The Smoky Mountains are a great central location for a number of day trips.  One dog friendly day trip is a day in Knoxville.  Only 40 miles away, a drive to Knoxville takes less than an hour.  Here are some of Knoxville’s dog-friendly attractions:

PetSafe Dog ParkVisit PetSafe Dog Park!

Knoxville’s first dog park features a natural pond, full set of agility equipment, walking trails and a doggy water fountain.  This is an “on-leash” park except for specified “off leash” times.  Please visit the PetSafe website to learn about all park rules before you visit!

PetSafe Village
10424 Electric Ave.

Ijams Nature Center

This  275-acre wildlife sanctuary has over 10 miles of trails.  Grounds and trails are free to the public and open during daylight hours.  Leashed dogs are welcome!  The Sanctuary is situated on the Ijams Family’s original homestead, with ponds, rock gardens, and overlooks.  Beyond the homesite, the sanctuary sprawls over rolling woodlands, with wildflower trails and a boardwalk on the Tennessee River.  Trail maps are available for $1 at the Visitor Center. 

 Other things to see here (without your dog unfortunately) include a raptor enclosure and amphitheatre, visitor center with exhibits, gift shop and restrooms, Invertebrate Inn, and Teenie Playhouse!

Ijams Nature Center
2915 Island Home Avenue

River Dog Bakery

Visit River Dog Bakery!

River Dog Bakery offers all sorts of fresh baked dog treats.  Some favorites are Snicker Poodles, Sweet Pawtato Chips, and Ruff Krispy Treats.  Treats can be purchased individually, by the bakers dozen or prepackaged.  They also offer a vast selection of toys, collars and leashes, bedding, bowls, bath and grooming products and a variety of accessories.

River Dog Bakery
7741 S. Northshore Dr.| Suite 104



There are a number of dog-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating areas, but unless you love being cold, they may be better to try in the spring!  Here are some of our favorites:

Barley's Taproom and PizzeriaRelaxed, nostalgic ambiance along with sourdough pizzas, specialty sandwiches and 40+ beers on tap!  Large patio where friendly, leashed dogs are welcome!

200 E Jackson Avenue


Calhouns on the Tennessee RiverSaid to have the best Ribs in America!  Angus beef burgers, BBQ dishes, steaks, homemade desserts! Outside dining area by the Tennessee River welcomes well-behaved, leashed dogs.

400 Neyland Drive/H 158

Tomato HeadMore than great pizza!  Local, natural and organic foods, and a menu to reflect the seasons. Bring your leashed dog to the outdoor seating area.

12 Market Square

We hope you and your dog enjoy your day trip to Knoxville!  Let us know if you find any additional Doggie Hotspots!

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