8 Reasons to Plan a Day With Your Dog in Henderson

Winston the English Setter jumping over a dog obstacle at the Community Dog Park, photo by George Henderson.
1. Community Park and Dog Park

This is a hot spot for dog activity, especially on the weekends. The dog park in Henderson is about one acre of fenced in grassy area for dogs to roam and run off-leash. There is a separate fenced area for small dogs and pups. Want to teach your dog a few tricks? This park features agility obstacles for those dogs that like to show off their skills. Dogs can keep cool off with a drink from the dog water fountain. Picnic table seating and mutt mitt dispenser is also available. The Dog Park is located at Community Park at 1776 Madison Street in Henderson, Kentucky.


Queen sized bed and pet friendly accommodations at Ramada Inn.
2. Overnight Stays

Since not all hotels are pet friendly traveling with dogs can be stressful. Henderson has two lodging accommodations that are accepting to pets. Ramada Inn at 2044 US 41 N and Economy Inn & Suites at 2030 US 41 N are both pet friendly. Both locations are very close to our next reason why dogs love Henderson…


Giddy the black Labrador retriever on Eagle Glenn Pet Trail at Audubon State Park.
3. Audubon State Park Pet Trail

There are over 12 miles of marked trails at Audubon State Park (and more in the works!) that range from beginner to advanced. The Eagle Glenn Pet Trail is about a mile long and has some advanced terrain. With some sharp inclines and rugged footing, this trail is sure to give you a workout and let your pet burn off a lot of energy! Both of you will enjoy the sights, smells and serenity of nature on this hike. A jaunt down to the nearby Scenic Lake is a great way to relax after dominating this trail (Scenic Lake will be temporarily drained for 2018* season, so make sure you check out Wilderness Lake). Audubon State Park is located at 3100 US 41 N in Henderson, Ky.


Scout the Shetland Sheepdog mix hiking with his owner on the Canoe Creek Nature Trail.

4. The New Pet Trail to Put on Your Radar

Want to feel completely removed from nature without feeling completely lost? At Canoe Creek Nature Trail, this trail has a paved walkway that is great for gentle walks (or even a stroller). Extending from the main paved walkway are several networks of trails. Most of the trails are a moderate difficulty at most. The most difficult incline is still less intense than the Eagle Glenn Pet Trail at Audubon State Park. If you visit during the wet weather seasons (late spring or summer) the view of the creek on this trail will definitely be worth your time! Another fun fact: this nature trail is also mountain-bike friendly! To access the Canoe Creek Nature Trail, enter Newman Park Recreational Complex located on Sand Lane. Signage marks the entrance of the trail, which is located at the very back of the parking lot beside the soccer fields.


The Henderson River Walk is a pet friendly spot for dog walkers.
5. Best Places to Go For a Walk With the Dog

There are a few other parks that are pet-friendly (as long as your pet stays on a leash). Central Park is equal parts peaceful and popular. In warm months the Central Park fountain is a sight in itself. Gazebo, park bench swings, playground, picnic tables, and a mutt mitt dispenser (for those unavoidable doggy accidents) are all available here. Just around the block, is the Henderson River Walk. This scenic stretch equals about 3 miles in total length. This wide, paved walkway is an active spot for joggers and dog walkers.  A new drinking water fountain for dogs was recently installed on the River Walk where 12th Street meets Merritt Drive (mutt mitts are also along the River Walk). This gentle sloping trail that borders the river is a great sight to see, even at night! The River Walk is lit up during night hours if you want to do some exploring with the dog after work or dinner. The River Walk spans from Atkinson Park to Audubon Mill Park, which is right beside the Henderson Welcome Center, which also has free parking, 101 N Water Street in the Depot building.


A Yorkie puop showcases hair accessories from Gabbi's pet boutique.
6. Gabbi’s Pet Boutique

After a long day of traveling, maybe you’d like to pamper the pooch a little bit. At Gabbi’s Pet Boutique you can shop with your pooch for collars, dog clothes and accessories, food, treats and so much more. Gabbi’s also occasionally offers dog socials and seasonal pet photo-op sessions. If you would like to shop here, Gabbi’s is located at 801 N. Green Street in Henderson, Ky.


Rural King in Henderson is pet friendly.
7. Country Store Shopping With Fur-Friends

Not a boutique shopper? You can still shop with your dog at Rural King in Henderson. They have some household goods and dry groceries, tons of outdoor and hunting gear and of course a robust selection of pet food and items. Pick up a complimentary bag of freshly popped popcorn for you and a treat at checkout for your pup. Rural King is located at 1700 S Green Street, Henderson, Ky.

Two pooch patrons stand in a colorful play pen at Shaggy Chic.

8. Shaggy Chic – Just for pets!

If you want a little time out on the town with friends and family without leaving your best fur-friend at home alone, call Shaggy Chic. It is a pet-spa, groom, board and daycare center for dogs. This playful atmosphere boards dogs, cats, pigs, ferrets, you name it! But be sure to contact in advance, 270-830-7387, or visit them at 509 Barrett Blvd, Henderson, Ky.


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