Atherton is a small town in the north west part of Missouri, only a 35-minute drive from Kansas City and a six-minute drive from the Missouri River. While Atherton doesn’t have any veterinary clinics of its own, you’ll find two just over a ten-minute drive away, in Independence, Missouri.
There’s not much to do with your dog in Atherton, but Independence is a pawesome place full of dog-friendly fun! Check out the local Twin Drive-In theater, where you can watch a film in the great outdoors with the entire family! The theater is open only in the summer months, so be sure to check the website for showings.
Looking for a local trail? Check out Little Blue Trace Trail. This trail is 15.1 miles and is known for its natural beauty; there’s even a waterfall! Dogs must be leashed at all times on this trail.
Saints Pub & Patio is a casual bar and restaurant that has all sorts of food for you to try, including tacos, sandwiches, burgers, seafood, pasta, chicken, and much more. Your furry friends are welcome to join you at one of their many pet-friendly outdoor tables.
Slim Chickens has tenders, wings, sandwiches, and wraps. With over a dozen sauces to dip or top your chicken, you’re sure to find your favorite flavor. Please note that table service isn't available here, so your dog will need to be tied up outside when you go in to order, but they are welcome at one of the nine pet-friendly outdoor tables. On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina has eight pet-friendly outdoor tables, so you are can bring your pup along. They have a huge menu of yummy Tex-Mex dishes, from avocado fries to chimichangas.
Atherton might not have much to offer dogs and their owners apart from peace and quiet, but there’s plenty of opportunities to find dog-friendly adventure just outside the city limits.
Blue Springs is 14 miles south of Atherton, and is part of the larger metropolitan area of Kansas City. Blue Springs Dog Park at Gregory O. Grounds is located at 1049 NE 20 Street. This almost 3-acre dog park gives dogs a place to run and socialize. The dog park has 3 fenced enclosures for small and large dogs, and a common area. The dog park is connected to a pond which lets dogs take a cool dip on a hot day. Drinking fountains provide fresh water for dogs and humans. The surface is a combination of mulch and grass. Fleming Park Lake Jacomo Dog Training Area is located at 7401 W. Park Road is an off-leash training area. It is not fenced, though, so make sure Fido stays under your control.
Liberty is 15 miles north of Atherton. Liberty Dog Park is located at 810 S. La Frenz Road. This dog park has 3 acres of fenced fun for off-leash exercise and socialization. The dog park has a separate area for the small dogs. This flat, grassy dog park has water, waste bags, and some pieces of agility equipment. A few benches and mature trees provide rest and shade for the human companions.The dog park is located within the larger Stocksdale Park. Stocksdale Park has miles of hiking trails for on-leash exercise. Stocksdale also has a lake, as well as areas for picnics and barbecues.
Lee’s Summit is 24 south of Atherton. Happy Tails Park is located at 1251 SE Ranson Road. This 4-acre, fully fenced dog park has a separate enclosure for small dogs. There is water on-site. Poop bags are in ample supply. The grassy dog park gives dogs plenty of opportunity to run and socialize. The dog park also has benches, and a bit of shade. Agility equipment adds a little extra fun and training to Fido’s outing. A paved walking path encircles the dog park, and makes for some added on-leash exercise. The James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area, located at 13101 SE Ranson Road, has several fishing lakes, and scenic hiking trails. Dog must be on leash to hike the trails. A portion of the Wildlife Area is dedicated to off-leash training for hunting dogs. This area must be reserved in advance.
Gladstone is 23 miles west of Atherton. Gladstone is one of many cities surrounding the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. As such, there are many shops and things to see and do. Yappy Hour Pet Resort is a commercial doggie daycare with a large indoor dog park. It is located at 6455 N. Prospect Avenue. Dogs may stay and play for a few hours, or board overnight. Yappy Hour also manufactures its own special doggie treats! The City of Gladstone has numerous public parks for on leash hikes and exploration. The Shoal Creek and M-1 Trail system offers hikes of various lengths in Gladstone.
Independence is 10 miles south of Atherton. Santa Fe Trail Park, located at 2900 Santa Fe Road, is a large city park with numerous trails for hiking and biking. It has open grassy areas, a shelter, and picnic sites. Within the park is a small dog park. This fenced area gives dogs a chance to run and socialize off-leash. Kiddie pools off a quick cool down on those dog days of summer. A few benches give human companions a vantage point for supervision while taking a break in the shade. The park is open from dawn to dusk. Fido is allowed to explore the larger park with you -- he just needs to remain on a leash.