Hillsdale, MO combines the charms of a small town with the conveniences of living near a major city. Hillsdale is on the outskirts of St. Louis, a thriving community that provides everything a person (or a puppy) could want that aren’t within Hillsdale’s borders. Though Hillsdale technically has no veterinarians, the closest St. Louis office is ten minutes away, making it faster to get there from Hillsdale than most other parts of St. Louis! Your pup doesn’t need to fear a hangnail in Hillsdale.
With just over one-thousand residents, Hillsdale has seen a lot for being a small place. Over the years, the suburbs and urbs have expanded around this small community, replacing rural oaks with residential housing. If you’re up for a walkable piece of history, consider touring the outside of Greenwood Cemetery. Not everyone thinks cemeteries make for good viewing, but this one was the first non-sectarian cemetery for African-Americans in the St. Louis area. Dogs aren’t allowed inside the historic area, but the cemetery spans several blocks in Hillsdale, making this walk a great stroll for getting in a dog’s daily dose of exercise.
Hillsdale, MO holds a tiny piece of history of the area. Residential neighborhoods and the proximity to all that the St. Louis area has to offer makes Hillsdale a tail wagging place to go.
The neighborhood of Walnut Park in St. Louis is home to the O’Fallon Park, a great park to take your dog for a wonderful day. The park is 600-acres and has rolling hills and plenty of trees for shade. O’Fallon Park has a lake, numerous sports fields, a boathouse, picnic grounds, and spray and wading pools. Although there aren’t any trails in the park, there is plenty of paved paths to walk around on and enjoy the great outdoors. The park closes at 10 p.m. which gives you plenty of time to explore it with your dog and get back for dinner.
The Ellen Clark Sculpture Park and Dog Park in nearby St. Louis is five minutes out of Hillsdale and the perfect dog park to bring Fido to. The park is mainly for large dogs since the fence is not small dog friendly, but there is a lot of room to run around and your dog will love that. Locals warn that some mud spots do pop up occasionally which can cause a mess if your pup loves to play in the dirt. Make sure to bring water for you dog as there isn’t any provided, and there is also a lack of shade.