Summer in St. Louis is hot, but there are plenty of fun activities you can do with your pet that will help you both cool off! One favorite activity of many Gateway Pet Guardians volunteers is hiking, especially on trails with water. Our fosters and volunteers provide their comprehensive list of their favorite ‘watering holes’ below:
Mastadon State Park, Imperial, MO
You can wade up the creek for at least a mile or two.
Castlewood State Park, Ballwin, MO
You can wade in the spring.
Rockwoods Reservation, Wildwood, MO
We specifically recommend:
- Trail Among the Trees (shallow creek crossing natural trail)
- Lime Kiln Loop Trail (fresh spring pond on natural trail)
- Green Rock Trail (wide shallow creek off natural trail with some deeper areas)
Meramec Greenway, Wildwood, MO
The Al Foster Trail has two gravel bridges with creeks underneath.
Young Conservation Area, Eureka, MO
Make sure to check out Taconic Loop Trail (wide creek with beach area off side off natural trail).
Don’t have a pup of your own to go hiking with? There are tons of adoptable dogs at the Gateway Pet Guardians Emergency Shelter just waiting to hit the trails with you! Visit www.gatewaypets.com/volunteer to learn more about how you can help shelter dogs enjoy excursions away from the shelter, including splashing around on your favorite trails!