Years and years ago, over 13 million acres of tall grass prairie covered more than a third of Missouri. Now 65,000 acres remains. Prairie State Park is the state’s largest tall grass landscape. This gorgeous park preserves this unique habitat as well as several endangered species. There is even a bison herd that freely roams around.
The bad news is that due to its rare and delicate environment, dogs are not allowed on the trails in Prairie State Park. The good news is that canine visitors are welcome to be in the campground and picnic area. So if you still want to enjoy part of the park with your pal, grab one of the sites and set up camp. The sites are quite large and can accommodate up to 20 people, which is helpful if you are traveling with your entire pack. Drinking water can be found inside the nearby shop and primitive restrooms area available. When the sun goes down, your doggo will love relaxing by the fire while you roast a marshmallow or two.
The picnic area is located near the northern end of the park and is adjacent to the campground. If you and your dog are just visiting for a short while, pack a sandwich and some biscuits and enjoy a leisurely lunch in the great outdoors. Whether you are just there for lunch or are camping for the night, be sure to bring clean up bags and always pick up after your pooch.
If you really want to see what the park has to offer, there’s always the option of leaving your pup in the campground or picnic area with another member of your paw-ty and exploring the trails solo. But it definitely won’t be as fun without your furry sidekick!