West Memphis is considered a large city in its county in Arkansas. It ranks 18th in size in the state. The city offers two pet-friendly restaurants with outdoor patios for your pup's enjoyment and your convenience. You can rest assured knowing that you will be well-prepared for your stay or your move to West Memphis, as it's home to two animal hospitals right in town, with friendly and professional staff that are happy to help keep your dog’s tail wagging with a vengeance. Leashes are required in this town, and the streets can get quite busy at times. A non-retractable leash is recommended for maximum safety in cases of emergencies where quick control of your dog is vital.
West Memphis cradles the Mississippi River, so it would truly be a shame to visit this pretty little town without exploring the waterfront. Your dog will make fast friends here with other pups on hot days, so be sure to keep towels handy in case everyone decides to have a little too much pupperific fun in the sun! The city has many small neighborhoods that spread out in different directions, so there is plenty to sniff and see while you are in this town, whether you are passing through or seeking out a dream home for you and Spot.
Directly across the Mississippi about 9 miles east, the urban metropolis of Memphis, Tennessee offers a ton of access to dog-friendly establishments, events, and entertainment! Smack dab in the middle of the Regional Medical Center, there is a Barking Lot Pop Up Dog Park that lets dogs in the area stretch their legs in a safe, fenced-in area and provides benches for owners to take a load off. If you’re looking to relax and have fun with your pooch, High Cotton Brewing Co. loves dogs! They allow dogs to accompany human companions while you let loose and enjoy a few beers.
Sixteen minutes east on Interstate 40, the Uptown neighborhood is situated overlooking the Wolf River Harbor and the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River Greenbelt Park spans 102 acres and allows fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and hiking; well-behaved, leashed doggies are welcomed to enjoy the park’s amenities, but they are prohibited from going in the water. Malone Park, Greenlaw Park, and Washington Park are other local areas that provide open spaces and sidewalks where you can walk your on-leash dog in Uptown. Bass Pro Shops allow dogs to shop their massive 535,000 square foot store and view their wilderness hotel known as Big Cypress Lodge! It features about 600,000 gallons' worth of water features, an alligator habitat, and underwater aquariums that are sure to keep your pup entertained for hours.
A short 11-mile drive east of West Memphis will take you to the dog-friendly community of Midtown, which is conveniently accessible from Interstate 240 and Interstate 40. Overton Park is plotted on 342 acres and includes a 9-hole golf course, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis College of Art, Memphis Zoo, Rainbow Lake, Veterans Plaza, and the 126-acre Old Forest State Natural Area! Leashed dogs can enjoy the open spaces and walking paths located throughout the park. Or, for some fun off-leash playtime, they can stop by the dog park on the property. Overton Bark has separate areas for small and large dogs, water fountains, obstacle course, and cleanup stations!
The family-friendly community of Cooper-Young is 12 miles east of West Memphis and offers plenty of dining and entertainment. Memphis Dog Park features designated play areas for large and small dogs where your pooch can exercise and socialize in a safe, fenced-in space! If you’re feeling a bit parched, grab a drink at the Memphis Made Brewing Co., which occasionally features live music out on the patio where you and Fido can have a front-row seat. Stomach growling? Soul Fish Café, Tart, Celtic Crossing, Tsunami, Alchemy, Mulan Asian Bistro, Young Avenue Deli, and Café Ole are other restaurants that cater to dogs in Cooper-Young!