If you and your pup want to go on a furrific walk through a peaceful nature preserve, Sandtown Nature Trail is perfect for you! This lovely mile-long loop trail is paved and mostly flat, making it easy for dogs to walk on. Pups are welcome to join you on the trail on-leash.
When you head out onto the trail, the first thing you’ll see is the beautiful Arkansas River. This river is home to bald eagles and hawks who fish in the calm water. As you walk along the first part of the trail, you’ll see numerous shaded benches where you can relax and enjoy views of the river. You can also go fishing here if you’d like.
The next part of the trail turns inland and takes you into a hardwood forest. This part of the trail is shady, and it’s filled with unique wildlife, including raccoons, armadillos, bobcats, squirrels, songbirds, foxes, and deer. If you’d like to take a break during your hike, there are also plenty of benches available on this part of the trail.
The final portion of the trail takes you through a wetland area filled with tall native grass. This wetland is a popular place to go birding — mallards, gadwalls, and other waterfowl call this area home. After you walk through this beautiful section of the trail, you’ll end up back where you started at the Sandtown Nature Trail trailhead. Parking and restrooms are available at the trailhead. There’s also an informational kiosk here that offers lots of information about the trail itself and the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Sandtown Nature Trail is a fun, scenic trail that’s full of interesting sights and native wildlife. Remember to bring some doggy bags with you so you can clean up after your dog during your hike, and have a pawsitively amazing time trekking here!
There’s no water available on the Sandtown Nature Trail — be sure to bring a couple bottles with you. Also, be aware that there’s limited shade on the portions of the trail go along the river and through the wetlands. Be sure to give your dog extra water as you go through these sections.