The Ozark National Forest and the St. Francis National Forest are great places to visit with your pet. Located in the western part of the state, the Ozark National Forest consists of 1.2 million-acres in the Ozark Mountains. The St. Francis National Forest is one of the smallest national forests in the United States with a little more than 22,000 acres in the eastern part of Arkansas. Visitors, both canine and human, can enjoy camping, hiking, swimming and fishing, as well as taking scenic drives. Visiting dogs must be on leash in the forests and of course, make sure to clean up after your pet.
Located in Bentonville Arkansas, the Bentonville Bark Park offers two sections; one for large dogs and one for small dogs. An added bonus is the section in the middle that includes agility equipment that you can engage your pup with. On a hot day, you can expend little energy as you relax and watch your dog have a great time running, playing and making new friends. If you are in Little Rock, McArthur Bark Park is another great option to consider. The park also has sections for small and large dogs, trees for shade and running water to help your pup cool off on a hot day.