Alton first became known for the limestone bluffs that were scattered along the Mississippi River, and then later become known for its part in the Civil War. The most interesting thing about Alton, though, is how connected the town is to its pet residents, and how much it dedicates to dogs around town.
The Gordon F. Moore Community Park is a good example of this, acting as a dog-friendly place with over 704 acres of land. There's a 13-acre fishing lake, 3 miles of concrete walking trails, and a lot of open space for dogs and humans. The entire park is dog-friendly, so whether you're there for a short trip or a day out, there is plenty to do in the park! Fido must remain on a leash at the park, but has access to clean-up stations, water fountains, and benches.
The best part of the town is the abundance of dog-friendly trails in the area. Some of these trails include the Madison County Transit Confluence Trail, the Vadalabene Trail, and the Sam Vadabelene Trail, each of them ranging from 18 to 20 miles. Dogs must remain on a leash on all trails, and humans must bring water and clean-up bags.
Alton also has 5 veterinarians and is expanding every day to make new dog-friendly places for you and your pup.
McKinley is a neighborhood on the southwest corner of Alton that provides gorgeous views of the Arkansas River. Olin Park is a popular destination for dog-lovers in the area, thanks to the 20 acres of open space and the .5-mile Olin Park Trail. Dogs are welcome at the park while on a leash, and have access to benchsd, trash bins, and water fountains. Riverview Park is another great option for dog walkers. With shaded trails and open areas, Fido will get plenty of exercise and socialization here, with great views of the river! Dogs must remain on a leash.
This neighborhood is right outside the downtown area, and consists of most of the residential homes in the area. The neighborhood has a small square park known as Salu Park, which offers concrete trails, two basketball courts, a pavilion, and shaded sitting areas. Dogs are welcome at the park, but must remain on a leash. Additional features include water fountains and trash bins. For visitors, the Comfort Inn of Alton is a great place to stay if you have pets. The hotel allows up to two pets of any size to accompany guests for a small fee and provide cheaper nights for extended stays.