Strategically located on a scenic bend of the Ohio River, Owensboro is the industrial, cultural, and culinary hub of western Kentucky. Despite not having a dedicated dog park, it is a pup-friendly destination with no shortage of public green spaces for Fido to roam around. There are six animal hospitals across Owensboro, so you can visit and explore the city without any worries.
For an unobstructed view of the Ohio River, head over to English Park, one of the city's two riverside parks. With picnic facilities, playground equipment, an outdoor amphitheater, and a boat ramp, English Park is a pawsome place for families, including four-legged members, to spend a pleasant afternoon.
Chautauqua Park, which was originally a replica of the Mother Chautauqua Park in New York, features a 2/3-mile paved trail that you and Fido can walk along. There's also an open air shelter that provides a nice spot to enjoy a packed lunch.
Looking for a place to spend the night in Owensboro? You and Fido can stay at one of three dog-friendly accommodations in the city. If you're traveling with a large dog or two, Motel 6 on Frederica St welcomes two pets of any size for no additional fee.
West Downtown is a furrific neighborhood for doggies who love their walkies. Here, you and Fido can stroll around six parks, including the world-famous Smothers Park. While there are a couple of restricted areas, you can take your pooch for a leashed walk through most of the park’s amenities, such as the Shelton Memorial, signature fountains, and picnic areas. One spot that you shouldn’t miss is the overlook, where you can catch stunning views of the Ohio River. Within walking distance from Smothers Park are two pup-friendly restaurants, Fetta Specialty Pizza & Spirits and Colby’s Fine Food & Spirits, both of which have outdoor seating.
One of the best ways to enjoy Owensboro’s natural beauty is to hit the Rudy Mine Trails inside Ben Hawes Park. The single and double track trails, which stretch more than seven miles, accommodate all skill levels of bikers, runners, hikers, and puppers. Just remember to keep Fido on a leash at all times. Aside from the Rudy Mine Trails, the expansive, 300-acre Ben Hawes Park is home to a large recreational park with playground equipment and open air shelters, an archery range, a sand volleyball court, the Ben Hawes Golf Course, and a gravity racing track that hosts the Owensboro Lions Club Soap Box Derby.
Residents of Dogwood Azalea love their community for being family-friendly and peaceful. A good place to spend a relaxing afternoon with Fido in this neighborhood is Moreland Park, where you can walk or jog along the paved trail and hang out at the open air shelter or picnic tables. One of the bigger parks in the city, Moreland Park also has a playground, a basketball court, 2 baseball diamonds, and 12 lighted tennis courts. Less than a mile away from the park, though technically outside Dogwood Azalea, is Lic’s Deli and Ice Cream. This old-fashioned ice cream shoppe has one dog-friendly outdoor table.
Two large green spaces in this neighborhood make it a puptastic place for humans and canines that love exploring the outdoors. Take a leisurely walk around Horse Fork Creek Park, or stroll along the 6.4-acre stocked lake at the adjacent Yewell Heritage Park. From Yewell Heritage Park, you and your doggo can access the Adkisson Greenbelt, a 15-mile asphalt trail that encircles Owensboro. If all that walking has left you hungry, there are three places where you can grab a bite: Overflow Cafe, Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina, and Culver’s. Salsarita’s and Culver’s do not offer table service, so Fido will have to wait outside when you go in to order, though the latter has a drive-thru window.
The Joe Ford Nature Park is an oasis in the city that both you and your dog will appreciate. Open 365 days a year, the walking trails are lined with 40 different trees, flowers, and plants, and are home to a variety of birds and small mammals. The Joe Ford Nature Park also serves as the trailhead for the 15-mile-long Adkisson Greenbelt. Following this asphalt trail will bring you and Fido to various spots throughout Owensboro as it links several neighborhoods, parks, business districts, and schools. Always keep your pet on a short leash and on the right-hand shoulder when walking along the Adkisson Greenbelt.