The lovely city of Pine Bluff sits next to the mighty Arkansas River, and is a popular outdoor sporting area due to the varied terrain of rolling woodlands that soften into the flat, rich agricultural expanse of the river delta. Visitors to the area are eager to fish, hike, and explore the dog-friendly natural beauty of this vacation destination. It’s no surprise that the area welcomes outdoor enthusiasts and their four-legged companions.
The Bayou Meto State Game Area, just east of town, is one of the most popular duck hunting areas in the south. If you and your retriever decide to give it a go, get a good map and carry a compass. You’ll also need to pack in drinking water and waste supplies.
Byrd Lake Nature Trail is a short paved trail in the Byrd Lake Natural Area that can be accessed from Main St and 51st. The half-mile out and back trail begins at the natural area parking lot. It is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. A spur off of the loop leads to an overlook of Byrd Lake, where there are three benches for a quick rest. Dogs must remain on leash during the entire hike, and you’ll need to pack in doggy bags. This beautiful forest hike is shaded, but be sure to pack along plenty of drinking water for humans and dogs alike.
Oakland Park was the first recreational space in Pine Bluff and originally had a small amusement park, of which the rocket and swingset still remain. There is a moderate walking path around the adjacent pond that is used primarily for walking and jogging, and more than enough room to throw around a ball or Frisbee. There aren’t dog waste stations or dog-level water fountains, so be sure to bring along all the supplies you need.
Pine Bluff is a sportsman's paradise for doggos and their human companions. This quiet sports-tourism town welcomes pawsome pups just about anywhere.
You and your puppy pal will enjoy exploring the Delta Rivers Nature Center on the shores of the Arkansas River. There are 130 acres for exploring the wilderness, and unmarked nature trails crisscross the land. There aren’t maps or distinct trailheads, but leashed dogs are welcome in the walking areas. Outdoorsy types will love accessing Lake Langhofer and the Arkansas River from the Jefferson County Regional Park. Swimming, fishing, boating, and picnic areas will thrill the whole family. There’s also a playground, archery range, amphitheater, softball complex, and 18-hole golf course to round out the entertainment features. Overnight guests can stay at the Rising Star RV Park. Electric and water hookups are available. If you and Fido prefer to sleep under the stars, you can request a campsite with access to the pavilion, restrooms, showers, picnic sites and other amenities.
The Lake Saracen Landing Park features picnic shelters with grills, and is a beautiful place for you and Fido to take a quick afternoon break. You’ll need to bring a leash and bags for the day. Stock up on water for you and your pooch before you start the stunning five-mile walking trail that surrounds the lake. There are plenty of places to fish, splash in the water, or sit down to admire nature along the pathway. The fur-iendly trail winds through an old rail car turned into a bridge over Caney Bayou, and continues to Golden Lion Park. This park has a pavilion, benches, and picnic tables for a brief rest before you pass by Brump Bayou’s 300-foot fishing pier and a wildlife viewing area.
The longest bayou in the world runs through Pine Bluff. Water-loving dogs and their human paddlers can canoe or kayak down the gentle waters of Bartholomew Bayou from the Dr. Curtis Merrell Access Point. The parking area is located just off of I-530 at exit 43, with a small path leading to the concrete boat ramp. Paddlers can go about two miles upstream or downstream from the insertion point. The quiet wetlands corridor feels like a trip back in time, before urban development encroached on the greenbelt surrounding the Water Trail. Observe the abundant waterfowl, wading birds, turtles, and frogs as you and your tail-wagging friend paddle through the slow-moving waters of the bayou. You’ll also enjoy seeing the growth of young bald cypresses planted as part of a reforestation effort. After a long day of sightseeing, put your paws up at the Holiday Inn or Quality Inn, which both offer furrific accommodations for four-legged guests.
The downtown area is host to a number of museums within easy walking distance of one another. The real draw for you and your fluffy friend is the thirteen murals that adorn the walls of downtown landmarks. A short walk will allow Fido to stretch his legs while you learn 200 years of Pine Bluff history as told through these amazing public works of art. If you need some grassy space to cool down hot paws from the walk, head on over to the nearby Hutson Park. This simple park houses a playscape and a small, grassy play area for pups. Bring along water for your canine companion, as there aren’t any dog-friendly drinking stations available.
Central Park is the home of the Bloom Tennis Center, but it also has a small walking path that's perfect for an afternoon walk with your pup. With trees for shade, and a
large grassy area for romping, this community park will be sure to make your pup's tail wag! This simple park also houses a playscape for the kids, and pavilions and picninc areas for an outside meal or rest in the shade. There are restrooms, but be sure to bring a bowl for your pup to get some water at the fountains, and some clean up bags to keep the park pristine.