Pet-Friendly Places in CHA

May 29, 2023

The weather is finally getting warmer, so it is time to get outside! Let's bring our furry friends with us to explore the city. Whether you are a Chattanooga native or a visitor, there are plenty of restaurants, parks, and hotels where you can spend time with your beloved pet.

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Dog-Friendly Places

Are you up for some outdoor activities? Let's look at parks and attractions in Chattanooga where you can spend time with your pets:

  • Play Wash Point – a truly unique park, a place where dogs and dog-lovers can come together to play and commune in a clean & safe space.
  • Chattanooga Chew Chew Canine Park has lots of greenery, benches, fire hydrants, water fountains, waste removal, and agility equipment. The area is fully fenced with separate sections for small and large dogs.
  • Harrison Bay State Park is a 1,200-acre park with approximately 40 miles of Chickamauga Lake shoreline. This beautiful wooded park is a haven for campers, golfers, boaters and fishermen, as well as picnickers and other day-use visitors from Chattanooga and the surrounding tri-state area.
  • Raccoon Mountain Caverns & Campground is home to Tennessee’s highest rated cave and premier RV park & campground where you can tour nationally recognized cave system, pan for gemstones, or relax by a campfire while taking in the spectacular views of both Lookout Mountain and Raccoon Mountain.
  • Riverwalk is a 13-mile (21-km) riverside path that parallels the Tennessee River from the Chickamauga Dam to downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Riverwalk is a mix of paved pathways, boardwalks, and bridges along the river, through marshland, and over creeks.
  • Tennessee Riverpark is a regional park that includes over 150 acres along the Tennessee River with unique scenic vistas, naturalized areas, open green spaces, playgrounds, public art, recreational areas, fishing piers, historical sites, and facility rentals.
  • Cherokee National Forest is home to 30 developed campgrounds and numerous picnic areas, over 700 miles of trails, seven whitewater rivers where you can enjoy a scenic drive through the mountains, the pursuit of wildlife, the thrill of whitewater, a night under the stars, or solitude on a backcountry trail.
  • South Chickamauga Creek Greenway creates a corridor for passive and active recreation with canoe/kayak launch points along its banks.
  • Ruby Falls is the nation's tallest and deepest underground waterfall open to the public. Although dogs are not allowed inside the cavern, the park does provide free individual kennels.
  • Rock City is a true marvel of nature featuring massive ancient rock formations, gardens with over 400 native plant species, and breathtaking "See 7 States" panoramic views.
  • Walnut Street Bridge is Tennessee’s oldest non-military highway bridge still in use today, restored and revitalized as a pedestrian bridge and linear park.
  • Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center is an environmental learning hub that reconnects Chattanoogans with nature. It offers about 14 miles of trails and roads to explore – mountain slopes, meadows, a creek sidewalk, and wildflower paths.
  • Red Bank Dog Park offers a spacious, fenced space for dogs to play off-leash.
  • Heritage Dog Park is a membership-based park featuring separate areas for large and small dogs, water and bath stations, double-gated security entry, agility equipment, and free educational programs.
  • Nooga Paws is a natural pet market offering the highest quality all-natural, wholesome, healthy foods and treats for dogs and cats.

Highlighted CHA Guide Attractions:



Tennessee Riverpark

Ruby Falls


Rock City


Walnut Street Bridge


Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center


Pet-Friendly Restaurants

Many restaurants and cafes in Chattanooga have comfortable dog-friendly patios so you can enjoy the meal with your dog by your side:

