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Dog Friendly Places in Chattanooga You’ll Love


Many of us on the Ruby Falls team are devoted to our dogs and adore being out and about in Chattanooga with our 4-legged friends. We know dogs are family and we’ve created a special place for furry sidekicks to take a break while you enjoy Ruby Falls.  Traveling dog lovers have oodles of reasons to love Chattanooga and our team has some helpful suggestions that will make your time in Chattanooga fantastic for your pup and stress-free for you.

Dog-Friendly Hotels in Chattanooga

There are a handful of especially dog-friendly hotels in Chattanooga. Here are a few that have pet and people appealing amenities and locations.

Perfect for Laid Back Pups and Humans

The Hemingway Suite at the Crash Pad in Chattanooga is a pet-friendly suite that sleeps 4 guests and is about 8 minutes from Ruby Falls.  It features a full kitchen, separate living room, and bedroom.  Leashed dogs are permitted outside on the grassy grounds. The Crash Pad is just a couple of doors down from Play Wash Pint, and numerous delicious restaurants are just a short stroll away.  We love, love, love that the Crash Pad was built with reclaimed and renewable resources and is LEED Platinum certified.Dog with head out car window

Hotel Clemons is a cozy and welcoming landing place for you and your dog featuring fully equipped kitchens, living rooms and offer one to three bedrooms and one to two bathrooms. Every room is customized and the lobby is the right combo of chill, quirky and always welcoming. If you are planning to visit Ruby Falls and Rock City on Lookout Mountain, you will be a short drive away.  Another plus is the Victorola Bar in the lobby that serves handcrafted cocktails

Dogs and Humans that Love a Great Party

Don’t need an entire suite?  Check out the hip, Moxy Chattanooga Downtown.  This pet welcoming hotel is a fun addition to downtown, walking distance to restaurants and shopping and a quick 10-minute drive to Ruby Falls.  The “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” vibe at the hotel starts from the moment you check in and pick up your room key at the hotel bar in the lobby. Check the Moxy’s schedule for their next Pups and Pints event; it had become a Chattanooga dog lover’s tradition.

Dog at edwin hotelBougie Pups and Humans

Bougie pups will love the The Edwin Hotel and their special pet perks include locally made, organic dog treats, water and food bowls, and even a bed for your pet to use during their stay (based on availability)!   Major perks for the humans on the trip: the beautiful collection of art featured at the hotel from outstanding local artists and perfect location. The swoon-worthy hotel is right next to the Walnut Street bridge (a pedestrian bridge perfect for walks across the Tennessee River), and is just 15 minutes from Ruby Falls.  Keep in mind, there is 40 pound limit for pups staying at the Edwin and a non-refundable pet fee per room is required.

Chattanooga’s Dog-Friendly Restaurants and Best Places for Dog Treats

Chattanooga has become a foodie’s dream with some pet-tastic options if you’d like to bring your dog along while you relax and grab a bite to eat.

PR and Digital Media Coordinator, Missy M. recommends the Daily Ration on Chattanooga’s NorthShore.  “Daily Ration is always a fun place to bring my dog Riggins; the food is locally sourced, and there are usually one or two other dogs for him to play with.  The large, dog-welcoming, covered patio seating is a gem.”  Open M-F for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and on weekends until 3:00 PM.

Dog in carTour Guide, Ashley M.’s two dogs love walking on the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge. There are plenty of benches on the bridge spanning the Tennessee River, making a perfect spot for a snack or picnic. Pick up a sandwich, salad or dessert to-go from local favorite, River Street Deli on the north side of the bridge at Coolidge Park. Enjoy lunch on a bench high above the Tennessee River.  Be sure to bring along some doggie waste bags, there aren’t any available on the bridge.

Located in a vintage service station, Universal Joint is another great option in downtown Chattanooga for food and drinks. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating area. Universal Joint is open for lunch and dinner. It’s a great choice for a late dinner and drinks with your pup in tow.

If you want to reward your dog with a tasty, all-natural Chattanooga treat, toy or a new accessory, head straight to Nooga Paws. The shop is a favorite outing for Ruby Falls Executive Director, Kara Van Brunt’s dog Dooley who fancies their homemade treats. If your pup couldn’t pass up a tempting mud puddle, the self-wash stations at the shop have everything you need to save the day, including an apron to keep you dry.

Dog in Nooga paws pet store

Chattanooga Dog Parks and Best Places to Take Your Dog for a Scenic Walk

You could plan a Chattanooga getaway based on dog parks and beautiful places to walk your dog! There are fun options around town to fit in between your human adventures.

Tour Guide Gabby’s dogs, Bear and Blue are fans of walking the Sculpture Fields at Montague Park. Besides being the largest sculpture park in the Southeast, the park welcomes leashed pets. The clean-up stations scattered throughout 33-acres of grassy fields make poop pick up a snap. Download the Otocast app to hear featured artists speak about their work while exploring the art park with your dog.  If your dog gets overheated easily, you may want to plan a summer visit for the morning or evening and be sure to bring along water and a bowl.

Chattanooga Dog Parks

About 5 minutes from downtown in Red Bank, White Oak Park is the home of spacious Red Bank Dog Park with separate areas for large and small dogs. Meghan G., Admissions Manager regularly brings her dogs Nelson and Newport to this dog park. “It’s well maintained, and most of the time there are friendly dogs to run and play with, along with restrooms, a picnic gazebo, water supplies, and benches.”

If you’re heading to Chattanooga from the north, take a slight detour off I-75 and stop at Heritage Park.  Tour Guide Kelcie H’s homebody pooch, Zoe is even keen on spending time at Heritage Park’s chill dog park. It features separate sections for large and small dogs, benches, shady areas, water stations and a doggie playground with agility equipment. If you prefer  exploring the park with your pup on a leash, you’ll enjoy the meandering walking paths, grassy areas shaded by lots of trees, picnic tables, restrooms and you’ll both love the creek running through the park.

Other spots to check out are Renaissance Park for a short walk, and Play Wash Pint for drinks, self-wash stations and a super social dog park.

Dogs at Ruby Falls

Doodle at Ruby FallsWhile you’re exploring Ruby Falls Cave, your dog can enjoy outdoor time at the Ruby Falls complimentary kennels. The four shaded, covered, open-air kennels are open seasonally and available first-come-first-serve. Bring your dog’s bed, food, water, toys or whatever else your pooch would like to stay comfortable. The self-serve kennels are next to the zipline hut. Kennel locks are available at Ruby Falls’ Hospitality Center, along with dog treats. If your dog is an escape artist, place your crate inside the kennel.  Due to health guidelines, only service animals are eligible for consideration to enter the cave with their human parent.

A Quick Hike Before Hitting the Road

Before you climb back in your car, take your leashed pup on a hike along the Hardy Guild Trail which intersects Ruby Falls property at several points. The trail is jam-packed with natural beauty and fascinating history. Bring water for your dog and ask a Ruby Falls team member if you need directions to the trail. Depending on which direction you hike from Ruby Falls, you’ll walk under the Incline Railroad, cross several impressive trestle bridges or arrive at historic Cravens House, the location of a famous Civil War battle.

Have a great time enjoying the dog-friendly things to do in Chattanooga.  We’ll be waiting to greet you and your pooch at Ruby Falls! 

Contributed by Lara Caughman, Corporate Communications Manager

Lara Caughman

Corporate Communications Manager

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