Star City is a picturesque little town in Lincoln County, Arkansas. At the time the county was organized in 1871, a location was needed for the new courthouse, and this became the town of Star City. It’s not known where the name came from, although some say it was because the courthouse was built amid five hills surrounding the site like points on a star.
There’s plenty for you and your pooch to do in and around Star City. There’s an abundance of leafy, tree-lined streets for you both to ramble around, and all those trees make for great shade cover on the hot summer days. The annual Star Daze Festival, which is held locally, features live shows, crafts, carnival rides, food vendors, and a car show. The Lincoln County Fair is also held in Star City.
Star City also has a local animal hospital in case of emergencies. If you’re planning on spending a few days in the area, then America's Best Value Inn & Suites at Lincoln Ave will accommodate both you and your doggie. One dog up to 20 lbs can stay for an additional fee of $10 per night. Dogs may not be left unattended.
At Cane Creek State Park, you and your pooch can hike through the 2,171 acres of woodlands in the Coastal Plain and experience the natural beauty and abundant wildlife of Arkansas's Mississippi Delta. There is a 15.5-mile trail that goes through rolling terrain, skirts along beside a beautiful lake, and crosses many bridges, including three suspension bridges. There is also a 2.5-mile multi-use trail for smaller adventures. Cane Creek State Park also has picnic sites, a visitor center with exhibits and a gift shop, a bathhouse, restrooms, and a playground. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
Tar Camp Park is a campground situated in Redfield, Arkansas, near the Arkansas River. An area known for its beauty and first-class fishing, you don’t have to go camping there to enjoy the beautiful scenery. You and your doggie can wander the forested area of the park where red foxes are frequently seen, or along the riverfront, where numerous species of waterfowl live. If you are thinking of camping, Tar Camp Campground has more than 50 sites, most with electric and water hook-ups. There are also picnic shelters, a playground, and even a rock climbing wall if you’re feeling particularly adventurous!
The White River National Wildlife Refuge is a massive 160,756-acre wildlife refuge. At 3 to 10 miles wide and encompassing 90 miles of the White River, it’s fair to say you and the pooch will find plenty to do there. Among the wildlife to be seen are mallard ducks that spend the winter there, snow and Canada geese, bald eagles, and black bears. It is also believed to be home to one of the last populations of the ivory-billed woodpecker, a bird considered extinct or nearly so. There are also miles and miles of unspoiled forest, and no less than 356 natural and man-made lakes. The refuge is classified as a Wetland of International Importance.
Saracen Landing in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, is situated on the 500-acre Saracen Lake, and is billed as “one of the finest public outdoor pavilions in the south.” A flock of American White Pelicans winter on Saracen Lake every year, and the area is also noted for its spectacular sunsets. Saracen Landing is also home to a farmers' market, which is manned and stocked by local farmers from May through October, offering the best in local organic produce. With the Delta Rivers Nature Center and the Pine Bluff Jefferson County Regional Park both situated nearby, you certainly won’t be at a loss for things to do and places to explore.
Situated on the Arkansas River, the Pine Bluff Regional Park is a great spot to take the pooch for a ramble. There are lots of wide open spaces, including a beachfront walk with spectacular views of the Arkansas River. There’s also a softball complex nearby if you fancy taking a load off and watching a few games. If you’re bringing the family, there is a picnic area and a children’s playground, and if you want to take the RV for a few days away, there’s an RV park with electricity and water. And while you’re there, don’t forget to check out the model airplane flying facility and the archery range!