Named after a pioneer citizen called William Ewing, the town of Ewing is a small community with a population under 500 residents a few miles away from the Missouri-Illinois border. It will charm you with a rural environment and pastoral views, but has almost nothing to offer to Fido. You will have to travel around to find recreation areas in Taylor and West Quincy. You will also find 2 veterinary clinics in Canton and Palmyra, as well as some pet-friendly eateries and other activities that welcome dogs!
Wakonda State Park is a beautiful park in Lewis County, not far from La Grande, Missouri. Is this place pet-friendly? Yes! There are more than 1,054 acres of land and lakes where you can camp, walk, and play with your leashed Fido. Your curious hound will bark about miles of walking trails he is allowed to explore and sniff! The vast terrain has a very nice sandy beach and dunes, but pooches are not allowed near the shoreline or public swimming spots.
Washington Park in central La Grande is a public pet-friendly park set in the city center. This small green oasis is a nice place to hide in the shade on a sunny day or walk around the playgrounds with a leashed pooch.
Hannibal is a city overlooking the Mississippi River on the very border of Missouri-Illinois. No matter what kind of entertainment you are looking for, the downtown area has got you covered with historical attractions, pet-friendly eateries, and a pawesome dog park! Dempsey Dog Park is hidden away from the main facilities, but you can easily find it near Bear Creek. Ready to have a blast? You should be! Small, but clean and pretty, the park offers plenty of room to run with other pup peers. There's only one area here for dogs of all sizes, which is pawfect for pooches who like making new furry friends both big and small!
Urbandale is one of the major neighborhoods in Moberly, Missouri. Just northwest of this area is where you'll find Rothwell Park. This expansive natural area is one of the largest municipal parks in Missouri, so you and your pooch would be barking mad not to sniff it out! After you're done exploring the main park, paw on over to the Rothwell Dog Park for some off-leash fun! This pawpular park has plenty of pups to play with. Other amenities of Rothwell Park include an aquatic center, opportunities to fish and boat, a disc golf course, a veteran's memorial, and so much more!
North Creasy Springs is a very attractive area in north Columbia, Missouri. Relatively close to downtown, yet far away from the hustle and bustle, the place is worth the 1.5-hour ride southwest of Ewing! What’s so great about the place? It's home to two furrific recreation areas, including Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area, the largest park in the city with endless trails. Garth Nature Area has multiple ponds, paved walking trails (including the popular Bear Creek Trail!), and a designated doggy spot. Explore the woodlands and grounds on-leash for as long as you like before ditching the leash in Garth Nature Area Dog Park. This fenced park is a safe place to let your mutt go dog wild playing with other tail waggers!
You'd be barking mad to miss out on Twin Lakes Recreation Area if you're travelling through Columbia with Fido. Centered on a fishing lake, not far from the curve of Hinkson Creek, this camping spot really is something! Apart from RV camping options and cabins, the area features an abundance of walking trails, including the most popular County House Trail, 2-mile long and 8-foot wide path with gravel on the sides. Want to go leash-free? Say no more. Twin Lakeside Recreation Area has not one, not two, but three separate off-leash areas for pooches! The sections alternate, so be sure to check the signage to see which area is currently in use.
Indian Hills Park is a wonderful recreation area in the northeastern part of Columbia. Covering about 40 acres of land, the park is a great place to explore natural terrain and walking trails with Fido. The most popular attraction is Indian Hills Trail, a gravel loop winding around the shelter and playgrounds, leading into the wooded area where you can spot a golf course from afar. The trails are very easy and pleasant for senior pups and shy dogs. The designated dog park is pawfect for off-leash playtime! The west side of the park has a 1.5-acre off-leash area where pooches can play, run, and have a blast. The dog park even has its own parking lot!