Paderborn is a very small town that shares its name with a rather better known city in Germany! Paderborn, IL serves as a cluster for a widespread farming community. With a population of only 43 at the last census, Paderborn residents spend a lot of time engaging with the greater St. Clair community, and this extends to the lives of local Paderborn pooches! Paderborn is served by the greater St. Clair County community for veterinary care; neighboring Waterloo and Columbia have over half a dozen veterinary clinics between them, including animal hospitals, so dogs can play as hard as they want!
If you’re hungry and it’s warm outside, head to Karban’s Knotty Pines. This pub specializes in cold beer, mixed drinks, and a menu full of delicious pub classics. They do have outdoor tables, but call ahead if it’s a weekend evening to be sure that there’s room for your pup to join you on the patio. It’s a treat for you and your dog!
Paderborn is a great place to visit for anyone who’s interested in rural America, and seeing the way modern farms still survive in America’s heartland. Bring your dog and enjoy all that Paderborn has to offer.
Justamir Association Lake, only three miles outside of Paderborn in the township of Prairie Du Long, is a peaceful, natural and rustic find. Launch your canoe or kayak for a paw-some glide across the water with your pup. Get in some good fishing for catfish, largemouth bass, crappie, rock bass and warmouth from the shore while your pooch does some off leash exploring. There is plenty of undeveloped area to enjoy with your pup and water for a swim. Enjoy a walk along the shore of the lake, forging your own trail, as you listen for the sounds of birds and watch for signs of wildlife. Access is through private property and may require permission to reach the lake.
Konarcik Park, less than eight miles from Paderborn in the town of Waterloo, has a short walking trail, sport fields and modern playground equipment, including an enclosed playground for smaller children. Fishing is allowed in the lake with a valid fishing license. Your pup is welcome to enjoy the park, so long as he stays on leash. He will enjoy the walking trail as he sniffs around near the lake and through the beautiful open space covered by lush green grass. The tall conifer trees provide shade and cones for a game of fetch. Stop in at JV’s Downtown Bar & Grill where your pup can sit with you at one of the outside tables as you enjoy house specialties of hickory smoked pork and chicken.
Freeburg Recreation Park, just 12 miles from Paderborn in the town of Freeburg, is a beautiful rural setting with a picturesque walking trail around the lake. There’s a large grassy area, sport fields and plenty of shade trees along the trails. This park is an active gathering place for community events where Fido is welcome on a leash. Enjoy a brisk walk on the trail, cool off in the pond, and then bask in the sun on the grass with a picnic. Your pup will enjoy watching for chipmunks and ground squirrels scurrying about to look for food; they’ll add to an already sniff-tastic park adventure.
Draabs Lake is located just under a mile from Smithton and is about 7 miles from Paderborn. The lake is a favorite spot for fishing among local folks and they report early morning or mid-afternoon as the best time to fish. Saint Clair County Farm and Nature Park is a natural area where you and your pup can explore and exercise. Lakes and ponds are inviting if your pooch loves to swim. Smithton Community park has walking trails and a wide expanse of grass with plenty of shade trees. The nearby Foley Park is another great excursion, with 84-acres of park environment featuring recreation services and a stocked lake.
Just 12 miles from Paderborn, Kaskaskia River State Fish and Wildlife on 20,000 acres hosts a 7-mile trail that is lightly trafficked near New Athens, Illinois. The flat, wide trail through the river bottoms and waterfowl refuge is a great place to look and listen for birds and wildlife. The trail is an easy hike, flat and open. You and your pup can be free to explore off leash. The trail travels past a lake for an opportunity to cool down after a long walk. After wet weather, the trail can be muddy, but is open for hiking and horseback riding. Be sure you and your pooch are wearing bright colors or limit activity during hunting season.