The county seat of White County in Arkansas has historical significance, particularly because of the Civil War events which happened nearby. This preserved history makes Searcy one of the most popular tourist destinations in North Arkansas. Dog owners have a surprisingly better attitude to life and are healthier than their counterparts without dogs, and people in Searcy know all about that! Not only do dogs keep their humans' health in tip-top shape, but Searcy dog owners can return the favor; the city is home to 5 veterinary services.
You are very welcome to explore the majestic downtown area of Searcy, or stop by Little Red River to enjoy the historic surroundings. But the real fun is waiting for your mutt in the southern part of the city, in Searcy Dog Park. This is a brand new place for canine visitors and their masters to play off-leash in the designated area from dawn to dusk. Bring your own water with you and start having fun!
You just have to visit a hiking trail set to the north of the city and close to Heber Springs. Josh Park Memorial Trail will provide you with an active outdoor adventure and a chance to get up-close and personal with some wildlife!
If you need a quick stop for a night or two, there are plenty of dog-friendly hotels at the intersection of East Race Avenue and U.S. Highway 64 suitable for different budgets and preferences. Pet fee is additional.
River Market is a busy shopping and commercial area on the southern bank of Arkansas River in Little Rock. You are welcome to explore the surroundings, visit museums, and walk along bustling local streets. Stretching all along the downtown waterfront, River Market District is an amazing place to bring your pooch with you to browse in some quirky shops or make yourself comfortable at the outdoor seating of a dog-friendly eatery. How about Cache Restaurant at South Rock Street, which has a friendly staff, mouthwatering meals, and a dog-friendly patio? Time to enjoy the bustling lifestyle of a big city! Don't forget to check out Clinton Presidential Center’s area with your pooch to have a nice on-leash walk.
Little Rock’s Downtown has plenty of activities for you to enjoy with your furry friend, from simple shopping and eating excursions to sightseeing and adventures on the river trail. McArthur Bark Park, set off River Marker and east of Mt Holly Cemetery, will be your pooch’s favorite place in the area. This spacious urban park has a double-gated entry, two separate sections for small and large pooches, lots of room to run, socialize, have fun and play fetch with canine friends! Need a break? The place has running water and benches just right for you. Looking for more quirky attractions to see? Pay a visit to Best Impressions Restaurant at the northwestern corner of the park, offering beautiful views of the park from the dog-friendly patio.
Heights is a western neighborhood of Little Rock that will surprise you with the number and sizes of recreation areas. A close neighbor of Cammack Village, Heights features at least four public parks and recreation areas, which all have an access point to Arkansas River, and an extensive golf course. You'll definitely want to visit Rebsamen Park, which has a lovely dog run for pups. Make sure to keep your pooch on the leash because it is a public park. If you want some off-leash fun, head straight to Murray Park, featuring two off-leash dog areas for different breeds and temperaments! This park is well-lit at night and has huge tubs to fill in with water to drink and splash.
Burns Park, located on the opposite side on Arkansas River in North Little Rock, is the largest park in the county, offering more than 1,700 acres open to families, groups of tourists and any two- or four-legged visitors. Fishing, camping, boating, a golf course and even an amusement park are available to enjoy and have a great day out. Your pooch will have a super fun time, too! The park has a special 3-acre fenced area with grass and shade. One acre belongs to shy and small pooches, and the rest is for active and large breeds. Many pooches and owners come here every day, making the place packed in the late evening and early morning. But don't worry! Grab some toys and join the local crowd in sporty activities. May the best dog win!
The northern part of Conway is a busy area with busy highways, shopping centers and dining areas with drive-throughs and outdoor seating. There are no big parks or recreation areas, but if you follow Lower Ridge Road to the east, it will lead you to Don Owner Sports Center where the beautiful dog-friendly gem is hidden. Conway Dog Park is located right behind the center, and has a nicely maintained fenced-in area divided into two sections for small and large pooches. You will have to bring your own toys and water with you because these aren't provided here. Afterward, stop by McAlister's Deli to grab a sandwich or other fresh lunch items. Your pup is welcome at the outdoor tables, and will even get a free water bowl!