Kirkwood has a historic small-town charm that includes dogs in its picture of Americana. There are many amenities for both residents and visitors with dogs. Kirkwood has five veterinary clinics providing routine and emergency care to resident and visiting dogs. Hopefully, you won't need to avail of any of their services while you're here, but it's good to know just in case.
Kirkwood has fourteen city parks. The Kirkwood City Park is home to Walker Lake, a popular fishing spot. A paved walkway around the lake is never without a person and a leashed dog. Emmenegger Nature Park and Possum Woods Conservation have over 100 acres of woods, open spaces, and outdoor activities for people with a pup to visit. There are three hiking trails through some lush forest for a person and a leashed pup to explore. One trail is accessible for people with disabilities and is an easy loop trail about .5 miles long. Two others are more difficult. Dogs must be on no more than a six foot leash when visiting these parks. The Meramec River adds to the scenic beauty of these preserved tracts of wilderness which are cradled by the busy civilization of St. Louis County.
Kirkwood’s historic downtown neighborhood has many delights for a person with a pup. The downtown neighborhood is the location of the old Amtrak train station, which is in operation today. Visitors and residents with leashed dogs can be seen enjoying the summer band’s or the sidewalk minstrels. There are many restaurants that cater to people with their four-legged friends. Cafe Provencal serves French cuisine, and welcomes a person with their pup on their outdoor patio. The staff takes care to have some water bowls available for their furry clientele. Kirkwood Station Restaurant and Brewery Co. has sandwiches and other entrees served up with an array of beers created at its microbrewery. Dogs are welcome to stay with their person at the outdoor tables.
The sprawling neighborhood within the city limits of Kirkwood includes many amenities for a person with a dog. Treecourt Unleashed Dog Adventure Park on Marshall Road is like a country club for dogs! This dog park has nine acres of fully fenced green grass and trees for dogs to kick up some paws and play with their other club members. On hot summer days, bone-shaped pools give dogs a cool place to take a splash. A natural creek on the property is another option for getting paws wet. There is no separate area for small dogs, but all dogs are temperament tested prior to using the dog park. Human companions have picnic tables and benches positioned under mature shade trees. Membership can be purchased on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.
Sunset Hills adjoins Kirkwood, and offers people and their pups a few activities to check out. Kitun Dog Park is located on Eddie Park Road. Dogs can cast off those leashes and run uninhibited in this dog park’s grassy enclosure. A small pup can safely play in its own separate fenced space. The dog park has water fountains designed for dogs and people. Tables and chairs with some shade give a place from which human companions may supervise their furry friends. Waste baggies are conveniently supplied. The dog park is open at 7:30 a.m. and closes at dusk. This is a membership-only park. Annual memberships may be purchased from the City of Crestwood or Sunset Hills.
The neighborhood of St. Louis Hills is eight miles east of Kirkwood. Southwest Dog Park at Willmore Park is located off of S. Hampton Avenue. This fully fenced, off-leash dog park lets dogs socialize with their furry pals, and just have a pawfect good time. The entire dog park has over an acre of green grass with a separately fenced enclosure for small dogs. There are pieces of agility equipment for extra exercise or training. Water is available for people and pups. There is a fee for the usage of this dog park. Annual memberships are required, with discounts for St. Louis City residents. The main park has two lakes, and leashed dogs with their people are often seen walking around the perimeters or eating a picnic lunch together at one of the numerous pavilions and picnic sites.
The city limits of University City is approximately ten miles north of Kirkwood. There are many places for a person with a pup to visit. The University City Off Leash Dog Park is located at 6880 Vernon Avenue. This dog park has three fully fenced enclosures for dogs to socialize and play. Separate areas are set aside for small dogs and less active dogs. The dog park has drinking water for people and dogs. Kiddie pools make for some extra splashin’ fun in summer. There is a walking path around the perimeter of the dog park so the human companion is able to get some exercise, too. A membership must be purchased from the city.