Back in 1830, the Shawnee Methodist Mission was sent by the Methodist Church to service the Shawnee tribe in nearby Wyandotte County. By 1839, the Mission was moved to Johnson County, which was named after the Reverend Johnson who headed the Mission. Today, the name Shawnee Mission refers to an area comprised of sixteen separate small towns in Johnson County, KS. Today, the communities within the area boasts its love for its resident pups through its twenty veterinarians and clinics that are ready to respond to your pup's needs.
Finding places to walk your pup in this area is easy! Just head to the Shawnee Mission Park, the most visited park in the state. Pawsome nature trails are perfect for a leashed stroll. The large off-leash dog park has sniff-tastic hiking trails through grassland and woods, large open spaces and a 200-foot dog beach. The Swanson's Streamway Dog Park is a private dog park offering off-leash play in a designated and supervised park. Mill Creek Streamway Park welcomes you and your leashed pup on the asphalt and concrete trails that meander through wooded and open meadows, streams, and tracks.
For visitors to Shawnee Misson, stay at the Drury Inn Shawnee Mission where two pets are welcome for an additional fee. Or try the Walnut Grove RV Park, where dogs on leash are welcome throughout the park and the two grassy areas. Run by Big Bam's Burgers for a classic burger, or Pegah's Family Restaurant for breakfast all day and American comfort food. Tanners Bar & Grill is a casual pub with a selection of burgers. All restaurants welcome your pup at the outdoor tables. Bring your pup and enjoy your stay in Shawnee Mission!
The charming Chatlain Park in Shawnee is a well-maintained and spacious park with beautiful green lawns and large hardwood trees that provide shade throughout the park on warm days. The paved walking trail throughout the park is quiet and private, and offers a great opportunity for a leashed walk with your pup. The gazebo-style shelter has a barbecue grill on site for a picnic with friends after your exercise. Chatlain Park is often active at the playgrounds. The park is an access point to the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail, another dog-tastic leashed walk with your pup.
Get your pooch paws moving on a sniff-tastic walk around Gum Springs Park in Shawnee. The paved trail around the park is accessible to all, and a parking area is located conveniently close to the trail. Your pup will enjoy a leashed stroll or a fetch-fest on the grassy flat areas in the park. Beautiful tall trees provide shade in the summer for sports watchers, walkers, or children at play on the playground. This rustic park is perfect for a picnic in the summer to spend more time outside.
Werner Park, a 2-acre park in Shawnee, is named for former City Council member Roger Werner whose family donated the park land. The Park is home to the Storm Chasers Baseball team and also has walking paths around the ball park for some paw-some exercise before the game. Werner Park is an access point to the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail, approximately four miles of paved, multi-use trail that passes through wooded areas, a butterfly garden, and several parks. Nearby, Merriam Marketplace is an outdoor events location with a beautiful green space and park benches to enjoy when activities are not set up. On quiet days, this is a great spot for a leashed walk through this area.
You'll love Campbell Park in Shawnee for its natural beauty and quiet surroundings for exercise, relaxation and a picnic. Your pup will be thrilled with a leashed walk through the sniff-tastic trees in this grassy park, and you'll enjoy the scenic views of Turkey Creek. For a longer walk, this park is an access point to the Turkey Creek Steamway Trail with about 4 miles of paved trail. Enjoy the walking path with your leashed pup through the Merriam Historic Plaza as you learn about the history of the area through the 12 markers along the walking path. The Historic Plaza has restrooms and paved parking to make your visit more convenient.