Trip Ideas - (In or Around) Tennessee - Dog Friendly if Possible
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Justin Tadych
(oshburg) - M

Locale: Midwest
Trip Ideas - (In or Around) Tennessee - Dog Friendly if Possible on 06/17/2013 10:16:48 MDT Print View

So I am leaving for Tennessee from Wisconsin around June 28th. Going to spend 1 or 2 nights visiting a friend while in Tennessee but I have 10 days of vacation total. That gives me at least 5 days to backpack!!!

Would like to do some backpacking along the way, preferably with my dog. However, I can also leave the dog at home.

Any suggestions for Backpacking trips in and around Tennessee? Anywhere from 1 night to 5 nights? 15 miles a day max.

Thanks in advance!

Ben Crocker
(alexdrewreed) - M

Locale: Kentucky
Trip Ideas - (In or Around) Tennessee on 06/17/2013 10:25:52 MDT Print View

Most of the best backpacking is in eastern Tn. This time of year, its hot, so you'll want to be high or on a cool creek. These would be my top picks:

The Citico/Slickrock Wilderness fits pretty well; its on the Tn/NC border. Its a lot like the Smokies but fewer rules. There are some nice high balds and great creeks as well. Lots of old growth forest there. I think dogs are fine, but you might want to check.

Smokies would work well, but I don't think dogs are good there. And its a bit more crowded.

Roan Highlands area is a great. Its high and has long stretches of balds. Its more northeast Tn. The AT runs through it. The rhododendron may even still be in bloom up there. Great walk with lots of views.

Tipi Walter
(TipiWalter) - F
TN on 06/17/2013 10:59:42 MDT Print View

Ben's pretty spot on---the Citico/Slickrock has some of the cleanest water in the Southeast (Slickrock Creek) and some high ground balds at 5,300 feet. There's enough trails to occupy a 5 day trip. Heck, maybe I'll see you there. It's my usual stomping ground.

On the other hand, depending on where your friend is in TN---I'd recommend the Mt Rogers backcountry, Wilburn Ridge and the Crest Zone, in southwast Virginia. Dog friendly, too. It's one of the best summer backpacking destinations in the South.