Keeping Cool!Summer is finally here in the Smokies, and it sure is HOT! While you are vacationing with your dog, make sure you keep him cool, and plan some fun for him too!

Lately our favorite doggie outing has been to Pigeon Forge’s Riverwalk Greenway. The Greenway is a 2-mile, paved path that runs along the Little Pigeon River. Although there are several places to access the Little Pigeon River and the Greenway, we like to go to the Municipal Parking Lot on Teaster Lane, in Pigeon Forge. This giant parking lot is rarely occupied by more than a few cars and is a great spot to let your dog run!

Let's Go For a Walk!(FYI: The parking lot is sometimes used for special events, such as car shows, so check the calendar of events first.)

WALK – The walking trail is a nice place for an evening stroll along the river or a family bike ride. Please be courteous and keep your dog on a leash, because this path is popular among joggers and bicyclists too!

Stay with ERA in the Smokies when you bring your pets to Gatlinburg!SWIM – This section of the Little Pigeon River is a perfect place for your pup to cool off! The water is fairly shallow here and easily accessible. Sit on the grassy river bank or soak your feet in the river while your furry friend plays. Our dogs love coming here! It is a perfect place to chase after sticks and cool off on hot summer days.