Hillsboro is a small, rural community south of St. Louis County. The town has two veterinary clinics to take care of its dogs' routine and emergency needs. Hillsboro might be small, but it does have a few parks where pooches can stretch their legs. Its City Park has children's playground equipment, pavilions, and picnic sites. People may explore the two wooded hiking trails in the park with their leashed pup. A smaller town park on Fairview Avenue has a children's playground and open grassy space for some fresh country air. RW McMullin County Park on Maple Street is nestled in a wooded setting. It has a pavilion and picnic tables, and is maintained by Jefferson County. Dogs must remain on-leash while visiting.
For a more intense wilderness experience, people and their furry family members can travel fifteen miles south to Washington State Park. This state park offers hikers and their leashed pups three very scenic hiking trails up through some amazing hardwood forest and to scenic overlooks. All three of the trails are designated as "rugged", so they are not for people or dogs with any physical limitations. The longest of the three is six miles long and has spots for backpack camping. In addition, the state park has camping sites with electric as well as primitive spots for tents.The Big River flows through the state park and offers opportunities to get wet or just do some fishing.