Bentonville was once a hunting ground for the Osage Indians, and then for the settlers that came into the area. The hunters of the area heavily relied on their hunting dogs to help them track and hunt. Although hunting isn't as dominant today, the relationship between man and dog is even stronger, with many families in the area owners of pups. The city has even provided 6 animal hospitals and lots of space for Fido to get a good walk and some exercise.
The Bentonville Bark Park offers an enclosed area for dogs to run around off leash. The park has a double-gated entrance, fire hydrants, an agility center, and a dog-sized water fountain. Dogs will have plenty of room to run around or use the agility equipment, with additional features like clean-up stations, benches, and trash bins.
Orchards Park is an unofficial dog park in the city. Although dogs must remain on a leash, a lot of residents take their pups here to get some socialization with other canines. The area is one of the largest parks in town, with lights for night play, paved walking trails, clean-up stations, and water fountains.
Owners can even head out to the Bentonville Farmer’s Market with a leashed Fido, and if that's not enough, humans will be thrilled to learn of all the different parks awaiting them and Fido in Bentonville!
Central Bentonville is the home to lots of small businesses and shops, so its a surprise to find one of the city's largest parks here, known as Memorial Park. The park is 73 acres, with over 20 different recreational ballfields, perimeter walking trails, a playground, and a covered pavilion. This park is dog-friendly to leashed pups, and offers clean-up stations, nighttime lights, benches, water fountains, and trash bins. The neighborhood also has a unique adventure for you and Fido: The Crystal Bridges Art Trail. The trail is .5 miles long, with many sights of outdoor sculptures. There are benches and water fountains, and dogs are even allowed off-leash as long as they stay under voice control at all times.
Downtown Bentonville is one of the busiest neighborhoods in the city, with bustling streets and crowded walking areas. Thankfully, it's not hard to give Fido a good walk, thanks to Gilmore Park. The small area is perfect for taking a quick stroll around the place, with paved walking trails and open space to play around. There are even clean-up bags, benches, and trash bins at the park, but humans will have to bring water and keep Fido on a leash. A real treat for Fido is the Three Dog Bakery that offers a dog-treat buffet, no leash policy in-store, and free samples for your dog! The bakery bakes treats with all-natural ingredients, and provides other accessories such as spa products, leashes, and toys.
Southeast Bentonville is a nice retreat from the inner-city lifestyle, with a lot more forested areas and residential homes. The neighborhood even provides the Town Branch Park, a wooded area with paved walking trails, spacious play fields, a covered pavilion, and picnic benches. Dogs are welcome at the park, but must stay on a leash. Owners must bring water, and clean up after their dogs with the provided clean-up stations. The neighborhood even has another park called the Dave Peel Park, which provides more open space. There are tennis courts and picnic shelters that allow dogs here, as long as neither are in use. Dogs also must remain on a leash and owners must bring water and clean-up bags.
This neighborhood is a residential community, with lots of homes throughout. Nestled in the neighborhood is Wildwood Park, a 1.5-acre park that provides a perimeter trail and a small open space for Fido to run around or play fetch in. There are nighttime lights, lighted tennis courts, and picnic tables. Dogs are welcome in the park and around all structures while on a leash, with access to water fountains and clean-up stations. Residents of the neighborhood can also head to Horsebarn Park, known for an expansive trail system, with concrete paths that wind throughout the park for 3 miles. Dogs are welcome on a leash, and can enjoy features that include benches, water fountains, and doggie stations.
Creekstone is on the edge of town, with lots of open areas filled with trees, fields, and plenty of natural area. This includes the Bella Vista Lake Park, a 132-acre park that surrounds Bella Vista Lake, with a 1.8-mile hiking trail, covered pavilion, fishing spots and boat launches for kayaks. Dogs are welcome throughout the park while on a leash, and have access to clean-up stations and benches. The park connects to the Lake Bella Vista Trailhead, a beginning spot for the Lake Bella Vista Trail, an 8-mile hike that leads south out of town, with dirt paths and benches along the route. Dogs are welcome on the trail while on a leash, and owners must bring water and clean-up bags.