Spring Grove is a small village in McHenry County. Located in an area known as Illinois’ largest concentration of lakes, this town definitely has its fair share of natural beauty and outdoor recreation.
The aptly named Chain O’ Lakes State park is situated in Spring Grove. This 6,500 acre park borders Grass Lake, Marie Lake, and Nippersink Lake, as well as the Fox River. While boaters and anglers come in droves to enjoy the park’s watersports, your canine buddy will be more interested in the hiking trails. There are four trail systems throughout the park. You’ll find trails as short as a quarter of a mile all the way to six miles in length. Let your pup be the guide as you venture into the forests of spruce, oak, birch, and hickory. Keep your eyes open for deer, rabbits, badgers, and much more.
If your pup is having too much fun and doesn’t want to
leave Chain O’ Lakes, there are over a 100 pet friendly campsites
available. Bring your tent and an extra sleeping bag for your dog, and stay a
day or two. After hiking all day, she’ll love cozying up to a campfire.
Spring Grove dogs sure are lucky to have such pawsome places right in their own backyard!
This neighborhood has a three pawsome parks just waiting for your pooch. Clip on your pup’s leash and head over to Spring Grove Park. This local favorite has ball fields, a playground, and a large open field. Get your dog’s heart pumping with a brisk stroll around the park. Continue to the neighboring Horse Fair Park. This park is well equipped to host large gatherings and local events. Horse shows are held throughout the summer, so check the calendar before heading over. Thelen Park is also nearby. Along with ball fields, it has a paved walking path so your pup can get even more exercise!
Is your pup ready for some time outside? Grab her leash and head over to Hatchery Park. This park was originally the first fish hatchery in the state of Illinois. Today, it is a well-loved park for anglers, picnickers, and dog walkers. A well maintained trail circles the catch and release fishing pond. As she makes her way around, your dog can meet and greet the local fishermen. The area around the park is full of trees, so your pup will also get a good dose of nature during her walk. If you’re feeling lucky, cast a line and see what you can catch!
If you don’t feel like cooking, but don’t want to leave your furry BFF home alone, head over to the Halsted Street Deli. Fill up on a sandwich, wrap, or bagel sandwich that’s loaded with meat, cheese and veggies. Grab a soup or salad for the side, then settle in at the pet friendly outdoor table. Enjoy your delicious meal with your pup by your side. If you’re in the mood for Chinese, stop by New China Taste. Choose from favorites like Pork Chow Mein, Sweet and Sour Chicken, and Mongolian Beef. Dine with your canine buddy at the outdoor patio table.
Is your pup looking for adventure? Tell her she’s going to Glacial Park and see her tail wag with delight. Located in Ringwood, this beautiful park is less than 15 minutes from Spring Grove. With your four legged hiking buddy at your side, you can explore rolling prairies, oak savannas, and the deltas of Nippersink Creek. Venture down the 1.1 mile Marsh Looped Trail or the 1.2 mile Coyote Loop Trail. If your pup is ready for a climb, follow the two mile Deerpath Trail and take the side path up Camelback Glacial Kames. Once at the top, be amazed at the panoramic view of the Nippersink Valley.
Looking for somewhere new to take your canine buddy? Pack some snacks, water, and a leash and head over to Volo Bog. Located in Ingleside, this unique natural space is only 15 minutes south of Spring Grove. The Bog has an interesting past that is illustrated by the current natural landscape. Wander the trails and see a variety of terrain such as tamarack forest, shrub community, and open meadows. Dogs are not allowed on the Volo Bog Interpretive Boardwalk Trail, but they are welcome on the other trails, such as the Tamarack View Trail, Deerpath Trail, and the Prairie View Trail.