Miller Meadow South in Forest Park is a pawsome resource for resident pups of Cook County. One of three off-leash dog parks on the outskirts of Chicago run by the Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC), Miller Meadow South is not your average dog park.
The fenced off-leash area is huge, with 7-acres for your dog to romp and run in to their heart's content. And forget the urban parks you're used to with crushed gravel and concrete—there's nothing but soft, springy grass here as far as the eye can see. Picnic tables are scattered throughout, giving pet pawrents comfy places to relax while the pups play. There's also an outdoor shelter where you can enjoy a nice shaded rest.
People and dogs are both generally friendly and well-behaved at Miller Meadow South. Parking is also a breeze, with the lot adjacent to the double-gated entry. Water sources are spread out across the park outside of the off-leash area, so it's a good idea to bring your own water and a bowl for your thirsty pooch. Ample clean up bags and trash cans are provided, making it easy to always stoop and scoop.
For dogs who like long walks on the leash, the off-leash area at Miller Meadow is connected to two miles of trails where leashed dogs are welcome. Take to the trails to explore slightly different scenery, including the shores of the Des Plaines River. Elsewhere in the park, fields of tall prairie grass and wildflowers burst into bloom in the summer and turn gold in the fall. Wildlife is abundant here, too, especially deer.
Your dog will be itching to get to this furbulous dog park, but you'll need to get a membership first. To register, you'll need to get a form filled by your veterinarian, then pay the annual fee for access. Residents pay $60 per dog for a full year of puptastic dog park fun, from October 1st to the following September 30th. Non-residents can also get a membership at $120 per dog. But the best part is that once you've got a membership, you can also use it to visit the other two FPCC dog parks, namely Bremen Grove Dog Park in Tinley Park and Beck Lake Dog Park in Des Plaines.
It's time to make your dog's day with a trip to the pawtastic Miller Meadow South Off Leash Area today!