Kentucky is an excellent place for tourists, but when it comes to pooches, you might feel a little short on entertainment. Central City, for example, a town set midway between Louisville and Nashville, is a beautiful place! However, it has only one open-air park, which is a vast field with grass and amphitheater for concerts and performances. You will also find a beautiful RV park (with pet-friendly options!) and some fast food eateries for a quick pit-stop. The city also has a veterinary hospital.
Lu-Ray Park & Amphitheater is a local entertainment venue with open-air concerts and social events happening year-round! The park has no fence but features plenty of room to sniff and explore with your leashed Fido. Puppies can also accompany you during concerts or any other events! If you are planning to stay for a while, bring some food, water, and waste baggies with you. The tables here are quite comfortable!
However, if you want to feel the real vibe of rural Kentucky, pay a visit to Western Kentucky RV Park, a 50-site campground! The campground is set in the southern part of the city and has everything you and Fido could pawssibly want or need: cabins, electricity, and entertainment!
Southeast is a mixed-use neighborhood in Owensboro, outlined by Wendell Ford Expressway. The area is quite expansive and close to downtown attractions. However, there’s plenty to sniff out in the neighborhood itself. You will find several small public parks and a vast golf course here. The commercial attractions, including cafes and shops, stretch along East Parrish Avenue. Owensboro Dog Park Association is a pawfect place for your puppy! Located just next to Horse Fork, the park is a local favorite spot for dog owners. It features a vast fenced field with plenty of room to run and beautiful green grass to wallow in. The park is also open 24 hours!
Primarily residential, Bowling Green is a friendly neighborhood in the western part of Bowling Green. It features medium-sized and small single-family homes and apartment complexes. The most notable local attraction here is H.P. Thomas Park on Cave Mill Road. It’s a family-friendly venue occupying about 17 acres of land featuring a playground, grill stations, and much more! Your puppy will love exploring the endless space of the local Bark Park. Two fenced areas – for small and large puppies – are perfect for making new friends and playing. And on the perimeter of the park, you'll find a walking trail for an easy on-leash walk in the shade.
College Hill Historic District in Bowling Green has eight areas listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It's a mixed-use neighborhood with commercial and government buildings and a well-developed business environment as well as a residential area. You'll also find a few snifftastic pet-friendly places here! You can start your walking adventure in Fountain Square Park in the heart of College Hill Historic District. It’s a pawpular venue with historic monuments and plenty of shade. RiverWalk at Mitch McConnell Park should be your next destination. It’s a beautiful park with a multi-purpose walking trail along the Barren River. Keep in mind that Fido should always be on-leash.
Blue Heron Way is tucked along Freeman Lake in the northern part of central Elizabethtown, Kentucky. It’s a friendly place with natural rural vibes just a bone's throw away from downtown! The park, centered on the lake, is a beautiful place to visit with family or friends! Endless fishing and boating opportunities and a tennis complex for those who don’t like to stay put are just a few things this park has to offer. Shaded walking trails and loops will lead you along the shoreline, offering a scenic riverfront walk. There’s also a dog park for your pooch! Etown Dog Park, also known as Freeman Lake Dog Park, is a fenced doggy spot with two separate sections, drinking water, and friendly frequents to play with!
Whiskey Run and Caney Creek run through the city center of Greenville. The city's Main Street is a busy area with constant traffic and plenty of stores and amenities. It's also one of the most affordable urban neighborhoods in the vicinity, featuring high-rise apartments and medium-sized single-family homes. This makes it an amazing place to have a stroll, especially if you head to the northern part of City Center. Muhlenberg County Rail-Trail is a cool 6-mile walking adventure in southern Kentucky stretching from Central City to South Greenville. This rural path is pawpular with local dog owners and suits perfect for a snifftastic adventure!