The "Loop" in Cherokee Park is dog friendly (as is all of Cherokee Park). There's actually an area in the park known by the locals as "Dog Hill". Just enter the park and ask anyone you see to give you directions to "Dog Hill". It's impossible to describe how to get there online.
You can walk up and down Bardstown Road with your dog as long as it's on a leash. You'll see many people doing it.
Seidenfaden's Bar at the corner of Breckenridge & Vine is dog-friendly. You can bring the dog inside the bar as long as he/she plays well with others.
Many of the restaurants on Bardstown Road have outdoor tables. Most are okay with you having the dogs as long as they are well behaved and stay leashed near you at the outdoor table.
I believe Waterfront Park is all dog-friendly. They do a regular event in the summer months where people bring their dogs to socialize.
.....As you move out into the burbs, it will be a little harder to find dog-friendly areas. Mostly because there are mostly chain restaurants/bars, busier streets and no sidewalks. ....So be advised that if you stay someplace on Hurstbourne or Blankenbaker, you'll have a bit more of an issue. Old Louisville, Highlands, Frankfort Ave./Crescent Hill & Germantown are your best bets.
I'd try to stay at a pet-friendly hotel somewhere in the downtown area (or a B&B in the Old Louisville area) and head to Bardstown Rd./Highlands area for entertainment/dining/drinking. Cherokee Park is located a few blocks off of Bardstown Road.
Thanks for all your info Seagrover!
I have booked a La Quinta based on the recommendations of others and their pet policy - up to two pets at no extra charge.
We will go to Dog Hill to give the dogs a good run after being cooped up in the car.
Thank you again!
You might want to check out our new pedestrian bridge! All we ask is that you clean up after pet. The La Quinta is not close to any good restaurants, but it is an excellent, friendly property. Have a great trip!
Cherokee Park is in the Highlands area. Go to the corner of Eastern Parkway & Cherokee Rd. You'll see a statue of Daniel Boone. There are other entrances, but this one is the easiest to explain. It's about 2 blocks off of Bardstown Rd. The Loop is one way. Stay to the right when you enter. Keep making lefts whenever presented with a turn. You'll eventually come back around. However, it's very easy to get lost. I can't tell you how many times I've ended up in St. Matthews when simply trying to drive through the park. The Loop itself is roughly 2.5 miles.
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