A growing Arkansas town filled with historic downtown areas, large recreational complexes, and multiple institutes of higher education, it’s no surprise that Rogers has quickly become the one of the largest cities in the entire state. With all that growth comes new opportunities to enjoy all the town has to offer alongside your four-legged best friend.
The towns’ dog park is the Murphy Memorial Dog Park. This park has the standard large and small-sized dog play areas, but also maintains an additional training yard. Named for a young dog-lover who passed away after a battle with cancer, the dog park is beloved by locals and is frequently full of happy pooches and their owners. Amenities include shade, toys, water, and a kiddie pool.
Rogers is also the home of Arkansas’ largest state park, the Hobbes State Park Conversation Area, or HSPCA. Bordering the massive Beaver Lake, the 12,000-acre park contains diverse ecosystems and landscapes. On-leash dogs are welcome to enter the park after the owner has paid the standard entrance fee. There, guests of the HSPCA can see the area’s beautiful valleys, oak forests, and limestone caves.
Speaking of limestone caves – only one cave tour in the area allows dogs! War Eagle Cavern accommodates leashed dogs on cave tours for no addition fee. The cavern maintains a temperature of almost sixty degrees year-round, throughout the streams, waterfalls, and limestone formations in the cave. It is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
Saturdays are for splashing! Sundays are for swimming! That’s why it’s worth driving a quick 30 minutes from Rogers to Fayetteville, Arkansas to visit the IAMS Dog Park. It’s always pretty warm in the south, but especially hot in the summer. This park has everything dogs need to cool off: a swimming lake and doggy drinking fountains. Pups will love running around the large, open grassy field and stopping at one of the fire hydrant fountains for a sip. When they get too warm, they can relax on the beach lake or catch runaway tennis balls in the water. The park is divided into two areas, one for large dogs and another for small dogs and puppies. Pet parents can enjoy lunch at a picnic table while the fur babies roughhouse. Park management has supplied doggy waste stations, so be sure to make good use of them. This dog park is part of a larger Bryce Davis Park and is accessed by Bryce Davis Trail. After the dogs are done playing, pop on a leash and take a walk through the shady trees.
Ready, set… sit. Stay! No, really, stay! At Murphy Memorial Dog Park, owners can take their dogs to either play or learn. With an area for small dogs, an area for large dogs, and an exclusive training yard, why not both? Where else do dogs have the opportunity to master the art of behaving, then forget everything they know for the sake of the chase? Located just south of the town center, this park offers great access to people from all over Murphy as well as surrounding neighborhoods. It’s named in honor of Ryan Murphy, a young man who helped found the park before he lost his battle with cancer. He sure did a good deed. Dogs will be delighted with the plethora of chew toys to play and the free water. Parents will love the doggie bath tub, where pets can be washed and dried to avoid dirtying the car seats.
Spanning three counties in Arkansas, Hobbs State Park Conservation Area is a 12,000 preserve on the border of Beaver Lake, just 10 miles east of Rogers. Whatever you like to do outside, you can do it here. Whether it’s running, biking, or hiking, dogs are welcome to join their owners on any of the trail loops. Some are as short as 0.5 miles, while some are as long as 24 miles! Those of you that aren’t marathon runners will enjoy the 4 to 9 mile loops, climbing 200 to 300 feet in elevation through oak and hickory forests! Dogs must stay on-leash and owners must clean up their waste. Keep an eye out for wildlife of all types - plants, colorful butterflies, overgrown squirrels, and Monty Python rabbits. Or, if killing and eating wild animals is more your thing, visit Hobbs’ website for information on their hunting seasons. Since they’re descended from wolves, dogs undoubtedly love anything remotely related to hunting and/or eating.
In most families, children steal the show for at least 18 years, if not more. But as soon as those little soccer-starring baseball-batting overachievers have moved out of the house, it’s time for the family dog to shine. Phenom-A-Dog was started to bring out the best in our canine companions. Specializing in training, boarding, grooming, and all-around fun, this unique company is a fantastic in-town getaway treat for your furry family member(s). Drop your dog off for some playtime, bath time, maybe a haircut, or some agility training. If you’ve got to leave town around the holidays, make a reservation as soon as possible, because spots fill up quickly.
Adjacent to Rogers in Bentonille, Arkansas, Camp Bow Wow is a dog’s idea of a relaxing playdate. Treat them to a Pawdicure, or splurge on the Ultimutt Bath! Fido’s not listening to you lately? Clean the wax out of their ears with the Ear Cleaning treatment. Okay, so most of that stuff is more exciting for the human, but really, dogs will love this place! They will be divided into groups based on size and temperament for socialization. The yard is stocked with Astroturf, stairs to climb, and even bone-shaped swimming pools. Best of all, parents can watch their pups online at on the Camper Cams. Camp Bow Wow staff guarantees that pups will only be in their crates (which have fluffy beds) for mealtime and bedtime. Doggy daycare is available by appointment and boarding is available 7 days a week.