Lying on the edge of a geographical anomaly, the pet-friendliness is apparent within the neighborhoods of Paragould, Arkansas. The city is known for its position on the eastern edge of Crowley's Ridge, which is a geological formation that rises over 550 feet from the ground. Its origin has yet to be discovered -- maybe you and your Scooby can solve the mystery!
The city got its name from two competing wealthy railroad owners in the late 1800s -- J.W. Paramore and Jay Gould. At the time, the citizens believed this would be the most original name of any city. Jay Gould was angry that his name came second and refused to list the new town on his railroad schedules. Despite this hilarious and somewhat petty beginning, Paragould is a lovely city that loves its canine residents and visitors.
Dog owners love living here with every amenity they could need to take care of their pups. There are 3 veterinarians and animal hospitals, 9 pet groomers, and 5 pet shops right within the town limits of Paragould. There are also 7 parks that you can visit with your dog, with a huge nature preserve not far from the city. If you want to grab a bite to eat with Fido, you can head to any one of the city's 3 dog-friendly restaurants. To burn off the extra calories, you can paw on over to Dancing Rabbit Trail afterward for a scenic hike through the Arkansas landscape.
Does your dog howl as soon as you fire up the grill? Then he'll love living off Kennedy, where you can take the night off from cooking and let the chefs at Skinny J's take over for you. At this dog-friendly steakhouse and burger joint, you can bring your appetite and your dog. There's an oyster bar, an awesome selection of seafood, and deliciously prepared steak. You can try a sandwich called The Heart Attack, which has a fried egg, fried pickles, bacon, two kinds of cheese, and mayonnaise on Texas toast. If you want to give Fido a bone, order up a house sirloin!
Does your dog love an upscale dining experience without all the charades of a 5-star restaurant? If your dog lives off Wirt, then you two can visit Chow 118 for a classy dinner you can enjoy with your dog right beside you in the outside seating area. The restaurant is known for its hors D'oeuvres, like crab and Gruyere cheese dip and the ratatouille stuffed mushrooms. For an entree, you can try one of the house specialties that are freshly grilled. Try the grilled Atlantic salmon or the milano Caprese panini! Fido's licking his chops just thinking about heading to Chow 118!
Does your dog like museums and hiking? Well, he can combine both in this neighborhood! Here, you can hike through the Paragould History Trail, which starts at a history museum before winding 1.3 miles through the woods and ending back at the Greene County Museum. If Fido's less interested in learning about historic events and more into chasing a tennis ball down a field, you can visit Harmon Park. Harmon was the first park in Paragould as intended for use as a playfield. This is exactly what the park has become and remained. Harmon has a walking track, different sporting fields, and great places to grill and throw a picnic! Don't forget to bring the tennis balls for Fido!
Does your dog thrive when he gets in touch with his wild side in the great outdoors? If you drive 18 minutes down US 49, you'll land at Crowley's Ridge State Park, which encompasses the hilly area of the ridge. You can hunt for geocaches along the trail system, which has 4 tiers of difficulty. There are also lakes to explore within the park, with plenty of water activities like canoeing, swimming, and fishing. Keep an eye out for migrating butterflies, songbirds, and the ducks and geese that migrate through this park each fall and spring. Fido can really get in touch with his primordial side at Crowley's Ridge!
Does your dog like spooking deer while he's trekking through the forest? On the Spider Creek Trail, deer pass through the .75-mile long loop trail that your doggo will love! The short trail is perfect for even smaller dogs who get tired after long walks. If your dog refuses to exercise, unless tennis balls are being thrown around for a game of fetch, you can head down to Center Hill Park. The park is right off Stidham Street, and walking the perimeter makes a relaxing stroll with Fido. This square area of field space is a perfect spot to bring your dog for a game of fetch!