Pet-friendly fun in the Smokies

For those of us who have pets, we know that they are a part of our families. They hold a special place in our hearts, so when we travel, we want to bring them along with us! Fortunately, we have a number of pet-friendly cabins at Cabins For You, so you don’t have to leave your four-legged friends at home! There are also several pet-friendly activities and attractions in the Smokies – both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg – that allow you to take your pets out with you during the day. Check out some of the pet-friendly attractions below.

Doggywood at Dollywood
Although dogs aren’t allowed inside Dollywood, Doggywood at Dollywood has its own kennel where guests can leave their dogs. It opens 30 minutes before the park opens and closes 30 minutes after the park closes. Prices run from about $12 to about $30, depending on what type of area you want your dog in. They have typical kennel area as well as private cottages for dogs who need their own space.

Smoky Mountain Flea Market
This indoor/outdoor flea market allows dogs on leashes outside and dogs in strollers inside. You can spend the day browsing and buying with your dog at your side.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Dogs are not allowed on most trails in the park (due to wildlife safety), but there are a few where you can bring them along! Check out the 1.9-mile Gatlinburg Trail and the 1.5-mile Oconaluftee River Trail. They’re also allowed in picnic areas and campgrounds (if leashed).

The Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum
Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome at The Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum in Galtinburg.

Patriot Park
With a half-mile-long walking trail and lovely grassy areas, Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge is a nice place to get some exercise with your pet.

There are also several restaurants that are pet friendly on the patios. Gatlinburg restaurants that allow pets at outside tables or have walk-up windows where you can order include:

  • Wild Boar Saloon
  • Fannie Farkle’s
  • The Funnel Cake Company
  • Fox & Parrot Tavern
  • Best Italian
  • Crystelle Creek Restaurant & Grill
  • Dick’s Last Resort
  • Karmelkorn

You can also spend time at your pet-friendly cabin, playing and relaxing in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Curl up in front of the fireplace, sit on the deck and soak up the sun and the views, or play in the yard on a nice day. On the River and Simone’s Cottage feature flat yards for playing fetch or lying around, while A River Song and Boone Docks offer easy access to water fun! With pet-friendly attractions and pet-friendly cabins, the Smokies are a great getaway if you want to vacation with your pet. You can also check out our Tips for traveling with pets to make your vacation even easier.

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