The town of Sycamore, Illinois, is the county seat of DeKalb County, and is named after the lovely sycamore tree. Sycamore embodies classic, small town mid-america vibes with its friendly nature and charm. As you wander through the historic buildings on your walk with Fido, you’ll find plenty of parks and nature paths along the way! These parks combined with the two veterinary clinics in town, make it a breeze to give your pup the healthy active lifestyle he or she deserves!
One of the favorite neighborhood hangs to check out with your canine companion is the Sycamore Lake Rotary Park. This park has a walking path that meanders through peaceful wooded areas and around the scenic Sycamore Lake. Other amenities include picnic tables, restrooms, play structures and a fishing pier. Leashed dogs are welcome to join in on the fun, of course! Just don’t forget the waste bags and dog treats.
If you’re just in Sycamore for a visit, you don’t need to go far to find a place to crash with your road dog! Jane Fargo Hotel welcomes dogs of any size for an extra fee, and offers a free continental breakfast.
With all of these fur-tastic activities and amenities that are pet-friendly, Sycamore is sure to get your pup’s tail wagging!
The bustling City Center isn’t short on peaceful green space that you and your pupper can escape to! The Sycamore Community Park is what all the dogs are barking about. This park has restrooms, picnic tables, a large variety of athletic fields and playgrounds. Possibly the best part is the woofderful walking trails to be found here. The park connects to the Great Western Nature Trail. This trail is approximately 17 miles, starting in Sycamore and continuing all the way to the town of Saint Charles. Dogs are welcome throughout the park and on the trails as long as they stay leashed and are picked up after. When your stomach is growling, head over to Shawn’s Coffee Shop and Gourmet Deli. Here you can enjoy a cup of joe next to you best pal at one of the outdoor pet friendly tables.
The neighborhood of Heron Creek Estates is chalk full of friendly urban parks to explore and relax in. One great option is the Old Mill Park, located on N Main St. Here you can find sprawling mowed grassy areas that your pup will love to sniff and play on. Features also include restrooms, play structures and a walking path. Don’t forget to pack a lunch along with the dog biscuits, because there are picnic areas here too! Some smaller park options are the Wetzel Park and Founders Park located in the same neighborhood. When it’s time for a treat, head over to The Country Store and Catering. Here you can enjoy a comforting homemade meal at one of the six outdoor dog friendly tables.
If you and your pup are just itching to get into the great outdoors, the Charter Grove neighborhood is the place to go! This neighborhood is located in the far northeast corner of Sycamore, and is proud home to the Burlington Prairie Forest Preserve. This 35 acre preserve is full of beautiful prairies and wetlands to explore with your doggo. The flora and fauna is plentiful here, and you can enjoy the rolling meadows of wildflowers along the hiking paths to be found in this park. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their two-legged friends here, but be sure to bring waste bags and follow the “Leave no Trace” policy.
Just to the south of Sycamore, the larger town of DeKalb has tons of dog-friendly places to explore! A great option is Prairie Park, located in the South 1st Street neighborhood. This park is just a 15 minute drive away from Sycamore, and has picnic tables, disc golf, and plenty of grassy space and shade trees. One of the main features of this park, is the South Branch Kishwaukee River that flows through it. Along the river, you can find a multi-use paved pathway, just perfect for you and your pup to enjoy the sounds of the babbling brook on your morning walk. Leashed dogs are welcome here, as long as they get picked up after! If you want to stay a while in this neighborhood, head over to the Travel Inn Dekalb. They allow pets of any size for a small additional fee.