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This gem is nestled among the beauty of the Ozarks. The highest point in the state is nearby. Only about 1,500 people permanently reside here, but they are used to seeing visitors. The many state parks in the area attract visitors from all over the state and beyond. People who are looking for veterinary service must seek it out in the larger towns and cities like Farmington and Fredericktown.
Ironton itself has a couple small parks for people to get out and stretch or have a picnic lunch. Tip Top Park on Old Highway 21 is one such park with benches and nice pathways for a person with a leashed furry pal. Taum Sauk Mountain State Park has some more challenging hikes. Mina Sauk Falls Trail is a rugged three-mile-long trail. This trail takes a person and a leashed canine companion to the summit of Taum Sauk Mountain, the highest point in the state of Missouri. Along the way, the hikers will view the tallest waterfall, which cascades 132 feet.
Another rugged trail in Taum Sauk is the Taum Sauk Trail. This trail is 14.5 miles long and connects with a section of the Ozark Trail. A person with a leashed pup attempting this trail should come prepared to face some steep inclines. A few days of hiking makes a stay at the campground a convenient option. The campground has primitive and electric campsites. A furry family member or two are welcome to camp with their family.
Ironton is blessed with the beauty of the Ozarks. It is a destination for all kinds of nature enthusiasts. Visitors will find a comfortable place to stay at the Shepherd Mountain Inn & Suites on Mo-21. This inn has two dog-friendly rooms which will make you and your fur-baby comfortable as you rest for your next adventure. The inn charges $15 per dog per night. Visitors should call Shepherd before their arrival. Another alternative for lodging is Silver Mines Campground. This campground is part of the federal management of the Mark Twain National Forests. People may bring their campers or just pitch a tent. The campground allows dogs as long as they remain on-leash.
Farmington is located sixteen miles north of Ironton. Farmington Dog Park has just the thing for a bored house-bound hound -- some freedom! This dog park is a fully-fenced, grassy space for dogs to shed that leash and run. A separately fenced section is reserved for the smaller dogs too. People will appreciate the many seats from which to supervise their canine pals at play with the new pack. The dog park includes pieces of agility/playground equipment which add to its novelty. Water fountains designed for both people and canines are a super convenience. Waste dispensers stocked with baggies help folks remember to keep the dog park clean.
Fredericktown is twenty miles east of Ironton. Restaurants that cater to folks with dogs are pawtastic! The Pig BBQ on State Highway 00 serves some good wholesome meaty barbecue seven days a week. A person with a canine dining companion may enjoy some ribs at one of two outdoor tables. Lalo's Mexican Grill on Jennifer Street offers an outdoor patio for those four-legged diners. The menu here is -- as the name suggests -- Mexican fare. Fried ice cream is a sweet specialty worth a try. Madison Inn Lodge on Plaza Drive is a dog-friendly place for folks staying the night or more in town. Madison welcomes guests with as many as two dogs of any size for a fee of $15 per dog per night.
Potosi is twenty-nine miles north of Ironton. The Super 8 motel on East High Street will keep you and your canine traveling partner comfy during your visit. This dog-friendly motel allows multiple canine guests as long as they do not exceed 80 pounds. A fee of $10 per dog per night stay is added to the bill. The motel asks guests to call in advance to secure a dog-friendly room. An evening movie with your pup is also pawssible while in Potosi. The Starlite Drive-In theatre allows you to bring your dog with you for an outdoor showing of a newly-released film! Your dog must stay confined in the car or on a leash.
Ste. Genevieve is forty-seven miles north of Ironton. It will take you just under an hour to drive to Ste. Genevieve Dog Park, a woof-wonderful place for your special pup! This dog park is completely fenced for your pup's leash-free socialization and exercise. It is grass-covered and flat. A separate section of it is designated for small dogs only. Many trees are planted in and around the park and create a bit of welcome shade on those hotter months. Seats for the human companions are scant. A variety of decorative play pieces make this a unique experience for your fur-baby. All the items are recycled from the City's Public Works, and they include an obstacle course of old tires, a real retired fire hydrant, and a metal tunnel.
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