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Favorite places to hike with my dog in Nashville


If you are in the Nashville area you probably love to take your dog hiking with you. All within a short drive! These are my favorite places that I frequently enjoy.

Ellington Agricultural Center

In a small Nashville suburb is Ellington Agricultural Center. The address is 440 Hogan Road Nashville TN 37220. There are many trails to hike, a small creek that you can access, rolling meadows, an Iris garden, and gazebo to hang out afterwards. The sun rises over the horse pastures and the bathrooms are near the parking lot. Its free to park and open 7 days a week.


Long Hunter State Park Day Loop Trail

Next is the Day Loop Trail at Long Hunter State Park. This trail is about 4 miles or so and you can add more distance by heading down the volunteer trail that will get you more than 10 miles. I enjoy the different terrain and change of scenery as well as the elevation changes. Not too rocky or many roots but you do get to walk along side a cliff over the water, you can access a rocky beach, you could even run here if you were that motivated. Grab the All Trails App to get you there. The main park is located at 2910 Hobson Pike Hermitage, TN 37076


Bledsoe Creek State Park

Another favorite is Bledsoe Creek State Park in Gallatin. I love that you can hike, run, kayak, fish and camp here. It has many different trail options and variety of landscape and terrain features. There is a stair case up the side of the mountain that is easier to go up than down in my opinion so I usually do the trails in a counter clockwise manner. There is even a playground there for the little ones to enjoy. There are very clean bathrooms at the ranger station. The address is 400 Zieglers Fort Road Gallatin, TN 37066.


Bells Bend Outdoor Center

Bells Bend Outdoor Center is fantastic place to take your dogs, and your bike! It is located at 4187 Old Hickory Blvd Nashville, TN 37218. The entire trail is at least 10ft wide and surrounded by hills of wildflowers and trees. There is about 4.5 miles of trails that beginners will enjoy. There are port o let facilities and water available at the trailhead and also an outdoor center during select hours. On foot you can gain access to a small creek.


Make sure to enjoy the trails safely, carry bug spray, water for you and your pup, and some snacks. Always pick up after your dog and throw away your trash so we can keep these areas looking beautiful.

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