Dog-Friendly Neighborhoods: Chattanooga


When looking for a home, we have found many people keep their furry friend’s needs at the top of the list. This is why we’ve started rating some popular neighborhoods in the area on their dog-friendly options to help you narrow down your home search. Last week, we started with Red Bank and will continue with the neighborhood right next door, Downtown Chattanooga.

We considered the following when rating the neighborhood; Access to Dog-Friendly Parks & Adventures, Close to Dog-Friendly Restaurants, Sidewalks, and Land.

Downtown Chattanooga

Dog Park Options

Chattanooga Chew Chew Canine Park


Chattanooga Chew Chew Canine Park has plenty of greenery, benches, water fountains, and even some agility equipment for your furry friend. An off-leash park with two separate fenced-in areas for large and small dogs is rare for many downtown areas. This provides a great space for those who don’t quite trust their dogs with different sized breeds.

Stringers Ridge

Not a dog park, but plenty big enough to enjoy with your furry friend. Perfect for those who love hiking with their dog and having views of the city as well as nature. There are many paths to take to tire out your dog, each of them unique and beautiful. Once called a “hidden gem”, Stringers Ridge is a wonderful treat for those living downtown.

Renaissance Park

Last but not least is Renaissance Park! Unlike Coolidge Park, which does not allow dogs in the park leashed or not, Renaissance is a popular place for downtown residents to bring their fur baby. Take in the riverfront views, explore the strange geological creations installed in the park and beautiful sculpture art, all while staying in the heart of the Northshore area. Afterward, you can meander on your way to Nooga Paws and treat your dog to all sorts of things they may or may not need.

For the wealth of options Downtown Chattanooga gets a 10/10 when it comes dog-friendly parks!

Dog-Friendly Restaurants/Bar 

There are millions of options downtown for those who like to enjoy their meal (or a pint) with their fur friend. We have to first mention Play Wash Pint because… it is pretty much created just for dog-lovers.


“Chattanooga’s (actually TN’s) only private, synthetic turfed dog park, pint bar, self-wash stations & daycare. Play for dogs. Beer for people.”

Downtown Chattanooga has an advantage over other neighborhoods due to this place alone.

In addition, Niedlovs, State of Confusion, Slicks, Urban Stack, Mean Mug, Beast & Barrel, Alimentari, Taqueria Jalisco, and so many more places all have outdoor seating where you can bring your dog.

Many places, like Hutton & Smith, that are breweries will even let you bring your dog inside while you enjoy a pint.

We give Downtown Chattanooga a 10/10 when it comes to dog-friendly restaurants and bars!


When it comes to sidewalks, Downtown Chattanooga is up there with Red Bank. The entire area has sidewalks galore. However, it is important to note that there are areas where dogs are unwelcome. Coolidge Park, Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, and on the Riverwalk between the Bluff View Art District and Chickamauga Dam are all no dog zones. Downtown Chattanooga gets a 9/10 when it comes to having plenty of spaces to walk your best friend!


One of the most important criteria for dog-owners looking to buy a home is the yard space. Yard potential is hit or miss when you look at downtown living. There are downtown homes or apartments where there is a lot of green space and some with none at all. Therefore, we give Downtown Chattanooga a 7/10 when it comes to land availability.

TOTAL: 36/40

All tallied up, Downtown Chattanooga is a great area for dog owners and those looking for a dog-friendly neighborhood!

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