Known as "The City of Rainbows," this pet-friendly place is making waves with tons of tails wagging in the city of Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The city is located in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, with a river sharing the same name snaking to the east of the city. Arkadelphians live halfway between Little Rock and Texarkana, a half-hour drive from the Hot Springs. Pet owners have found a haven in this friendly place! The contours of the land sprinkled with hickory and pine trees make great views while you walk your dog. The city plays host to two college campuses -- Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University. For this reason, and more, many have flocked here to call Arkadelphia home!
Dog owners absolutely love living in Arkadelphia. There are 3 veterinary hospitals, 5 city parks, and 4 pet shops right within the city limits. Your doggo will have everything he needs living here! There are also a few pet-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating areas that welcome dogs to sit with you as you enjoy a meal. For fun, you and Fido can hike the two trails in town or just enjoy lounging in the park. There's a reason Arkadelphia's been rated one of the "Best Places to Live, Work, and Play." Let Fido remind you it's not exactly in that order!
Does your dog like taking strolls by the water in hopes that he might spot a duck? If you live anywhere in Arkadelphia, you're a short ways from the Ouachita River. The 605-mile long river offers a great place for a walk up the banks that flow next to the city. There are trailheads that lead around the woodland areas throughout the east side of the city. If your dog is more of a "fetching" kind of pup, then head over to The Arkadelphia Parks & Recreation Center, where you can find fields to play in and stretches to walk along with Fido.
Does your dog like to gaze into the horizon as he walks? Your stoic pup is probably contemplating the meaning of life. Or, is he wondering where he left his bone? If you live off Country Club, you can head to DeSoto Bluff Trail with your dog for a half-mile hike up to a famous overlook with a gorgeous view of the river. Famous explorers have traversed the same pathway as you and Fido, so you know the view's worth it! The trail works its way through a natural wooded area so your dog will have plenty of trees and bushes to sniff out while you walk.
Does your dog love the smell of crust rising and cheese melting? If your dog loves pizza as much as you do, you can take him with you for a slice at Big Cheese Pizza off Walnut Street. The pizza parlor is completely pet-friendly, and Fido is more than welcome to join you at the outside seating area. Try a deep dish pepperoni or an oven-baked chicken parmesan here at Big Cheese. After eating your fill, you can walk it all off on the Feaster Trail. This 2.7-mile long trail starts at Twin Rivers Drive, connects with the DeSoto Bluff Trail, and ends at the same outlook. Tail-waggin' view!
Is your pup a scholarly canine ready for his cap and gown? Living off Haddock places you within walking distance of Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University. Both campuses are a great place to walk with your dog. If you walk along Haddock Street, you'll have trees in your peripherals on the right and esteemed academic buildings on your left. The Centrium on the south lawn is a good place to stop and set up a picnic. The campus is just big enough to get a good walk in before heading out. There's a pet-friendly Sonic across the street where you and your pup can eat if you forget to pack a lunch.
Does your dog want to pitch a tent and sleep under the stars? If you live off Crawford, this lands you within a 10-minute walk to the Brushy Creek Campgrounds. Even if you don't have an RV, this is a great place to visit with your dog. There are primitive camping spots and even bunkhouses that you can rent out. You can fit the whole family plus Fido in one of the bunkhouses. Brushy Creek makes the perfect summer spot for a vacation! You can find a basketball court, sand volleyball court, and a beach area where you can swim and play on DeGray Lake. Fido's going to love it!