As you travel down the historic Missouri Highway 30, you will come across the enchanting town of Dittmer. Once known only by an old photograph of a gas station, Dittmer is now a frequent stopping point for travelers looking for a sight or two to see. Those traveling with furry companions will find the town of Dittmer welcoming to visitors with dogs. You will find an animal hospital is just a 5-minute ride back up the highway in either direction if an emergency should present itself and you find your dog needing a little help before you continue on in your journey.
You won’t find much in the way of restaurants here, but don’t be surprised if a local invites you and your fuzzy entourage over for dinner while you grab a snack at the local gas station. Many dog owners have large, fenced yards where their dogs have free running space to their hearts' content. Your dog, however, will most likely enjoy a long walk down a scenic street just fine as long as you are right beside him. There are also several small lakes and ponds found in Dittmer. If the weather is hot and you need a way to beat the heat with your pup, jump right in!
Dittmer is a small village that doesn’t have much more than the essentials to speak for. However, if you find yourself in this sleepy but friendly little town, you may find yourself wanting to explore the area. If this is the case, throw on a good leash, grab your waste bags, and head out on a walk through Dittmer. You will find many beautiful rolling landscapes with grass and trees and an occasional garden. People here have learned to farm for their families, so don’t be surprised if you see a chicken or two cross the road ahead of you!
Cedar Hill Lakes is a small but pawtastic lakeside town that includes two lakes surrounded by beautifully stylish houses. The greenery here is well tended and well watered thanks to the lakes, and the neighbors are welcoming to travelers who agree to enjoy the lakes while leaving everything just as they found it. Make sure you have plenty of cleanup bags with you and a good leash in case you encounter a busy part of the lake, especially during the peak seasons of spring and summer when everyone wants to be down by the water. You will also want to bring plenty of towels for the aftermath of your day in Cedar Hill Lakes.
Morse Mill is about fifteen minutes from Dittmer to the south. You will find the Morse Mill Park in this part of town very well kept and the pawfect place for a walk with your dog. You will need your leash and waste bags here so that you can enjoy the park and share the space with other dog owners without any issues. The Big River that runs right through the middle of this town is another great place to visit with your pup on leash. You can wade into the river with your dog on a hot day; just be ready with towels in the car when everyone is finished.
Cedar Hill is found about fifteen minutes to the north of Dittmer. This village is a great spot for those who like a small town feel with some of the convenience of a larger area. The Big River crosses through here as well, if you love exploring natural water sources with your tail-wagging companion. Cedar Hill Park offers a structured place to relax or throw a ball around with your dog for an afternoon once you are finished splashing in the river. When you get hungry, El Mariachi is a great restaurant with covered outdoor seating that will keep you out of the sun while you enjoy your meal with your dog.
Scotsdale is just eleven minutes from Dittmer. Driving to the east will bring you right into this small but charming village where you can enjoy some time away from busier cities with your dog in a friendly environment. The residents here are welcoming and will help you find the best places to explore with your dog during your stay. If you get hungry there is a local McDonald’s where you can enjoy a quick bite on the go with your dog either in the car or on their outdoor patio before you get back on the road for the rest of your journey.