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Helena-West Helena, Arkansas is a consolidated city that values its historical heritage. This is evident in its preserved cultural landmarks, including the historic Maple Hill Cemetery, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the final resting place of some of the city's founders. The Helena region of the city was also the site of an important Civil War battle, the Battle of Helena, in 1863. You and Fido can learn more about the city's history as you walk along the well-kept sidewalks here.
It might sound strange, but some of the most interesting places on your must-see list include the cemeteries, notably Maple Hill Cemetery and Helena Confederate Cemetery. The former has a park-like setting and some 19th-century graves, and the latter is where you'll find the headstones of seven prominent generals in the Confederate Army.
If exploring historic graveyards is a little too somber for you and your best furry friend, Helena Levee Park is a great way to spend an hour or so. You can walk along the paved walking path to the top of the levee so that you can get a bird's eye view of the Mississippi River. The walk is short, but the views go on for miles!
The Delta Heritage Trail is located about a quarter of the way into the 73-mile trail system. There is paw-lenty for you and Fido to see along the way as you travel down the former rail bed. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is constantly adding to and improving this part of the trail system. As you walk, you can enjoy scenic views of the Mississippi River. This is a leash-only trail, and you'll need to have water with you, although there are a couple of places along the way where you can fill up your water bottles. You and your dog will pawsitively love this trail system!
If you are looking for a small park where you can sit back and watch the water, then the Helena River Park is the pawfect place. There isn't much here, except for some benches, grassy space, and shady places to sit and watch the river flow by. This park is a local favorite place to unwind and enjoy nature after a long day at work. You do have to keep your dog on a leash while you are here, though. There aren't any water fountains, so make sure to bring lots of water. You will also need to bring doggie waste bags with you.
The Mississippi River State Park in Marianna is about thirty miles away. It features beautiful views of the Mississippi River as well as opportunities for fishing and boating. There is also a swimming beach here. The best part -- the part your dog will love -- is that there are miles of hiking trails that wander in and out of the wooded areas and make for a cool adventure on a hot day. You do have to keep your dog on a leash while you play. There are fountains and restrooms so you can fill your water bottle. You are responsible for cleaning up after your pet.
Village Creek State Park offers you and your family, even the furry babies, the pawfect family vacay spot. It is about sixty miles to get here, but there is so much to do that you might as well plan a camping trip! There are tent sites and RV sites. The dog-friendly cabins are limited, though, so make your reservations early. You can take advantage of all the hiking trails with your dog; just remember the leash. Stop by the office and get a map of all the trails. You can also fish or boat if your pup loves the water. Just don't forget the doggie life jacket!
Freedom Park is a former contraband camp that played a major role in the emancipation of slaves in Arkansas during the Civil War. Several thousands of escaped and freed slaves found refuge in Helena's contraband camps. Today, this historic park features life-sized monuments and memorials for history-loving hounds to sniff out. Along the path, you will find enlighting information as well as heroic tales of survival. The park is open to the public all year long. You are welcome to bring your dog, but you will need a leash. Plan on spending a couple of hours in this furrific park! Make sure you bring lots of water because there isn't much shade.
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