Leavenworth was the very first city incorporated when Kansas first became a state. It’s now a thriving, medium-sized city that hosts one of the largest communities in Kansas. Most people are familiar with Fort Leavenworth and Leavenworth Prison, but it might come as a surprise how dog-friendly the city is. With 424 acres of parks, play areas, and spacious greenbelts, you won’t have to leave Fido behind when it’s time to explore this pawsome place. And there are five local vets to care for your furry family members, with emergency care available in neighborhing towns.
The Waggin Tails Dog Park is the pawfect place to let your furry friend burn off some energy. Located near the North gate of the Veterans Complex, this six-acre park provides separate grassy areas for big and small pups. Dog waste stations are on-site, and water fountains are usable April-October, when the risk of freezing is low. Designed with adventurous puppy pals in mind, each section has double entry gates for safely getting your doggo on and off leash upon entering and leaving the off-leash area.
The Weston Bend State Park offers sweeping views of the Missouri River from a three-mile fur-iendly paved-loop trail for hikers and their four-legged companions. There’s also a 1.75-acre off-leash dog park divided into designated areas for small dogs and large dogs with parking near the State Park office. Each enclosure has a park bench, a doggie water fountain, and a pet waste station.
The dog-friendly city of Leavenworth is chock full of restaurants, outdoor spaces, and furrific places to explore.
miss out on taking in a sunset stroll along the Missouri River at the Leavenworth
Landing Park. Your doggo will love the Three-Mile Creek Trail that begins at
the southern end of the park and runs to Haymarket Square. The six-block trail
is the pawfect way to see the natural beauty of the river city. The Days Inn
Leavenworth is a dog-friendly place to spend the night, or if you prefer to
sleep under the stars, you and your doggo can head over to the Riverfront Park
Campground. As the name suggests, the campground runs right along the river.
You and your fluffy friend will love the open area. There are RV hookups or you
and your sniffer can rough it in a tent for a woofderful outdoor experience.
The Buffalo Soldier Memorial Park surrounds the Buffalo Soldier Monument that honors the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiment African-American soldiers, who were known for extraordinary bravery and military service. Located in Fort Leavenworth, an active U.S. Army installation, you'll have to sign in at the gate in order to visit. Once you’re on base, you can enjoy the FMWR Dog Park behind the Infantry Barracks, near the Hunt Lodge and Doniphan Field. Open from dawn to dusk, there are separate fenced-in areas for small and large doggos to run, play, and navigate the agility course. After a long day, enjoy a nice meal out with your four-legged friend at Metropolitan Steakhouse for a perfectly cooked steak served under an umbrella on the patio.
and your puppy pal can enjoy a short walk around the campus of the University
of St. Mary’s. Founded in 1859, the classic red brick architecture and tall
spire of Annunciation Chapel make a beautiful backdrop for your stroll. In case
you decide to spend the night, America’s Best Value Inn is a dog-friendly place
to spend the night. For extra supplies, you and your fluffy friend can make a
quick stop at Westlake Hardware for pet food and other puptastic supplies. Head to the Buffalo
Bill Cody Park for a pawtastic walk. This park sprawls across 15 acres of fur-iendly land. Your four-legged
companion will love the small 1/4 mile walking path next to Five-Mile Creek, so
named for its distance from the flag pole located in the center of Fort
Leavenworth's parade ground.
Head to Hawthorn Park in this neighborhood to enjoy 9.5 acres of land that await the explorations of you and your furry sniffer. Your pup will love the loop trail that encircles the entire park. Although the trail is pup-friendly, you’ll need to pack in your own water and doggy bags. Havens Park is a 65-acre jewel at 22nd and Ottawa, where short distance trails crisscross and connect within it. Some of the rough trails are used by mountain bikers, so keep your four-legged pal safely away from fast-moving traffic. The main paved trail is a 0.8 mile moderate loop that features beautiful wildflowers in the spring. Be sure to pack your own water and doggy bags, as there aren't any on the trail.
Take your friendly pup to the 10th
Avenue Park near Warren Middle School. The grassy triangular-shaped park is a great place to throw
a ball or play fetch. A great way to get in some pawcersize is to walk or jog
on the 1.39 mile paved portion of Five Mile Creek Trail found here. Adventurous pups might
like to cross over the bridge to the other side of the creek to engage in
extended sniffing and exploring. For those doggos who love climbing, Pilot Knob
is the highest point in Leavenworth. Its history includes having been a
significant trail marker for local Native American tribes, but four-legged
explorers and their human companions will most appreciate the 360o view
of the surrounding country at the 1,102-feet above sea level summit. The giant
dome also marks the beginning of a rocky outcropping known as Pilot Knob Ridge,
which continues to the west.