For a pawtastic weekend getaway in northern Arkansas, head to Bull Shoals-White River State Park! Nestled among the scenic Ozark Mountains, this 732-acre site lies along the shores of both the White River and Bull Shoals Lake. Though it is best known for being a premier fishing and boating spot, the park also offers excellent hiking, mountain biking, and camping opportunities. Four-legged adventurers are welcome, so bring your furry BFF along!
Make your way down into the park, and you and Fido will find over 100 campsites situated on a bend of the White River. Most of the sites are equipped with water and electric hookups, and a sanitary dump station and modern bathhouses are conveniently located in the campground. If you don't have your own equipment, the park offers one Rent-a-Camp and three Rent-an-RV units. There are 20 tent sites at the edge of the forest as well if you and your pooch are up for a primitive experience.
Hit the hiking trails and discover the natural beauty of the area with your adventurous pupper. Wildflower enthusiasts, don't miss the 1.75-mile Big Bluff Trail! The first part of this loop will have you and Fido following the route of the old railroad tram that brought in the materials used to build Bull Shoals Dam. After you cross the paved road, you'll find yourselves hiking up to an area with pawsome views of the water and the Ozark hill country. The trail then runs through mature deciduous forests and cedar glades where colorful wildflowers bloom.
For an easier but just as pretty hike, check out the 0.75-mile Gaston Wildflower Garden Trail, which winds through 3 acres of wildflowers that constantly change throughout the season. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you and your pup stroll along this trail.
Wherever you go in the park, be sure to always keep your pooch on a leash and clean up after them. A woofderful experience awaits at Bull Shoals-White River State Park!