Independence Grove Dog Park

Named the “Best Dog Park” by North Shore magazine, Independence Grove Dog Park is a 30-acre Field of Dreams for canines. With multiple swimming areas in large pond accompanied by miles and miles of open trails, Independence Grove is an open, friendly, and varied experience every dog would lucky to experience.

Located in Libertyville, this park is one of the four designated dog parks built by the Lake County Forest Preserves. (Duck Farm Dog Park, Lakewood Dog Park, Prairie Wolf Dog Park are the other three.)


  • Permit pay boxes. Credit

    Fenced on two sides, Independence Grove is connected to the adjacent Casey Trail on the south border.

    Technically, a day permit is required to visit the park. To quote the park’s official site: An annual or daily permit and a dog are required for entry. Permits allow access to all four Dog Parks. Daily permits can be purchased in advance online or at a self-pay station located in the parking lot of each Dog Park.

    • TIP: Collection of permit fee is on an honor basis at the park. There are no attendants collecting the fee. Instead, a box is located at the gate entrance where you can deposit your permit and fee if you wish.


Entrance is on Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21), north of Buckley Road (Route 137) in Libertyville. (Interactive map)

Independence Grove Dog Park entrance. Credit
Pond at Independence Grove Dog Park. Credit:
Rocky on alternate beach entrance at Independence Grove Dog Park. The sand on the beach was deep and soft. Credit:


Rocky walking on the trail at Independence Grove Dog Park. Credit:


Pathway bridge connecting to Independence Grove Dog Park. Credit:


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