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Lexa, Arkansas was once a bustling and thriving community. It was a refueling station for the first railroads. There was a constant flow of people as they came to the station and visited the town while waiting for their next leg of their journey to start. The train station was closed down in the 1930s, and the life of the town became slower as the population dwindled. Today, visitors to Lexa can enjoy the relaxing serenity that comes with a small-town lifestyle.
Only thirteen miles away is the city of Marianna. There are a couple of tail-waggin' activities to do here, one of which is exploring St. Francis National Forest. Craving a little camping? This park has tent sites, RV sites, and a couple of dog-friendly cabins. Fishing is said to be excellent here. Of course, you could grab a good pair of walking shoes and explore the forest. The hiking trails are all marked. You can pick up a map at the visitor center or online. The Mississippi River Park in Marianna is also an excellent place to relax next to the river or take a short hike with the Mississippi River in full view.
Looking for more dog-friendly fun near Lexa? Don't fret! You'll find plenty of activities just a bone's throw away from this tiny town.
Rails-to-Trails offers a lot of tail-waggin' fun! In Lexa, you'll find a branch of the Delta Heritage Trail. Eventually, this trail system will be almost eighty miles long. For now, you can jump on the trail in Lexa and tackle as much of the 21-mile path as you think you can handle! This part of the Rails-to-Trails effort was donated by the Union Pacific Railroad so that you and Fido can enjoy the historic route of the former railroad corridor. The babbling brooks and limestone paths are a part of the natural scenery. There are picnic areas, gift shops, and rest areas along the way.
If you find yourself in Clarksdale, about an hour away, you should stop by Back Yard Burgers. This Fido-friendly spot has fresh burgers and toppings that you will be excited to sink your teeth into! Grab a shake to help you cool off on a hot day -- they are simply barktastic. Your dog is welcome to grab a bite with you; just keep him on a leash. The patio seating is pawesome for people-watching. You can order your dog a burger, too! Just tell the wait staff that the burger is for your pet and they will leave off the seasonings. Bone Appetit!
The Petro Station might not be what you might think of when you think about pet-friendly options near Lexa. However, if you find yourself traveling an hour outside of Lexa, you may find that is an underrated, hidden gem! There are a couple of pet-friendly restaurants here with outdoor seating where you can get a meal that will leave you ready for a belly rub. Next, there is an off-leash area so that your dog can stretch her legs, too. Not only is it fenced-in, but it also has doggie waste bags, trash cans, and water for your parched pup. This is the pawfect pit stop if you're traveling with a canine companion!
If you don't mind an hour-long car trip, then you should head on over to Arkansas Post National Memorial. This is the area where the two rivers meet, making it a natural wetland area. You can walk the trails with your dog to enjoy all the natural scenery. There are alligators sloughs as well, which provide a way to view them in nature! You can take a hike alone or with a guide. The hike times are listed online and at the visitor center. You can also grab a map while you are there. Dogs cannot go in any buildings. Please bring a leash. Please only take pictures and leave nothing behind but your foot -- and paw! -- prints.
Wynne is probably one of the closest options you will have for a day out with your pup. Village Creek State Park is the pawfect place to come and get a digital detox. There are seven miles of marked trails that you can hike through alone or with a guide. If your dog loves the water, there is fishing at the pond. There is no swimming for the two- or four-legged people, though. Make sure you bring lots of water because none is provided here. Bring doggie waste bags along with you as well. If you are into bird-watching, bring your camera along!
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