Your dog will surely go mutts over the Central Ave neighborhood of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Although there are no dog-specific parks here, Hot Springs National Park is your backyard. Explore 26 miles of trails, from beginner to expert, letting Fido climb various rock formations and stop to smell the flowers along your path. Or, perhaps your pup wants to look fetching in a new outfit from Pickles Pet Pourri, a dog-friendly shop that sells everything from dog costumes to doggie home décor to display your love for your favorite four-legged friend. You can also plan a trip to National Park Outfitters, a one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories shop that welcomes your well-trained dog on his or her leash.
Shady Grove will turn your outdoor activities with Rover into a pawsitively awesome adventure! Check out Hot Springs Creek Greenway, a trail just over four miles long that takes you from Hot Springs to Lake Hamilton, for a picture-perfect walk or run with your dog. You can even make a pit stop in downtown Hot Springs to visit the local farmer’s market and sculpture garden. Shady Grove is also home to Hot Springs’ only dog park, Hot Springs Bark Park, the perfect oppawtunity to get your pup off his leash and socializing with the locals. The park features a double gate for added safety and is open from dawn to dusk. Let the paws run wild!
Has your precious pup ever been on a riverboat? In Lake Hamilton, a gorgeous lakefront recreational piece of Hot Springs, he’ll get the chance to ride along the water on the Belle of Hot Springs riverboat. Each cruise is 15 miles long, and dog pals can ride on the outdoor decks, leashed and under the care of their owners. There are no dog parks in Lake Hamilton, but Garvan Woodland Gardens, an expansive botanical garden near Lake Hamilton, is the next best thing. The garden’s dog-friendly policy allows your pup to explore the trails on a leash, and he can even enjoy lunch with you on an outdoor patio at the café. Bone Appetit!
On the Southeastern end of Hot Springs sits Lake Catherine State Park in Lonsdale, a rural neighborhood. There are no dog-specific parks here, but one visit to the gorgeous Lake Catherine State Park and your dog will likely be hounding you to return soon. Leashed, well-behaved pups are welcome to walk the beginner to moderate trails with their owners. The Slunger Creek Nature Trail will lead you and your pooch to a relaxing creek nestled in the Ouachita Mountain. You can also fish along Lake Ouachita and explore the gorgeous lakeshore and grassy beaches. For a longer stay with your four-legged friend, rent an outdoor camp site or a dog-friendly cabin for some off the leash quality time.
About a 20-minute drive northwest from Hot Springs is Mountain Pine. Although there are no dog parks in the Pinewood area, it’s home to Lake Ouachita State Park, where you and your pooch can jog, swim, and camp life’s cares away. The park runs along the beautiful blue waters of Lake Ouachita. If your dog is head-over-heels about water, he’ll love to work his tail off splashing around and chasing the fish. Tackle two different hiking trails with Fido, an easy and a difficult one, and enjoy seeing unique wildlife, plant life, and rock formations along the way.