Garfield Park Trails

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Trail Distance: 3.5 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 10 min+
Elevation Gain: 1 foot
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description

When you come to Garfield Park, its expansive and immersive lands will make you forget that you're even in the major city of Chicago. The park itself boasts over 140 acres of land, with a large lake, recreational fields, and one of the largest network of trails in the city known as the Garfield Park Trails. The trails themselves have over 3 miles of length to them, and allows leashed pups to enjoy along with their humans.

Despite its large size, this park has no designated parking lot, and you will have to find parking along the roads around the park, which can get pretty busy with traffic. One of the best places to start on the trails is on the north section of the park, where shaded trails loop around the Garfield Park Lagoon. Around the lake alone, there are nearly 2 miles of the trail system here, with a path that has a bridge going over the lake for some glorious views.

The northern trails showcase the prettiness of the lagoon, with areas to fish, play in open fields, watch kids play in the park's pool, and enjoy amenities like water fountains, picnic tables, benches, trash bins, and clean-up stations. Eventually, one of the trails crosses the road and leads to the southern part of the park, where it maintains a 5-foot wide width. On the southern portion, this main trail loops around the recreational fields, with access to fenced-in baseball fields, tennis courts, a soccer field, and football field. There are a few trails that fork off the main trail that connect to the fields and lead to facility houses and restrooms near the football field. Eventually, the main trail crosses over the road again and can connect back to the northern part of the park.

No matter what part of the trails you start on, you will be able to enjoy great views of the park and get to explore plenty of places with lots of shade, flowers, and sitting areas for you and your pup.

Trail Features
Urban, Grassland, Diverse Landscape, Easy Incline, Lake, Forest, Beach
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Many of the trails cross over busy city streets with traffic, so look out both ways and keep Fido close to your side. A lot of the trail is uncovered and in the sun, so bring protective boots for Fido and sunscreen for you. The lagoon at the park is a good breeding place for mosquitoes, so bring bugs spray.
Address
100 N. Central Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60624
Hours
Mon 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tue 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wed 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thu 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Fri 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sat 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sun 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Address
100 N. Central Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60624
Hours
Mon 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tue 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wed 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thu 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Fri 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sat 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sun 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM