The self-proclaimed “Crystal Capital of the World”, Mount Ida is a city in Montgomery County, located in the heart of Ouachita National Forest. Ouachita Lake, just steps away, is a prime tourist destination! Here, you're welcome to embark on an adventure with Fido! Campgrounds and RV parks are dotted along the shoreline, and some of them even have local stores and small shops. You'll even find an animal clinic in town to keep your pooch in tip-top shape.
Crystal Vista, just a skip and a hop away from Mount Ida’s downtown, is so named for a reason. This scenic walking trail stretches among the trees high atop Garden Mountain. You can even collect some crystals here! Will your adventurous pup sniff out the rarest ones?
If you don’t want to miss out on the fun around Ouachita Lake, which is very busy in the summer, set up camp in Marilyn’s RV Park and Longing. This is a pet-friendly campground with RV cabins and tents on the banks of the lake. You can even see a part of Crystal Vista walking trail from here! This campground features Old County Store, a country-style grocery store open to campers.
Mt. Ida is the pawfect place for an adventure with your best furry friend!
Denby Point Recreation Area and Campground is a furrific facility on the banks of Ouachita Lake, about 15 minutes from Mount Ida’s downtown. If you want to enjoy a variety of activities, from boating to hiking, this is the place to do it! Pooches of all sizes and temperaments are welcome to join their parents and stay at one of 58 RV campsites. All cabins have electricity and water. Get your leash ready -- it’s time to hit the trails and explore the lakeshore! If you want to venture outside the campground, don’t forget about the recreation area. This scenic green space is the perfect place to get some exercise with your pooch!
River Bluff Recreation Area is a scenic campground located in the heart of Ouachita National Forest, 10 miles north of Mount Ida. It’s a great place to test your might in the wild Arkansas forests and woodlands. The campsite is pet-friendly, but pooches should stay on their leash and must never be left alone. Located close to Ouachita River, River Bluff Recreation Area is the best place for fishing and canoeing! Hiking is also an option: there are miles of moderate and difficult trails leading through the scenic woodlands. You should be prepared for walking, though -- bring some water and waste bags and have fun!
Just north of Mountain Pine, you will find Lake Ouachita State Park, nestled on the banks of Ouachita Lake. This state park, located within the expansive Ouachita National Forest, offers a pawesome campground. No matter what you want to do with Fido, everything is pawssible here -- you just have to hold the leash tight! The cabins on the campground have electricity and water -- however, the most adventurous visitors choose to "ruff" it in tents! The park is perfect for taking mindful walks and exploring nature. Pre-fur hiking to camping? There are about 5 miles walking trails around the campground and through the woods to historic springs!
Hot Springs City Center is an amazing place to stop by with Fido. The mixture of apartment complexes and small single-family houses are a stark contrast to the modern buildings and architecture in the historic downtown. You will not be able to miss Hot Springs National Park (because everyone will talk about it constantly)! This is a wonderful green oasis in the city center with -- you guessed it -- beautiful hot springs. Is the pup tired of being tied up? Why not ditch the leash for a while in Hot Springs Bark Park at Hollywood Avenue? This is a pawesome doggie spot with tons of space and grass.
Hot Springs Village is an independent community on the northern end of Hot Springs, just east of Ouachita National Forest. This is one of the largest recreational resorts in Arkansas, occupying about 40 square miles, and it's a wonderful place to visit or live. There are plenty of sports facilities, including golf courses and tennis courts. And, of course, the national forest is just a bone's throw away. If you want to treat your pup to some off-leash time, visit DeSoto Dog Park, located in the heart of the community. Two separate enclosures on 1.5 acres of land are perfect for finding new friends, chatting with locals, and letting Fido run off-leash as long as he wants!