Wondering what you and your dog can do for fun while vacationing in Gatlinburg?  Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on most of the hiking trails in the park.  Here are some fun alternatives:

Enjoy the National Park with your pet!You can still enjoy the Park! 
Great Smoky Mountains National Park allows leashed dogs on two trails: the Gatlinburg Trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail.  The Gatlinburg Trail starts in Gatlinburg and follows the Little Pigeon River for 2 miles through hemlock forest to Sugarlands Visitor Center.  I haven’t yet checked out the Oconaluftee River Trail, which is in Cherokee, NC, but it sounds just as nice, following the Oconaluftee River for 1.5 miles.
In addition to these two dog-friendly trails, dogs are allowed in picnic areas, campgrounds, and roads (on a leash of course).  Some of the quieter areas (especially in the off-season) like Greenbrier or Cosby may be nice roads to walk a dog on.

Try a guided hike with your pooch!Try a Guided Hike
A Walk in the Woods
is a Nature Guide Service that offers guided walks and hikes anywhere from 1 hr to a few days.  I was excited to see that they offer a dog-friendly nature walk: Pooch and Pal Trek!  For $20 you and your canine companion can enjoy a 1 hour walk with a naturalist on the Gatlinburg Trail

Check out a City Park
In addition to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville also have their own City Parks.  Leashed dogs are welcome at all parks. 

Go Shopping With Your PetGo Shopping
The Village Shops – 27 Unique Boutiques!
The Village features brick pathways and fountains, with a European atmosphere and is located at traffic light 6 on the Parkway in Gatlinburg.

  • Simply Animals – THE pet accessory shop in Gatlinburg
    Pick out some Smoky Mountain souvenirs for Fido.
  • Coffee and Company – Gourmet Coffee Shop and Roaster
    Enjoy your morning coffee with your pup in their outdoor seating area.
  •  The Doughnut Friar –Fresh Doughnuts Daily!- 865-436-7306

 Paws and Claws Pet Fashions –  Gifts for the pet lover and sports fan
611 Parkway, Mountain Mall, Gatlinburg- (865) 430-5082

Enjoy eating dinner on a restaurant patio with your pet!Have Lunch on a Patio
The following restaurants allow well-behaved dogs of any size and breed on their patios.
Howard’s Restaurant – Streamside Dining
Best Italian Cafe and Pizzeria– Literally, the “BEST” locally!
Between traffic lights 8 and 9, tucked back in the Elks Plaza shopping center.
Lineberger’s Seafood – Downtown Gatlinburg
903 Parkway at traffic light 8; (865) 436-9284

Buy 2 Nights, Get the 3rd Night Free!- in one of our pet-friendly cabins