A small town in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, Harrison is considered one of the country’s best towns to retire in. The picturesque Arkansas rivers, hills, and canyons make Harrison an ideal home for dogs and their families alike. The easily accessible five veterinary hospitals located throughout the city’s seven neighborhoods ensure you’ll be able to keep your pup happy and healthy.
The most dramatic natural feature in all of Harrison is the Buffalo National River, which runs right through Gaither, one of the southern neighborhoods of the city. The river is a great place for an excursion with the entire family. Take your kids and dog down to the river for a weekend day trip, but don’t forget to bring your leash! While some parts of the Buffalo National River Park that the river flows through are off limits to pets to protect the wildlife, Forest Trail, Overlook Trail, and Campground Trail are all woofderful hikes you can take your pup on. You can even spend the night at a campground if you’re looking to make an overnight trip of it.
The natural elements of Harrison are really what
set it apart from other towns. The clear blue water of Crooked Creek is
definitely worth a visit, and it’s located conveniently in the middle of
Harrison with the 22-mile-long Crooked Creek Trail along the riverbank.
Be sure to take a stroll down by the water or on the many surrounding trails
with your furry friend.
When it comes to restaurants, the Tallgrass Prairie Market is the place to be. Located in the heart of City Center, Tallgrass is absolutely pet-friendly, with outdoor picnic tables where you can have a meal beside your pup. The all-organic market serves seasonal food that is locally grown. You’ll also want to sample one of their delicious fruit smoothies or juices, a refreshing way to start the day. The Anstaff Soccer Complex, one of Harrison’s many parks, also calls City Center home. Featuring acres of wide-open space, Anstaff Soccer Complex is a pawfect place to let your pet off-leash, free to roam around and roll in the grassy fields. Meanwhile, you can play an exciting game of soccer with your family on one of the park’s seven groomed fields.
With three off-leash dog parks, 65N/ N Main St is a haven for families with four-legged members. Walk among the wildflowers at Baker Prairie Natural Area, a segment of the Ozark Prairie. A natural gem within an urban environment, this meadow with its many walking trails is a must-see where you can let your dog run free in the fields. Be sure to make a stop at Equity Bank Sports Complex as well. In addition to eight baseball and softball fields open to the public, this sports complex offers large open areas where you can let your pup off-leash to run off some energy. Finally, don’t forget to take a trip to the National Historic District and the town square. With three miles of trails, sports fields, playgrounds, a swimming pool, and open off-leash space, there is something for everyone at the Historic District.
Cowetta Falls, is a neighborhood on the
smaller side located just north of the City Center. An ideal place for families
with kids and canines, Cowetta Falls is home to the Lake Harrison Walking
Trail. Highlights of half-modern, half-rustic trail include Lake Harrison, the
weir dam, and the children’s park. While it is conveniently located in the very
center of a city, this walking trail gives you a taste of wilderness not
available in most towns. Start by taking a stroll by the water, admire the
scenery on your four-mile hike, and finish in the children’s park, which
features a small off-leash area for your pup as well.
Valley Springs is a beautiful, scenic neighborhood in the southeast region of Harrison, Arkansas. For families with dogs, Valley Springs is best known for the Harrison Village Campground. While your furry friend must be kept on a leash, there is no doubt this will make a fun, convenient outing. Located in the middle of the Ozarks, this park prides itself on its quiet atmosphere and the seventy-four shaded sites over the ten acres. Benches, picnic sites, and grills are provided, giving you all the tools for a pawsitively splendid lunch. With the open spaces and fun activities, this campground has something for the whole family— human and animal members alike.
neighborhood in the southwest region of Harrison, boasts the Shady Oaks
Campground, a relaxing place to spend an afternoon, or even an entire weekend.
At this campground, dogs are certainly welcome, although they must be kept
on-leash at all times. Its many amenities include hiking trails, cabin and tent
rentals, and a swimming pool to keep cool during summer months. Take your pup
and start the day off on one of the campground trails with a quick jog, or end
your day with a relaxing walk in the woods. Either way, you are sure to love
the beautiful scenery and peaceful atmosphere of the trails in Gaither.