Saturday, September 24, 2016

100 Places To See With Your Dog: Eureka Springs, Arkansas

They call Arkansas THE NATURAL STATE for a reason.  The natural beauty throughout the state is simply gorgeous!  Arkansas happens to also be a very dog friendly destination.  When we first discovered Arkansas, it was just a place to stop over on our cross country route with our dogs.  What a surprise when we discovered all the natural beauty and all the places you can bring your dog!  That's when we fell in love with The Natural State.

One of the many cool springs in Eureka Springs,  in Northern Arkansas
 When I started researching dog friendly places in Arkansas, I learned about all the wonderful areas to visit with your dog throughout Arkansas.  Eureka Springs, located in the Northwestern part of the state, lies deep in the magnificent Ozark Mountains.  It's a beautifully quaint, historic town and perfect for a holiday with your dog!




One of the quaint little landscaped nooks around the town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas
There's lots to do in Eureka Springs, most of it centering around historic places and outdoor activities.  There are over 25 miles of deep woods trails or paved paths, easily accessible
from the town of  Eureka Springs.  Visit the Eureka Springs Trails web site for more information and maps.



The central "Square" in the town of Eureka where people gather to relax or listen to some street music.
We really enjoyed the Historic Loop Walk that traverses around the town of Eureka Springs.  There are dozens of beautiful historic homes to see along the walk, as well as many natural cool springs. 

Steps leading down to Eureka's central gathering place.


As you walk through the town and around the Historic Loop, stop to enjoy some of the beautifully landscaped cold spring areas.  As you can see, the town has landscaped these spring areas beautifully!


If you still have some energy left after the Historic Loop, visit Lake Leatherwood.  It's a 1610 acre recreation area with over 25 miles of hiking and biking trails around a spring fed lake. 


Black Bass Lake is another area to visit.  It's got 2 miles of trails and bluffs surrounding it, and includes a half mile trail that is handicapped accessible.  This is great because not all areas of this mountain town are accessible.


After taking in all the beauty and nature Eureka Springs has to offer, give your dog an extra treat by taking him to Bark Park, located in Harmon park.  Note that There are no Wolf Hybrids permitted in the dog park and there’s a limit of 2 dogs per person.  They also don’t permit prong or choke collars (YAY!), nor do they permit collars with spikes on them. 



One of the sunken spring areas, so lovely!



There are plenty of dog friendly hotels and B&B’s in Eureka Springs, as well as dog friendly places to eat (on outdoor patios). 


I found a fantastic dog friendly Inn in the center of Eureka Springs called the Peabody House.  I couldn't believe this beautiful B&B was dog friendly!  We had a separate little cottage behind the main Inn that I just loved.  For some weird reason, it reminded me of a Sea Captain's house.  I honestly don't know what made me feel like that, LOL!


Our cottage was a quaint two story house with a deck off the bedroom upstairs.  The deck was literally RIGHT next to the mountain - I swear you could practically reach out & touch the mountain!  We loved that, and we enjoyed sitting out there each morning and evening with our dogs.  I was so comfortable in the Peabody House, I didn't want to leave at the end of our stay! 

The main Inn at the Peabody House.  We stayed in one of the cottages just behind the main house.
When I booked our stay at the Peabody House over the phone, the Innkeeper kept warning me that the house we were staying in, directly behind the main Inn you see pictured here, was "really tiny".  "Oh don't worry!" I said, I'm from New York and I lived in Manhattan for a few years - I'm used to tiny apartments!"  Well, it didn't seem tiny to me at all - not by NY standards anyway.  It was just perfect.  In fact, I loved staying there so much, it was hard to get me to leave in the morning to go out and explore!


If you're looking for a wonderful Fall trip, I highly recommend a trip to The Natural State, especially to Eureka Springs!


My next 100 Places To See With Your Dog will cover HOT Springs, Arkansas which is in the Southern part of the state.  Stay tuned.


