The town of Loudon is proudly set on the banks of the Little Tennessee River. It's also a part of Loudon County and one of the most popular destinations for tourists and visitors. Wild nature and glorious heritage create a special atmosphere of a historical place, nature preserve and commercial center all in one. You will love the amenities for dog-owners here, including parks, cafes, hotels and three veterinary clinics in the area that believe that a happy pup is a healthy pup!
If a good city has a dog park, you can think that this is a good city. And you will be right. Apart from several public parks in the city and surrounding areas, Loudon has a special place for furry friends to play off-leash and enjoy the doggy life. The City of Loudon Parks and Recreation Dog Park is an amazing amenity to the east of downtown, offering two separate areas for different breeds, as well as grass and shaded areas. Parking is available if you are traveling by car.
Love outdoor activities more than anything else? Hall Bend Trail circling northeast of Loudon (closer to Lenoir City) is an easy hiking trail to explore with Fido and enjoying the adventure.
Tired of too many activities? Take a break and relax for a day at one of the pet-friendly hotels in the area, such as American Best Value Inn in the city center, which charges an affordable fee per pet, per night.
Concord Park, on the outskirts of Concord, is a spacious recreation area with numerous outdoor activities. Surrounded by the Fort Loudon Lake, the park offers fishing, swimming, paddling and sailing activities, as well as skateboarding and hiking. Your pooch is welcome to explore 4 acres of the park on-leash, or frisk and romp in the designated area of Pet Safe Concord Park Dog Park, which also offers some wooded area! The dog run is fully fenced so you can let your mutt off the leash. You will find lots of grass, benches, and drinking fountains for thirsty visitors (pooches and humans alike). Your pooch can even go swimming here, so pack a towel! However, when it comes to swimming, there is no fence or anything, so keep an eye on your pal!
The oldest part of Knoxville Old City is located at the northeast corner of the downtown area. This redeveloped neighborhood is one of the local city attractions, with historical buildings and touristy amenities, including dog-friendly cafes and a dog park. Charter Doyle PetSafe Dog Park in the heart of the neighborhood is a well-shaded, designated section for pooches to play and run off-leash with lots of rocks to sniff, climb and explore. No need to worry about anything: water doggy fountains and waste disposal stations are spread all over the area. If you want to see the surroundings, turn to Charter Doyle Greenway, offering half a mile of adventure encircling the park. Old City is a great place to try different cuisine and discover new places for foodies: dog-friendly eateries are located north of the park and promise to be a tasty piece of Old City’s adventure.
Stretching along the banks of the river and set right across Boyd Island, Holston River Park is an amazing recreation area and the first choice for dog-owners in the city. The park has both land water outdoor activities, including bicycling, fishing and paddling. Be sure to bring a towel! Explore miles of walking trails with your lovely mutt on the leash, or let him running free and chase other pooches in the fenced sections for small and large dogs. The park is fully shaded, protected and equipped with drinking water fountains and waste disposal bags for your convenience.
Fountain City is a spacious neighborhood in the northern part of the city, off TN-9 separated from Knoxville by long narrow ridges: Blackoak Ridge and Beaver Ridge. The neighborhood has a few recreation areas, including Fountain City Lake (or, as the locals call it, the “Duck Pond”). If you head north to Rifle Range Road, you will find Tommy Schumpert Park, which is affiliated with Pet Safe Village and features two separate areas for small and large breeds, tons of off-leash fun and many happy pooches running on the grassy area, sniffing and exploring the walking trails. No need to bring water, but take some towels with you since it may get muddy after a rain.
Windsor Park is a neighborhood in the northwestern part of Knoxville with roomy parks and quiet rural areas. Be sure to stop at Victor Ashe Park on Bradshaw Road. This is a public park featuring a wonderful fenced-in, off-leash area on the hill with a playground and sections for small and large pooches. Some locals say that there is not enough room to run or play, but the park also has agility equipment for sporty mutts. You can always take an on-leash walk around the park and adjacent golf course to keep your furry friends in a good shape.