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!