Pet-Friendly Activities in Gatlinburg
Hang Out With Your Dog in the Smokies
It can be a challenge to find vacation lodging that allows you to bring your faithful four-legged companion. But have no fear – there are many pet-friendly cabin rentals in Gatlinburg. Renting a cabin allows you a degree of privacy you won’t find in a hotel, and a sense of autonomy that’s like being in your own home. The next challenge can be a bit more daunting, however. What is there to do in this little Smoky Mountain town that doesn’t require you to leave your poor dog alone all day? How can you include him in your fun?
Hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The one thing you absolutely must do while staying in Gatlinburg is see the Great Smoky Mountains, which are a world-famous national treasure. Two of the best trails, Gatlinburg Trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail, allow pets. Keep your pet on a leash while you take in the crisp mountain air with him, but definitely bring him along!
Take Your Pet Fishing
The Sevier County area contains 1,000 lakes, streams, rivers, pools and ponds. If your dog is anything like mine, he’d like nothing better than to sit beside you while you spend the afternoon relaxing on a boat in a lake, waiting for a bite.
Visit the Historic Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community
This is where the nation's largest organization of independent artisans do their work. The Community is an eight-mile loop at the northeast edge of Gatlinburg lined with hundreds of studios, shops, art galleries and cafes. Again, just like in any other outdoor environment, a leashed pet is a welcome pet.
Grab a Bite
Howard’s Restaurant offers patio seating to all customers—even those with pets! Indeed, Howard’s is locally renowned for its pet-friendly atmosphere, and some customers tell stories of waiters who bring bowls of water for their pets as soon as they are seated. Another option is Fannie Farkles, where your pet is as welcome as you are, whose famous foot-long corn dogs and sausage subs are sure to satisfy you.
Paws and Claws Pet Fashion
As you’ve been reading this article aloud to your dog (don’t deny it), he’s been sitting there patiently, thinking, “Look Boss, not that arts-and-crafts shopping or sitting in a boat all day watching you fish doesn’t sound like fun, but what is there in Gatlinburg for me ?” You can reward his patience by taking him to Paws and Claws, where you can get him a cute little t-shirt, or maybe a coat to keep him warm in the winter.
Barks and Recreation
While there are two Smoky Mountain trails that allow dogs, there are many more that do not, and it would be a shame to miss them just because the rest of the world is less enlightened than you are about pets. If you need a safe place to board your good boy overnight or a fun place for him to spend the day, Barks and Recreation provides a fun, comfortable getaway for your dog – a place where he doesn’t have to spend all day in a cage. He can enjoy fenced outdoor playtime with friends, and he’ll get lots of personal attention. Barks and Recreation is located in the heart of Gatlinburg, near the arts and crafts trail.