Just outside of Chattanooga, on the border between Tennessee and Georgia, lies East Ridge, a charming Tennessee town with a whole lot to offer for people and dogs alike. The city truly gives visitors the best of both worlds: as you near Chattanooga, you feel the urban atmosphere slowly unfolding. As you travel southwest, you enter a vast rural landscape characterized by its awe-inspiring natural beauty.
However you decide to explore East Ridge, you can rest assured that your dog will be taken care of — the area has four veterinary clinics of the highest quality. You will want to take in the breathtaking scenery at one of the many parks in the area — there are hiking trails through dense woods and along trickling creeks that you don’t want to miss.
This part of Tennessee is also very rich in history, so if you are inclined, you will want to stop by some of the historical landmarks like those in Fort Oglethorpe. If you’re more of a city person, then head northwest toward Chattanooga for some delicious food and good company at one of the many dog-friendly restaurants and pubs. You will also find a number of smaller parks with walking trails in town, so you and your furry friend will definitely have somewhere to stretch your legs.
East Ridge has so much to offer; it truly is a must-visit destination for people and pooches who are traveling through Tennesee!
East Ridge’s west side includes the neighborhood of Cannondale, where you will find trickling Tennessee creeks and rolling lawns in abundance. The highlight of this neighborhood is Heritage Park off of Jenkins Road: the park has an off-leash dog park with separate areas for large and small dogs, water and bath stations, and agility equipment. Best of all, the park has recently eliminated its membership fee, so it is free and open to the public! When you’ve worked up an appetite, head over to Fresh to Order. True to its name, it is a small restaurant serving paninis, hamburgers, soup, and the like. They have a covered outdoor patio that you and your canine companion can enjoy.
To the south of East Ridge rests Fort Oglethorpe, an area rich in history that has much to offer for you and your dog. Be sure to check out Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Park while you’re there. The park encompasses over 9,000 acres so you can easily spend an entire day there and still have more to see! If you’re a history buff you’ll enjoy the many Civil War sites and artifacts there, or you can just walk around and enjoy the beautiful scenery and fresh air. On your way back north, you can stop at BBQ Shack for some casual barbecue at their outdoor, pet-friendly tables.
Downtown is the heart of East Ridge and it offers plenty to do for you and your furry-pawed friend. Just walking through the neighborhood gives you a great taste of the local culture. While you’re walking, swing by Springvale Park on Springvale Road — a small but friendly place where local dog owners like to stretch their legs. When you’re done, head west to the East Lake area, home of East Lake Park. This park is a great place to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the fresh air. It also features a scenic duck pond, complete with a spring — a perfect setting for a picnic!
Downtown Chattanooga is just a few miles from East Ridge, and it has so much to offer that it is definitely a place you should visit while you're in the area. The 23-acre Renaissance Park is a beautiful place for a walk — it has a number of trails and historic markers. There are also lots of dog-friendly restaurants nearby. Blue Orleans Seafood Restaurant is highly rated and offers outdoor seating for you and your dog. Another option is 3rd Deck Burger Bar, which likewise has outdoor tables so you and your canine companion can enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down.
Nestled west of East Ridge and north of Cannondale is the quaint and charming neighborhood of Bella Vista. For the gastronomically inclined, this is a must-visit destination. There are close to ten Fido-approved restaurants you can choose from so you’re sure to find something you will enjoy. Acropolis is a local favorite that serves Mediterranean and Greek dishes; it has seven pet-friendly outdoor tables. For the adventurous, there is Fuji Steak & Sushi, a Japanese restaurant that also has outdoor seating to accommodate your pawesome pal. Gondolier Pizza offers something everyone can enjoy and has pet-friendly outdoor seating as well. Bone Appetit!