October brings us all the spooky vibes. If you’re wondering where you can find some dog-friendly haunts in Nashville, we’ve got the best places to check out!

(Originally published on October 29, 2018)


Do you believe in ghosts?

Whether you’re a firm believer in the paranormal or you just enjoy a frightening tale, Nashville is a city rich in history, murder and intrigue -all of which is fuel for some really great legends and stories.

Dog looking back over her shoulder in a cemetery

You may (or many not) know that when I’m not busy being Chloe’s human, I like to do paranormal investigations. Music City is ripe with all sorts of unexplained encounters with the past and no lack of locations to investigate or people to meet who have their own personal experiences to share.

But where can you explore some haunted locations with your best four-legged friend? Here are some dog-friendly options where you and your dog can do some ghost hunting together.

Nashville Ghost Tours

Nashville Ghost Tours welcomes well-behaved dogs on their downtown walking tour. Meet up with your tour guide, dressed in historic costume, across the street from The Hermitage Hotel (more on this later) where you’ll embark on a 90 minute tour of several of Nashville’s most infamous haunts. You’ll learn a lot of history in a very entertaining format…and hear the stories of the paranormal goings-on and some eye-witness accounts of ghostly encounters. And yes,  past visitors have captured some pretty amazing evidence on this tour.

Dog greets the tour guide on a Nashville Ghost Tour

(Our Tour Guide looks like he’s already got Chloe spooked!) 

Which dogs will enjoy this: 

Dogs who are familiar with city noises and traffic and who don’t mind some walking and patiently waiting while stories are being told.

Bring your camera (you never know what evidence you might capture) comfortable walking shoes plus some water for you and your dog. No bathrooms are available on this tour, so plan ahead. Also, green spaces for puppy potty breaks are pretty much only found at the State Capitol – so plan on utilizing that tour stop for your dog.

Reserve your spot online at Nashville Ghost Tours.

Also check out the Franklin on Foot Ghost tours.

Stones River National Battlefield

Located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Stones River National Battlefield is an immersive location awash with Civil War history. Walking upon the battlefields, you won’t doubt that the ground is steeped in memories of the past. The Stones River National Cemetery holds the remains of more than 6000 Union soldiers who fell during the battles. Enter with reverence.

You can walk, bike or drive through the grounds with stopping points along the way.

Dog by a cannon touring the civil war battlefields at Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro Tenneseee

There are numerous stories of ghostly sightings within the park. Visitors have reported hearing the firing of weapons and the sound of music – even reports of soldiers who are spotted walking the fields before vanishing in thin air. Most active times are reportedly in late December.

Reenactors at Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro Tennessee

(If you’re lucky, you might visit on a day when a reenactment is happening!)

Which dogs will enjoy this:  

Dogs who enjoy getting outside for a good long walk! Stones River National Battlefield is a National Park – and one of the few that allow dogs to enjoy it with their owners. They are allowed on-leash only to walk the more than 7 miles of trails throughout the battlefields and wooded areas.

Union Station Hotel and The Hermitage Hotel

If you’re up for dropping some serious bucks for the chance of a paranormal encounter – and up for enjoying some serious pampering for you and your pooch, book a room at Union Station Hotel or The Hermitage Hotel. Both locations have their own legendary ghost stories to accompany your stay.

(UPDATE: Since first publishing this, Chloe and I had the opportunity to spend the night at Union Station Hotel. You can read all about it!)

Union Station Hotel is luxuriously immersed in the past yet infused with the modern. Its history stretches back to the 1900s when it served as a busy train station. Through the decades it fell into disrepair until it was designated a Historic Landmark and a $15.5 million renovation renewed this gem of the south.

Dog at entrance to the famous Union Station Hotel in Nashville

During those busy years, tragedy surrounded the station. Rumors of suicides, a train collision that brought in the bodies of victims to the station and other reports have created some interesting paranormal stories.

The Hermitage Hotel, possibly the most famous hotel in Nashville, has received guests such as country music stars, politicians, actors and other celebrities through its doors. It opened in 1910 and while it has changed ownership several times, it has remained a Nashville landmark.

Dog and owner outside of The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville
Dog inside the luxurious lobby of the The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville

Again, the ghostly sighting and sounds of unintended guests have made this hotel a paranormal hot spot. Rumors of a baby crying in Room 910 (now 912) have persisted throughout the years – and a lady in white has been reported wandering the halls.

Will the employees elaborate on these stories? Prrrooobably not! But you can be sure some have their own encounters they keep to themselves.

Which dogs will enjoy this: 

Dogs who know how to enjoy the finer things in life, are well-behaved and comfortable staying in hotels. Both Union Station Hotel and The Hermitage Hotel have ultra-luxurious Pet Programs for their furry guests.

Book online and check pet policies at Union Station Hotel and The Hermitage Hotel.

Carnton

Formerly known and still widely called Carnton Plantation, Carnton is the farm and home of the McGavock family located in Franklin, Tennessee. Built in 1826 by former Nashville mayor Randal McGavock, it became the largest field hospital in the Civil War after the Battle of Franklin (1864) – commonly called the bloodiest battle of the war.

More than 9000 soldiers were “killed, wounded, captured, or counted as missing” during this battle – and the wounded, dying and dead were carried to the house. Bloodstains still remain on the floors of the home.

Dog at  historic Carnton in Franklin Tennessee

A few years after the battle, the McGavock family set aside a two acre plot for the final resting place of almost 1500 Confederate soldiers.

Dog in front of the confederate cemetery at Carnton in Franklin Tennessee

Paranormal activity has been reported here for many years and from many different witnesses. The activity is most pronounced during the autumn months and during the evening – but be warned; it’s not a good idea to trespass after the home has closed for the day…according to the local police department. 

Which dogs will enjoy this: 

All dogs up for a leisurely stroll. Obviously, your dog cannot accompany you inside Carnton house if you want to take a tour, but leashed dogs are allowed to walk the extensive grounds with you. Be sure and clean up after your pup.


Have your own ghostly story to tell? Drop it in the comment below.

Want more of the spooky details about haunted Nashville? Take a look at our book recommendations on Amazon. We’ll earn a bit if you purchase through our link.

Also check out StyleBlueprint’s list of 8 Haunted Places in Tennessee.

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