Kenosha is the fourth-largest city in the state of Wisconsin. It’s one of the fastest-growing places in the US, with over 50% of the residents being newcomers in 2010. Those people (along with their pets!) are drawn to the city’s recreational opportunities, beautiful parks, and low cost of living.
Kenosha County has three different dog parks. Each Park requires the purchase of a daily pass or an annual pass. Daily fees are $2 for residents and $5 for nonresidents, while annual fees range from $5 to $25. The Carlisle Family Dog Park at the University of Wisconsin is a local favorite, due to its’ large size and a wide range of amenities, including an 18-hole golf course, hiking trails, chess tables, over 350 acres of space. The park contains one of the state’s oldest hardwood forests. The other parks are the Warren Close Bark Park and the Harris Family Dog Park.
As for trails, the best option is the Kenosha Bike Trail. It covers over 18 miles, and travels to the nearby town of Racine, and even further to the state of Illinois. Halfway through the trail, hikers can enter the North Shore Trail section for more rural scenery, complete with beautiful farms and rolling hills.
For a lovely, dog friendly area with easy freeway access, Horizons is the place to be. Named after the neighborhood itself is Horizon Park, a quaint stretch of green that’s fed by a river and plays host to it’s own little pond. There’s plenty of room to run and strategically placed shade trees offer occasional relief from the sun. The neighborhood also holds two small lakes, which are the perfect places for a lakeside stroll anytime of the day. Remember to keep your pup leashed at all times, as none of these places are fenced off. Your dog is certain to have a blast!
Named after it’s park, the Anderson Park neighborhood is simply the place to be for dogs and dog owners alike. In the center of the neighborhood lays Anderson Park, a simply gorgeous area with a large fishing pond in the center. You can take a stroll along the water’s edge, and even drop by K9 Korner Dog Park! There’s no fee to use this park, but all dogs must have current license tags and vaccinations. The park is split into a big and small dog area, both featuring several picnic tables. Remember to bring your own water to keep hydrated here! Your pup will love each and every trip to this beautiful park.
Allendale is a breathtaking lakeside neighborhood with four separate parks for you and your pup to explore. The three parks at the northern end of the neighborhood, Eichelman Park, Wolfenbuttel Park, and Library Park, all feature lush green areas with walking trails that wind through beautiful forested areas and gorgeous fields ,both along and away from the water’s edge. To the south is Southport Park, a lovely planted area that’s home to the 10.2 mile Pike Bike Trail. You can hike this path with your favorite pup and enjoy some breathtaking waterside scenery that’s unique to this location. Remember to keep your pup leashed!
Pike River is a lovely area with easy access to the freeway. Named after the river that runs through it, this neighborhood is the lucky host of Petrified Springs Park. Gorgeous trails run around the outside of this park, from walking to hiking, and many follow along the amazing scenery that the Pike River has to offer. Should you continue on these walking paths long enough, you’ll run into the Carlisle Family Dog Park, a beautiful local area that welcomes off leash pups within the vicinity of these fenced walls. A daily or annual pass is required to enter the park.
For a peaceful, dog friendly area, Central Kenosha is the place to be. At the east end of this neighborhood is Lincoln Park, a gorgeous area with a bridge spanning across its small lake. The park spans forty four acres and features a sunken garden to add some color to your daily walks. Pups are welcome anytime on a leash. A road does run through the center of this park, so keep a watch for passing cars if your pooch is easily startled. To the west is Bullamore Park and Roosevelt Park, both featuring grassy stretches that are the perfect place to take a quiet stroll.