Have you been thinking about visiting the Midwest? There's a chance you will really enjoy Lee’s Summit, Missouri with its laid back atmosphere and beautiful countryside. It is the sixth biggest town in Missouri and was named one of the Top 100 Best Cities to Live In by CNN in 2006. Dog lovers apparently agree with CNN because there are more than 20,000 dogs living there.
After that long drive through the Midwest (or wherever you happen to be visiting from), you can take Fido to the park and let him run free with the other dogs at Happy Tails Park on SE Ranson Drive. They have four acres with a separate area for small dogs and a bunch of agility training equipment for exercise, learning, and fun. For the humans there are benches, drinking fountains, a walking trail, restrooms, and playground equipment.
Ready to hike? James A. Reed Park has some excellent trails for everyone. There is a total of 16 bodies of water along the 15-mile trail that total more than 260 acres! That is more than one per mile, and that means you are going to see a lot of wildlife because where there is water--there is life. The trails take you through the woods, prairies, cropland, glades, and fields and a huge variety of trees and other vegetation.
When in the M 291 Highway and Blue Parkway neighborhood, be sure to visit the James A Reed Memorial Wildlife Area. Your furry friend will thank you for taking her to this beautiful recreation spot. Enjoy the variety of terrain as you wander through woodlands, grasslands and wetlands. Check out one of the hiking trails. It’s possible you will encounter some horseback riders, so make sure your pup is on leash. There are 11 lakes and ponds open to fishing, so let your dog relax on the shore as you cast a line. If your dog is learning to hunt for sport, she is allowed to train at certain times in designated areas, but you must have a valid Missouri small game hunting permit.
Dogwood Park is Lees Summit’s second off leash dog park and is located in the Douglas Street and Colbern Road neighborhood. This five acre park is full of pupperific canine activities. Let your canine companion explore the green space as he enjoys a game of fetch or chases his new friends around. Have him do some strength training on the canine agility equipment. He’ll be a regular athlete in no time! Make sure he heads over to the dog splash pad. He can cool down while frolicking in the water with his new four legged pals. A trip to this action packed park is sure to make a happy hound out of your pup!
The Lees Summit Road and Woods Chapel neighborhood is home to Brookside Barkery and Bath. The folks at this local boutique are dedicated to providing customers with up to date holistic health information and products. They specialize in all natural freeze dried, canned and raw pet foods and treats. They also have a self-service washing station as well as a grooming service. Pete and Mac’s Recreational Resort is also in the area. Pups staying the night at this luxe resort enjoy large glass block rooms. Dogs just visiting for the day play in size appropriate groups in a climate controlled environment. Don’t forget to visit the shop and let your canine companion choose a healthy treat!