March 12, 2021
Are you looking for your next tourist adventure? As a Nashville-based organization, we love exploring the trails of Tennessee! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite Tennessee hiking spots for you and your dog! Please note that parks may only have certain trails suitable for dogs. You need to make sure that your dog is ready for the trails and that you are ready to clean up after them!
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
This national park offers two trails suitable for dogs: the Gatlinburg Trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail. Since this is a national park, all dogs should be misled. The Gatlinburg Trail travels 1.9 miles from Sugarland Visitor Center to the outskirts of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, while the Oconaluftee River Trail is 1.5 miles from the Oconaluftee Tourist Center to the outskirts of Cherokee, North Carolina. Gatlinburg’s road is fairly flat and travels through wooded areas, offering views of the Little Pigeon River and the foundations and chimney of several old homes along the trail.
Photo credit of @sirfrankensteinpickles on Instagram.
Stone River Greenway
This Nashville trail connects Shelby Bottoms to Lake Percy Priest in a ten-mile paved trail. This is the perfect place to take your dog for a walk or jog in Nashville!
Photo credit of @sheffpups on Instagram.
Frozen Head State Park
About an hour outside Knoxville, Frozen Head State Park offers several trails, campgrounds, a picnic area and a children’s playground. These peaceful trails are the perfect secluded and quiet place to take your dog for the day!
Photo of @neylandthepyrador on Instagram.
Falls Creek Falls
Located in Central Tennessee, Fall Creek Falls offers a wide variety of trails for you and your dog. Try the Paw Paw Trail, a 3-mile trail that will have many scenic views, or the 4.2-mile Gilbert Gaul trail with a similar view of the lake. There are many rocks and cliffs to climb, so make sure your dog is in good shape before trying these hikes, and be sure to keep them on a leash while you’re there.
Photo credit of @pine_grove_goldens on Instagram.
Warner Parks stretch 2,684 acres just miles from downtown Nashville and are the largest administrative parks in Tennessee. Through the forest there is a contour of a black path of 2.5 miles with slight slopes and descents. This trail has a picnic area about 1 mile away if you want to stop for lunch!
Credit for a photo of @ ea1027 on Instagram.
Margaret Falls Trail
This 2.7 mile trail in Greenville has a wide variety of terrain for you and your dog! The Margarette Falls Trail is suitable for dogs, but be sure to keep your dog on a leash.
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David Crockett State Park
This Lawrenceburg park is suitable for dog leashes and has many activities for you and your dog, including hiking and biking trails, picnic shelters and a pond.
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Where is your favorite place to walk the dog? Tell us about it in the comments below and follow @campingwithdogs and @myalphapak on Instagram to stay updated!