Cotton Tail Trail

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Trail Distance: 0.4 miles
Time Estimate: 10 min+
Elevation Gain: 1 foot
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: No
Description
Chicago is an expansive city that gives you and your pup much more than just the sights of the major city and metropolitan area. Thanks to its size, its also a great source of parks and trails, especially dog-friendly ones. The Cotton Tail Trail is one trail that will give you and Fido a quiet area to get outside and some exercise.


This pawrific trail is found inside the Cotton Tail Park, where it follows around the park and is surrounded by park features, open space, and trees. Parking is available along the road on the north and south side of the park. Walking along the sidewalk, you'll find the entrance to the trail which loops around the center of the park. Starting at the southern end, you'll see typical park features like two playgrounds, rubber terrain, a gazebo, swingsets, and picnic tables. 

The trail is made from concrete, and is bordered by dense trees that provide shade and privacy from the nearby neighborhoods. Along the trail, there are spots with benches, nighttime lights, and scenic water fountains. Also on the trail are drinking water fountains with different sizes for dogs, children, and adults. About halfway, the trail connects to a larger sitting area with trimmed bushes and metal benches. The inner part of the trail is a large open grassy area that is open to for leashed dogs to play in, offering plenty of space to play fetch or run around. There are two other paths that fork off from the mail trail that lead to the northern parking sections, but the main trail eventually loops back to the southern starting point where you can get back to your car.

This scenic and quiet trail also offers more space to run around and play, making this a great place to view wildflowers, walking, playing and just enjoying some outdoor time with your pooch.

Trail Features
Grassland, Easy Incline, Forest, Urban
Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Although the trail is open at night and is lighted, the lights don't cover the full trail, so be careful when walking at night.
Address
44 W. 15th St.
Chicago, IL 60605
Hours
Mon 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tue 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wed 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thu 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Fri 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sat 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sun 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Address
44 W. 15th St.
Chicago, IL 60605
Hours
Mon 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tue 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wed 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thu 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Fri 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sat 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sun 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM