The small unincorporated community of Catawissa in Franklin County is located 4 miles southeast of Pacific, MO and 39 miles northeast of St. Louis. Surrounded by expansive public parks and recreation areas, Catawissa boasts picnic and camping options, but no off-leash areas or dog parks. The transportation system is one of the advantages of the area, offering an easy ride to St. Louis via the railways. If your puppy is in need of medical help, feel free to visit the central animal hospital in Pacific.
Robertsville is another unincorporated community in Franklin County located just a 5-minute ride from Catawissa, featuring the tremendous area of Robertsville State Park. A former private park, the area now features more than 1,224 acres of open space, complete with excellent options for camping, hiking, and boating. Your fur baby can join you anytime, but should stay on their leash and behave themselves.
If camping is a little too ruff and rugged for you, head to Quality Inn Six Flags, which welcomes canine guests! This hotel does charge a pet fee, so be sure to check the pet policy when booking your room.
Bald Hill Road West takes its roots in the city center and stretches farther south to the city's recreation areas. Here, you'll find Drewel Park, a pawesome off-leash area for pooches to play and frolic together. This park isn't usually very crowded, but the locals are very friendly and happy to welcome newcomers. Keep in mind that the area is not fenced -- however, it is fairly remote from the roads and traffic, and is set within the Shaws Garden subdivision. Apart from the main space, the park features a nice, well-shaded loop trail where you and Fido can enjoy a quiet walk together.
Pond is one of the eastern neighborhoods in Wildwood, centered on the intersection of Manchester Road, Christy Avenue, and Pond Road. If you follow the latter to the north, you will find a local gem – Happy Hounds Playground! This is a membership-only dog park featuring about 10 acres of well-kept, open space within the fence. This park is just a treasure! Split into two sections for small and large breeds, the park features a swimming pond, a beach area, and washing stations to keep your buddy clean! There are also walking and hiking trails you can enjoy together here. As promised, your hound is bound to be happy after a visit to this park!
Larkin Williams Road runs throughout the northern part of Fenton, Missouri, and follows the stream of the Meramac River. Follow along the road to find Fenton City Park, a local pride and joy and a green retreat for locals and visitors. This public park offers a roomy recreation space with multiple options for outdoor activities! The park is pet-friendly and has one simple rule for pooches of all sizes and temperaments: dogs must be on-leash at all times. Your furry baby will love walking along the paved trails or enjoying a picnic with you at one of the designated areas. There are plenty of family-friendly activities here, so bring the whole pack!
Fenton’s downtown area is centered on the Meramec River, offering access to both sides of the city via Gravois Road. The central part of town is full of shopping venues and dining facilities, but the nicest place for pooches is located on the opposite bank of the river. Minnie Ha Ha Park is a natural oasis with quiet walking trails, wooded areas, and a sandy beach area which you and Fido will pawsitively love exploring! Despite its size, the park offers a few different walking options: you can walk along the trails in the woods, or walk closer to the water and enjoy scenic views of the river. Just make sure you keep your pup on a leash here.
Located on the western outskirts of Ballwin, past Manchester, Edgar M. Queeny County Park is a former estate offering a ton of fun! The park has multiple playgrounds and sports fields as well as picnic sites and fishing ponds. And the dog park within the main park is just outstanding! Fully fenced and shaded, the park attracts dog owners with lazy pooches and sporty mutts alike. Tails and Trails Dog Park features permanent agility equipment and four skill stations, two separate areas for small and large canines, two water faucets, benches, and even a pavilion with free WiFi!