Today's Spotify playlist is going to the dogs! Here are some of our favorite songs about dogs! For your listening pleasure we have included our Spotify playlist at the bottom of the article!

  1. Gonna Buy Me A Dog - The Monkees
  2. I Love My Dog - Sublime
  3. Cracker Jack - Dolly Parton
  4. Like My Dog - Billy Currington
  5. Who Let The Dogs Out - Baha Men
  6. Hound Dog - Big Mamma Thornton
  7. Martha My Dear - The Beatles 
  8. Old King - Neil Young
  9. My Dog and Me - John Hiatt & The Goners
  10. Old Grey Dog - Jimmy Scott
  11. Old Shep - Elvis Presley
  12. Hound Dog - Elvis Presley

Tis the season for hot cocoa and Christmas decorations! One tradition many families have is driving around and checking out Christmas lights. The wonderful thing about this is many are socially distant and covid compliant activities, you don’t even have to leave your car for one of our picks!


Chattanooga

Enchanted Garden of Lights

  • Rock City
  • November 20 - January 2 | 5:00p - 9:00p (10:00p on select nights)
  • $24.95 Adults | $13.95 Kids (Weekdays)
  • $26.95 Adults | $14.95 Kids (Weekend)
The scenic tourist attraction atop Lookout mountain has attracted Christmas light enthusiasts for years. With just under a mile of lit trails Rock City is the perfect place to get your Christmas light fix! Don’t worry, it is dog friendly!

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Huntsville

Galaxy of Lights

  • Huntsville Botanical Garden
  • November 27 - January 2 | 5:30p - 9:00p
  • $25.00/Car
Galaxy of Lights features larger than life animated light displays. You can watch Santa soar over the lit village. It is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young at heart. The great thing is you never have to leave the warmth of your car!

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Tinsel Trail

  • Huntsville’s Big Spring Park
  • November 27 - January 3 | Dusk - Midnight
  • FREE
THe tinsel trail is an awesome Christmas tree display in downtown Huntsville. There are over 200 themed Christmas trees on display. Wind through at your own pace and check out the awesome details of the trees.

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Atlanta

Holiday Lights at BRook Run Park

  • Brook Run Park
  • December 12 - December 28 | 6:00p - 8:00p
  • FREE
See more than 25,000 lights, a 20-foot mega tree, reindeer barn and a wooden train this holiday season. On opening night, participate in the Holiday Lights kickoff celebration with Anna, Elsa and Olaf from “Frozen” and carolers from Stage Door Players.

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Tennessee is known for its bounty of hiking trails, so it's no surprise that Chattanooga is home to countless outdoor enthusiasts. But Chattanoogans aren't the only ones who love a good hike; your dog does too! That's why I have compiled a list of dog-friendly hiking trails in the Chattanooga area for you and your four-legged companion to enjoy. Trust me… I cannot fit all of them on one list, but these were picked for convenience, scenic views, swimming holes, and dog friendliness! 

Big Soddy Creek Gulf - The Blue Hole

Care for a swim? One of the many "Blue Holes" in Soddy Daisy, this is the perfect spot to cool off in the heat of the summer. Take a 30 minute trek along a wooded trail to the crystal blue swimming hole or veer off at any point to take a dip in the Chickamauga Creek. These trails go on for miles so you can choose how adventurous you want to be! 

Pro tip: Keep an eye out for snakes, most will never pose a threat, but this area has a decent snake population especially near the water. 

Ranking: Easy

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Possum Creek - Cumberland Trail

Less trafficked and more isolated, Possum creek has two main trail heads that both bring you along a beautiful section of the Cumberland Trail. You can come in from the North or the South and each direction leads you to a small waterfall where you can take a dip at around mile 4. Sections of this trail, particularly coming from the Southern trail head can burn the legs! 

Ranking: Moderate

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Cloudland Canyon - Overlook Trail

The Cloudland Overlook Trail can be as short as a quarter mile or if you connect it other trails you can go as long as 50 miles! Most of this trail is wide, easy to navigate, and is ideal for dog walking, plus you can choose to turn around and walk back to your car at any time. There are rails in some, but not all areas of the bluffed areas so keep the dog secure.

Ranking: Easy

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Cloudland Canyon - Cherokee & Hemlcok Falls

Less liked by dogs for the 600+ steps, but arguably one of the best attractions in the park is Cherokee Falls. If you and your dog are brave enough you will be treated to an awesome 60 foot waterfall. Just strap on the boots and tighten the harness for the trek back up the 600+ steps!

Ranking: Moderate/Strenuous

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Prentice Cooper - Mullins Cove to Snoopers Rock 

Prentice Cooper has countless trails to explore. We recommend staying on portions of the Cumberland Trail to avoid the motorized trails that ATV enthusiasts enjoy. If you’re looking for an all day adventure check out the Mullins Cove trail. This 9.6 mile trail hits some of the park's favorite lookout points like Snoopers Rock. This point (Snoopers Rock) can also be accessed by several much shorter trails if you’re not feeling up for an all day affair. 

Ranking: Moderate

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Sunset Rock

There isn't a hike more iconic than the Sunset Rock overlook atop Lookout Mountain. This quick "hike" takes you from a small gravel parking lot to a breath-taking view of the valley. Like the name implies, this ledge provides the perfect spot to watch the sunset. Hold the dog tight if they have never been around bluffs. This spot is very popular and easily accessible so parking fills up quickly. We recommend trying to go in the middle of the week to try and avoid the inevitable crowd.

Ranking: Easy

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Rainbow Lake and Bee Branch Trail Loop

The Rainbow Lake Trail is a 2.2 mile hike atop Signal Mountain. The short trail loops around Rainbow Lake - a popular swimming spot for humans and dogs alike. If you're up for an adventure, you can explore the suspension bridge and surrounding trails! Parking is decent, but can also fill up quick on weekends and summer months.

Ranking: Easy/Moderate

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Stringers Ridge

If you're looking for a convenient hike in the heart of Chattanooga, look no further than Stringer's Ridge. While these trails don't boast many scenic overlooks or swimming holes, they sure make up for it in accessibility and family friendliness. There are several miles of criss crossing loops that make for a good “quick hiking fix”.

Ranking: Easy

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Signal Point

Another very popular spot in Chattanooga is Signal Point. This spot is only 15 minutes from downtown and boasts scenic bluff views of the Tennessee River. The first section of the trail has a steep descent down several sections of steps, but after that the trail levels out and brings you to the point. Again, be careful with your dog around these areas. Look out for the safety of your dog and others who may not want your dog running around while they’re close to the edge soaking in the views.

Ranking: Moderate

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When you and your pup hit the trails, be sure to remember trail etiquette such as cleaning up after your dog and letting speedy hikers pass you. Believe it or not, other hikers might not love your dog's slobbery greetings as much as you do, so always keep your dog on a non-retractable leash. Don't forget to pack an extra water bottle for your dog and watch for signs of overheating and dehydration. For the best trail gear come check out The Ark’s selection of Ruff Wear! Harnesses, leashes, collapsible bowls, and even trail lights, and backpacks!

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