Clarkson Valley is a very small and mostly residential community. Services and activities are plentiful in the neighboring larger municipalities. There are no veterinarians in town, but you'll find a multitude of veterinary clinics within a few miles of Clarkson Valley.
The municipality doesn't have its own parks, but then again, it doesn't really need them! It's less than ten miles from two Missouri state parks: Babler and Castlewood. The Dr. Edward A. Babler Memorial State Park is located eight miles west of Clarkson Valley. This state park has over 2,000 acres set aside for recreational use and offers hikers a choice of six trails ranging in length from a little over a mile to almost seven miles. Most of these are rated as moderately difficult, with trails that wind up some steep hills and through some natural obstacles like downed limbs and ravines. A couple of the trails are mixed-use trails, and hikers with a leashed pup need to be aware of the possibility of encountering horses along the hike.
Castlewood State Park offers more outdoor exercise and adventure with a leashed dog. This state park of almost 2,000 acres is located just 6 miles away and gives visitors access to the Meramec River. Castlewood has eight trails -- none easy -- for the seasoned hiker and well-conditioned dog.