Located in the middle of the Twin Lakes Area and in the southern range of the Ozark Mountains, Mountain Home, Arkansas, is the perfect home for over 12,000 citizens and a lot of animals. As Arkansas is one of the most dog populated states in the U.S., many households in Mountain Home own at least one dog.
The favorite place among dog owners is the off-leash Mountain Home Dog Park at Rossi Road. This dog park has everything you could want from an off-leash dog park up to a separate, enclosed area for smaller dogs, benches to sit on, water fountains and a lot of trees for shelter from the sun.
Mountain Home, Arkansas is not only popular among its residents but also a popular tourist destination. Between the astonishing Ozarks mountain range and the three rivers that meander through the surrounding area, a large selection of fishing creeks and top attractions such as the Top O' The Ozarks, Mountain Village 1890 and the Bull Shoals Caverns, there is plenty to see and experience.
Tourists that come with the extended canine family have many lodging options to choose from. There are many pet-friendly hotels, from budget options such as Ramada Inn, Econo Lodge and Super 8 to more luxurious hotels like Holiday Inn Express and Comfort Inn. The best way to experience a holiday in Mountain Home, Arkansas, is to book a cabin.
If you travel northeast as far as you can until you drive your car into the lake, you’ll run into the Panther Bay Public Use Area. This is a local dog lover’s park. When it’s warm in the spring and summer, dogs are welcome to swim at the beach in the clear, cool waters of Norfolk Lake. If you’re looking for beachfront camping, this public use area also offers 15 campsites and restrooms with showers. Fresh drinking water, a picnic shelter, playground, picnic sites are all in place for the public’s enjoyment. Upon visiting the park, you will understand that the people of Mountain Home take their lake time very seriously. With 2 boat launch ramps and a marina, boaters, kayakers, canoers, and river-floaters, you won’t be disappointed. Dogs will enjoy any and all activities here, especially the hiking trail.
Cooper Park is a local favorite for watching high school sports. With baseball fields, basketball courts, and tennis courts, kids have their choice. Dogs are some the biggest sports fans around. They love chasing balls, but they’re not permitted to be on teams. On-leash, well-behaved dogs are welcome at the Cooper Park, where they can live through their brothers and sisters on the field. Facilities also include a nature pond, historical settlement, pavilions, playgrounds, walking and running trail, and outdoor fitness stations. This is a great place for and teenagers to take their family dog on their rest days.
About five miles from Mountain Home, Arkansas on Lake Norfolk, you’ll find the Pigeon Creek Public Use Area. With lots of trails to choose from, hikers with dogs won’t be disappointed. Corgis and other breeds with unusually short legs will love the trails as short as 0.5 miles. The longest trail is 2 miles, but they’re meant to be stacked to create the length height that suits you (and your legs). Mountain bikers love this area. Some trails are quite steep and rocky. We recommend using walking poles if you have them. The site is primitive; there are no restrooms or fresh drinking water facilities on-site for visitors. Please keep dogs-on leash, and dispose of waste responsibly. If you need to find a bathroom, the closest one at the Highway 201 convenience store, about 2 miles north.
If you’re looking for a decent hike that’s not too long, not too short, but incredibly scenic, Buzzard Roost Scenic Area Trail may just be the trail for you. It’s conveniently located close to town, just a few minutes from the town center. At about 4.5 miles long, this out-and-back trail offers scenic views and quality time with giant boulders. Once an ATV trail, this path is meant to accommodate the full size of the vehicles, leaving plenty of room for foot traffic in both directions. Either of two large natural arches makes for a great addition to your new photo album designated ‘dog pictures only’. While you’re hiking, keep a lookout for crevices in the rocks that lead to caves below. Primitive camping is allowed here, and so are dogs. Just keep them on-leash for the duration of your stay and clean up their waste.