Leadington is named for the mining industry that fueled the economies of the area but left some dangerous clean-ups. That danger has long receded into history, and what is left is a quaint little community of fewer than 500 people. No veterinarians are in the city limits, but nearby towns have several clinics for both routine and emergency care.
Leadington is great for people with a pup in the family because it's situated close to two Missouri state parks. St. Joe State Park is just four miles east of town. This state park has over 8,000 acres of land dedicated to recreation and conservation, complete with a campground, lakes, and four hiking trails. It's popular with ATV enthusiasts since it has 2,000 acres of former mining land for off-road fun. The hiking trails are multi-use, with mountain bikes, horses, and hikers enjoying the trails. The trails include a short 1.25-mile path and a nearly 13-mile trail that takes a hiker across creeks and back into the canopy of hardwood and pine trees.
St. Francois State Park is eleven miles north of Leadington. This state park has a campground and gives boaters access to the Big River. All the trails in St. Francois are either moderately difficult or rugged. The Swimming Deer Trail takes a hiker along the bluffs of the Big River on a 3.15-mile expedition with spectacular views. Dogs are welcome in Missouri State Parks as long as they remain on a leash no longer than ten feet.