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

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

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

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

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>.
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