River Oaks is a small destination with big value. When compared to the sprawling expanse of neighboring Fort Worth, River Oaks is tiny, but not forgotten. This suburban town has a veterinary hospital all its own. It also has an amazing, dog-friendly restaurant: J’s Casa Burger, where homemade American classics like burgers and fries are made fresh, hot, and better than ever.
River Oaks also borders Marion Samson Park. This amazing park is a great place to take your dog if both of you like a workout. There are biking and hiking trails that aren’t for the faint of heart, so bring a backpack, water, and your camera--word has it that there are fossils to be found in the rocks out here!
If you’re looking for an easier walk, check out the YMCA’s Camp Carter. Where it borders the West Fork Trinity River is a great place to take an easy walk by the water. Park in the YMCA parking lot, but be aware of events that make parking hard to come by.
Even though it’s not as large as Fort Worth, River Oaks is stacked with natural beauty and has lots of doggie dining options for people looking to share a vacation meal with their pup.
The Keenum-Shelton Dog Park is a hidden gem nestled in Lake Worth. Only five miles from River Oaks, it’s a pupperific place for your dog to ditch his leash and run with reckless abandonment. Your pooch can mingle with the neighborhood pups while spending some time under the sun. He’ll love showing off his athletic ability as he moves through the obstacles course toys. This park even has a separate area for small dogs, so everyone can enjoy the park at their own speed. Pet parents can throw a ball for their fur babies or relax on one of the benches. There are also water fountains, so make sure your pal takes a drink break.
Arlington Heights is home to Trinity Park. Located five miles south of River Oaks in Fort Worth, this scenic park is situated right on the banks of the Trinity River. Leash up your pup and follow one of the trails to get your dog’s heart rate pumping, or take a leisurely stroll around the duck pond. After your trip to the park, head over to the nearby Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen for some fried catfish or giant shrimp. If seafood isn’t your thing, the Gardens Restaurant has a delicious assortment of salads, soups, sandwiches and desserts. Both of these establishments have outdoor pet friendly seating so your pup can tag along.
If River Oaks is just a stop on your itinerary, don’t worry, there are plenty of nearby pet friendly hotels to choose from. Head over to the Northeast area of Fort Worth for a pupperific selection. Your pup can get some shut eye at Hyatt Place Historic Stockyard. All rooms are pet friendly and the fee is minimal. For a small fee, Country Inn and Suites Fort Worth also welcomes four legged guests. Motel 6 Fort Worth Sundance Square is another dog loving hotel. Pups of any size can stay here for no additional fee. What a fetching good deal!
After a long day of lying around the house, your furry friend needs a place to run free, so head over to ZBons Dog Park in Ridglea Hills. Just seven miles south of River Oaks in Fort Worth, this dog park sprawls across 10 acres, divided into seven acres for large dogs and three acres for the petite pooches. Not only can your dog make new friends, she can also practice her agility skills on the obstacles, or go for a swim in one of the ponds. This park will keep her busy until she’s all tuckered out and ready to head home.
Head seven miles northwest of River Oaks and you’ll come to the Fort Worth neighborhood of Far West, home to the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. This beautiful natural area covers over 3,500 acres and is a pupstastic spot to spend some outdoor time with your faithful canine companion. There are 12 trails ranging from under a half a mile to 3.37 miles. Escape the cares of everyday life as you wander through ancient forests, wetlands, grasslands and clusters of oak trees. Your dog will get excellent views of Lake Worth and the West Fork of the Trinity River. Sounds pawsitively amazing!