Best Fall Hikes For You And Your Dog In Nashville

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year in Middle Tennessee. Mild temperatures, plenty of sunshine, and beautiful fall foliage make spending time outside fun for all members of the family – including those with four legs! Whether you are a hardcore hiker or simply want a man, child and dog in naturechange from your usual walk routine, there is a hiking trail for you! The following are five of the best dog-friendly walking and hiking trails in the Nashville area.

1. Percy Warner and Edwin Warner parks

Located only 15 miles southwest of Nashville, the Warner parks occupy more than 3,200 acres of forest, fields, and trails in southwest Davidson County. With 16.75 miles of hiking trails on 8 different paths, there are trails for every level of expertise; choose a different trail each visit to cover everything from wooded hills to open meadows and babbling streams. One particularly interesting hike includes a visit to the once-working quarry that along the Harpeth Wood trail, a 2.5-mile hike. Dogs are welcome in Warner Parks as long as they are on a leash. For additional fun with your four-legged friend either before or after a hike, make sure to stop by the leash-free Edwin Warner Dog Park to play within the fenced-in area.

2. Otter Creek Trail Road at Radnor Lake

The Radnor Lake Natural Area has some of the most beautiful views in Middle Tennessee! As a Class II Natural Area, jogging, hiking, and pets are not allowed on the trails as they can disrupt or upset the natural ecosystem. However, pets are welcome on the Otter Creek Trail Road, a 2.5-mile paved roadway around the lake that offers plenty of opportunities for scenic views of the lake between the hills.

3. Gordon House and Ferry Trail

Enjoy the outdoors – and learn more about American history – by hiking the Gordon House and Ferry Trail along the Natchez Trace Parkway. An easy one mile hike, this route takes you past the Gordon House, the home of ferry operator John Gordon and one of the few remaining buildings associated with the Natchez Trace. A 10-minute walk from the house takes you to an original section of the Natchez Trace and the Duck River ferry site.

4. Shelby Park and Greenway

Located along the Cumberland River, the Shelby Park and Greenway is a slice of nature tucked away in the heart of Nashville. Hiking the trails in the fall lets you take advantage of the beautiful changing colors of the dense foliage. The main trail is paved, but there are plenty of side trails to allow for additional exploration. Dogs must be on a leash, but can be let off the leash to explore in the fenced off-leash dog park.

5. Day Loop Trail at Long Hunter State Park

Long Hunter State Park is located just 20 miles southeast of Nashville and features trails for all experience levels. Day Loop trail is amongst the most popular; while 4.5 miles long, this easy to moderate trail provides several scenic overlooks of Percy Priest Lake. Pets are not permitted on Bryant Grove Trail, Couchville Lake Trail, or the Nature Loop Trail but are permitted on all other trails at Long Hunter State Park.

There are a number of pet-friendly walking and hiking trails in the Nashville area to allow dogs and their owners to enjoy the outdoors together! Want to know more of our favorite dog-friendly spots in Middle Tennessee? Contact 5 Points Animal Hospital today!

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