Home to the Armadillo Festival (held on the first weekend of May since 1970), Hamburg is a small community in Ashley County, Arkansas. The festival is a big and colorful celebration with gifts, concerts, and old-fashioned ice-cream shops! Everyone is invited -- even the furry friends! The rest of the year, it’s just an ordinary agricultural town with little entertainment for tourists with pups. Want some fun? Get ready to travel. Even the closest vet clinic in the area is about 20 minutes northwest in Crossett.
Your best shot at a fun outdoor experience with Fido is on the banks of Mississippi River, about 40 miles east of town, right on the Arkansas-Mississippi border. There are several RV sites and campgrounds, as well as recreational and conservation areas with walking trails. Sniffastic times for every canine sleuth! Pecan Grove R.V. Park in Lake Village, for example, is a peaceful campground with comfortable amenities. Nestled on the banks of Lake Chicot, it’s an amazing spot to show off some fishing skills.
You can extend the camping adventure in Lake Chicot State Park, just a few miles north of the campground. You and your buddy love watching birds? You can do this no matter the season: the park is located in the Mississippi Flyway.
Moro Bay is an independent community at the southern extreme end of Jersey in Arkansas. Surrounded by Moro Creek and the Ouachita River, the place is a natural green oasis with just two places of interest: Moro Bay State Park and a church. The park is a nice mix of camping sites, walking trails, and lots of fishing opportunities! Camping cabins have water and electricity and allow pooches to join the fun together with people. Mutts must stay on-leash at all times. You will find a historic barge not far from the place (Fido can smell it!), and hit the trails down the woods looking for squirrels or small animals to bark at!
Although it’s not the real El Dorado, the city in Arkansas has an adventurous atmosphere and wonderful attractions for travelers with dogs. North Timberlane is the area centered on South Arkansas Arboretum State Park, which is the place for true adventure seekers. Here, you'll find exotic plants and beautiful nature along the miles of walking trails! Why not embark on it after all? There’s another place to sniff around for a while on-leash – Old City Park. It’s a small green terrain with a gazebo, pawfect for picnicking! The vicinity is mostly mixed-use, with a few shops, eateries, and residential quarters with small and medium single-family homes.
Smackover is a very small city and an independent community at the southern end of Camden, Arkansas. The central area is home to the local attractions and amenities, offering a dollar store, groceries, and postal services. If you're stopping by with Fido, you may want to check out Smackover City Park. It’s a very simple but clean and welcoming facility for locals and travelers! Here, you can stretch your legs after a long ride! Although you have to keep the pup on-leash, there’s so much to sniff! Smackover is also a great place to stay with Fido overnight. America's Best Value Inn offers the best value for a pet-friendly room with a small pet fee.
Citizens Drive curves in the southwestern part of Benton, just east of Lake Sunset. It’s one of the less populated (and popular) neighborhoods in Benton, but that’s a great advantage! There are three possible adventures you can embark on with Fido. First is Riverside Park, a wonderful public facility with trails and shade! Next – Benton Dog Park, a true off-leash pawadise with soft grass and soil to dig up. Small pooches to the left, big pups to the right – no fights or problems with two installed separate sections! Bernard Holland Park can be the end of your adventure, offering a pleasant walk through the woods and paved trails.
Although traveling from Hamburg to Little Rock’s downtown will take more than 2 hours straight north, you will never regret a minute spent on the road! The downtown area is one of the best pet-friendly spots in Arkansas worth visiting at least once. It’s home to the first outdoor and indoor bar and restaurant you can visit with Fido. No limits to sizes and temperaments! And the name speaks for itself – Bark Bar. To lose some of those calories, you’d better join the sporty mutts in MacArthur Dog Park, located within the main public park. This is a true “unleashed” area for dogs who want to meet new friends; there's pawlenty of space for everyone!