If you enjoyed this post, check out some of my other dog friendly travel posts.

Have you ever been to Arkansas?  Leave us a comment and tell us about it!  We love hearing from you!


65 comments:

  1. Arkansas is a beautiful state and you were sooooo close to us! We love visiting the natural state and must bring the boys next time. ♥

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    1. We love Arkansas so much, we had no idea how gorgeous it was! Next time we go I'll let you know, maybe we could set up a little vacay together!

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  2. The pictures are so beautiful . Im sure yo had a lovely time there

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    1. Thanks, glad you like the photos. We did have such a lovely time!

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  3. Great pictures and what a beautiful state! It sounds like the perfect place to visit with a dog!

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    1. Glad you like the pics! It really was so unexpectedly beautiful, especially as you travel into the Ozark mountains. It's stunning.

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  4. Hi Cathy,
    The place looks absolutely stunning! To be honest there's not one thing I know about Arkansas, before I read this article I mean, and just looking at the pictures is calming. The more I hear about dog friendly places, the happier I am. I had my 2 dogs in a pet stroller a few days ago, and wanted to go into a clothing store to look around. I asked permission first and they said no. How ridiculous! I wrote a complaint letter to head office because of it. I'm getting stressed already...time to go back and look at your beautiful pictures!!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post! I didn't know a thing about Arkansas either, I was so pleasantly surprised to see all the natural beauty both in the Ozarks up North and down in Southern Arkansas near the Hot Springs area (I'll be blogging about that too in the near future)

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  5. Beautiful!!! Love your travel posts!

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    1. Aww, thank you Nichole!! I'm so glad you've enjoyed my travel posts, we love to travel with the dogs as much as we can. We've been lucky to be able to take them to some great places.

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  6. Beautiful pictures and WOW would I love to do a trip with Layla

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    1. Thanks Ruth! you should definitely take a trip somewhere special with Layla. If she hasn't traveled before, just take it slow & stay closer to home for a first trip.

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  7. I've been to Arkansas, specifically Little Rock and the town were the first Walmart is. At the time, they were just breaking ground for the art gallery. But I wasn't with the dog. In fact, I didn't have a dog then.

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    1. We always pass through Little Rock but one of these days I'd like to explore the city. They have a lovely large park in the city that is dog friendly, it looks like a nice place to visit with your dog.

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  8. I had never heard about this area- looks absolutely beautiful. How great that the Inn was dog-friendly too.

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    1. It's the cutest little mountain town! I hadn't heard of it either until I looked through a travel book I got from AAA. The drive up through the Ozark mountains is so gorgeous, such unspoiled beauty!

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  9. Wow what a destination. I know this will put the stat on many people's wish list to visit. I would if I lived in the USA.

    Your pictures and lovely and, yeah, that house is really tine (er... right???)

    Thank you for showing me part of the USA I have never visited!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post! It really is so pretty out there. Most people only know of Little Rock which is SO different. I think everyone should experience the beauty of Arkansas! It's actually not all that far from the Carolinas, where Blogpaws2017 will be - if you come to the conference maybe you can extend your stay and head that way?

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  10. Well, my mom has been through Arkansas a few times. I think its there that we heard about a dog friendly place owned by Jack Hanna, mom thought it looked like a great place to visit, looks like you had a great time. Love Dolly

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    1. Oh wow, I've not heard of a dog friendly place owned by Jack Hanna - I love his shows, he's so amazing! I'll have to Google that, thanks for letting me know about it.

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  11. That looks like an amazing spot. I sure wish WEST wasn't so far from Ohio. You have some really nice areas.

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    1. It really is a gorgeous spot! I don't think it's all that far from Ohio, I'd say approximately 600 miles. That would be a nice road trip to take, you could easily get there with just one overnight stop between Ohio & AR - think about it for a future trip!

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    2. :) That would be so much fun.

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  12. It looks lovely! I've never been to Arkansas, but I think I've been missing out! The cottage sounds wonderful!

