Right in the Salt River Hills, the Mark Twain State Park in north-central Missouri is an outdoorsman’s paradise, displaying rich plant and animal life. With the unique distinction of being the birthplace of Samuel Clemens, the real name of famous American author Mark Twain, this park is sure to please all the members of your family- including the furry ones!
With over six miles of hiking trails, you and your leashed pup can explore forests of hickory, maple and oak trees, and the bluffs that overlook Mark Twain Lake. Picnic areas provide furbulous spots to take a rest, or have a snack or meal.
Mark Twain Lake offers boating activities and water sports to adventure-seekers. Fishermen can cast a line to catch such fish as perch, bluegill and largemouth bass. Two boat ramps means you can bring your boat for a day on the water. Beaches offer visitors a chance to sunbathe or wade in the water, but note that dogs are not allowed on any designated swimming beaches.
Camping is pupular at this state park, and is even dog friendly! Basic and electric sites right on the lake welcome you and your pup to stay the night. The campground features showers and laundry facilities. There's also cabins which offer more amenities, such as heat and air-conditioning. And with the Cabins for Canines program, some of them even allow up to two dogs of any size.
Dogs are welcome to explore the park with you, provided that you keep them on a ten-foot leash at all times when not inside a cabin. Bring all the essentials for a safe and fun adventure, including drinking water for your thirsty pup. Have clean-up bags on hand and be sure to stoop and scoop everywhere you travel in the park. Human restrooms are located throughout.
You and your dog will love exploring the raw Missouri landscapeat Mark Twain State Park, and take in the same water and air that inspired one of America’s greatest literary voices.