Quiet and safe, Marianna is a perfect place to settle down with your pooch and the family. Marianna is located in the Delta Region and is about 50 miles southwest of West Memphis. The small-town atmosphere encourages families to stroll along the streets and greet friends and neighbors. Pups who live in this quaint town will need to travel about 15 minutes away for veterinarian care in Forrest City or West Helena.
If you are looking for a great place to get some exercise with your pooch, Miller Park in the Marianna Commercial Historic District offers beautiful gardens and a paved walking path. While strolling through the park, you will see the General Robert E. Lee Monument and the interesting architecture of a few buildings dating from the 1870’s. After walking around, relax on one of the shaded benches and let Fido roll around in the grass.
When walking along Main Street in the center of town, you can let your pooch stretch his legs in the Court Square. While admiring the gardens, Fido can have a snifftastic time in the grass or socialize with other pups out for a walk. There is a playground across the street and the kids will have fun on the swings and slide while your and your pup relax on a bench and watch them play.
Families who are looking for a Fido-friendly town just an hour southwest of Memphis will enjoy the fun outdoor activities in Marianna.
Stuart Springs Park is about 20 miles north of Marianna in Forrest City that offers picnic pavilions and 16-acres of space for you and Fido to roam. There are freshwater springs where your pooch can get a cool drink of water, and you can walk along the well-maintained paths while enjoying nature. If you are out with the kids, stop by the playground and take a break on one of the shaded benches. Although you can refill water bottles at the park, you will need to bring your own doggie waste bags. Whether you are looking for a quick walk or a leisurely afternoon at the park with your pup, this is the perfect destination.
The River Reach Park in Helena-West Helena overlooks the Mississippi River and is a great place to walk with your furry companion. The park features a boardwalk along the river’s edge where you can stroll or sit on a bench and watch the water activities. The kids will love watching the barges come down the river, or you can let them fish right from the banks. Fido can roll around in the grass while you socialize with friends and neighbors. If you and Fido need a place to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet, this park is the perfect retreat.
Another fun destination to spend time with your pup is the St. Francis National Forest about 30 minutes south of Marianna on Highway 44. The recreation area offers fishing and camping and your pup will enjoy exploring the nature trails while sniffing all the plants. The park rangers can give information and directions to the hiking trails, and you and Fido can take a dip in the lake or throw out a line and catch some fish. There are restrooms near the visitor’s station where you can refill your water bottles, but you will need to bring your own doggie waste bags and keep your pup on a leash while hiking through the forest.
Just 15 miles south of Marianna in West Helena, the Delta Heritage Trail is part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy using unused railroad tracks for hiking. You can hike or ride your bike through the 18 miles of well-maintained trail that meanders through trees and a variety of natural areas. While walking with your pooch, Fido will have a snifftastic time in all the plants and if you need a break, stop at one of the grassy areas and relax with a bottle of water. If you are planning to spend the night in the area, the Delta Inn is pooch-friendly and welcomes your pup for no additional fee.
One of the best features of the small town of Marianna is the close proximity to the Mississippi River State Park off Highway 44. Pups and their parents can spend a day hiking or fishing at the park. If you are looking for a staycation, there are RV and tent camping sites where you can spend the night with your pup. The hiking trails are well-maintained, and Fido will love sniffing the plants and trees. Bear Creek Lake offers over 30 miles of shoreline where your pup can get his feet wet or take your pooch for a ride in a canoe or kayak. You will need to keep Fido on a leash and bring your own doggie waste bags while enjoying this amazing park.