Tucked alongside the creek of the same name, Greenbrier, AR sits just within commuting distance of Little Rock. Greenbrier’s small-town vibe and tight-knit community make it a great location to settle down and raise kids -- however, the small city wasn’t always so family-friendly. During the 1800s, Greenbrier was a popular stop on the Butterfield Stage Coach route, and famous outlaws such as Jesse James and Jim Bowie are said to have passed through on their way west. Some historians even claim that the town itself developed around the more salacious kind of "saloon." Those days are well and truly gone, though -- in 2017, Greenbrier was voted the safest city in Arkansas for the third year in a row! In terms of pet care, there are two veterinary clinics in town, and 24-hour care is available in Conway.
You won’t find a dog park in Greenbrier, but you and your buddy are still sure to dig up something to do! The city is bordered by a pawesome state park, and there’s a couple of nice community parks in town. Greenbrier City Park is particularly pawpular with local dog owners. And if your furry friend needs to run free, don’t fret -- you’ll find plenty of off-leash adventures just a short drive away!
You’d need to be barking mad not to take your pooch to Conway Dog Park! Tucked behind the Don Owen Sports Complex, this pawpular park is only a ten-mile drive from Greenbrier, and a visit here is sure to get your pup’s tail wagging. There’s plenty of room in both the large and small dog areas for a spirited game of catch, and more athletic animals will certainly appreciate the park’s well maintained agility equipment. Owners might be glad to know that there’s a couple of benches, so you can sit and take a load off if you feel like your dog’s been walking you!
For doggy dining, look no further than Downtown Conway! You’ll find a cluster of restaurants around Oak Street that cater to canines at the outdoor seating areas. Tacos 4 Life is well worth a visit if you’re after a quick bite -- the quesadillas are excellent, and a percentage of each sale goes to charitable sustainable nutrition programs around the world. If you two are looking for a slightly more upscale experience, consider popping in to Taziki’s Mediterranean for some home-cooked Greek food, where wagging tails are welcome at outdoor tables. There’s also a huge variety of fur-friendly smoothie places around Laurel Park.
Cultured canines might get a kick out of a visit to Cadron Settlement Park! Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this Conway gem includes restored pioneer buildings, a reconstructed inn, and part of the Cherokee Trail of Tears. It’s also a pretty place for you two to stretch all six of your legs -- there are several hiking trails here, most of which provide excellent views over the Arkansas River. The trails range from easy to moderate difficulty, so you’ll find a hike here for all ages and abilities! Your pooch will need to be leashed, of course, and remember to bring your own bags and water!