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Garvan Woodland Gardens

Just as the name indicates, you'll find 210-acres of woodland gardens at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, AR. You can rent a golf cart for a guided tour for a nominal fee, or you and your furry friend can walk along the many paths at your leisure, too. Take a picnic lunch or dine at Chipmunk Cafe's dog-friendly outdoor patio. Garvan Woodland Gardens has a charming pet fountain that looks like a natural spring coming out of the rock. There is an admission fee for humans and dogs. Dogs are not permitted during Holiday Lights. Visit Website

Or call (501) 262-9300 or email gardeninfo@garvangardens.org for more information.


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Garvan Woodland Gardens has received a rating of 4.9 out of 5 bones by 26 canine critics on BringFido and 3.5 out of 5 by 107 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Paige
    Apr 14, 2024
    Loved it

    I thought this was better than the park. Very peaceful with beautiful walkways leading to little waterfalls and cute bridges. The wind blowing through different trees and birds chirping away. Koi ponds It was quite lovely. Felt like we could just take a deep breath and enjoy the gardens aura.

  • Robyn
    Jul 20, 2023
    Great place for dogs and kids

    The whole family enjoyed our visit! Don’t miss out on your dog treat in the visiting center.

  • Mindy
    Jun 20, 2023
    Super dog friendly!

    our boy had a great time here and everyone was so friendly to us! it’s so beautiful, a must visit. 🐶

  • Allysa
    Dec 29, 2022
    No Dogs During Holiday Lights

    Dogs are not allowed in the park from November 19-December 31st during the holiday lights. We ended up leaving because we had our pup, but the grounds looked nice from what we saw.

  • Sheena
    Jul 7, 2022
    Beautiful and dog friendly!

    I was worried about coming here as it is July and they don’t open until 10:00. But there was a ton of shade and plenty of benches to stop for a water break as needed. Garvan Woodland Gardens is so beautiful and very dog friendly!

  • Danielle
    Jun 22, 2022
    Awesome place for pups!

    Our dog was totally welcomed by everyone we saw, they even gave her treats! Our pup loved going through all the gardens and trails, lots of shady areas. Be sure to bring water for your dog as well as for you!

  • Chloe
    Jun 20, 2022
    Dog Friendly

    A beautiful place to take a stroll with your pup. Dog admission is $5 and the concession gave us a bowl of water for him. Nice shady gardens on a hot day!

  • Amanda
    Apr 8, 2022
    Great adventure

    My small dog loved it, so many things to sniff and see. peacocks, trains, flowers and rocks!

  • Cheri
    Mar 8, 2022
    We loved every minute!

    Very dog friendly! Our mini aussie enjoyed walking the trails and we loved that we were able to share the time with her. Mud March and a few things were starting to bloom.

  • Emily
    Feb 20, 2022

    this place is beautiful and so dog friendly. Gunner had an amazing time exploring

  • Jill
    Sep 5, 2021
    Awesome gardens

    we spent a few hours walking the paths of the beautiful gardens. our pups were welcome and had as good a time as we did. lots of pretty bridges and water features as well as wonderful gardens, of course! we took in the chapel also. lunch at the chipmunk hut was delicious and we doubled back for a snow cone on the way out.

  • Melissa
    Aug 24, 2021
    Beautiful gardens

    Expansive beautiful gardens with different sections to explore! All but the treehouse is dog friendly. There is a $5 fee/dog and they don’t allow retractable leashes. Also says they can kick out unruly dogs, so only half the gang came

  • Matthew
    Jul 25, 2021
    Flowers with Fido

    The bois had fun smelling the flowers and adventuring through the wooded paths

  • Kristina
    Jul 19, 2021
    Beautiful and very dog friendly

    we had a great time it. it was well shaded, and lots to see and explore.

  • Alyssa
    Feb 23, 2021
    Great place for both humans and dogs!

    dog entry is $5, but well worth it. you can easily spend a few hours here, and the staff were all very friendly and loved dogs.

  • Jodi
    Oct 21, 2020
    Touring the gardens

    Garvan Gardens IS SO DOG FRIENDLY! Lots of roam to explore & take in the sights! Also quite a few twigs/sticks to chew on along the way.

  • Dianna
    Sep 15, 2020
    Great fun with the dog!

    Lots of pretty, picturesque views, and plenty of room to bring the dog. She had plenty to see and smell, and we spent several enjoyable hours exploring. She was worn out by the time we left (a very hard thing to do), but we all loved it.

  • Danielle
    Jun 5, 2020
    It’s A “must” If You’re Visiting Hot Springs With A Dog

    We had an amazing time with our dog here. It’s a lovely place with lots of interesting terrain to explore.

  • Jessica
    Sep 22, 2019
    LOVE Garvan Woodland Gardens!

    I've not found a more enjoyable way to spend the day with my dog or anyone else for that matter. This place is always beautiful. The tulips in the spring are breathtaking! Dogs are allowed almost everywhere in the gardens except the chapel, and maybe the treehouse. Lunch from the Chipmunk Café is always very good. We cannot get enough of this lovely place. Can't wait for the heat to go away so we can visit again soon.

  • Karen and pat
    Sep 2, 2018
    Great place to wear out your dog!

    We were visiting Hot Springs with Red, and we wanted him to have some fun too before we went off to do human-only things. He loved this park, and he was plenty worn out when we finished walking all the trails. (So was I.) His favorite activity was watching the coy. The park says that they have several dog watering stations throughout the park, but we never saw one. We finally let Red drink from a rocky creek bed that he could reach without stepping into in.

  • John
    Jun 12, 2018
    A Days Adventure

    Absolutely the best day spent at Hot Springs. The garden is wonderful and our German Shepherd enjoyed her time sniffing all the wonderful scents. This place is the best dog friendly place to visit. ALSO stop by Chipmunk Cafe for a great lunch outside! Great food and service. Highly recommend this excellent garden.

  • Susan
    More than a year ago
    Beautiful Gardens and Trails

    Very dog friendly park including the welcome center. Gorgeous gardens and trails with scenic lake views. Peaceful and serene.

  • Susan
    More than a year ago
    Beautiful Gardens

    Very dog friendly including the welcome center. Gorgeous gardens and trails with views of Lake Catherine. Very peaceful and serene.

  • Liberty the Dog
    More than a year ago
    Walk + Gardens = ❤️

    Loved a late afternoon walk in the gardens. Lots of shaded areas, so our dog was very comfortable. Probably our dog's favorite part of our weekend in Hot Spings.

  • James
    More than a year ago
    wonderful landscape

    There is so much to see and explore. Rock bridges, Koi pond, children's garden and so much more. We visited in October, so the weather was perfect to be outdoors. Wear good walking shoes since the terrain has mild grades along the peninsula.

  • Denise
    More than a year ago
    Sniff the Roses

    Excellent venue to bring pup and hang out in splendid nature!

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