Wadsworth, Illinois was named after E. S. Wadsworth. Mr. Wadsworth was a big stockholder for a railroad company that passes through this quaint village. It's also situated in a scenic spot, and, best of all, it offers a few dog-friendly activities for you and your pooch to enjoy together!
You and your fur baby will love dining at the Savanna House Restaurant & Bar. This establishment serves home-style meals as well as breakfast. This Fido-friendly eatery has five outdoor tables available for you and your pup to enjoy your meal together. The locals love the craft beer selection available here, and the bar stays open late so you can stop in for a meal at dinnertime or a drink in the wee hours of the morning.
There is also a great trail for you and your canine friend to hike in this city: the Des Plaines River Trail, which is part of the Rails-To-Trails program. This program takes old rail lines and turns them into trails that can be used for walking, hiking and biking. This trail is a long one at 52.6 miles -- we don't recommend tackling it all in one go! The trail is paved, crushed gravel, and dirt. There are plenty of trees for shade along the trail, and you'll find plenty of picnic areas and water fountains along the way to stop and rest. You'll need to bring supplies for cleaning up after your furry friend.
Just 15 miles from Wadsworth, you'll find The Prairie Wolf Dog Park. This off-leash dog park encompasses 44 fenced-in acres, so your canine pal has plenty of room to explore. There is a pond for your furry friend to make a splash in, but keep in mind it is not fenced in. The road to the lake/pond is gravel, and there are trails to walk on as well. Your pooch will love running and romping in the grass, but don't worry if he gets dirty; there's a hose near the bathrooms for you to wash the grass and mud out of his fur. Pack up some essentials such as water, towels and doggie waste bags. Put on your walking shoes and enjoy a day of fun in the sun with your pooch!
No need to go to the East Coast to enjoy a beach day with your pal; you'll find a dog-friendly beach just 15 miles away from Wadsworth! The Moraine Dog Beach is a nice spot for your pup to cool off on a hot day. Access to the beach requires proof of dog license and rabies vaccination to be able to register. You will have to pay for parking when you visit. The beach is a nice size for your pup to enjoy a swim. Since this is an off-leash beach, feel free to let Fido run and romp as much as he wants! Keep in mind you will need to bring water and an umbrella for shade along with supplies for cleaning up after your pooch.
The Carlisle Family Dog Park at Petrifying Springs Park is an off-leash dog park located 18 miles from Wadsworth. There are two areas for canine friends to enjoy themselves and explore the terrain. You'll need to pay a daily fee to access this park, or you can buy an annual pass. This ensures the park stays well-maintained and safe for everyone. You'll find nice trails to explore with your pal and plenty of shade from the trees. You will need to pack doggy waste supplies and water for your pooch.
If you're looking for a huge dog park with plenty of room to play, look no further! The Lakewood Dog Park is just 21 miles from Wadsworth and encompasses 68 fenced-in acres, which means your canine companion has plenty of room to explore and make new fur-iends. The park provides bathrooms for the owners and a gazebo for sitting. Dogs get their very own water fountain at this park! You'll also find a huge, grassy field in addition to two walking trails. You will need to bring supplies for cleaning up after your pooch. Don't fur-get to bring a Frisbee!
The Harris Family Dog Park at Old Settlers Park is the pawfect place to bond with your pooch. This fenced-in, off-leash dog park offers about 2 acres of grass for your pooch to run and romp in. There's also some agility equipment here for added fun. You will need to bring your own water and clean up supplies. This park has lights so you can enjoy the park after the sun goes down. You'll need to purchase a day or year pass if you want to play at this park; contact Salem's parks department to acquire one. This park is about 20 minutes away from Wadsworth.