Dog-Friendly Waterfall Hikes in Tennessee

Dog playing at base of waterfall.

Tennessee is home to breathtaking waterfalls and thousands of miles of trails, many of which are dog-friendly trails near Nashville. If you have an outdoorsy canine companion, the following tips from our team at Harpeth Hills Animal Hospital can help you and your dog have a safe and enjoyable time exploring Tennessee’s scenic trails. 

A Healthy Start

Hiking with dogs in Tennessee means exposing your pet to new environments—and new critters and creatures. Before you go, schedule a vet visit to make sure your pooch is protected from anything you might encounter on the trail, and take the following precautions:

  • Since there’s no such thing as a “bug-free” hiking trail or campsite, make sure your pet has proper protection against fleas, ticks, and mosquitos. Also, make certain your dog is up to date on vaccinations, including the rattlesnake venom vaccine. 
  • Watch the forecast. If you have a flat-nosed breed like a bulldog, your pooch will have a harder time breathing in higher temps. 
  • If you have a senior pet (or one who’s a tad on the sedentary side), stick to shorter trails marked “easy.” 

Tips and Etiquette for Hiking With Pets in Nashville

Hiking with dogs in Tennessee is a great way to immerse yourself in Mother Nature while strengthening the bond you have with your pet. But while you’re trekking the trails with your canine sidekick, it’s important to remember these hiking etiquette hints:

  • You are responsible for your dog and his or her actions. A little common courtesy goes a long way when encountering other trail users. 
  • Keep your dog leashed at all times—or under the control of strict voice commands. 
  • Step aside and give bikers, joggers, and other hikers plenty of room to pass.
  • Stay on the trails at all times.
  • Stick to dog-friendly trails only. If in doubt, research the trail’s rules before bringing your dog. 
  • Do not let your dog approach other pets or people.
  • Do not disturb the wildlife.
  • Properly dispose of your pet’s waste.

Pack These Supplies When Hiking With Pets in Nashville

Be prepared with the following pet essentials:

  • A fixed-length leash
  • Collar with current ID tags
  • Pet first-aid kit
  • Dog food and treats
  • Clean water and portable water dish
  • Waste bags

Hiking With Dogs in Tennessee

You’ll find more than a thousand miles of trails in Tennessee’s state and local parks, including many dog-friendly trails near Nashville and dog friendly trails with beautiful waterfalls, including:

Hiking with dogs in Tennessee can be thoroughly enjoyable for you and your pet with just a few extra precautions. Please contact us for a wellness visit, and we’ll make sure your pet is ready for your next adventure!