If you and Fido find yourselves in the town of Lexington, be sure to drop by the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site to enjoy some quiet time and a history lesson. Though it is now a peaceful park, this 95-acre property was once the location of a violent, three-day Civil War battle. While your pup may not care for the history of the area, they'll appreciate exploring the grounds and taking in all the interesting sights and smells here.
The park's main feature is the Oliver Anderson House, which became caught in the crossfire during the battle in 1861. The public is welcome to step inside and tour the building, which still bears bullet holes in its walls and hints of cannon shots. There's also a visitor center that provides more information on the Civil War in Missouri and the Battle of Lexington through an exhibit hall and 20-minute video presentation. The house and visitor center are off-limits to four-legged parkgoers, though, so your pup will have to wait outside with someone from your pawty should you decide to check them out.
Furtunately, doggos are allowed to stretch their legs in the orchards and on the Battlefield Trail. This 0.3-mile gravel path loops around the battlefield that was fortified by Union Troops during the battle. Two interpretive signs offer a peek into what happened on the field in 1861. During months when the trees shed their leaves, you and Fido will be able to see the Missouri River and the ravines where the Southern soldiers rolled up hemp bales from the trail.
While it may be tempting to let your furry pal run loose on the spacious historic grounds, make sure they stay on a 10-foot leash at all times. Don't forget to bring bags and pick up whatever they put down, too.
For a furrific day trip in western Missouri, don't miss the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site!