Located in southwest Arkansas, Murfreesboro is a small, charming city that's home to the only public diamond mine in the country. Aside from offering a few dog-friendly spots of its own, Murfreesboro provides easy access to attractions in the surrounding areas. The nearest veterinary facilities are about 16 miles away in neighboring Nashville, so prepare accordingly when traveling to Murfreesboro with Fido.
The city's most pawpular destination is the Crater of Diamonds State Park, the world's only diamond site where you get to keep what you find. This unique park welcomes leashed dogs in most areas, so bring your pooch along, roll up your sleeves, and try your luck at striking it rich! Aside from digging for diamonds, you and Fido can go hiking on the trails. To see the park's special geological features, hit the 1.2-mile Prospector Trail. For a chance to spot wildlife such as whitetail deer and armadillos, head to the 0.2-mile Wildlife Observation Blind Trail.
If you and Fido need a place to stay near the Crater of Diamonds State Park, park your RV or pitch a tent at the Murfreesboro RV Park. This pet-friendly campground's amenities include 10 spacious level campsites with full hookup, free Wi-Fi, a shower house, and on-site laundry. They even offer daily diamond hunting classes to help increase your chances of hitting the jackpot!
Come explore the gem of a city that is Murfreesboro with your pup!
For Fido-friendly accommodations close to Main Street, book a room at the Little Shamrock Motel. This retro '60s motel welcomes four-legged guests of any size for an additional fee, and has a dog walking area where Fido can get some exercise in. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, picnic areas with grills, a patio, and a water park. Most rooms come with a mini fridge, microwave, and coffee machine, so make yourselves at home! Just don't leave Fido in the room all by himself. Note that not all rooms are pet-friendly, so be sure to book online or call first to reserve one!
Go on an outdoor adventure with your pupper at Lake Greeson! Located in the Ouachita River Basin, this 12-mile-long, 7,000-acre man-made lake was originally built by the US Army Corps of Engineers in the late '40s as part of a flood control and hydropower project. Today, it serves a variety of purposes, including recreation, water supply, conservation, and wildlife management. The many public parks, marinas, and campgrounds around the lake make it easy for visitors to enjoy their favorite activities, whether it's swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, or camping. Speaking of camping, you can set up camp at the Parker Creek and Cowhide Cove Campgrounds, where canine outdoor enthusiasts are more than welcome.
For a relaxing nature getaway with your pup, take a 26-minute drive to Daisy State Park in nearby Kirby. Nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains on the shores of Lake Greeson, this scenic state park offers more than 100 campsites, picnic areas shaded by pines and hardwoods, modern bathhouses, boat launch ramps, and a hiking trail. Suitable for all skill levels, the looped trail spans 0.75 miles and will take about an hour to complete. You and Fido will start in a heavily wooded area and eventually find yourselves walking along Daisy Creek and Lake Greeson. Aside from the beautiful views, you can expect waterfowl, owls, and small mammals to greet you along the way.
Passing through Nashville on your way to Murfreesboro? Let Fido stretch his legs at the Nashville City Park, which is about 14 miles southwest of Murfreesboro. This clean and spacious park features several athletic fields, multiple playgrounds, picnic pavilions, a skate park, and three walking trails. One of them is the Ronny K. Woods Wildlife Trail, a half-mile trail that travels through a pecan grove, among other sections, to showcase the diverse habitat and wildlife in the area. If you and your pooch need to spend the night in Nashville before continuing on to Murfreesboro, the City Park also has eight short-term campsites that are ideal for stopovers.
Head up 31 miles north of Murfreesboro to Caddo Gap for a weekend excursion with Fido and the rest of the family! The Arrowhead Cabin & Canoe welcomes furry and four-legged guests as long as they are leashed and vaccinated—make sure your pooch has the proper ID tags on his collar! Fido can stay in the cabin for an additional fee per night, or in your own RV at no extra charge. Enjoy your escape from the city with your pup by taking a relaxing stroll around the campgrounds, wading in the river, and digging into a nice camping meal at the end of the day.