“Where the Best Begins” is the motto of the small but friendly community of West Fork, a city in Washington County, Arkansas. Surrounded by the Ozark Mountains, West Fork is set ten miles south of Fayetteville and a half-hour drive from Tyson. The White River flows alongside the aptly named Riverside Park, the main venue for entertainment, events, and outdoor activities in the city. There are plenty of trails in other parks, as well as two veterinary clinics and more pet-friendly facilities in the vicinity.
Riverside Park is the most animated green space in West Fork, welcoming visitors and locals to spend some quality time outdoors with their families (furry members included, of course). Located in the heart of the city, the park is the perfect place to come by with a leashed pooch and explore the lush area! Walking trails, playground equipment, and friendly people – this park has all the key components for a great day out!
However, if you want some real off-leash fun and a less crowded place, Lake Wilson Park at the northern end of West Fork is just perfect for you! Apart from the walking trails, the park has a small off-leash area with grass and access to the water.
If you're ready to challenge your pup with miles of walking trails, breathtaking adventures inside caves, and maybe a bit of camping, Devil’s Den State Park is the pawfect place! Located at the very southern end of West Fork, this lush valley features an expansive area to explore with your leashed dog. Start at Fossil Flats Trailhead, a system of hiking trails leading to caves and bluffs. Change to Devil Den’s Cave, another prominent and must-see spot, and hike with your pooch, overlooking Lee Creek before jumping on another adventurous path at the Ozark National Forest Trailhead. Be sure to bring plenty of water and waste baggies for all your hiking adventures!
Occupying the western part of Fayetteville, AR, White Rock is an expansive neighborhood centered on West Wedington Drive featuring plenty of shops and eateries and several recreation areas where you can play fetch with a pup. Make sure to pay a visit to Bryce Davis Park, a spacious city park with a gazebo and a 3-acre fenced dog park. The trail will lead you to two enclosures: one is for small pups and the other is for large hounds. Finish your day with chicken wings and a dozen sauces to choose from at Slim Chickens, which has outdoor tables that welcome pups.
East Township Street runs throughout the northeastern part of Fayetteville, connecting together several spots with dog-friendly outdoor activities! Scull Creek Trail, with the trailhead in Gordon Long Park, is 4.4 miles of fun with a 12-foot wide paved surface. This is the backbone of the main trail system in Fayetteville and a great adventure for your furry friend. But beware of rollerskaters! Don't want to compete with rollerbladers? Gulley Park, further east along the street, is probably one of the pet-friendliest parks in Fayetteville. Pooches should stay on their leash but are otherwise welcome to play and walk with their parents on trails and away from the children's playground. Time to play fetch!
McNair is another sprawling neighborhood in Fayetteville, located in the southern part of the city. The University of Arkansas campus is just a few blocks away. There are plenty of pet-friendly eateries in this buzzing part of town, and some shopping venues allow pooches inside! Enjoy all your Mexican favorites at the outdoor tables at Rolando’s Restaurante, or the whimsical atmosphere of Little Bread Company, a small bakery which, apart from pastries, offers deals for breakfast and coffee. If you don't like shopping alone, you can take your pooch with you! Something Urban is a clothing store which welcomes you and your buddy to check out the last trends in fashion.
Prairie Grove is a small town in Washington County that's less than 30 minutes west of West Fork. It's best known as the site of Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. The park can be found in northern Prairie Grove, on East Douglas Street. This historically significant Civil War battle site offers walking tours throughout the park. This is the best way to get cultured with your fur baby and have some fun at the same time! The park features a spacious area and walking trails where you can enjoy a fulfilling walk. Waste disposal bags are not available, and neither is drinking water, so be sure to bring plenty with you.