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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 Gatlinburg Trail
Gatlinburg Trail The Gatlinburg Trail is one of only two pet-friendly trails in the Great Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg, TN. The trail extends 1.9 miles one-way from the Sugarlands Visitor Center to the outskirts of the city. Hikers will see beautiful views of the Little Pigeon River and come across foundations and chimneys of several old homesites along the way. See Details
Pet Friendly Centennial Park
Centennial Park Centennial Park is a pet-friendly 132-acre area in Nashville, TN. Fido is welcome to join you at one of their premier parks, including the iconic Parthenon, a 1-mile walking trail, Lake Watauga, historical monuments and an event center. A dog park for your furry friend to play off-leash is also on site. See Details
Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park is a tourist attraction in Sevierville, TN, which includes dog-friendly areas. Fido is welcome to traverse the Bridge to Prosperity, the second longest suspended bridge in the U.S. Once across the bridge, hike up to Lost Mine Falls where you'll see beautiful scenery and have an opportunity to admire a waterfall. The trail is a little rugged but doable for most. See Details
Seven Islands State Birding Park Dogs are welcome at Seven Islands State Birding Park in Kodak, TN, 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. Dogs must be leashed at all times, including in the parking area. Dog and their owners are asked to stay on designated trails to protect ground-nesting birds and wildlife in the fields and woods on the property. 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 Wartburg, 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. Be sure to check their website in advance, as 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. 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 in Gatlinburg, TN 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. Please clean up after your pet. See Details
Fall Creek Falls State Park Fall Creek Falls State Park is a pet-friendly destination in Pikeville, TN. Fido is welcome to tag along at one of the state's largest and most visited state parks. Your leashed pup is welcome to explore the trails with you and admire the cascades, gorges, waterfalls, streams and greenery. Fall Creek Falls stands at 256 feet, making this one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States. See Details
Smith Springs Recreational Area Activities at the pet-friendly Smith Springs Recreational Area in Antioch, TN, range from fishing, hunting, picnicking, boating, canoeing, hiking and wildlife viewing. It's located on J. Percy Priest Lake, and 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. The picnic area is nice and shady. This park is open April 1st through October 29th. See Details
Renaissance Park Renaissance Park is a pet-friendly recreational spot in Chattanooga, TN, on the north shore of the Tennessee River. Fido is welcome to explore the 23 acres but must remain on a leash. Amenities include historic markers, picnic areas and nature trails. See Details
Mud Island River Park Leashed dogs are welcome at Mud Island River Park in Memphis. Enjoy walking your dog or playing a game of fetch in the park overlooking the Mississippi River and downtown Memphis. Always clean up after your pet. The park is open daily from 7am to dusk; it is closed Nov-Mar. See Details
Cedars of Lebanon State Park Leashed dogs are welcome to visit Cedars of Lebanon State Park, a pet-friendly natural space in Lebanon, TN, where you can explore beautiful trails and other outdoor areas. Please note that pets are not permitted in park lodges, cabins, public eating places, food stores and on designated swimming beaches and pools. Please follow any signage posted in each area. See Details
Stones River Greenway The dog-friendly Stones River Greenway is a 10-mile paved trail system in Nashville, TN. It connects Shelby Bottoms to Percy Priest Lake and links to the YMCA on Lebanon Road, Heartland Park, Stones River Dog Park and Two Rivers Park along the way. Your furry friend will love this day-long outing. 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 See Details
Warner Parks Warner Parks is a pet-friendly community hub in Nashville, TN. Fido is welcome to explore one of the largest municipally administered parks in the state. This popular destination offers a dog park, scenic roadways and overlooks, hiking trails, cross-country running courses and more. See Details
Patriot Park Take a stroll with your leashed pup along the river at Patriot Park, a dog-friendly park in Pigeon Forge, TN. The park adjoins with the local KOA campground, the trolley stop office and the Old Mill shopping area. The walking trail at Patriot Park is 1/2 a mile long. Along the path are the flags of all 50 states and several memorials to the veterans of Pigeon Forge. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that is left behind. See Details
Margarette Falls Hiking Trail Margarette Falls Hiking Trail, located outside Greeneville, TN, is dog friendly. Leashed pets can accompany you along this out-and-back 2.7-mile route with provides various terrain for both you and your dog to enjoy. The biggest draw for keen hikers and photography enthusiasts is Margarette Falls, a unique fan-shaped waterfall with a 60-foot drop. The trail itself is moderately difficult, but several stream crossings provide opportunities for Fido to cool off along the way. See Details
General Bragg Bark Park Fido is invited to play at the General Bragg Bark Park in Murfreesboro, TN. This off-leash facility contains two separate areas for large and small dogs. Amenities include a water fountain, benches and shade structures. There is also a fenced-in area for agility equipment. See Details