Families who travel with their furry friends will find a ton of fun in Glasgow, Kentucky. The Bluegrass State is full of great walks and hikes, canoe trips, and dog-friendly beaches. There are also plenty of pet-friendly accommodations and lots of RV parking.
Try hiking the Shaun Steenbergen Memorial Nature Trail from the Tailwater Watchable Wildlife Area accessible by turning left just before you reach the dam to Barren Lake. A wildlife viewing shelter offers visitors a place to rest and watch wildlife without disturbing the woods. The viewing area is frequented by great horned owls, white-tailed deer, eastern wild turkey, cotton-tailed rabbit, and chipmunks.
Enjoy a quieter park experience at Twyman Park with a walk that will make your dog’s tail wag. There is a playground for smaller kids and a horseshoe pit for adults to engage in a friendly competition. A gazebo provides the perfect resting place in the shade for tired pooches, but if that’s already occupied, stroll over to the two big covered shelters near the outdoor basketball court.
If you like discovering unique out of the way stores and great food, then you’ll love Paradise Point. This area near the Barren River Lake has a quirky store filled with fun local treasure and the best hot dogs in the state. Hank, the store mascot, welcomes all visitors with a friendly wag and sniff and is always available to share your lunch if you’re willing. Four-legged friends are a staple of conversation around the outdoor tables and have a good view of the wildlife on the river.
Glasgow is a super place to visit with your canine companion, where any and every type of well-behaved dog is always welcome. With 80 square miles of green space where doggos can play, you won’t run out of fun places to sniff out!
The Tailwater Campground has 48 pup-friendly campsites located along the Barren River, just below the dam. The whole family will enjoy the active campground where pawpular activities abound near the unique Tailwaters of the main lake. A playground, beach volleyball court, and horseshoe pit are sure to keep you busy. A large grassy field is just right for a fun game of tag, fetch, or tossing a Frisbee. The gravel roads are well-graded and easy to navigate. The short walk of less than a mile down to the lake shoreline brings pooches to paw-adise where they can enjoy a splashin’ good time on the pup-friendly beach. After a long, hot day in the sun, you can head into the surrounding woods for a quiet retreat from the day, and a little shade to cool off. Be sure you bring clean water and a bowl for your pup, along with some waste bags to clean up.
American Legion Park has a small walking path that's perfect for an afternoon walk with your pup. With three shelters for an outside meal or rest in the shade and a large grassy area for romping, this pawsome community park will get your doggo’s tail waggin’. There is a playscape for smaller kids and a 9-hole disc golf course for fans of the sport. There are also restrooms, but be sure to bring a bowl for your pup to get some water at the fountains, and some cleanup bags to keep the park pristine. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites welcomes tired pups and their owners after a long day discovering new adventures.
If your dog likes to get outdoors to meet other friendly furballs, he or she will LOVE the dog park at Weldon Park. Puppies of all shapes and sizes enjoy visiting Wags at Weldon. It's the only designated off-leash play area for pups to come together for a little fun and exercise. Your dog can pawfect his skills on the agility course at the park or keep his sniffer busy. There are waste bags and bins on site, but bring your own water and bowl to rehydrate your pup from all of the pack play that takes place at this furrific dog park. When you need a quiet place to lay your heads at night, you and Fido can get a great night’s sleep at either the Quality Inn or Days Inn.
Gorin Park houses the local high school baseball field and tennis courts, but the vast city park has amenities for everyone. Kids will stay busy at the outdoor basketball courts and two playgrounds, while you and your fluffy friend take an afternoon walk. Large grassy areas are available for a day in the sun, or you can both find refuge in the shaded pavilion to cool off on a hot summer day. Picnic tables are available for an outside meal or a quick place to rest tired paws. Three restroom areas will make it simple to clean up after yourselves, but there aren’t any dog-level drinking fountains in this busy park, so be sure to tote in a bowl so Fido can grab a quick drink from a fountain.
Dogs of all sizes are welcome at The Narrows Campground in the nearby town of Lucas, but they must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet when outside of your vehicle. This 92-site campground has electric and water hookups and offers a wide array of fun activities like a playground and swimming area. Doggos will love splashing on the beach and in the lake, and good dogs can go fishing on the lake if they’re content staying quiet. If you don’t have your own boat, you and your favorite friend can have a puptastic adventure on the lake by renting a pontoon boat. The Peninsula Marina has a few pup jackets on hand if your little one isn’t a good swimmer.