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