Pet-Friendly in the Smoky Mountains: Cabins & Advice for Your Vacay

They are the ones least happy to see you go and the most excited to see you come home, the best cuddlers, the cutest playmates, and everyone’s favorite family members – your family pets! Whether your furry friend is a delighted doggy or curious kitty, it just doesn’t quite feel like a complete family vacation without the 4-legged member there to be part of the memory-making. Skip paying a pet sitter or expensive kennels and bring your pet to your cozy Cabins for YOU cabin!

That’s right! Here at Cabins for YOU, we love our pets just as much as you do and strive to provide plenty of pet-friendly cabin options in and around Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. In addition to pet-friendly cabins, we can provide plenty of tips and insider advice for your family vacation in the Smoky Mountains with the whole family, this year.

Pet-Friendly Cabins + Amenities
From 1-bedroom cabins to large group lodges, Cabins for YOU believes your pup or kitty deserves a relaxing escape, too! Our pet-friendly cabins not only range in size but also offer a range of locations in both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg! Stay within walking distance of downtown or tucked away in peaceful seclusion among the mountain forestry.

Pet-friendly cabins even have a wide range of awesome amenities for you and the pets! Many of these cabins include outdoor hot tubs, breathtaking mountain views, game-filled rec rooms, and theater rooms. And of course, we didn’t forget your pet-friendly amenities: expansive decks where they can soak up the sun and nap, large yard where they can run around and play fetch, and cozy living room rugs for snuggles by the fire. There are even a few pet-friendly cabins near rivers, where the kids and the dog can spend warm afternoons splashing and playing in the water while parents kick back in a lawn chair or grill out for a family picnic.

Need some help picking the right pet-friendly cabin for your Smoky Mountain vacation? Our handy Options For YOU tool sends all your unique needs right to one of our helpful vacation specialists, free of charge!

Pet-Friendly Hikes
While the majority of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is not pet friendly, there are a few trails in the area and at least 2 trails within the park that are great for the whole family! (Quick Note: It’s not that the park rangers dislike your dog, but because there are black bears it’s very dangerous to you and the animals to accidentally interact.) These trails allow leashed pups to enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of the beautiful, lush forestry and peaceful babbling rivers:

The Gatlinburg Trail
Filled with lovely streams and serene forestry, this 3.8-mile roundtrip trail is a perfect little day hike with relatively no elevation gain and plenty of picturesque views. The trailhead is easy to locate right behind the Sugarlands Welcome Center, only a short drive from downtown Gatlinburg, where you can pick up trail maps and tons of great park information. After stretches of trees and wildflowers, the trail opens to wide, deeper portions of the streams, perfect for splashing and cooling off with the dog!

Shadows of the Past Trail
Located in the nearby city of Townsend, this is a quieter jewel nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains where the Shadows of the Past Trail winds for a round trip of 10 miles of paved trail. Stop by the Townsend Visitors Center to pick up your trail guide brochure to enjoy a 13-point self-guided tour of historical structures resting along the trail. The brochure provides detailed information to exhibits like the round houses of a Native American settlement dated around 200 B.C. and the Dark Island Swinging Bridge, one of the Southeast’s last swinging bridges dating back to the early 1900s!

Oconaluftee River Trail
Take your furry friend for a lovely drive along Newfound Gap Road, because on the eastern entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park rests a serene river trail along the Oconaluftee and the second of 2 dog-friendly trails. While the latter half of the trail retraces the 1.5 miles out to the boundaries of the park, it’s well worth walking along this river twice with the lush forestry and wildflowers that abound along your trip.

The entrance to the trail is an extra treat, too, with a self-guided tour of an open-air museum of a collection of log buildings from the park and living demonstrations of traditional farming and livestock practices from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Park at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and pick up your tour pamphlet before moseying along the river and among the wildflowers with your pup.

Pet-Friendly Attractions

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
After your walk along the Oconaluftee River Trail, stop through Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail on the way back to your Cabins for YOU cabin for another historic gem tucked away into the lush Smoky Mountain forestry! Along this incredibly scenic drive, the whole family will be privileged to one of the park’s largest and fastest-flowing rivers for which this trail earned its name. There will also be more opportunities for wildlife viewing, flowering plant life, and majestic rock formations creating exuberant, splashing streams. Drive slowly because, in addition to the gorgeous natural scenery, the Roaring Fork Motor Trail is also home to some very well-preserved log structures like cabins, mills, and other historical structures.

Cades Cove
Another scenic drive for the doggies that love car rides is the uber-popular Cades Cove. The 11-mile Loop Road is the perfect morning drive as the early sunlight pours into the picturesque mountain valley filled with tall, wispy grass, wildflowers, and a quiet cabin town restored and preserved by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Take in the incredible sights with the impressive Smokies in the backdrop and let your 4-legged friend hang his head out the window and their cute tongue flop in the mountain air.

Pets in the Smoky Mountains

While we are striving to add more pet-friendly cabins to our current listed properties, it must be recognized that not all of our lovely properties welcome pets. Many of our properties are carpeted or include furniture that captures pet smells, and some guests are allergic and want a pet-free space to enjoy their vacation without coughing, itching, or sneezing. To avoid extra charges, please never have a pet in a non pet-friendly cabin.

We want to help you have the best possible vacation while in the Smoky Mountains, so if you would like to keep your furry friend nearby while staying in a non-pet friendly cabin, here is a helpful list of area doggy and kitty daycares!

Just Fer Paws
817 Powdermill Road
Gatlinburg, TN

Loving Care Kennels
3779 Tinker Hollow Rd
Pigeon Forge, TN

Barks and Recreation
2159 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN