Valley Park is a municipality in southwestern St. Louis County. It has many spots for people to enjoy with their furry friends. There is one veterinary clinic in town, which offers routine veterinary care for dogs, specialty care in behavior problems, and geriatric and hospice care.
There are a few Fido-friendly things to do in Valley Park. Here, you'll find Simpson Park, one of the many well-maintained St. Louis County Parks. It has a large fishing lake, playgrounds, and two trails that are popular with dog walkers and bicyclists. The Blue Heron Trail is .8 miles long and is completely contained within Simpson Park. It is paved, and dogs are welcome in all St. Louis County parks and trails as long as they are leashed and cleaned up after.
The second trail is called the Levee Trail or the Riverwalk Trail. This trail is 3.2 miles that runs from Simpson Park and Marshall Road to Leonard Park (near the railroad tracks). The Levee Trail is also paved and its easy access makes it popular for dog walkers, walkers of all abilities, and bicyclists. Simpson Park is the site of many summer concerts and classes hosted by St. Louis County, which makes it a great destination point. There are open restrooms and water available through most of the year.
Valley Park doesn't have much to offer dog owners, but you'll find more activities just a short drive away!
Valley Park is home to a few dog-friendly places, including hotels and restaurants. The Drury Inn & Suites welcomes up to two dogs of any size in one of its dog-friendly rooms. Dogs may remain during the day for up to 30 minutes alone in the room as long as they are crated and well-behaved. There is an additional fee of $25 per night. The Sugarfire 44 is a barbecue joint that invites people to dine with their dogs at one of their ten outdoor tables. For dessert, Fritz’s Frozen Custard has a variety of frozen custard treats. Patrons with dogs may sit at one of their seven outdoor tables.
Sunset Hills is just four miles east of Valley Park, and is home to Kitun Dog Park. This park features an acre that is fully fenced for off-leash freedom. The large grassy area also includes a separate space for small dogs. Both humans and dogs get their own water fountains at this park! Benches give the human companions a shaded place from which to supervise their dogs as they play. A few pieces of agility equipment make for added exercise in the large dog section of the dog park. This dog park is for members only, so you'll need to obtain a pass before visiting. There is a reduced fee for Crestwood and Sunset Hills residents.
You'll find the city of Arnold just 12 miles south of Valley Park. Arnold has not one, but two paw parks. One is located in the City Park, and the other is located at the Ferd B. Lang Park. The paw parks both offer an acre that is fully fenced, a smaller separate area for small dogs, drinking water, and doggie waste bags. All you need to bring is Fido's favorite toy! You'll find benches situated in the shade for the human companions. These paw parks are free and open to the public from sunrise until sunset.
Looking for a park with a little more breathing space? Head to Creve Coeur, just 8 miles north. The Creve Coeur Dog Park at Conway Park has 2.5 acres of fully fenced grass for dogs to run and play off-leash. There is a half-acre area set aside for the small dogs. Water is available on-site, and doggie waste bags are also provided for those necessary cleanups. The main park includes a hiking trail that encircles a lake. This is a popular walking path for people and their leashed dogs. You'll need a code to enter this park; registration and annual memberships can be obtained from the city.
Still not enough room to run? Take the quick drive to Ballwin, 13 miles north of Valley Park. Tails & Trails at Queeny Park is a five-acre fenced dog park for off-leash exercise and socialization. Small dogs get their own separate area. Drinking water is available for both dogs and people. Human companions can rest and relax at the pavilion, which even features wi-fi. You'll find plenty more benches scattered throughout the park. Pack a towel, because dogs are welcome to swim in the creek and lake here! A few pieces of agility equipment make this dog park a place for some added training. This dog park requires an annual fee to St. Louis County.