Travel back to prehistoric times with Fido at the Mastodon State Historic Site! Located near Imperial, this 430-acre park contains one of the most important archaeological and paleontological sites in Missouri, the Kimmswick Bone Bed. It was here that the coexistence of humans and mastodons in eastern North America was discovered, making it a truly pawsome destination that shouldn't be missed!
Like all Missouri state parks, the Mastodon State Historic Site welcomes four-legged visitors as long as they are on a 10-foot leash. Canines are not allowed inside any buildings, however, so have another member of your pawty stay with your pooch if you plan on checking out the museum, which features displays of ancient artifacts and a mastodon skeleton replica. Otherwise, it's off to the hiking trails with Fido!
The state historic site offers three trails for you and your curious pup to explore, including the half-mile Wildflower Trail which leads to the Kimmswick Bone Bed. The path begins at the parking area near the museum, crosses an old limestone quarry, and goes down a limestone bluff and talus slope before arriving at the bone bed. It also passes by the Callison Memorial Bird Sanctuary, a pretty garden where you and your furry pal can relax and observe native wildflowers and wildlife.
Be sure to check out the Spring Branch Trail, too, especially during the summer. This easy, .8-mile loop meanders through sycamores and cottonwoods along Rock Creek, where you and your pup can cool off on hot days. For a more challenging hike, hit the 2-mile Limestone Hill Trail, which will have you and your pooch traversing steep slopes and rugged terrain. But not to worry as there are several benches and overlooks along the way, so you can take breaks and enjoy the furrific views of Seckman Valley.
Aside from keeping your doggo on a leash at all times, remember to carry waste bags, water, and snacks as well. Experience the outdoors and history of Missouri with your canine companion at the Mastodon State Historic Site!