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    1. It really is beautiful up there and we just loved our little hideaway behind the main Inn! So many people overlook Arkansas, but it has so much natural beauty.

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  13. You guys found a lovely spot. How tiny was really tiny?

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    1. We loved it there! It was a small 2 story cottage, but we were so happy there. The upstairs had a really pretty master bedroom w/ a bathroom that had a really nice bathtub. Downstairs was a living room w/ a tiny kitchen area - now that was tiny, but who cared?? We weren't cooking anything! So quaint!

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    2. Oh that sounds like more than enough room. And I'd prefer privacy over more room anyway.

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  14. What a very pretty setting, it looks lovely. It looks like you had a great time!

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    1. It was great, such a beautiful, natural setting. We loved it & so did the dogs!

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  15. I have never been to Arkanas, but this post has make me want to go! It looks like such a lovely picturesque place. The cottage you stayed in? I wouldn't want to leave it either. The central square would be right up my alley too. I'll put Arkansas on my bucket list. Thanks!

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    1. You should go, you'd love it! It really was so picturesque and quaint. Definitely put it on the bucket list!

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  16. Such beautiful places!! More places should be pet friendly like this!

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    1. I agree! More pet friendly places would be so great. I'm always on the lookout!

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  17. Beautiful pictures - this looks like a great spot for vacationing with the dog.

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    1. Thanks Tracy, I'm glad you like the photos! It was great, the dogs loved it as much as we did. I'll bet the cats would be comfy & cozy in the cottage we stayed in too!

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  18. I've been to Arkansas a couple of times and it's really beautiful around the Ozark Mountains.

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  19. Great vacation and love seeing the photos of the different places people visit - thank you

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    1. It was really nice, we enjoyed it so much!

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  20. We've never been to Arkansas. Looks like I'll have to add this to our list of places to visit. Being pet-friendly makes it even better.

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    1. It's so beautiful, I highly recommend it!

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  21. We have never visited Arkansas - but we do have a year-long travel coming in a few years and will add this to our list of places to stop! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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    1. Oh wow, a year's worth of travel, how fabulous! You'd love Arkansas, the natural beauty is so great especially in the Ozarks!

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  22. Beautiful photos! I've never been to Arkansas. Maybe I will have to take a trip there one day! I love all of the greenery. It's great that your dogs were able to come with you too!
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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    1. Thanks Robin! It's so gorgeous, if you like greenery and forestry you'll love the Ozark mountains in Arkansas.

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  23. What a great trip! Arkansas is a long way away for us in Maryland! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It was a great trip! It's not too far from MD really. We drove there from Phoenix, Arizona. We love road trips with the dogs.

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  24. What a pretty place! We love to hear about places that are pet friendly.

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    1. It really is beautiful! So pet friendly too.

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  25. Your article really makes me want to visit Arkansas. So many beautiful spots. I love that your cottage reminded you of a sea captain's house but you didn't know why. I have those kind of thoughts all the time so it's great to learn I'm not alone. How wonderful you're traveling and visiting dog-friendly spots. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

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    1. Thanks Jasmine! Arkansas has so much natural beauty, we loved it. I highly recommend a trip there, especially with dogs!

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  26. Arkansas is not a place I know at all. When we next come maybe I can make a side trip!!! If it's a sunny as your visit I am definitely heading to Eureka!

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    1. So many people have been saying that, it's like a hidden gem! The mountains are stunning, I highly recommend it.

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  27. Wow! That looks like a beautiful place the visit. I Lorette idea of gathering to listen to music.

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  28. I've gone to Arkansas for football games and it is a beautiful place

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    1. Oh cool! It is beautiful, particularly in the mountains.

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    1. Thanks Jenna! It's a lovely place to visit.

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  30. Sounds like you found a lot of awesome places to visit! Thanks so much for sharing your experiences and photos! I can't wait to see where your next adventure takes you!

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