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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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107 Park Headquarters Road
Tennessee 37738
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located both in Tennessee and North Carolina and is one of the most popular of the National Parks. Pets must be leashed or restrained at all times within the park and are not allowed on most of the hiking trails. They can accompany you in your car and at lookouts and stops near the road. However, there are two trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that will allow leashed dogs. The Gatlinburg Trail is a 1.9 mile trail from the Sugarland's Visitor Center to the outskirts of Gatlinburg; it runs along the forest with beautiful river views and it passes old homesteads along the way. It follows a creek a good portion of the way. The Oconaluftee River Trail follows along the river for a 1.5 mile relatively easy hike from the visitor center to the outskirts of Cherokee, NC and is an exceptionally pretty walk in spring. If you want to hike the backcountry with your dog you will need to try the nearby dog-friendly Pisgah National Forest or the Nantahala National Forest. Both are in North Carolina, and they are located about a two hour drive from the national park.'s Sponsor's Sponsor

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