Top 3 Autumn Walks with Your Pup

10/14/2020 - Beth Dugan

Sports & Outdoors
Best Dog Walks in Kenosha, WI
Best Dog Walks in Kenosha, WI
Best Dog Walks in Kenosha, WI
Best Dog Walks in Kenosha, WI

Fall colors are here and the crisp air makes for great walking weather. Kenosha County has some spots for great dog walks, most with both human and dog treats at the end.  Check out my personal list of favorite places to wander with (wo)man’s closest friend.  *Remember to keep your dog on their leash, and please pick up after them.  Let’s keep Kenosha beautiful!*

Petrifying Springs Park

This park has a 2.25 mile paved loop around the perimeter of the park.  It follows the Pike River, then up a hill to the golf course club house.  You’ll wander through the woods, and back down the hill next to the golf course.  This is an enjoyable walk with plenty of rest rooms, trash cans, and side hiking paths to explore.  Unless there are events, there is plenty of parking and you can treat your dog to fresh mineral water from the spring.  Enjoy people and bird watching while strolling, and check out the river as it makes it way through the park area.

Dog treat – After the walk check out the Carlisle Dog Park.  For a small fee, you can let your dog off leash to frolic within the fenced area.  Dogs can interact with each other, chase toys brought from home and enjoy meeting new canine friends.

Human treat – after the walk and the dog park visit, cross the street to the Biergarten (in-season).  Enjoy a beer while your dog enjoys a bowl of water from the spring house at your feet.

Bristol Woods Park

Located in Bristol, this park has 4.28 miles of unpaved hiking paths through minimally managed woods.  This park shows what this area would look like when it was first settled and farmed.  Enjoy wandering through the woods and fields, getting in touch with nature.  There are rest rooms at the Pringle Nature Center along with trash cans adjacent to the parking lots.  This park is filled with wild life for both humans and canines to appreciate.

Dog Treat – after visiting the park, visit another of the county off leash parks just up the road at Old Settlers Park.  Let your dog run around while you get to enjoy the view of Paddock Lake, fall colors, and a rest on a picnic bench.

Human Treat – Bring your dog home, and then come back to Bristol Woods to Boundless Adventure and run the rope courses.  Enjoy swinging from rope elements and climbing among the the tree tops as you move up in difficulty in the courses.

Downtown Kenosha – Sculpture Walk at HarborPark

Starting at the Kemper Center, all the way up to Carthage College, is a nine mile paved multi-purpose trail that is part of the Pike Bike Trail. It’s also great for walking.  Starting near Harborside Common Grounds (a fabulous coffee shop), head east to check out the Sculpture walk along the harbor. The path then winds south around the Southport Marina, Wolfenbüttel Park, and then to the Kemper Center.  This path has a variety of things to see, from Lake Michigan, boats, public art, gardens, and beautiful historic mansions.  There is plenty of parking downtown and rest rooms are available in the city parks during park hours. 

Dog treat – After the walk, stop by K-9 Kibble on Sheridan Road.  Treat your dog to their favorite dog food and dog treats.  And if you need one, a new leash or some awesome toys are also available.  You can even use their dog wash station to get Fido cleaned up. 

Human treat – Once your dog is clean and ready to go, stop by Scoops Ice Cream & Candy for a cone or dish of your favorite premium ice cream. They even have doggy fro-yo, making it the perfect place to end your adventure. 


Your pup will love spending time with you as you explore these local venues! Don’t forget to take photos and share them on one of the Visit Kenosha social media channels using the #KenoshaFun hashtag! 

Community Blogger Beth Dugan

Beth Dugan

Community Blogger

Hospitality Educator and writer.  Married mom of three adults and Jack the Dog.  Bike trail explorer, reader, and needlepoint fanatic.