Bowling Green currently sits as the sixth-most populated city in Kentucky (behind Lexington-Fayette, Meads, Ironville, Louisville, and Lexington) and was recently (2014) listed as a phenomenal place to retire by Forbes.com and magazine. Dog owners agree as some estimates peg that there are almost 14,000 dogs living in Bowling Green. This means there are plenty of dog-friendly places to visit in the city while you are here.
Lost River Cave is great for hiking and much more with a little bit of everything for everyone. They have two miles of hiking trails along bluffs, natural springs, and even a waterfall. There are also old buildings that were used for housing dynamite years ago and so many wild animals you will surely run into one. Lost River Cave has plenty of things for kids to do too, with boat tours, a junior guide program, treasure mining, butterfly habitat, and geocaching.
Mammoth Cave National Park has more than 84 miles of trails from one to eight miles that range from easy to difficult. There are campsites and restrooms at many spots on the trails, and showers and a supply store on the Amphitheater Trail in case you need anything. If you would rather not sleep in the woods, there is a hotel you can take advantage of so enjoy your stay in Bowling Green.
This dog-friendly Tennessee city is located about 32 miles south of Bowling Green, Kentucky, but it's worth the drive! It is home to the Meadowbark Park. This dog park is located inside a regular park for humans. Your pooch will enjoy this fully fenced-in, grassy park. If you are worried about size, this park offers two separate fenced in areas for smaller dogs and larger dogs. This is an off-leash dog park, but your pooch must be up to date on their vaccines and also be wearing a collar with current tags. Your pup will have a paw-tastic time exploring this large area. The park offers water fountains for your pooch and benches with shaded tents for the owners. If you want to explore areas of the park outside the dog park, make sure Fido’s on his leash.
If you are looking to get in some exercise with your pooch, Whitehouse, Tennessee is a great place to go. It’s 40 minutes away from Bowling Green, but it has plenty of fun for the whole family. Grab your pup’s leash and some water to explore the White House Walking Trail. You will soak up some natural beauty with your canine companion on this 3.6-mile trail. Just keep in mind the trails are asphalt -- when it gets hot, your pup’s paws could get burnt. There are several spots to stop along the walking trail for you and your pooch to rest. Grab your walking shoes and enjoy this nature walk with your pooch.
If you’re looking to bond with your canine companion over a meal or a quick treat, you have to visit Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers. This restaurant is dog-friendly and has great food, so grab your pooch and their leash and head on over for a bite to eat. The staff is very friendly and accommodating, and are sure to treat your pup like one of their own. Your dog is welcome to dine with you on the patio tables outside, which are shaded with umbrellas to make you and your pooch more comfortable on those dog days of summer.
Are you and Fido hankering for a bite to eat? Then Northern Bowling Green is where you want to be! The neighborhood, which is home to Western Kentucky University, has plenty of pet-friendly eateries where you and Fido can grab some grub. You and your pawesome pal can get just about anything you’re craving, from American to Mediterranean fare, at The Bistro. Looking to spice things up somewhere a little more upscale? Check out 440 Main, which serves up mouth-watering Cajun dishes 6 days a week. Fido’s allowed to beg you for a bite at the outdoor tables.