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Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails in East Tennessee

If you are looking to get out and explore more in the Eastern Tennessee area while the weather is nice, we suggest bringing your dog on a hike in one of the many dog-friendly trail systems near Knoxville, TN. Find our four favorite hiking trails that allow dogs below.

Hiking Trails That Allow Dogs near Knoxville TN

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The Gatlinburg Trail

Though the majority of the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are not dog-friendly, two are including the first hiking trail on our list: The Gatlinburg Trail. The 1.9-mile trail is on fairly flat ground and runs from the Sugarlands Visitor Center towards the city of Gatlinburg. Dogs walking on this trail must be leashed at all times.

House Mountain

The House Mountain natural area is a 500-acre parked filled with 5.8 miles of dog-friendly trails just about 30 minutes outside the city of Knoxville. The trails at House Mountain can be fairly steep especially if you are climbing to the summit to see the spectacular views, which we would highly suggest you do.

Obed Wild & Scenic River

All trails in the Obed Wild & Scenic River area are dog-friendly. Trails in this area range from an easy and flat 0.3-mile hike to a 14.2-mile strenuous hike for experienced individuals and healthy dogs only. Dogs should not swim in the river and owners should bring separate clean water for them to drink.

Ijams Nature Center

Human and dog visitors at the Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville will find over 12-miles of dog-friendly trails to explore. These trail systems vary in intensity and are popular with local mountain bikers, so make sure to find a trail that matches you and your dog’s abilities and be courteous of those on bikes.

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Now that you have a list of local hiking places to hit up, you may need a dog-friendly vehicle to help you and your furry friend arrive there in comfort and style. Find a variety of hatchbacks, crossovers, and SUVs that offer just the right amount of space for all your travel companions at the Fox Toyota dealership in Clinton. Stop by the dealership or browse our inventory online.