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Dog Areas in Petersburg, IL

Overlooking the Sangamon River, Petersburg is a small town which is the county seat of Menard County. Peter Lukins started this town as a planned community together with George Warburton. There is a local legend about this place that, when the time came to name the town, Peter and George argued over what to name it, and they decided to settle the matter with a game of cards. Can you guess who allegedly won? Like many local legends, this one isn't historically verified. Another cool fact about this place is that Ann Rutledge, who was allegedly the first love of Abraham Lincoln, is buried in Petersburg. 

Your hound probably doesn't care about the town's history, though. They're probably more concerned with what kind of fun they can have here! In case of accident or emergency, the town has its own vet clinic.

This small place doesn't have any doggie-welcoming restaurants, bars, or accommodations, but if you're willing to travel 23 miles to Springfield, you can choose from more than 20 accommodations and over 30 pet-friendly places where pooches are very welcome. 

If you love history, you should leash up your pooch and head to the very famous Lincoln's New Salem State Park, where you can learn more about one of our nation's most influential presidents.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Petersburg, IL

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    Population Density 307/sq mi

    #1 Devereaux Heights

    About 23 miles away from Petersburg is a place where you can take your pooch to romp around and meet new fur-iends! Stuart Dog Park is located on the border of the Deveraux Heights neighborhood in Carpenter Park. If you have a pooch that's on the small side, you don't have to worry because small pooches have their own separate fenced area to play in. Both doggie areas have covered seating areas for the doggie parents. Water fountains are available, as well as kiddie pools so your pup can dip their paws! Waste baggies are provided, and the agility obstacles will make the experience even more pawesome!
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    Population Density 1,984/sq mi

    #2 Glen Aire

    Sometimes, hiking on a trail surrounded by nature can be far more rewarding both for you and your doggo than a simple dog park. If you and Fido pre-fur hiking, try the Lost Bridge Trail, located around 33 miles away from Petersburg. This paved trail is 5.6 miles long, making it a good challenge for you and your furry friend. This trail welcomes leashed doggos and is easy to moderate in difficulty. The terrain is mostly flat with some small elevation gains. This shaded trail is the perfect activity even in the summer! The trail is not very heavily trafficked, but cyclists use it as well. Bring poop baggies!
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    Population Density 805/sq mi

    #3 West Side Koke Mill

    Another quick trail that's suitable for those of you who have less time to spend is the Lewis Memorial Acres Trail. Located 20 miles away from Petersburg, this trail is around 2 miles long, but it provides plenty of pawesome experiences for you and your pooch! Even though the trail is fairly short, it's very well-maintained, and you can see wildlife, wildflowers, and bridges along with beautiful nature. The dog owners who visit this trail often let their pups run off-leash -- officially, your pup must be leashed, but don't be surprised if you see other furry friends running free! Use your best judgment, and always keep a leash on hand.
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    Population Density 1,346/sq mi

    #4 South Jacksonville

    Jacksonville PetSafe Dog Park is a little bit further out of town at 39 miles away, but the somewhat long drive will be well worth it! This park is very spacious and provides pawlenty of fun for doggos of all sizes and breeds! The park is open daily and it's a perfect place for doggos that love to run off-leash. The ground is mostly grass so it's gentle on the dogs' paws, and there are plenty of trees that provide shade. For the dog owners, there are benches and picnic tables where they can sit back and watch over their pets. Don't forget to bring waste bags and water along.
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    Population Density 2,041/sq mi

    #5 Westchester

    Wabash Trail is a 2-mile trail that is located in the western part of Springfield, around 23 miles away from Petersburg. This trail is fairly easy and it's paved all the way through, so it's easily accessible for pups and people with mobility issues. If you're planning to trek this trail, note that the trail is open from dusk till dawn. Your leashed pooch will meet plenty of doggos along the way, as well as many joggers and bikers. The only thing you have to worry about is taking some water and poop baggies for cleaning up your doggo's messes!
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