The pet-friendliness is as big as everything else in Texas in the friendly neighborhoods of Harker Heights, Texas. Most locals just call this city the "Heights." The city was incorporated in 1960 and got its name from its founder, a hog farmer named Harley Kern. Though it was originally a United States Army post, the civilian population around the post expanded quickly. Like many cities in Texas, the Heights' locals love their neighbors, both four-legged and two. Harker Heights has tons of public outdoor areas, like community gardens and public green spaces, inviting citizens to get outside and enjoy the fresh Texas air.
Pet owners love that there are 7 veterinarians, 6 parks, and 10 groomers right within the city limits of Harker Heights. Also frequented by dog owners are the two trails in the eastern region of the Heights. You and Fido can grab the leash and lace up your hiking boots to trek across the Dana Peak Park Trail or Twin Peaks Loop Trail. Also in town are 6 pawesome restaurants that are dog-friendly and will let you bring your dog with you so Fido can sit in the outdoor seating area. You can always take a stroll to the city limits and overlook the Stillhouse Hollow Lake on the Lampasas River.
It's beautiful here in "Bark-er Heights!"
Does your dog love dishes like Pad Thai and Nam Sod? Then he'll love living in the Chantz Shawn neighborhood, where you can find the dog-friendly restaurant, Thai Thai. Your dog will "bark bark" at all the amazing flavors on offer at Thai Thai! Best reason to visit (besides the delicious food) is the amazing dog-friendly atmosphere at this local Asian restaurant. You get a sampling of Thailand with dishes like Mussaman Curry, Bun Thit Noung, and the classic noodle dish, Pad Thai! Grab your appetite and your dog's leash and head out!
Does your dog like trekking through rolling hills to get a glimpse of a view that will take his "bark" away? Then you and your Fido will love visiting the Ridge neighborhood. The Ridge is in the eastern part of Harker Heights and hugs right up against the Stillhouse Hollow Lake. You can visit the Dana Peak Park which offers a trail to follow toward the shoreline of the lake. You can camp, hike, fish, hunt, and more at Dana Peak. Most of the campgrounds are located right along the shore of the lake, making this park a majestic place to spend the weekend with your dog!
Does your dog love to be part of the community? If your Fido is a socialite, then he'll love living in the Knights Ridge neighborhood, where he can visit the Harker Heights Community Park. The 62-acre park has 4 softball fields, 4 baseball fields, and playground equipment for the humans. For the doggos, this park has an open play area, a picnic area, and the Kyle Hilliard Walking Trail where you and Fido can have some fun in the sun! Be sure to bring plenty of waste bags and water along with you for your adventures at this furrific park.
If your dog is a frisbee fanatic, then he'll love living the Skipcha South neighborhood. From here, you can visit the 35-acre Purser Family Park. Purser has a disc course where you can bring your dog along. If your pup is more interested in playing with other pooches, there is an off-leash dog park where he can chase some new canine companions in one of two fenced-in areas for small and large dogs. After a day at the park, you can head to the dog-friendly Bahama Bucks for a refreshing smoothie, soda, or shaved iced that will cool you down after a hot day!
Does your dog live in Texas but have Louisiana on his taste buds? The doggos who were born on a bayou will feel right at home in the Union Grove neighborhood! One of the neighborhood's favorite local spots is Razzoo's Cajun Cafe. You can get the house specialty — Grilled Gator Tail with BBQ "Ouch" Sauce. This Creole restaurant has all the favorites, like fried oysters, jalapeno catfish, and jambalaya pasta. Try them all with your pup right by your side! (If you plan on sharing your grub with your pooch, remember that dogs and spicy food don't mix! Ask your waiter to prepare an unseasoned dish so Fido doesn't get an upset tummy.)