Has it been too long since your pup’s last adventure? Then grab the leash and make your way over to Pershing State Park. With flood plains, winding creeks, and shrub swamps, this rare habitat is a prime example of what most of northern Missouri once looked like. Your dog's going to love it.
Pets and their parents have five trails to choose from
when visiting Pershing State Park. If your pal is in the mood for a mellow
stroll, check out the Canfield Savanna Trail. This trail is short, but sweet. It meanders
through a grove of old oak trees and a meadow of native grasses and
wildflowers. If your pup wants to wander through an oak-hickory forest and shrub
swamp, follow Oak Ridge Trail.
The Locust Creek Riparian Trail is a five mile hike that
takes you through wetlands that are unique to this area. It also runs alongside a babbling brook and passes through the beautiful Locust Creek Natural Area. Please note, that this trail is not
a loop, so you will need to arrange for a pick up when you cross the finish
line. Don’t forget to put plenty of
water and clean up bags in your backpack.
If your pup is a fan of sleeping under the stars, bring a couple sleeping bags and settle in at one of the park’s campsites. RVs and tents
are welcome and campers will find showers, modern restrooms, and laundry
facilities. Your doggo will love nothing
more than to relax by a campfire and listen to ghost stories after a long day
of exploring. Pershing State Park also features pawsome picnic sites and a
playground for two legged children. The large pavilion is the pawfect spot for
a summer gathering. So bring the whole pack along and have some fun in the sun!
Make no mistake; this is one park your pup will want to visit again and again!