East Tennessee is known for its bounty of hiking trails, so it's no surprise that Chattanooga is home to countless outdoor enthusiasts. But Chattanoogans aren't the only ones who love a good hike; your dog does too! That's why our crew has compiled this list of dog-friendly hiking trails in Chattanooga for you and your four-legged companion to enjoy. 

North Chick Blue Hole

Care for a swim? The Blue Hole (pictured) in Soddy Daisy is the perfect spot to cool off in the heat of the summer. Take a 30 minute trek along a wooded trail to the crystal blue swimming hole or veer off at any point to take a dip in the Chickamauga Creek Gorge. 

Little Cedar Mountain Trail

The Little Cedar Mountain Trail is a 4 mile loop within TVA's Little Cedar Mountain Small Wild Area. This wooded hike has a little something for everyone including wildlife viewing, scenic bluffs, wetlands, steep climbs and Native American history.

Cloudland Connector Trail

The Cloudland Connector Trail (pictured) is a 14 mile one-way stretch through Cloudland Canyon State Park. This wide, straightforward trail is ideal for dog walking, plus you can choose to turn around and walk back to your car at any time.

Poplar Springs TRail

The Poplar Springs section of the Cumberland Trail is a moderate 5 mile hike along the Tennessee River Gorge. Some rocky terrain might make this trail a little tough for less agile pups, but this fun hike includes numerous wet-weather stream crossings, stone steps and a wooden bridge

rainbow lake trail

The Rainbow Lake Trail (pictured) is a half-mile hike atop Signal Mountain. The short trail ends at Rainbow Lake Dam - a popular swimming spot for humans and dogs alike. If you're up for an adventure, you can explore the suspension bridge and surrounding trails.

Stringer's Ridge

If you're looking for a convenient hike in the heart of Chattanooga, look no further than Stringer's Ridge. While these trails don't boast scenic overlooks or swimming spots, they sure make up for it in accessibility and family friendliness. Be aware of trail runners and bikers.

When you and your pup hit the trails, be sure to remember trail etiquette such as cleaning up after you dog and letting speedy hikers pass you. Believe it or not, other hikers might not love your dog's slobbery greetings as much as you do, so always keep your dog on a non-retractable leash. Don't forget to pack an extra water bottle for your dog and watch for signs of overheating and dehydration. 

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Dogs make everything better, and that's why The Ark Pet Spa & Hotel in Doraville loves getting involved in local dog-friendly events. If you and your pup attend any of these upcoming events in the Atlanta area, tag @thearkpetspaandhotel on Instagram and Facebook for a shoutout!

splish splash doggie bash - 9/7

What's better than a pool party? A dog pool party!! Bring your dog to the first annual City of Doraville Splish Splash Doggie Bash on Saturday, September 7th from 12pm-4pm. Be sure to enter in the doggie fashion show and stop by booths from The Ark Pet Spa & Hotel, The PawStand and WellPet Humane Animal Hospital

dunwoody farmer's market - saturdays

Every Saturday, shop local produce, sweet treats, coffee, fresh meat and seafood, and more at the Dunwoody Farmer's Market. Leashed dogs are welcome to join!

bark in the park - 9/8

You and your dog can cheer on the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on September 8th at 1:20pm. Purchase your ticket for the Braves vs. Nationals baseball game in advance to save a spot for you and your dog.

strut your mutt walk - 10/5

Take your dog for a walk and raise money for Atlanta animal shelters at the same time! Join this one-mile fundraiser walk at Grant Park on October 5th at 8:00am. The Strut Your Mutt event is hosted by the Best Friend Animal Society

citizen supply pop up shop - 9/7, 10/6

Shop handcrafted goods created by local artists and makers. This pop up shop is hosted by Citizen Supply at the Ponce City Market's Beltline Entrance. Bring your pup on September 7th and October 6th from 12pm-5pm.


What makes history more fun? Dogs! Dive into Atlanta's history on a one-hour walking tour of Woodruff Park and surrounding downtown Atlanta historical district. RSVP here to join any of the tours scheduled on the third Saturday of each month from 12pm-1pm.

atlanta undy runwalk - 10/26

The National Undy RunWalk is not just an opportunity to run or walk in your underwear. This dog-friendly event hosted by Colorectal Cancer Alliance to raise awareness and help find a cure. Go online to register for the walk or donate to the cause.

Remember that not all community events and public spaces are dog-friendly. If you find out that Fido isn't welcome, drop your pup off at doggie daycare on your way into the city. The Ark in Doraville is conveniently located at 6485 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. 

The Ark Pet Spa & Hotel loves supporting our local community, and you can too! 

This weekend, Finley Stadium is hosting the Annual Best of Preps Football Jamboree on Friday, August 16th and Saturday, August 17th. More than twenty local Chattanooga high schools will face off for pre-season matches all weekend long. Admission is only $10 for both days. See the full schedule here.

We love our Chattanooga community so much that we're offering football fans a pet boarding discount all weekend long! Stop by any of our locations this weekend wearing your local high school fan gear or waving your Football Jamboree ticket stub, and you'll receive $5 off your dog's boarding reservation for this weekend. Hurry!! This special offer ends Sunday 8/18/19 at 12:00am. 

Friday's matchups will include Bradley Central vs. East Hamilton, McCallie vs. Central and Chattanooga Christian vs. East Hamilton. Saturday's lineup of games includes Howard vs. Signal Mountain, Walker Valley vs. Red Bank, Brainerd vs. McMinn County, Notre Dame vs. Ooltewah, Notre Dame vs. Soddy-Daisy, Baylor vs. Soddy-Daisy and Baylor vs. Ooltewah.



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