A visit to the Spa City wouldn’t be complete without including the four-legged family members. With outdoor spaces to explore and accommodating lodging, Hot Springs is definitely a pet-friendly destination.
Hiking any of the many trails through Downtown and the surrounding natural areas is always a good choice for Fido. Lake Catherine and Lake Ouachita State Parks offer miles of scenic trails, meandering alongside just a few of the lakes the area is known for. Lake Catherine trails lead to a seasonal waterfall for a splash of fun.
If you’re looking for a relaxed afternoon taking in the historic sights, Bathhouse Row is the perfect place for a stroll with your pet. Take a detour up behind the bathhouses to the Grand Promenade for a quieter walk with plenty of grassy areas for play, and shady spots to cool off. The half-mile walks ends at Arlington Lawn, where more play and people-watching can be done.
Garvan Woodland Gardens also serves as an enjoyable, pet-friendly vacation stop. In the months of March and April, daffodils and tulips are in full bloom during Daffodil Days and Tulip Extravaganza, and the vibrant hues will make for the perfect backdrop to a nice outing with your pet. The Hot Springs Bark Park also offer off-the-leash fun for furry friends and is located within walking distance of the kid-friendly Hollywood Park.
Need a place to stay? Pet-friendly lodging is available in any form that fits your taste.
Lookout Point Lakeside Inn and Long Island Lake Resort, located on beautiful Lake Hamilton, welcome “dogs of all sizes.” Lookout Point also provides each four-legged guest with a special gift and personalized welcome note. Both hotels are conveniently located near several vacation must-dos.
If glamping in more your style, Catherine’s Landing Outdoor Destination offers accommodations for you and your pet.
Located in a former dairy pasture along Lake Catherine, near Carpenter Dam, this location has yurts, cabins, and RV hookups, as well as disc golf, ziplining and watersports all onsite. There are also walking trails to keep those wagging tails happy on your stay.
There are tons of ways to enjoy your stay in Hot Springs with your pet, and while it’s important to check with businesses about whether your furry friend is welcome, it’s worth bringing them along for the ride. Every dog has his day in Hot Springs!