If your furry friend is bursting with energy, then it’s time for a walk on the Great Western Nature Trail. Stretching from St. Charles to Sycamore, this trail follows an old rail corridor that was once used by the Chicago Great Western Railway. There is also an eastern section of the trail that runs through DuPage County.
On the St. Charles’ end, the trailhead is located inside LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve. Drinking water is available at the preserve, so fill your water bottles up before setting off on the trail. Restrooms can also be found here. As you head northwest on the crushed stone trail, enjoy the nearby forests and open spaces. Since it is flat and well maintained, this is a pupular trail for walkers, joggers, and cyclists. Your pooch will have plenty of opportunity to socialize and meet new friends. Keep your eyes open for wildflowers and little critters, especially as you pass the streams and wetlands.
As you near the western trailhead, check out the Sycamore Speedway. While passing this stock car race facility, your four legged friend may see a couple cars zooming around the track. From here, the end of the trail is about four miles away. If you plan on walking the entire trail, arrange for a pick up or a shuttle back to St. Charles to get your car.
This trail is a favorite with the locals, no matter what
time of year. It’s a pawfect place to walk you’re your canine buddy once the
snow falls. Just keep in mind that you will encounter cross country skiers and
snowmobilers. Along with water, make sure you bring along clean up bags and do
your part to keep the trail clear of dog waste. Make no mistake, a walk on the
Great Western Nature Trail will make your pup one happy hound!