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 Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park
Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park is a dog-friendly activity in Sevierville, TN. Cross the Prosperity Bridge and hike up to Lost Mine Falls. The trail is a little rugged but doable for most. Along the way, you'll see beautiful scenery and a waterfall. They also offer zip lining and tours. See Details
Pet Friendly Gatlinburg Trail
Gatlinburg Trail The Gatlinburg Trail is one of only two pet-friendly trails in the Great Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, TN. 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
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
Frozen Head State Park Frozen Head State Park is a dog-friendly area of natural beauty which encompasses 24,000 acres of wilderness in Oak Ridge, TN. Visitors will find 50 miles of backpacking and day-hiking trails, in addition to 20 primitive campsites. Many trails are easily accessible and located near the park office, but those seeking quieter routes to take Fido will find lesser-used trailheads at Armes Gap and just off Highway 62 to the south. See Details
Burgess Falls Burgess Falls in Sparta, TN is home to some great dog-friendly trails. Located on the Falling Water River, this day use park is home to four waterfalls that cascade down from over 250 feet in elevation. Dogs are welcome on the trails on a leash, as long as all mess is cleaned up after them. Burgess Falls is open from 8am until 30 minutes before sunset and the office is open on weekdays. The park is closed when the river is high or when there's snow on the roads and trails. See Details
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage Andrew Jackson's Hermitage is a pet-friendly national historic landmark in Tennessee. Dogs are welcome to explore the outdoor sections with a grounds pass. Walk together through Andrew Jackson’s life and home, explore a beautiful, historic Tennessee farm and experience an important piece of Nashville and America. They are open Thursday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm. See Details
The Trails at Fontanel Leash up your pup and head down The Trails at Fontanel for a delightful stroll along a well-maintained path. Enjoy the peaceful beauty of Whites Creek and views of the gorgeous Fontanel Mansion at this dog-friendly area in Nashville, TN. There are benches lined along the trail so you can take restful breaks alongside your hiking companion. See Details
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
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
Centennial Park Dog-friendly Centennial Park is one of Nashville's premier parks with a 132-acre area that includes the iconic Parthenon, a 1-mile walking trail, Lake Watauga, the Centennial Art Center, historical monuments, an arts activity center, a beautiful sunken garden, band shell, events shelter, sand volleyball courts, dog park and an exercise trail. See Details
Smith Springs Recreational Area Activities at the Smith Springs Recreational Area in Antioch, TN, range from fishing, hunting, picnicking, boating, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. It's located on J.Percy Priest Lake, so the dogs can swim in the lake. The beach is rocky, so bring water shoes. There are also people fishing in the area, so you'll want to stay away from the lines, but there's plenty of beach for everyone. Picnic area is nice and shady. Open April 1st through Oct 29th. 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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
Founders Park Leashed dogs are welcome at Founders Park, a wonderful, 5-acre green space in the heart of the downtown district in Johnson City. A perfect site for festivals, music events, and community gatherings. The park is open to public use at all times unless it has been reserved. See Details
Big Ridge State Park Big Ridge State Park is a pet-friendly trail in Maynardville, TN. Located in the Appalachian mountain range, this park is home to a pretty lake and many trails that you can wander with your pooch. Leashed dogs are welcome in the park, as long as they are cleaned up after. See Details
Cane Creek Park Cane Creek Park is a 226-acre, dog-friendly open space located in Cookeville, TN. Fido is welcome to accompany you along the paved trail circuit or walking trail beside the water, but must remain leashed in accordance with the City of Cookeville’s leash law. Cane Creek Park has a concessions stand which is open on a seasonal basis selling refreshments and light snacks. See Details
Drummonds Park Leashed dogs are welcome at Drummonds Park. The 30-acre handicap accessible community park features serene walking/hiking trails that wind through beautiful natural woodlands rich with wildlife, a children’s playground, a soccer field and covered/lighted pavilions with picnic tables and grills. 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
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