  • Brewhaus is an environment with a strong emphasis on chef-driven food, paired with good ale & wine, in a casual setting.
  • Basecamp is a locally owned and operated bar and restaurant located on the north shore of downtown Chattanooga, a place where adventures begin and end.
  • Hair of the Dog Pub is a blend of reasonable prices, great food, great beer, cocky but good service, and a unique and enjoyable atmosphere.
  • Big River Grille & Brewing Works features innovative cuisine, award-winning ales & lagers and a spacious outdoor patio.
  • Universal Joint is a full-service neighborhood restaurant that offers great food, friendly service, rotating draft and bottle selection, a friendly neighborhood atmosphere, and one of the best dog-friendly patios in town.
  • Visit Chattanooga Brewing Co. in Chattanooga’s historic Southside and sample their beer or have a meal with friends. Bring your dog and hang out in their beautiful outdoor Biergarten, or join them for Brewga, a yoga class and a pint of your choice.
  • STIR is bringing an intense focus on artisan ice and craft cocktails to the Scenic City’s cocktail and dining scene. Every bite and every sip at STIR is crafted daily from scratch, using ingredients predominately from farms and vendors within 100 miles of Chattanooga.
  • Aretha Frankensteins is a small converted house in a residential area known for its huge pancakes and large portions.
  • Puckett’s has built a name on hosting live, local musical acts and serving Southern staples – classics like meat-and-three items and their famous slow-smoked BBQ – in a laid-back and down-home atmosphere.
  • Mean Mug Coffee House are passionate about coffee and food and take pride in providing a unique experience within a comfortable welcoming atmosphere.
  • Tony's Pasta Shop & Trattoria offer hand-cut pasta and fresh sauces made with herbs and tomatoes from their very own gardens.
  • Milk & Honey is where pure gelato, craft coffee and fresh fruit popsicles are made daily – with honor and respect for each ingredient and the people who helped them grow.
  • Edley’s Bar-B-Que is a family-owned and operated by its founders' restaurant where meats are smoked low and slow using Southern white oak.
  • Taco Mamacita features a modern, eclectic menu where the taco is supreme and a full bar with a patio.
  • Acropolis Grill is a family restaurant that honors its long history. The owners take great pride in the food and service and the hospitality offered.
  • With a variety of items to choose from, the Food Works menu focuses on “progressive southern” cuisine with global influences showcasing their culinary team’s ability to put new spins on old classics.
  • 1885 Grill is a southern coastal restaurant that provides diners with a chance to escape their busy day and enjoy a meal-length vacation of the senses in the Chattanooga Valley.
  • The FEED co. Table & Tavern is a locally owned neighborhood restaurant that offers a seasonal menu of inventive farm-fresh cuisine cooked simply and deliciously in a warm and inviting atmosphere
  • Market South is a full-service food hall that features a variety of concepts – Indian, Italian, and Asian food. There are also a brewery, a coffee shop, and an R&D test kitchen.
  • Whitebird is a modern American restaurant nestled in the heart of downtown Chattanooga at the foot of the historic Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge, where they strive to honor the rich history and familiar cooking methods of our region while incorporating unique modern interpretations.
  • Stone Cup Roasting Co is a world-class specialty coffee roaster. They provide Chattanooga with the highest quality, freshest and most consistent coffee possible. 
  • Blue Orleans – a place where every bite and every detail brings you back to the Big Easy, so come experience the taste of New Orleans.
  • Sluggo's serves vegan food in Chattanooga since late 2009. Sandwiches, nachos, seitan and tofu clubs, Philly, BBQ tofu, cajun carrot cakes, potstickers, hummus, cheeky wings, mashed potatoes, and more.
  • Easy Bistro offers a unique culinary experience with dishes rooted in the French classics and prepared with Southern flair.
  • Clumpies Ice Cream Co. has been handcrafting the best ice cream in Chattanooga since 1999. Each batch of Clumpies Ice Cream is made by hand with only the finest ingredients that can be found.

Highlighted CHA Guide Restaurants:

Chattanooga Brewing Co.

Mean Mug Coffee House North

Mean Mug Coffee House South

Tony's Pasta Shop & Trattoria

Easy Bistro & Bar

Clumpies – St. Elmo

Clumpies – Southside

Clumpies – Northshore

Hair of the Dog Pub

Edley’s Bar-B-Que

Blue Orleans Seafood Restaurant - A Taste of New Orleans

Feed Table and Tavern

Basecamp Bar & Restaurant

Hotels to Stay at with Your Pet

Travelling with your dog, cat, or racoon? These hotels welcome you and your furry friend offering everything for a comfortable and memorable stay:‍

  • The Edwin Hotel is a boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. Suites boast impressive views of the river as well as plenty of extra space for lounging.
  • Discover a unique historic getaway at The Read House hotel, where modern-day comfort meets timeless Chattanooga charm.‍
  • Moxy Chattanooga is a stylishly chic hotel that focuses on the less while offering so much more! Made for the young and young at heart, the check-in experience is one of a kind.‍
  • Chattanooga Choo Choo successfully blends history and style with unmatched comfort, with your choice of spacious traditional-style rooms and cozy train car accommodations.
  • Continually inspired by Chattanooga’s history, art, and love for the outdoors, you’ll find sincere local spirit woven into the Kinley experience.
  • Experience contemporary comfort at Sonesta Select Chattanooga. Enjoy spacious hotel accommodations featuring plush bedding, a movable desk & mini fridge to help you feel at home.
  • From stylish suites with kitchens to free breakfast and amenities that focus on sustainability, Home2 Suites is perfect for guests and their pets.
  • Conveniently located off I-24, the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Chattanooga-Lookout Mountain is less than 15 minutes from downtown attractions like the Tennessee Aquarium. Enjoy plenty of space for the entire family, including your four-legged companion, in our large rooms and suites.

Highlighted CHA Guide hotels:

The Edwin Hotel


Recently Renovated

The Read House


Moxy Chattanooga Downtown


Historic Hotel

Chattanooga Choo Choo


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