Hike Greater Peoria with your Pup


Annalee Anderson, Guest Writer


We all love to get outside during the summer, especially the furry members of our families! The Greater Peoria Area has an abundance of hiking trails for pups and people who love a good adventure. Check out these great trails to hike with your furry friends!


Robinson Park {Peoria} // Located off Mossville Rd near Dunlap, Robinson Park consists of a couple different trails of differing difficulty. The Illinois River Bluff trail is a 5-mile loop trail considered challenging, but very rewarding!

Spring Creek Preserve {East Peoria} // Marvel in bird song as you and your leashed pup hike this 2.6-mile loop. Spring Creek Preserve is a pocket of peace amongst the busy city, accessible year-round!

Farmdale Reservoir {Washington} // Farmdale Reservoir is a catch-all for outdoor recreation. It is a prime destination for mountain biking, equestrians, and most importantly, hiking with your pup! Farmdale Reservoir is over 800 acres in size and has a variety of trails to choose from. In particular, the Farmdale Recreation Area Trail is a 6.9-mile loop and is moderately challenging, but perfect on a cool summer morning.

Weaver Park {Washington} // Located off Lawndale Ave in Washington, this a 1.1-mile loop is just the place to immerse yourself and your leashed pup outdoors. The Weaver Park hiking trail runs along Farm Creek, making for great views and vibes for the half hour hike.

Kinsey Park {Peoria} // This hidden gem off of Southport Rd is a mountain biker’s and dog’s playground. Kinsey Park houses a network of trails all well-labeled with differing difficulty levels. Get lost (metaphorically) in the Land of Oz surrounded by the beauty of nature!

Black Partridge Park {Metamora} // This 6.5-mile loop trail is a lively trail for all, leashed furry friends included! Black Partridge Park is a deer’s haven and has the perfect amount of shade on a hot summer’s day.

Detweiller Park {Peoria} // Detweiller Park off Galena Rd in Peoria has an array of outdoor activity amenities from soccer to playgrounds to hiking! Specifically, the Dry Run Trail to Pimiteoui Trail is a 1.1-mile loop satisfying the need to be outdoors. Dogs are welcome to be off leash in some areas.

Annalee Anderson, Guest Writer