The Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), is well-known in the world of white-water rafting .  Just over a year ago, the Nantahala Outdoor Center opened the Great Outpost, an outdoor megastore in Gatlinburg, right at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

NOC's Great Outpost

You can bring your dog into this pet-friendly store!  If you and your dog aren’t big shoppers, it is nice to sit in the rockers on the shaded front porch while the rest of your crew is inside the store. 

Though it is mainly an outdoor retailer specializing in camping and hiking gear, you can also find things for your dog!  Here are some of our favorites!

Chaco Leashes and Collars

You may be familiar with Chaco sandals and belts, but did you know they make great canine products too?

Chaco Collar

Chaco makes great collars and leashes!  They are super durable and the plastic clip makes it easy to take the collar on and off.  We have a Chaco leash too and I think its best feature is the clip on the adjustable handle of the leash which allows you to easily attach the leash to a tree or picnic table, or even put it around your waist to have your hands free!  


Ruffwear builds great performance products to enhance and inspire outdoor adventures for dogs and their human companions!

Bark'n Boots Grip Trex

As of very recently, NOC’s Great Outpost is now carrying Ruffwear products!  Ruffwear makes great accessories and toys for outdoorsy dogs!  We have several Ruffwear products.  We have the Bark’n Boots Grip Trex, which are great for dogs that spend a little too much time on rock or pavement, have paw injuries, or sensitive feet!  We also like our “Knot-a-Coupler” which allows us to walk both of our dogs with just one leash!


Mountainsmith makes great travel and storage accessories for dogs and humans alike.  One of my dogs has one of their dog packs, which is great for backpacking or even long day trips.  Wesley carries all of his food and water and gets a little more much-needed exercise at the same time!K9 Cube

More recently, we have gotten the “K-9 Cube” which is so great for road trips and weekend getaways!  This great travel bag has a place for everything we need: leashes, food, water, toys, treats, brushes!  It comes with collapsible food and water dishes, a bigger food storage container, space for water bottles and it all  fits into one bag! 


If your dog likes to fetch and you are not familiar with Chuckit then you both have been missing out!  Chuckit makes all sorts of awesome fetch toys.  The most popular toy among humans is the Launcher.   With the Launcher, I am able to throw a tennis ball much farther than normal and without straining my arm!Flying Squirrel

Another one of our favorites is the Flying Squirrel.  It floats really well, is easy to see and is so funny looking!

All of these products and more can be found at NOC’s Great Outpost, located at traffic light 10 in Gatlinburg.  After shopping, try out your new gear and toys on the Gatlinburg Trail, one of the few pet-friendly trails in the park, located right across the street!