Farmington is still pretty young, as it was only incorporated 70 years ago. The large farms and mills that made up the area had a high production of grapes and strawberries. Nowadays, the small town is considered a bedroom community to Fayetteville, and has grown over 60% in the last decade. With so many humans and fur-residents coming into town, it's no wonder the town is taking steps to take care of its neighborhood pups.
One of the most popular places to go in-town for dog-lovers is the Creekside Park. The area offers a large, green space for Fido to run around and play, or enjoy a leisurely walk on the .5-mile trail. Dogs must remain on a leash while inside the park from dawn until dusk, and have access to picnic areas, water fountains, a clean-up station, trash bins, and benches.
Harmony Pointe Park lies on the northern tip of the town, and offers beautiful views and access to Owl Creek. The 8.35-acre park is dog-friendly to leashed pups, with natural open green space, a pup-friendly pavilion, and picnic areas. Either for a game of fetch or a relaxing stroll, this park has plenty of room and a long, paved walking trail to enjoy, with water fountains, benches, and trash bins.
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The Farmington City Center holds the central workings of the city, and is filled with residential homes and businesses. On the outskirts of the neighborhood is Ecology Park, a small park with a large open space. Dogs are welcome to the park while on a leash to run around or play fetch. The Farmington Branch Creek runs through the park and allows dogs to enjoy some swim time through the access points provided here. Humans must bring water and clean-up bags. Another option in the neighborhood is the Woolsey Wet Prairie, a wetlands reserve area that protects the natural habitat. Dogs are welcome on the trails of the reserve, but must stay on a leash 6 feet or shorter, and owners will need to bring their own water and clean-up bags.
The Kessler Mountain Regional Park is a diamond in the rough for dog-lovers in the neighborhood of Hogeye. The large area is over 600 acres, with natural and developed areas. Humans and their dogs can enjoy an urban walk along the paved trails that surround the ballfields, or take a hike on the nature trail system that surrounds the base of Kessler Mountain. Amenities include trash bins, benches, and water fountains around the ballparks. For a more urban option, the Finger Park is a city park that provides open areas and trails for Fido, with modern amenities like clean-up stations, picnic shelters, water fountains, benches, and lights for nighttime walks. Dogs must remain on a leash at both parks.
Many residents of Farmington head out 6 miles to the Salem neighborhood of Fayetteville for the plentiful dog-friendly activities. The westside neighborhood includes the IAMS Dog Park, a fenced-in park for off-leash pups that include three separate areas and a dog beach. There is a separate area for small and larger dogs, and a separate area for both that includes a large pavilion, picnic areas, and grill. Additional features include dog-sized water fountains, clean-up stations, and benches. For a more rural activity, the Hamstring Creek Trail Park offers a small park with paved trails next to the Hamstring Creek. The paved trails connect with nature trails that travel two miles along the creek and are dog-friendly to leashed pups.
The Baldwin neighborhood is 9 miles from Farmington in Fayetteville and provides a more natural experience to most city residents. The area hosts the Lake Wilson Park Off-Leash Area, which is a large area that surrounds Lake Wilson that offers dog-friendly trails for pups. Dogs are welcome off leash while on the trails or in the lake, but the place is not fenced-in, so use caution. The rest of Wilson Park is open and includes more natural and paved trails, but Fido must be on a leash outside the designated area. Inside the park are benches, picnic areas, clean-up stations, benches, and water fountains.