Smyrna, Missouri is a small township found along the Flat River that runs the length of the state. You will find one animal hospital here as many of the neighborhoods are spread far apart with plenty of rural space in between them. The Flat River is a great spot for dog owners and nature lovers alike, so be sure to visit one of the many pull-off areas where you can park and walk down to get a look at this small but pristine river. The Flat River makes a great pit stop or a destination for an afternoon picnic. Fishing is allowed in designated areas, but be sure to obey all signs.
Dog owners find plenty of room to walk and run in this town. Smyrna doesn’t have much in the way of chain restaurants or quirky coffee shops, but you will find the local eateries just north of the town have outdoor seating where you can enjoy a meal or a snack with your dog. A quick drive up river will take you to a familiar McDonalds or Burger King where you will both be welcome for an afternoon snack or a quick dinner before heading back out on your way.
Just outside of Smyrna is the small neighborhood of Belding. You will find a handful of friendly animal hospitals here if you should need a helping hand during your travels. You will also find some chain restaurants like McDonalds and Subway, where you can grab a quick bite to eat with the hassle of figuring out where your dog will wait for you. Demorest Field is a great local green space where you can enjoy a lovely walk or run with your dog. If you want to play fetch this is a great spot for that too! Just make sure you bring your waste bags!
North Greenville is just a few minutes from Smyrna. Here, you will find many attractions within walking distance where you can wear out that canine pup of yours no matter how much energy he has! You can start your day by stopping by the Flat River Historical Museum. They have an outdoor area where you can learn more about this infamous local river while your dog stretches her legs before you head to the Alan G. Davis Park for a longer burst of exercise. While here, lay out a blanket and relax on the grass while you and your dog take in all of the fresh air.
South Greenville is the southern part of the town of Greenville, just minutes north of Smyrna. The southern part of this town has beautiful residential neighborhoods that would make any gardener or landscaper jealous. The residents here take pride in their properties and welcome visitors to enjoy the view, as long as you leave everything the way you found it and have your waste bags handy in case your dog likes a rose bush or two just a little too much! Since your dog will want to stay here all day taking in the smells and sights, you may want to pack some extra snacks too!
Wabasis Lake is just ten minutes North West of Smyrna. The first thing you will notice about this area is that it surrounds the snifftastic Wabasis Lake Park. Make sure you have a good leash, some towels and cleanup bags for this visit. Your dog will enjoy wagging her tail all through the water found in the lake here. Just be mindful of people fishing nearby and keep an eye out for ducks and other wildlife that frequent this charming little park. If ducks and fish are too much company for your dog, you make prefer to stick to the trails that go around the park instead.
Cannonsburg is to the west about ten minutes from Smyrna. This town is a great place if you are looking for some peace and quiet for your well-needed rest and relaxation. Be sure to stop by the Townsend Park for a fun afternoon with your dog. You will both be able to get closer to nature here without the stress of a complex camping trip. You will love the fresh air and old-fashioned feel that Cannonsburg has if sleepier towns are your style. If you are more adventurous, there is a ski resort found here where dogs are welcome to brave the slopes (or watch you try, anyway!) Pack a harness and a leash if you are heading to the resort, as there are many other dogs that will be just as excited for yours for the adventures that await!