Des Plaines River Trail

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Trail Distance: 56 miles
Time Estimate: 22 hr 10 min+
Elevation Gain: 1 foot
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Yes
Description

If your pup is using their big brown eyes to beg for a walk, grab the leash and make your way over to the Des Plaines River Trail. Since it stretches a whopping 56 miles, it has more than enough room for your doggo to strut their stuff!

This pawsome trail begins in Wadsworth and follows the path of the Des Plaines River south to River Grove. Along the way, you and your doggo will find endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Of course the multi-use path is frequented by walkers, joggers, and cyclists as well as cross country skiers in the winter. There are several furrific spots right off the path to visit like Beck Lake, Big Bend Lake, Van Patten Woods, or Catherine Chevalier Woods. You can picnic, fish, or even launch a boat. There’s even an off leash dog park available. What could be better?!

When using the trail, your pooch will not only get plenty of exercise, they will get a healthy dose of nature. The trail passes through a wide variety of ecosystems. The riparian habitat is home to critters like beavers, coyotes, fox, and squirrels. Beneath the water’s surface swim bass, bluegill, and catfish. If you are lucky enough to come across some wildlife, make sure your pup doesn’t bark at or chase the animals.

Be aware that there are some gaps in the trail and that it is not all paved. As you can imagine there are several access points and parking areas. Restrooms are available along the trail. The best thing to do is check out a map and plan your journey before leaving home. And don’t forget to bring plenty of water and some clean up bags.

A walk along the Des Plaines River Trail will make your pooch doggone happy!

Trail Features
River, Easy Incline, Diverse Landscape
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
During the warmer months, ticks and mosquitoes thrive in the area surrounding the trail. Make sure you give your pup a once over when you get home.
Address
15601 West Russell Rd
Wadsworth, IL 60083
Hours
Mon 6:30 AM - Sunset
Tue 6:30 AM - Sunset
Wed 6:30 AM - Sunset
Thu 6:30 AM - Sunset
Fri 6:30 AM - Sunset
Sat 6:30 AM - Sunset
Sun 6:30 AM - Sunset
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Address
15601 West Russell Rd
Wadsworth, IL 60083
Hours
Mon 6:30 AM - Sunset
Tue 6:30 AM - Sunset
Wed 6:30 AM - Sunset
Thu 6:30 AM - Sunset
Fri 6:30 AM - Sunset
Sat 6:30 AM - Sunset
Sun 6:30 AM - Sunset