Who doesn’t love a good weekend adventure? Now that we are nearing 60 degrees on a more consistent basis, the teams at Treats Unleashed are thinking more and more about the great outdoors. One of our favorite Springtime activities is to go on a nice long hike with our pups, so we thought we’d share some of our favorite trails and places to visit. Please note that all of these locations ask that you keep your pup on a leash for their safety and to clean up after your dog. Click on any park or trail name to learn more!
Castlewood State Park – Beautiful and scenic, Castlewood State Park is a perfect half day trip. Not too far away to drive, but far enough to feel like you are really getting away from it all. Many trails to explore here, making your route as complex or for as long as you’d like to be out and about. Views include the Meramec River and the valley below the bluffs. Great for all skill sets of hikers!
Forest Park – This perfect little gem on the edge of St. Louis city limits should not be overlooked! While the park itself is a little over 6 miles around, there are many places to go and trails to discover. Home to the St. Louis Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum, Science Center, and Steinberg Skating Rink, Forest Park also boasts open fields, sport fields and ponds. You’ll be surprised at how many paths and trails wind around this gorgeous park.
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park – Some of the most popular trails in the state of Missouri can be found here, just minutes away from Columbia! Natural wonders are abound with rock bridges, cave system, and even an underground stream at the Devil’s Icebox. 8 different trails to choose from offer plenty of variety and complexity to your visit.
Mark Twain National Forest – Looking for something more remote? Mark Twain National Forest stretches from St. Louis to the Arkansas border, featuring over 750 miles of trails! Camping, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and mountain biking are all great escapes from the frantic city life and can be enjoyed here. Make it a day trip or a longer adventure, if you desire!
Rock Island Rail Corridor – While the railway is no longer in use by trains, the path is relatively new to hikers. Check out this 100 year old, secluded and shady path that’s about a 14 mile out and back trail. Work is being completed to connect to the Katy Trail, so travelers will have a multitude of options to discover and connect!
Hidden Valley Natural Area Loop – A nice 4 mile loop in the North KC area, making it perfect for a quick getaway – feels remote but close to home! The park also features shelters, picnic areas, and even a 9 hole flying disc golf course.
All information from mostateparks.com, forestparkforever.org, usda.gov, jacksongov.com, kcparks.org