Springtime in St. Louis is the perfect time to track down some new parks to explore with your pooch. Last year we brought you this list of top dog walking trails in St. Louis. Here’s an updated list with lots of new ideas. Other patrons of the park will appreciate that you keep your dog on a leash and clean up after him. If you plan to jog or run, bring a portable water bowl, some water and a high-energy snack for you and your furry friend.
West Tyson County Park
131 N. Outer Road E.
St. Louis, MO 63025
Dog lovers’ favorite feature of West Tyson County Park is undoubtedly the Chubb Trail, a seven-mile dirt trail (14 miles round trip, if you follow it all the way) that runs between West Tyson Park and Lone Elk. Walking the trail will give you and your dog a feeling of being in the wilderness, right in the middle of Kirkwood. The trail offers challenging terrain, cooling shade and beautiful views. It’s best to avoid this trail in wet weather, as it can be muddy or even washed out in spots. The park also offers a three-mile loop called the Flint Quarry Trail, which offers its own rugged terrain and sense of seclusion.
Tower Grove Park
4256 Magnolia Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
This picturesque park in the middle of the city is a popular dog-walking destination. You and your pooch can meander along shady paths, sip water from one of the fountains, relax in a gazebo or watch a pickup game of kickball or softball. In the summer, you can hear live music or shop at the Saturday farmers’ market. Dogs especially enjoy watching the ducks on the pond at the center of the park.
Hampton Ave. & Jamieson Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
Wilmore offers a little slice of country life just outside of the St. Louis Hills neighborhood. The park is just over 100 acres, with curving paths that offer luscious scenery and a new view with each twist and turn. You might get a peaceful view of someone fishing in one of the lakes, or a line of baby ducks following their mama into the water. Wilmore park is open until 10 p.m., which is nice if you work past dusk.
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Pere Marquette State Park
13112 Visitor Center Lane
Grafton, IL 62037
Driving over the bridge and up the River Road is always a treat. The bluffs rising above you, and reflected in the river, provide breathtaking views during the drive. The park offers miles of well-marked wooded trails, with scenic views from the tops of the bluffs. You and your dog can also walk down to the river’s edge, where you will truly see and feel the power of the Mighty Mississippi.
5399 Donovan St.
St. Louis, MO 63109
Francis Park is one of St. Louis’s hidden treasures. Grassy expanses with mature trees surround lots of trails for walking and jogging. The landscaping is lovely and serene. The highlight of the park is a large rectangular lily pond that reflects the sky and the greenery all around. This is a lovely place to read while you let your dog drink and rest after your walk.