Hermitage is an eastern neighborhood of Nashville, Tennessee, operating as an individual suburb with a highly developed net of retail stores and an impressive residential area offering both simple homes and extensive residences. The neighborhood is home to pet-friendly eateries and three veterinary clinics, but if you want to include some outdoor activities in your itinerary, you will have to travel to the neighboring areas.
Stones River Greenway in the Riverside Edge neighborhood, just a few miles north of Hermitage, is a 10-mile trail system offering a good walk from Shelby Bottoms to Percy Priest Lake. You can stop off at Stones River Dog Park (located at the beginning of the trail) and Two Rivers Park along the way. Bring plenty of water with you, and make sure to keep your pup on a leash along the trail.
When your bellies start growling, visit Famous Dave’s Barbecue, offering a friendly atmosphere and even better company -- the locals love dining with their dogs here! Browse the extensive menu of starters and snacks. While in Hermitage, you just have to try Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, a scrumptious specialty dish at First Watch Cafe.
Two Rivers is a small neighborhood of Nashville, nestled on the banks of Cumberland River and offering easy access to Two Rivers Park. Featuring a golf course, a pool and walking trails, the park has got a place for your puppy as well! Two Rivers Dog Park is a well-shaded area near the woods with a fence and plenty of open space for running and playing with peers. The park offers a variety of activities to engage your mutt – a walking loop around the perimeter, rolling hills and grassy areas to explore, plus a spot to socialize with other owners and hounds!
Two miles northeast of downtown Nashville, you will find Lockeland Springs, a historic neighborhood welcoming pups to join the friendly crowd of canine friends in Shelby Dog Park. The dog park is set inside the main park, right behind the Shelby Park Community Center. This fenced off-leash area suits perfectly for simple daily exercise or letting your pup sniff out some new furry friends! Double the joy by taking your pooch for a stroll on the Shelby Bottoms Trail, adjacent to the park, before cooling off at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams on Eastland Avenue. Here, you'll find four outdoor tables and smooth, flavorful ice creams.
Belinda Parkway is one of the main roads in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Feel free to explore the commercial area and multiple convenience stores along the parkway, but do pay a visit to Mt. Juliet Bark Park if you are traveling with your pup. This clean and well-maintained dog park has a fenced area where pooches can play and chase to their hearts' content. You'll also find picnic tables where you can share a treat or relax in the shade. Drinking water fountains are also available for four-legged visitors, as well as benches for humans. Keep in mind that, when it rains, the park quickly becomes muddy, and you will definitely need a towel to clean your buddy’s paws.
Smith Spring Public Use Area is a huge recreation spot just 15 minutes from downtown Nashville, offering a wide variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, canoeing, picnicking and even hunting! The closeness of J. Percy Priest Lake is an added bonus, welcoming pups to swim or at least dip their paws in the crystal clear water. This area is not a dog park, so you'll have to keep your buddy on their leash and avoid the beaches and fishing spots if you want your buddy to swim. Relax and savor a homemade meal or picnic in the shaded area with tables. The place is open from April 1 to October 29.
Antioch is one of the southern neighborhoods in Nashville. The area is known for its rapidly developing commercial district. William A. Pits Park is one of the recreation areas in the neighborhood -- apart from Antioch Park -- where you can let your buddy roam along the walking trails. Or, make a beeline for the off-leash dog park! The designated dog area at William A. Pits Park is one of the most pawpular places for local dog owners to congregate, so your pup is sure to make some friends here! This park has plenty of grass, clean water fountains for dogs, and seating for humans.