Kimmswick is a historic town that is home to shops and bed and breakfasts. This community only has 157 full-time residents. There are no veterinarians in town; Kimmswick is more of a tourist attraction than a living town.
The nearest place for a person and a dog to visit is Mastodon State Park. It has an Imperial address, but Imperial used to be called West Kimmswick. Missouri State Parks welcome dogs, but they need to be kept on no less than a ten-foot lead. Dogs aren't allowed in museums or public buildings, though.
Mastodon State Park includes a museum that a person with a pup will have to save for another day. This state park is the location where the connection of Mastodons with the early American people was first corroborated by fossil evidence. There are no active digs at the state park, but the trails in the park have photos of past digs and point out the locations where bones were found. The pits have been covered up, but there are markers detailing the remarkable finds made on the property.
The state park is made up of over 400 acres of land, and features 3 dog-friendly hiking trails. The longest is 2 miles long and is the most difficult of the three. The Limestone Hill Trail takes a hiker up some very steep inclines, where they're likely to encounter natural barriers like creeks and fallen trees. The easiest trail is called the Spring Branch Trail, which is .8 miles long and is covered with crushed rock. Wheelchairs and strollers can easily navigate this trail. The Wildflower Trail takes a hiker by the original bone bed! It is moderately difficult and is .4 miles long. Mastodon also has several picnic sites for some outdoor dining with a four-legged companion.