Welcome to Greenbrier, one of the best doggone spots in the Smokies!Enjoying a winter walk in Greenbrier

As you probably know, dogs are not allowed on most hiking trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They are however, allowed on roads! You probably wouldn’t want to take your dog for a walk on busy Newfound Gap Road, but there are many other quieter roads in the Park, most of which do not see nearly as much traffic.

Take a walk The Greenbrier section of the Park is one of these areas that is a little more peaceful. When you enter the Park from Rt. 321 in Pittman Center, there is just one road for the first 3 miles. Much of this road runs alongside the middle prong of the Little Pigeon River, providing some beautiful scenery! Once you have gone 3.1 miles, you have the option of turning left toward the Ramsey Cascades Trailhead (1.5 miles), or continuing straight for another mile to the Porter’s Creek Trailhead.

Take a look at a Park Map.

In the summer, it can get fairly busy here, especially along the river near the entrance -a popular tubing and swimming spot. Farther down the road, once it turns to gravel, you will encounter fewer cars, making it a great place to walk! In winter, it is so PEACEFUL here! The other day, we didn’t see a single car during our entire walk!

Merlin on the road

There is also a great picnic area here at Greenbrier! There may only be 12 picnic sites, but they are rarely all occupied. This picnic area is open year round, so why not have a winter cook-out? Each picnic site has a grill, but you will need to bring your own charcoal. Dogs love hamburgers!

Before you and your dog visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Park Rules.

Enjoy your visit!

3rd night FREE!

 

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