Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Tennessee

If your dog likes to ruff it, bring Fido hiking in Tennessee. Our dog friendly hiking section includes everything from easy one-hour walks to fantastic overnight trips in Tennessee that won’t be soon forgotten. Seriously, go take a hike!

Pet Friendly Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers two trails that are dog-friendly: Gatlinburg Trail (a 1.9 mile hike from the Sugarland Visitor Center to the outskirts of Gatlinburg, TN) and the Oconaluftee River Trail (a 1.5 mile hike from the Oconaluftee Visitor Center to the outskirts of Cherokee, NC). Please note that dogs are not permitted on any other trails within the park. Dogs are allowed in the campgrounds, picnic areas, and along roads, but must be kept on a leash at all times. As with most parks, your pets should be well-behaved and you should always clean up after them. See Details
Pet Friendly The Trails at Fontanel
The Trails at Fontanel Leash up your pup and head down The Trails at Fontanel for a delightful stroll along a well-maintained path. Benches line the trail, and along the walk you can enjoy the peaceful beauty of Whites Creek and views of the gorgeous Fontanel Mansion. See Details
Stones River Greenway Ten-mile paved trail system connecting Shelby Bottoms to Percy Priest Lake and linking to the YMCA on Lebanon Road, Heartland Park, and Two Rivers Park along the way. See Details
Shelby Bottoms Greenway The Shelby Bottoms Greenway is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Nashville! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Shelby Bottoms Greenway. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Gatlinburg Trail The Gatlinburg Trail is one of only two pet-friendly trails in the Great Smoky Mountains. The trail is nearly two miles long one-way. It is quite flat and runs through a forested area. The trail offers nice views of the Little Pigeon River, and it runs over a bridge as well. Historians will enjoy the foundations and chimneys of several old homesites along the way. See Details
Frozen Head State Park This is a great place to spend the day with dogs and kids. It is a short drive from Knoxville (about an hour) and near Oak Ridge. There are several trails, primitive camping, picnic area and playground. It is like being in the Smokey Mountains without the crowds! Lots of streams and shade and very peaceful. You do pass a state prison on the way, so don't be surprised. See Details
Fall Creek Falls Cane Creek Upper Loop Overnight Trail 13 miles. Dog should be in good shape because hike is strenuous. Depending on which side you start at half of loop is more difficult. Includes rocks and boulders to hike and climb over. At the end of the hike you and dog can take a dip in the falls. Dogs are allowed. Great adventure for you and your dog. See Details
Seven Islands State Birding Park Dogs are welcome at Seven Islands State Birding Park, where there are a number of pet-friendly trails for you and Fido to enjoy. There are 190 species of bird that call the 416 acres of land adjacent to French Broad River their home and you and your pooch can enjoy them from some of the trails as long as Fido is on a leash. See Details
Warner Parks Edwin and Percy Warner Parks, collectively known as “The Warner Parks,” are managed by the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation of Nashville and Davidson County. The Warner Parks are the largest municipally administered parks in Tennessee and together span 2684 acres of forest and field, 9 miles from downtown Nashville. Over 500,000 people visit the Parks annually to utilize picnic areas, scenic roadways and overlooks, hiking trails, equestrian center and horse trails, cross country running courses, golf courses, athletic fields, and other areas of the park. Warner Parks is also an important historical community resource listed in the National Register of Historic Places. See Details
Knoxville City Greenways The Knoxville City Greenways is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Knoxville! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Knoxville City Greenways. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Max Patch Trail Max Patch Trail is a moderately easy, 3.5 mile hike in the Pisgah National Forest that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. It is not easy to get to this trail over the bumpy Forest Service roads, but the trail is still quite popular. The beauty makes the trek all worthwhile. Please note that dogs must be on a leash. See Details
Murfreesboro Bark Park Pets go wild for this large, fenced, off-leash dog park, which includes a separate small dog area and benches for owners to rest on. See Details
Margarette Falls Hiking Trail Leashed dogs are welcome on Margarette Falls Trail which is 2.7 miles in length and provides a various range of terrain for both you and your dog to enjoy! This is just one of the many trails in Cherokee National Forest. See Details
Murfreesboro's Stones River Greenway System The Murfreesboro's Stones River Greenway System is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Murfreesboro! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Murfreesboro's Stones River Greenway System. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park Leash Fido up and explore the beautiful Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, located in downtown Nashville near the Capitol building. This 19-acre park includes a 200-foot granite map of the state, a 95-bell carillon, a WWII memorial, the Rivers of Tennessee fountains, and the Pathway of History, all telling the story of Tennessee in an interesting and unexpected way. There are also picnic tables and restrooms. Dogs must be leashed at all times, and you must clean up after your pet. See Details
Maryville-Alcoa Greenway The Maryville-Alcoa Greenway is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Maryville! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Maryville-Alcoa Greenway. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail The Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Ashland City! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Maryville-Alcoa Greenway The Maryville-Alcoa Greenway is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Alcoa! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Maryville-Alcoa Greenway. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
David Crockett State Park Almost 1000 acres, the park is pet friendly (all dogs must be leashed). The park features hiking and biking trails, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, cabins, campground, David Crockett museum, picnic shelters, playgrounds, and a lake with boat rentals. Open year round, from 7am until dark. Admission is free, but there is a fee for camping, for the cabins, and for the swimming pool. Fishing is permitted, but no hunting or trapping allowed in the park. See Details
Richland Creek Greenway The Richland Creek Greenway follows along Richland Creek near Sylvan Park. The 3 mile loop connects Nashville Tech, Target and the Hillcrest Shopping Center with Sylvan Park and surrounds McCabe Park and Golf Course. Dogs are allowed on leash. See Details
Falls Branch Falls Trail Fun little hike to a 70 foot waterfall. The hike is steep and rocky towards the end so it's best if you have firm footing and good knees. This trail is 20 miles east of Tellico Plains on route 165. The trailhead is at the Rattlesnake West pull off. See Details
Renaissance Park Leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans at the 23-acre Renaissance Park, located on the north shore of the Tennessee River. Park features include historic markers, picnic areas, and nature trails. Dogs must be leashed at all times. See Details
Cummins Falls State Park An "idyllic, but rugged, 282-acre day-use park," Cummins Falls State Park is dog-friendly! Located in the Cordell Hull Watershed, the area is a scenic spot and swimming hole, featuring Tennessee's eighth largest waterfall in volume of water. Leashed dogs are allowed to explore the park as long as their owners clean up after them. Cummins Falls State Park is open from 8am to 6pm. The gorge area closes at 5pm, and guests at the bottom of the waterfall must start walking out at this time in order to be out of the park by closing. See Details
Mountain Goat Trail (Cowan to St. Andrews) The Mountain Goat Trail (Cowan to St. Andrews) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Sewanee! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Mountain Goat Trail (Cowan to St. Andrews). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details