Whether you’re a seasoned hiking veteran or a newbie simply looking to explore some trails with your four-legged best friend, here are 10 of the most-scenic hiking trails for you and your dog in the South. Some of these hikes require dogs to stay on a leash, others do not. Just remember to be mindful of the hikers you pass along the way.
10 Scenic Hikes Great for Dogs:
1. The Appalachian Trail // Georgia to Maine
The granddaddy of them all— a trail spanning 2,000 miles doesn’t get any bigger than this. It’s a hiker’s dream passing through several state and national parks, highlighted with wildflowers, panoramic views and creek-filled forests.
2. Conecuh Trail // Blue Pond Recreation Area, Alabama
Crystalline lakes and one-of-a-kind Southern scenery. This hike takes you past sapphire-blue ponds and a whole slew of Southern flora. Don’t forget the bug spray, they are everywhere.
3. Athens Big Fork Trail // Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas
If your dog loves water, this trail is for you. The trail continually crosses over creeks and rivers, then peaks at various vista points along the way.
4. Tallulah Gorge // Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia
This 1,000-foot gorge slices its way through lush forest growth. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit, as there are several naturally occurring water slides scattered along the way. You will need a hiking permit and a dog leash.
5. Swift Camp Creek Trail // Daniel Boone Wilderness, Kentucky
This hike showcases the largest concentration of arches east of the Rockies, all packed into tree-crowded scenery. This trail drop you smack-dab into the heart of things, past arches, waterfalls, and plenty of Kentucky greenery.
6. Mount Mitchell Trail // Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
The highest peak east of the Mississippi River. So if you want your heart rate to soar, this hike is for you. Don’t forget to stop from time-to-time, catch your breath and appreciate your surroundings.
7.Fiery Gizzard Trail, Grundy Forest State Natural Area, Tennessee
7. Fiery Gizzard Trail // Grundy Forest State Natural Area, Tennessee
A point-to-point trail that’s easy to complete in a day, with ridge top views and cascading waterfalls scattered along your way.
8. Mount Cammerer // Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee
A challenging hike that rewards with a panoramic view of the Smoky Mountains.
9. Stony Man Mountain, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
9. Stony Man Mountain //Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
So, you want to climb a mountain? This hike is super easy and on clear days has some of the best views of Shenandoah National Park.
10. Whiteoak Canyon // Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Foggy in the winter and lush and green in the warmer months, the Whiteoak Canyon to Cedar Run Loop delivers waterfall after waterfall. With a whopping six of them total you’re never far from a scenic spot along the riv