Finding great, scenic dog walking routes in Downers Grove is something we’re always sniffing around for. While Sherlock’s nose is to the ground (searching for squirrel clues, of course!), it’s a treat for parents to take in such sights as unique architecture, local history, or beautiful natural landscapes. Our paws have done some walkin’, so we’ve compiled a list of our favorite routes across town for you and your pups to check out!
- Illinois Prairie Path:
The Illinois Prairie Path runs through Elmhurst, Villa Park, Lombard and many other Western Suburbs. The trail is very peaceful and scenic. It is common to see deer and other animals deep in the woods. Many spots of the trail have overpasses, which makes for a safe walk. The trail is also very clean with tons of garbage cans. You will also find water fountains, bathroom stations and benches along the path.
- Bemis Woods:
This section of the Cook County Forest Preserves is located in Western Springs at the corner of Wolf Road and Ogden Avenue. Dogs and their pet parents walking the various trails are a common sight at Bemis Woods. If you are not in the walking mood, there are several groves where you and your pet can hang out and have a picnic.
- Patriot’s Park and Barth Pond:
Patriot’s Park is located in Downers Grove on 55th street, between Main Street and Fairview Ave. The park features a walking path that circles around Barth Pond. Frogs, geese and ducks are some of the wildlife you will see hanging out in the pond. Parking lots are located at both the east and west side of the park.
- Downtown Downers Grove:
Downtown Downers Grove stretches from Burlington Ave to Maple Ave along Main Street. Many shops and restaurants that line the street are pet friendly, offering bowls of water in the summertime and belly rubs year round. Your pup’s favorite spot will be the Happy Dog Barkery, which bakes doggie cookies and cakes and offers an array of pet products.