Rugged Pups

Dog Hiking Around Chicago


Get off the sidewalk and onto the trail. Here’s how it works.

If you sign up for Doggie Field Trips, I will take your pup to the nearest forest preserve and take a walk through nature. You can choose a 30 minute walk or a 1 hour walk. I estimate car time between 20 and 40 minutes each way, during regular hours, and 30 and 60 minutes during rush hour. Here’s where we can go:



Nestled on Chicago’s Northwest corner, Forest Glen Woods houses part of the North Branch Trail System, boasting 20 miles of paved and unpaved trails. Your pup is gonna dig it.

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Thatcher Wood Hiking Trail is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near River Forest, Illinois that features a river and is good for all skill levels.

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Bemis woods

Bemis Woods offers a wide range of activities such as birding, hiking and biking, and plenty of open space and groves for picnics. Amenities at this 480-acre site include paved and unpaved trails, a canoe launch and the exhilarating Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course.

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Catherine Chevalier Woods

Catherine Chevalier Woods is significant both in and of itself—it's a large natural area with good quality woodland—but it is also important as a one-mile link along the Des Plaines River greenway

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Algonquin Woods

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Saganashkee-Slough Woods

Saganashkee Slough is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lemont, Illinois that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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