Top Dog Friendly 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!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to over 800 miles of hiking trails, but take note that dogs are NOT allowed on most of them. They are welcome on the 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). Dogs are also 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.

The Trails at Fontanel

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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.

Frozen Head State Park

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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.

Shelby Bottoms Greenway

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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 <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6032249">TrailLink.com</a>.

Knoxville City Greenways

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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 <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6032522">TrailLink.com</a>.

Murfreesboro Bark Park

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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.

Margarette Falls Hiking Trail

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Margarette Falls Trail is 1.3 miles in length and provides a various range of terrain for both you and your pet to enjoy!

Maryville-Alcoa Greenway

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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 <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6032498">TrailLink.com</a>.

Murfreesboro's Stones River Greenway System

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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 <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6032144">TrailLink.com</a>.

Stones River Greenway

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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.

Warner Parks

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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.

Fall Creek Falls

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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.

Mountain Goat Trail (Cowan to St. Andrews)

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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 <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6017166">TrailLink.com</a>.

David Crockett State Park

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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.

Max Patch Trail

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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.

Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail

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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 <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6017169">TrailLink.com</a>.

Maryville-Alcoa Greenway

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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 <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6032498">TrailLink.com</a>.

Beech Lake

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Paved walking path that includes a small bridge, two hills, and great views of Beech Lake as you walk or run with your pet across the spillway. Free to all.

White House Walking Trail

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Soak up some natural beauty with your four-legged friend at this lovely walking trail, where they're permitted as long as they remain on-leash.

Richland Creek Greenway

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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.

Betsy Ligon Park & Walking Trail

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The Betsy Ligon Park & Walking 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 Erin! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Betsy Ligon Park & Walking 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 <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6017159">TrailLink.com</a>.

Tweetsie Trail

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The Tweetsie Trail is a rails-to-trails project traversing former ET&WNC (“Tweetsie”) railroad right-of-way between Johnson City and Elizabethton. The trail provides opportunities for walking, hiking, running, biking, etc. on a relatively flat grade in a beautiful, natural setting.

Falls Branch Falls Trail

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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.

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

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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.

Renaissance Park

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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.