptiles and amphibians, plus coyotes and beavers. Just be sure to keep your pup on a leash at all times so the surrounding land remains intact and the local wildlife isn't disturbed.
Another great spot for you and your pup is downtown Itasca's riverwalk. In fact, the downtown area offers a number of connecting trails ranging from Village Hall all throughout town and into the neighboring Spring Brook Nature Center. These trails are a great way for you and your pup to get acquainted with the area.
Itasca pawsitively will not disappoint!
Just 10 minutes south of downtown Itasca, you'll find the neighborhood of Wood Dale, home of 185-acre Wood Dale Grove Forest Preserve. This preserve is another of the area's finest nature getaways. There are two 0.5-mile trails within the preserve that are open to visitors, both human and dog alike. One trail encircles Grove Lake while the other passes through the restored wetlands in the northern portion of the protected area. Visitors to the Wood Dale Grove Forest Preserve will have the chance to see a variety of rare wildlife, including migratory birds, owls, deer, various reptiles and amphibians, plus many more!