Pet Friendly Hot Springs

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Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs
Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs

Enjoy outdoor adventures with your pup by exploring the natural wonders of Hot Springs. Hot Springs offers lakes, the Ouachita National forest, natural hot springs and spas, scenic roads, art, history, pet friendly lodging and more! 

Take a hike!

Hot Springs National Park in Hot Springs, which is surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest and houses famous Bathhouse Row, has over 25 miles of hiking trails, so plenty of terrain to explore with your pup. This national park protects naturally flowing thermal springs and has the distinction of being the first federally protected area in the nation. Of note, while dogs are allowed inside the park when leashed, they are not allowed inside park buildings unless they are service animals.

Explore downtown!

If strolling is more your speed, you can walk Central Avenue downtown to take in the architecture of Bathhouse Row. The half-mile Grand Promenade that can be accessed from Bathhouse Row is also a nice option to walk with your dog. It offers a shady tree lined route that is paved with red brick and connects with the national park trails. Central Avenue is lined with art galleries, shops and restaurants, coffee shops, and more and some eateries in town house outdoor patios and tables that are pet friendly. 

Visit the Gardens!

Garvan Woodland Gardens is located on the shores of Lake Hamilton. Popular garden attractions include the beautiful Anthony Chapel, which has a 57-foot open-rafter ceiling and the Joy Manning Scott Full Moon Bridge. Pets are allowed in the gardens with an entry fee but no pets are allowed during their annual Holiday Lights event.

Garvan Woodland Gardens
Explore a state park!

If you want more outdoor action, Lake Catherine State Park is about 10 miles away from Garvan Woodland Gardens. The park is on the shore of Lake Catherine and hikes there lead to a popular seasonal waterfall. Pups are welcome at state parks but of note, they must be on a leash. Lake Ouachita State Park, located on the eastern shore of Lake Ouachita (the largest lake in the state) is another state park option in the area. The park is about 35 minutes or so from downtown Hot Springs. Both options offer peaceful surroundings via which to enjoy a picnic, the lake and hikes and both have cabins that are pet friendly. 

Lake Catherine State Park

Enjoy the view! 

There are many parks to enjoy views of the lakes in the area including Hill Wheatley Park, which has views of Lake Hamilton. The park has a hiking trail and is on the northern tip of the lake. 

Grab a brew!

Many spots in town are pet friendly like Superior Bathhouse Brewery, the first brewery located in a national park and the only brewery in the world that uses thermal spring water to create craft beers. 
 
Rest!

There are many pet friendly lodging options in town. Options range from staying at a B&B such as Lookout Point Lakeside Inn to camping at Gulpha Gorge Campground. Other pet friendly lodging options can be found at arkansas.com/places-to-stay/.