This central neighborhood sits in the heart of Macon County. The western side of the neighborhood boasts the well-kept Macon County Park. Make sure you have a full supply of tennis balls and frisbees for this adventure. You and your dog are welcome as long as you clean up after your dog, so make sure you bring the waste bags! This snifftastic neighborhood has the charm you would expect in a Tennessee town, without all of the fuss of a large city like Nashville. If you are looking for a low-key place to spend some time with your furry buddy, Red Boiling Springs is a great getaway!
Right next door to Red Boiling Springs is Macon County’s second major neighborhood: Frog Pond. This area attracts many hikers and barkers with its Winding Stairs Nature Trail Park. Here, you can hike and run to your heart's content while exploring all of the beauty that Macon County has to offer. Your dog will be so busy sniffing all of the smells they won’t notice if you snap a selfie or two! Make sure you have plenty of water and snacks; you and your pup are sure to work up quite an appetite here. If you are searching for local camping, a short 20-minute drive toward the Tennessee/Kentucky border will take you to the Long C Trails. Horses are as welcome here as dogs, so make sure your pup minds his manners!
This sleepy little town called Bethpage is 30 minutes from the center of Macon County. The adjacent Sumner County gets to claim this peaceful jewel. Your dog will love the rolling grasses and open air that Bethpage offers. The west side of town especially is mostly undeveloped open green space where your dog will love sniffing around. Many creeks and branches converge in this neighborhood, so make sure you have a clean towel on hand in case your pup decides to have a splash party! The Bethpage Store and Grill is a one-stop spot for this small neighborhood. Locals are friendly and welcoming to travelers and their four-legged companions, so feel free to let your dog stretch his paws and lick a stranger or two while visiting Bethpage.
Just a 20-minute drive outside of Macon County you will find Pleasant Shade in Smith County. This rural, unincorporated neighborhood is a sniff-aliscious stop for you and your doggy entourage. Your dogs will enjoy the many creeks that pass through this town, so make sure you stop to check out a few of them. This is a true down-home neighborhood with a simple post office and a gas station, where you can stop and get some quick snacks and some fresh air. There may be no restaurants in this area, but the locals are a friendly bunch that will help you find your way around before you can bark three times.
Just 25 minutes away from Macon, City Center is a neighborhood right in the middle of Hartville. The neighborhood utilizes green space every chance they get to brighten up the buildings. Just around the corner, you will find the pawsome Trey Park, where you can take a walk with your dog for a few minutes, or spend the afternoon playing fetch. If you get hungry, a quick drive north will take you to the local Sonic where you can dine with your pup drive-in style. You can also explore the creeks and branches that flow throughout the neighborhood and into the larger Hartville area.