Residents with dogs that enjoy walking in the area will find winters to be reasonably mild with winter lows reaching just below the freezing mark. On most winter days, a light jacket will suffice. The Bentonville region receives only a small amount of snow per year, however, in rural areas like Downum Acres where the wind can pick up during snowfalls, drifting and reduced visibility can hamper walking. Summers are very hot and most residents will want to avoid walking their dogs in the heat of the day.
In spite of the proximity to the mountains, this community is relatively flat and easy to walk around on foot with your dog. This rural community, however, does not have sidewalks in place and when walking with your dog in the area, you should keep him leashed. Wearing bright clothing, especially in the evening so vehicles can spot you, is also advised.
If you're looking for more developed trails, the Hobbs State Park can be accessed with a drive to the northeast. This park provides 12054 acres of Ozark landscape along Beaver Lake. There is a 36-mile trail system for hiking with your hound! Other trail users include horseback riders and cyclists, so be sure to watch out for other users in the park.
To the southeast, the Ozark National Forest has more than one million acres of forestry preserve with miles and miles of trails for different ability levels. In the autumn, these large parks and forests are spectacular with fall colors and hilly terrain provides sweeping views of the surrounding territory.