Cici and I are honored to welcome our new guest blogger, Mr. Pish and his owner, K. S. Brooks…
Mr. Pish, our traveling terrier, has been to 41 States, seven Provinces of Canada, and Washington DC . He’s checked out lots of dog-friendly places, and one of his favorites is definitely the State of Arkansas . If you’re traveling with a dog, Arkansas is a great state to visit with lots to do for pooches and peoples at many of the parks and outdoor venues. We traveled from one end of the state to the other, and here are the highlights:
Parkin Archeological State Park
Jct. of U.S. 64 and Hwy. 184 north
Our first stop was at Parkin Archeological State Park . I’d learned some fascinating bits of information about Parkin prior to our arrival – like the fact that hundreds of years ago, the Casqui people who lived there kept dogs as pets! Dogs were even buried in graves alongside family members. Today, more than 500 years later, dogs are still welcome at Parkin.
Parkin is great for humans, too. A short movie at the visitors’ center explains the history of the site. The walkways are easy to navigate, traveling along archeological digs, ancient tribal mounds, an historic school house and providing a lovely view of the St. Francis River . Mr. Pish enjoyed Parkin so much, he made a video about it!
North Little Rock
We hit the jackpot in North Little Rock with dog-friendly parks, hotels, and even a café.
521 Main Street
North Little Rock , AR 72114
If you need a cup of coffee or a freshly baked pastry, stop at the Argenta Market. They also offer pretty much anything on your grocery list, as well as a gourmet deli filled with salads and meats that have been made in-house. Grab a sandwich and a chair at one of their outdoor tables, and everyone including your pooch will have a nice meal!
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
5811 Pritchard Drive
North Little Rock , AR 72117
This Econo Lodge is extremely affordable. Our room was small, but clean, and came complete with a flat screen TV, mini-fridge, microwave and in-room coffee maker. Mr. Pish’s fee was only $10 for the night.
I-40 Exit #150
North Little Rock , Arkansas 72118
At 1700 acres, Burns Park is huge. There are two different dog parks covering three acres, soccer fields, archery ranges, tennis courts, BMX tracks, playgrounds and more! You can picnic, camp, fish, explore a covered bridge and an historic log cabin. And you can take your dog with you everywhere. Mr. Pish had such a great time at Burns Park, he made a web page about it! http://www.mrpish.com/Burns.htm
Petite Roche Park
Little Rock , AR 72201
This park was a super place to walk Mr. Pish and learn about Little Rock at the same time. The lovely river front park appeared to be brand new, with paved walkways and preened landscaping that went on as far as we could see. A piece of the original “little rock” itself is a centerpiece, adorned with a plaque detailing its history. But it’s not all history and great views of the river; there’s also an amphitheater, a neat pavilion, picnic areas and even a playground. Everything is free, but unless you park on the street, you do have to pay for parking.
This year is the 12th Annual Paws on the Pavement fundraiser in Little Rock which benefits CARE for Animals: http://www.careforanimals.org/
Fort Smith National Historic Site
301 Parker Avenue
Fort Smith , AR 72901
The city of Fort Smith is famous for its Wild West style of law. At the edge of town, just before you cross the Arkansas River (into Oklahoma ), you will find this 37 acre site which is part of the National Park Service. A concrete walkway complete with doggie bags and benches winds its way along the river front, with historical plaques keeping you informed as you walk. It’s a great place for bird watching as well as exercising your pooch! The park includes the remains of two frontier forts. There is a fee to enter the buildings (where I assume dogs are not allowed), but there’s no charge to walk the grounds.
For other pet-friendly accommodations, this page is courtesy of Arkansas State Tourism: http://www.arkansas.com/places-to-stay/pet-friendly/
BIO: K. S. Brooks is an award winning novelist, photographer and poet. Her first novel, Lust for Danger, was published in 2001, and its novella prequel, The Kiss of Night, in February 2010. Ms. Brooks has also authored two children’s books: The Mighty Oak and Me (2009), and Postcards from Mr. Pish (2010). Mr. Pish’s Woodland Adventure is slated for publication this Summer. Her articles, photographs, poetry, and blogs can be found in books, magazines, newspapers, galleries, and web sites worldwide.
A pet friendly resort in Arkansas:
An upscale outdoor resort called ‘CATHERINE’S LANDING, AN RVC OUTDOOR DESTINATION’. It’s owned by RVC Outdoor Destinations, which operates three other resorts in the Southeast U.S. (ALL PET FRIENDLY). But this one is the most extensive yet.
LODGING OPTIONS are Resort Cottages (furnished, REALLY nice) and yurts (also furnished and very trendy) and modern RV Sites. Your pet is welcome in any of these options.
Catherine’s Landing is located on ONE MILE OF WATER FRONTAGE on Lake Catherine. The company has been very thoughtful to display the beautiful, natural environment the property encompasses. The amenities are similar to that of an upscale hotel and there are plenty of outdoor activities for you and your pet.
RV Sites start at $39.99 (upland and water front available)
Yurts start at $35.99 (16′, 20′, and 24′)
RVC Resort Cottages start at $119.99
Keep in mind that prices vary depending on occupancy and season. RV club & military discounts available.
* Protected Boat and RV Storage
* Boat Ramp and Dock Area
* Pontoon boats available for skiing, fishing, or leisure cruise
* Free Wi-Fi
* Game and Wii-dia room
* Fitness Center
* Seasonally Heated Saline Swimming Pool
* Activities Pavilion with 2 Outdoor Kitchens
* Bicycle and Golf Cart Rentals
* Children’s Playground
* BARK PARK OFF-LEASH AREA
* Concierge Service
* Community Lodge with Coffee, Beer, and Wine Bar, Gift and Convenience Store, & Grab-and-Go Food
* Boat, Canoe & Kayak rentals
* Boat Launch
* Hiking & Biking Trails
PACKAGES AND DISCOUNTS:
Catherine’s Landing is offering 50% off all guests stays if they book before June 1st.
ALSO IN HOT SPRINGS IS A DOGGY DAY CAMP TO TREAT YOUR PET TO A SPA DAY! http://www.wag-a-tail.net/ (Catherine’s Landing is not affiliated)
Then, have your own spa day at any of the historical natural springs spas located just minutes from Catherine’s Landing in downtown Hot Springs.
More information here: http://www.catherineslanding.rvcoutdoors.com