Smithton is an extremely small town in Pettis County, Missouri which you are free to explore with your pooch to find out the history of its secluded lifestyle. Smithton is a place where you'll find the best of both worlds -- quaint, quiet surroundings with the conveniences of the big city at your fingertips. Muttropolitan Jefferson City is located to the east, with Columbia to the northeast. There are no veterinary clinics to take care of your mutt within Smithton, but the county seat Sedalia has three of them in case of emergency. The trip from Smithton to Sedalia will take no more than 15 minutes.
If you have always wanted to visit a flea market, you'll find a furiffic one here! The vendors will be more than happy to see you and your leashed pup roaming among the booths, exploring unique goods provided by the local sellers, which include crafts and even rare VHS tapes. Treat yourself to something new, or get Fido a new ceramic bowl! Stop and Shop Flea Market and Antique Store is located at the very northern end of town at Highway 50 Spur, and basically belongs to Sedalia.
A good shopping trip doesn't feel complete without a trip to a dog-friendly restaurant afterward! Find your place in Sedalia, located a short trip west of Smithton and home to a number of dog-friendly eateries, pubs and even a few drive-thrus if you don't feel like getting out of the comfort of your car. Check out Brick Front Grill, where you can enjoy a fresh, local salad with your pooch at one of three outdoor tables.
West Main Street runs through the western part of Jefferson City, and passes by schools, churches, and a few convenience stores along the way. If you're passing through and need a place to stop and stretch your legs, head to Memorial Park, which includes Jefferson City Memorial Park and Memorial Park Aquatics Center. You will love roaming around the area's convenient paths and mingling with the friendly local crowd (and their dogs, of course!). This spacious public park welcomes leashed pooches to explore walking trails, relax, and play fetch in the shade of the big trees and comfort of the city park.
Separated from the city center by the Missouri River the northern part of Jefferson City, this neighborhood is home to a number of recreation areas, parks, and shopping spots located along US Highway 63. Turn north to Cedar City Drive to spot MFA Agri Services and Jefferson City Large Dog Park set behind it. This fenced, 2-acre dog park is a perfect spot to let your mutt play off-leash and exercise, providing visitors with double-gated entrance, grass, dirt and drinking water facilities. There a few size restrictions you have to abide by during certain times; the park is open for small pups under 30 lbs. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The rest of time, the area is open to large mutts.
On the outskirts of southern Columbia, you'll find a beautiful and leafy retreat: Twin Lakes Recreation Area. Tucked to the edge of Hinkson Woods Conservation Area and centered on two lakes, the place has more than enough activities for a fun-filled weekend or a day out with the pup. Apart from fishing and hiking opportunities, the area features a special dog park for some off-leash fun year-round! The park is fully fenced and covers a huge area to roam and have a blast, which includes swimming options for brave mutts who love splashing and fetching a stick from the water!
Grindstone Nature Area, set next to Capen Park and behind the University of Missouri, is one of the biggest recreation spots in southern Columbia, along with its smaller counterpart, the Water-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area. Grindstone Nature Area is entirely dog-friendly and lets your mutt to roam off-leash along the walking trails, and down by the lakes and creeks. Make sure you supervise your mutt at all times because there are too many temptations for your brave explorer’s nose everywhere! Bring your own supplies, ensure your pooch responds well to voice commands, and never let your pup disturb wildlife.
Downtown Columbia is a flourishing destination for tourists, featuring East and West Broadway with countless shops, stores, eateries and places to see and explore with your pooch. This neighborhood is the pawfect place for four-legged foodies! After filling your growling bellies at a nearby dog-friendly eatery, burn some calories on the Nature-Fitness Trail stretching from Columbia to McBane. Columbia's side of the trail is usually packed with people and pets, but gets a little quieter farther south. There are public bathrooms at various points, as well as nice little stores and places to visit along the trail. Keep your mutt on their leash at all times and beware of rollerskaters!