The small town of Park Hills is nestled in a landscape that once was heavily mined for lead. Dangerous lead no longer poses a threat, and the town has some healthy outdoor activities for people with a pup. Two veterinary clinics supply routine and emergency care. The town also has three city parks which offer green spots for outdoor exercise for a person with a leashed pup.
Columbia Park has five pavilions, picnic sites, a gazebo, an outdoor amphitheater, and an 18-hole disc golf course. The pavilions can be rented for free and make for a great spot for family get-togethers or parties. More intensive outdoor experiences can be had at St. Joe State Park. This 8,000-acre park has a campground, fishing spots, and four hiking trails. Missouri State Parks welcome dogs as long as they are kept on a leash no longer than ten feet.
The state park has four trails which range in length from 1.25 miles to 12.6 miles. Lakeview Trail is the shortest of the trails and is rated easy. Two-tenths of the trail is paved, and benches provide a place to rest and contemplate the beauty of Monsanto Lake, one of the four lakes in the park. Pine Ridge Trail is the longest trail and takes hikers through hardwood forests and across small creeks. This trail includes a backpack camp for some primitive camping with a four-legged buddy. These trails are mixed-use, so people with pups should be on the lookout for mountain bikers and horses on their treks through the woods.