Just 30 miles from downtown Kansas City, De Soto residents truly get the best of both worlds – small town living with easy access to big city shopping and entertainment. While the close proximity to Kansas City is woofderful, there are plenty of fur-iendly things in and around De Soto that make life in this small community even better! De Soto even has two of its own veterinary clinics to care for your pup’s healthcare needs!
If you and your furry friend are seeking some seriously pawsome off-leash fun, check out De Soto’s Kill Creek Streamway Dog Park! This puptacular 16-acre off-leash area has a fenced-in and unfenced sections that include trails that wind through grassy meadows and forested areas. There’s also a super fun bridge and access to the creek below where pups can cool off on warm days. For more woofderful fun, check out the rest of Kill Creek Streamway Park with your leashed dog. You and Fido will have a blast trekking on the 6.8 miles of trail in this gorgeous 105-acre natural area that’s full of trees and wildflowers! The 2.8-mile Kill Creek Streamway Trail is an especially woofderful loop that’s great for wildlife and bird watching!
With puptastic parks and amenities with muttropolitan perks nearby, De Soto is pawsome!
Looking for a puptacular place to walk with your leashed furry friend? Head to the Rural De Soto neighborhood! On the southern outskirts of town, this area is known for its beautiful 57-acre Sunflower Nature Park – a pawsitively awesome spot for a jaunt! You and your pooch will have a pupstastic time stretching your legs on the one-mile nature trail that winds through woods, open fields and around the sparkling waters of Sunflower Park Lake. The park also has ball fields, restrooms and a picnic pavilion with barbecue grills. This neighborhood is also where you’ll find the Kill Creek Streamway Dog Park!
Furrific fun for everyone awaits you, Fido and the whole family in De Soto’s 83rd & Delaware neighborhood! Located on the north side of town near the banks of the Kansas River, Miller Memorial Park is a huge open grassy space for you and your pup to walk, play or train. There’s also a woofderful paved walking path and tons of mature trees. Two-legged kiddos will love wearing themselves out on the playground, ball fields, and basketball and volleyball courts. Check out the covered picnic pavilion that’s perfect for family gatherings and a picturesque gazebo where you, your pup and the rest of the fam can relax after a fun afternoon at this beautiful park!
Check out one of De Soto’s biggest open green spaces in the North De Soto neighborhood! There, you’ll find Riverfest Park nestled on the banks of the free-flowing waters of the Kansas River. You and your leashed pup will have a ball playing in this park’s big grassy areas and investigating all the sights and smells beneath the mature trees. There’s also a walking path where you and Fido can get in some laps! Riverfest Park also has a playground for kiddos, a boat ramp for easy access to the river and an outdoor amphitheater. Be sure to bring drinking water and cleanup bags to this beautiful riverfront park!
If you and your pooch are in the mood to visit a quiet community park, check out the Perimeter Parkway neighborhood in the nearby town of Lenexa! About five miles east of De Soto, this area’s Wild Bill Hickok Park has an acre of green space where you and your leashed dog can enjoy some quality time outdoors! There’s lots of lush grass where your furry friend can romp and roll around, plus a .3-mile walking and jogging trail. The park also has tons of trees, covered picnic tables, benches, a playground and a basketball court that will keep the rest of the family busy!
Feel like getting away from it all? Leash your pup and head to the East Eudora neighborhood, about 14 miles from De Soto! This Eudora area is where you’ll find Wilderness Park, a natural, undeveloped area designated for passive outdoor recreation – like walking dogs! This park is pawpular for nature walks, horseback riding, fishing and camping. Verdant vegetation and shady trees line the walking path that meanders through the park. In warmer months, there’s lots of wildflowers and greenery, too! You and Fido will love romping through the woods and frolicking in the park’s massive open fields. Remember the drinking water and cleanup bags for your trip to this undeveloped park!