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I moved to central Arkansas a little over nine years ago and one of the first things I did after moving in was explore the area around me. I love to get outside during the summer months and walk and finding a good park to walk was at the top of my list of things to do. After trying several of the parks in my area I finally found “the one”, Mills Park in Bryant AR. At the time it wasn’t too far from my apartment, had a fantastic walking trail and had other fun things to do as well.
My favorite time to go is first thing in the morning. It’s the coolest part of the day by far and all of the dog walkers are out! Now that I have my Sophie pup she gets to have a little social interaction as well as getting her walk in and she loves the other dogs there. Since originally discovering the park I have moved a little further away from it (when I bought my house) but it’s still my favorite and I don’t mind the drive!
Mills Park was founded in 1973 and has been added on a few times since then. The walking trail around the park is 1.6 miles and Sophie and I usually do two laps with a water break in between our laps. So it’s a good three mile walk with amazing scenery, but then again this is The Natural State so of course it’s going to be gorgeous!
As well as the walking trail the park also has a pool, tennis courts, riding area playground and has covered pavilions with picnic tables! I have seen people attending boot camps in the open area, birthday parties being held under the pavilions, baseball, softball and soccer games being played and numerous games of hide and seek going down.
I love that the walking trail is a mix of being covered by trees and being out in the open. It makes me feel like I am back at home in the woods or something, LOL! The walking trail is also home to endangered plants.
I really just love how pretty the park is and the fact that I can get a good walk in outdoors rather than hoofing it on the treadmill, ugh.
So if you are ever in central Arkansas and are looking for a good park to get your walk on (by yourself, with friends or with your fur baby) then check out Mills Park in Bryant!!
Do you like walking in parks??
What park is your favorite??