Powell is an unincorporated community in Knox County, Tennessee, but is considered to be more of an independant small town than a suburb. Scenically situated in the Beaver Creek Valley between Copper Ridge and Beaver Ridge, there is plenty of gorgeous nature nearby! This community may be laid back, but has big city conveniences nearby in the city of Knoxville. Right within Powell, there are three veterinary clinics, making pet care a breeze!
Powell has some urban parks to call it’s own as well. One of the great options is Powell Park, located in the southwest end of town off of Old Clinton Pike. This park doesn’t have any facilities, but there is plenty of mowed grass that your pooch will love to sniff and play on! There are mature trees bordering the park where you can relax in the shade. Leashed dogs are welcome of course, but don’t forget the waste bags and dog treats for your good boy or girl!
If you’re just in Powell for a visit, you won’t need to go far to find somewhere to crash with your pupper! La Quinta Inn and Suites Knoxville is pet friendly! They welcome up to two dogs of any size for no additional fee. Be sure to call ahead and make sure there are pet friendly rooms available.
With all of these pet friendly places around town, you and Fido are sure to feel right at home in Powell!
One of the pawpular places to hang with your dog in Powell is at the Powell Station Park. This park is located within the downtown area, and has something in it for everyone, including a skate park, playground, and splash pad. There are also restrooms and picnic areas available. For some fresh air and exercise, you can enjoy the paved loop that circles the park, continues over the creek and connects to the Powell Greenway. From here the adventure continues! The Greenway provides a safe place for residents and their furry friends to walk in nature. It connects from Powell High School to Powell Middle School. Leashed dogs are welcome in all these areas as long as they get picked up after!
In the neighboring city of Knoxville, you can find plenty more places to play and explore with your doggo! One of these puppy paradises is the PetSafe Village within Tommy Schumpert Park. PetSafe Village is a dog park with two separate fenced off areas, one for small dogs, and one for breeds of all shapes and sizes. Features include benches, a mulch walking trail, and a pond to splash and play in. Drinking water and waste bags are included, but don’t forget your dog’s favorite ball and some towels! The surrounding Tommy Schumpert Park welcomes leashed dogs as well, and features athletic fields and a walking path.
Another great place for your pup to burn some energy is at Dogwood Park, located in the Windsor Park neighborhood of Knoxville. This dog park is only about 10 minutes away from Powell, and provides a safe place for your dog to get some much needed exercise, and enjoy some pawsitive socialization. This dog park is located in the east end of the Victor Ashe Park, and features a fenced, one acre off leash section. There is a puppy playground here too, where your pooch can practice his agility! Drinking water and waste stations are available, so all you need to bring is your playful pup. The surrounding 120 acre park also welcomes leashed dogs, and features a lovely walking trail.
Directly west of Powell, in the Rivers Run neighborhood of Oak Ridge, you can find an escape into the Great Outdoors. It’s this neighborhood that is proud home to the Haw Ridge Park, just a 15 minute drive from Powell. This riverfront park is located on a peninsula that juts out into Clinch River. There are almost 30 miles of trails weaving throughout this park that are well used by trail runners, mountain bikers and dog walkers. There is something here for dogs and humans of all fitness levels, including a paved walking path that leads right down to the river. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their two-legged friends, as long as they leave only paw prints!
Southeast of Powell, in the city of Knoxville, you can find another great place to explore in the wilderness with your pooch. In the neighborhood of North Knoxville sits the woofderful Sharp’s Ridge Memorial Park, under a 20 minute drive from Powell. This 115 acre park features plenty of trails and picnic areas. Probably the most exciting part is the overlook that offers one of the city’s best views of the Smoky Mountains. There is even a platform with signage identifying each of the mountain peaks. When your stomach is growling, head over to the Hexagon Brewing Company, just north of the park. They offer an array of limited addition brews, tasty eats, and dog friendly outdoor seating.