Wheaton’s many parks, natural areas, and paths are sure to delight each member of your family, including the four-legged ones! Lincoln Natural Marsh Area is a wilderness refuge that covers over 130 acres. Several environments are featured, including woodlands, marshes, and prairies. On-leash dogs are allowed, and the park even provides sanitary stations on the trails.
The Danada Forest Preserve and Equestrian Center is noted for being a holistic equestrian care facility, but it also offers almost 800 acres of wildlife, hiking trails, historic buildings, and model farms. Leashed dogs are welcome to explore all the Danada Forest Preserve has to offer, presuming they do not chase or menace the wildlife.
The Danada Forest Preserve later connects to the Danada and Herrick Lake Regional Trail, which is almost six miles long. In addition, this crushed stone path leads to the Illinois Prairie Path (over 60 miles long). This means that there are endless options for a day out with your four-legged best friend!
Cantigny Park is a local gem, but it’s not open to members of the four-legged public except during special “dog days.” Annually, these dog days are held in August and feature a special doggie play area, entertainment from well-trained dogs, and vendors selling dog treats, toys, and more.
This family-friendly city has dining, shopping and entertainment, as well as easy access to Interstate 355 and East Roosevelt Road. The Illinois Prairie Path is part of the over 1,600 trails that are supported by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy project! The entire trail spans over 61 miles and goes through a couple of different cities, with several trailheads along the way. Lace up your best walking shoes, pack plenty of water and a few snacks, and see how much of the trail you and Fido can tackle. Just remember to keep Fido on his leash throughout the trail, since one is required.
Lombard is a residential area in Chicago just 20 minutes away from Wheaton. This area is surrounded by parks, local restaurants, and shopping. The Illinois Prairie Path is part of the over 1,600 trails that are supported by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy project that is in the process of converting old railroads into useable walking trails that are ideal to take your leashed pooch! Lone Woof Mobile Grooming is a grooming company that comes to you! They have certified groomers, who have experience with a wide variety of breeds. Whether it's just a bath or haircut, they know exactly what your pooch needs! Feeling hungry? Praga, and The Vino Cellar both accommodate pups!
Villa Park is a family-friendly residential neighborhood within Chicago that has parks, shopping and dining for everyone to enjoy. The Great Western Trail (DuPage Parkway Section) part of the 1,600 walking paths supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy! These trails make for the pawfect place to walk your dog and get some exercise away from the streets and sidewalks. The Illinois Prairie Path is another one of the expansive 1,600 Rails-to-Trails paths that can be enjoyed by you and your leashed pooch! Need a place to rest your weary head? Head on over to Motel 6 in Villa Park, or check out any of the dog-friendly AirBnB rentals!