Need a new place to walk your pooch? Then check out this furrific trail! Years ago, Green Bay Trail was a stagecoach route that stretched from Green Bay to Chicago. Later it turned into a rail corridor for the Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad. Today, it is a pawsome pathway that connects Highland Park and Wilmette, and runs parallel to the Metra North Line.
Parking can be found at different access points along the
trailhead. On the northern end, you can park at the Metra Station on St. Johns
Avenue at Highland Park. From here, you and your canine buddy can start the trail and travel south on the crushed
limestone. The trail passes through several parks along the way. If you
have two legged children in tow, you can take a detour to one of the
playgrounds. Your furry friend will be in heaven as they strut their stuff and
get some exercise.
As it makes its way south, the trail cuts through
Glencoe, Winnetka, and Kenilworth. A
good portion of the trail is lined with trees. During the warm summer
months, your pal will have some shade, and when fall rolls around they will be
treated to a lovely display of bright colored leaves. Since the trail typically
stays within a mile from Lake Michigan, you and your pup will have plenty of
opportunities to wander down to the water. The trail ends on Greenleaf Avenue in Wilmette.
This is a commuter trail, so expect to see cyclists. It’s also pupular with runners and other dog walkers. If you complete the entire trail, don’t forget to arrange for a pick up or shuttle. Also, have plenty of water on hand. All that walking will make your pooch thirsty. Do your part to keep the trail smelling fresh by bringing some clean up bags and picking up whatever your pal puts down.
No bones about it, the Green Bay Trail will make your dog’s tail wag!