Weather in the Bella Vista area varies with the seasons and different outdoor gear is necessary to enjoy travel throughout the year. Winters can be quite cold with temperatures often dipping below the freezing mark. Snow occurs and can make slippery footing, so residents with dogs need footwear with good traction and warm coats. Your dog may even appreciate doggie booties and a jacket to keep warm on chilly morning walks. Summers are just the opposite with hot temperatures that can cause heat-related illness if precautions are not taken. Spring and fall temperatures are more amenable to on-foot travel, but occasional rain requires waterproof jackets to stay dry.
The residential streets do not have sidewalks, so pedestrians with pups should walk facing oncoming traffic and watch for approaching cars. Keep your dog close to you and leashed as winding roads and heavily vegetated landscaping can impede sightlines of vehicles in the area.
Properties are large with lots of space between private properties and large houses. Landscaping on private property is a mix of artificial and natural vegetation with well-manicured lawns and ornamental trees and shrubs. There is lots of natural terrain around the Grinstead community and plenty of greenery. The neighborhood is peaceful and quiet and abounding with wildlife.
The Lake Bella Vista Trailhead is located nearby and the paved pedestrian path loops around the lake for 1.8 miles. Dogs are permitted on a leash and this is a great place to explore with your dog! If your pup is the water-loving sort, a dip in the lake is a great way to cool down on a hot summer day. There is also a playground, pavilion, benches, and a doggie waste station.
If your pup likes to play off-leash, you can check out the Bark Park located south in Bentonville. The Bark Park has separate fenced areas and a section with agility equipment so canine companions can practice their skills!