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Dog-Friendly Tennessee Smoky Mountains

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For people Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited National Park in the country. While it is not among the most pet-friendly National Parks, there is still a lot in the area to entice a pet person to visit. The area covers the towns of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Smoky Mountain National Park. There is excellent pet-friendly lodging in the area. There are also pet-friendly vacation rentals to meet your needs should you prefer a vacation home rental. If camping is your thing, there is pet-friendly camping in the Smoky Mountain National Park and multiple area private campgrounds.

For hotels, try the Best Western Greenbrier Inn or choose from hotels from most of the major hotel chains. The La Quinta chain is especially dog-friendly and has a few local hotels. For camping, try the Jellystone in Gatlinburg if you have kids. Although dog's access to the National Park is limited,  they are allowed in the campgrounds in the park. There are multiple other campgrounds in the area to choose from.

Smoky Mountain National Park is a huge park that covers land in both North Carolina and Tennessee. It is the most popular National Park in the country in terms of the amount of visitors in most years. Dogs are not allowed on most trails, but there are two trails in the park where you can take your pet. The first is the Gatlinburg Trail which is a 2 mile trail from the park entrance near Gatlinburg  to the Sugarland Visitor Center.  It runs along the forest and the highway with river views and passes a number of old homesteads. Dogs are also allowed on the Oconaluftee River Trail which follows the river for 1.5 miles. Most people take a driving tour of the park with stops at lookouts and stops near the road. Dogs can, of course, accompany you in your car and can go out of the car in the parking areas. So you can see a lot of the park with your dog. But if you crave backcountry hiking with your dog, you will need to try the Pisgah National Forest or Nantahala National Forest. Both are on the North Carolina side of the park.

Years ago, Dollywood Amusement Park, in Pigeon Forge, allowed your leashed dog to accompany you into the park. We took our dog there in about the year 2000. However, since then they have built air conditioned kennels for dogs and no longer allow dogs to enter the park. But they  do have the nice kennels. You can  also see the band Alabama's Old Touring Bus in Pigeon Forge. Leashed dogs can check out the outdoor exhibits at the Little River Railroad in Townsend and small dogs can be carried in the buildings.

Pet-friendly outdoor dining is somewhat limited in the area, but you can find some places to grab food with your dog at your feet. As far as shopping, there are more choices with the Mountain Mall in Gatlinburg, a few discount or outlet malls in the area and an Orvis Store and Tractor Supply.

When traveling to the Tennessee Smoky Mountains with your dog consider adding pet-friendly Asheville and dog-friendly Chattanooga  to your trip. Nashville is also a worthwhile visit. 


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