Bourbon is the only town named after bourbon whiskey. It sits on the Interstate, a quick drive away from major cities like Saint Louis and Rolla. A person in need of a veterinarian for their pup will have to drive a short distance for help. Bourbon has one city park which offers its residents and visitors a place to take a stretch. The city maintains the ten-acre tract for recreational use. It has a playground and a paved walk/bike path. You and your leashed pup will find plenty of friendly townspeople congregating in this community hub.
For more outdoor adventures, Blue Springs Conservation Area has 859 acres of state-owned property to check out. Blue Springs has no dedicated trails, but offers plenty of wide-open forest and grassland open for exploration. The main attraction at Blue Springs is the fishing. Anglers will find a multitude of different species of fish in Blue Springs Creek.
If you and your pup are in the mood for a long hike, Berryman Trail in the Mark Twain National Forest will be on your list of things to do. This national forest is eighteen miles south of Bourbon. The trail is a 24-mile loop trail through some heavily forested and gorgeous outdoor scenery. Camping is available too. Dogs may enjoy the trip but must remain on-leash.
Back in town, you and your tired and hungry pup will want to stop in at the Planet Sub on Old Hwy 65. This sandwich shop has four outdoor tables awaiting you. This popular restaurant serves a variety of sandwiches and is open for lunch and dinner.