Callaway County is an area known for its serenity and tranquility and set between the two bustling centers of Columbia and St. Louis. Kingdom City is a small village in the heart of Missouri and not the first destination for tourists in the area. But this is a great place to pass through with your pooch and enjoy a rural atmosphere of local amenities, cozy and nostalgic shops, parks and a dog-friendly attitude. This village does not have any veterinary clinics, but professional pet care is provided by Fulton’s vet clinics. This is a neighboring town set just 7 miles south of Kingdom City.
FastLane Dog Park, located almost in the center of the village, is a great pit stop for your mutt after a long ride. Let your buddy stretch his legs in this fenced, off-leash park, playing at one of two designated areas for small and large canines. The park has all the supplies you need, including water, toys, poop bags, so you just have to relax and let your buddy have a blast.
Kingdom City is just as dog-friendly as the surrounding county. If you want to have a great outdoor walking and hiking experience, there are plenty of trails in the southern part of Callaway County, near Mokane or Steedman. The village also lies less than 20 miles east of Columbia with a significant number of dog-friendly opportunities for visitors.
Although it's a small village, Kingdom City is surprisingly generous on dog-friendly hotels. You will find at least five in the area, with different options suitable for every pet’s need and every owner’s budget.
Garth Nature Area in Northern Columbia is an extensive recreation area and a small neighbor of Cosmo Park. The area is set on 5 ponds and the Bear Creek. You and your pal are sure to have the pawfect adventure here! Gravel trail loops in wetland areas and winding gravel trails to the south are great for hiking, walking and exercising with leashed pooches. But for some off-leash fun, you'll need to visit a special, designated area within the park. The dog area is fenced and has all the supplies you need to enjoy a day of fun in the sun. This park is one of the local favorites among both residents and visitors, with grass, gravel and even a pond for canines to cool off and splash!
Twin Lakes Recreation Area in the southwestern part of Columbia is a heaven for pooches and their owners located right in the city. Columbia has several dog-friendly parks; three of them are off-leash, but the recreation area offers much more than the dog parks. It has Lakeside Dog Park, providing 4 acres for off-leash fun for large pooches. Paws Pond Dog Park is set aside just for small breeds, where they're welcome to romp and play throughout the 3 acres. The park is usually closed during the winter, from December through February. But when both areas are closed, the park has almost 4 acres of Off-Season Dog Park where pooches of all sizes and breeds are welcome to play together in the fully fenced, protected area!
The city of Columbia hosts a number of outdoor and recreation opportunities. Set off busy US Highway 63 and right across Ballenger Lane, Indian Hills Park is a great medium-sized secluded recreation space for you and your pooch. Even though it is a public park and regulations ask you to keep your mutt on their leash, the place has a special off-leash area with lots of grass and room to run. The 1.5-acres dog park is set in the western part of the main park and off the parking lot. Don't forget to bring some water with you when visiting!
Grindstone Nature Area is a furrific surprise for every dog owner. Pooches are welcome to roam, sniff and explore more than 200 acres of beautiful nature, including creeks, streams, trees, grass and wild animals, all while off-leash. Yes, you got it right. Your puppy can play fetch or catch, chase the squirrels, dip his paws in the water and explore miles of hiking and walking trails rated from easy to moderate, and you don't have to keep him on a leash! However, the only place pooches are not allowed is Hinkson Creek Trail, which is also the part of the area.
If you like the idea of your mutt roaming off-leash in the parks and recreation areas within the city of Columbia, consider visiting Cosmo Park, set northwest of the city center. The park provides more than 70 acres of off-leash experience for pooches of all sizes and breeds, but you have to keep them under your voice control. Let your mutt go wild chasing other canine friends, romping, frisking, and enjoying the freedom. The park has a few restrictions: pooches are not allowed on the Bear Creek Trail or Rhett’s Run Mountain Bike Trail. The rest of the area is at your mutt’s disposal to sniff and explore! Don't fur-get to bring some water and toys with you.