The Apple River Canyon State Park is a beautiful park with stunning stones in all sorts of colors and varieties. Some rocks you might find include limestone, dolomite, or shale. Glacial deposits have left fossils behind, so keep an eye out for them as you explore. The park is home to wildlife, including squirrels, raccoons, deer, eagles, hawks, and over 40 species of birds.
There is a large variety of flora in this park, and you and Rover can sniff it out as you hike on one of the five trails throughout the park. Each trail is approximately one mile. The Pine Ridge Nature Trail and the Sunset Nature Trail are trails that loop, while on the River Route Nature Trail, Tower Rock Nature Trail, and Primrose Nature Trail you will trace your steps back to return to your starting point.
The park also offers camping year round. There are 49 campsites with showers located nearby. There are also four picnic areas along the river banks, and they have tables, grills, drinking water, and toilets nearby. You can reserve a particular shelter; there are two accessible shelters and one non-accessible shelter.
Other amenities at the park include hunting and fishing; be sure to follow state laws and licensing requirements when doing those activities. Your pooch can explore Apple River Canyon with you when he is on a leash, and you must pick up after him. Bring your own doggie-poop bags and water for your pooch, so your pooch stays hydrated on the trails.
The official site does not indicate any limitations for your pup in the park, but be considerate and when in doubt, ask a Park Ranger. Of course, you should discourage any excessive barking, especially if you're at a campsite overnight, don't allow your dog to chase wildlife or dig holes, and make sure your pup can respond to your command. Also, follow any posted signs for rules about dogs.