Bring all your family members on vacation, and include your pets! This way, you won’t have to worry about hiring a dog kennel or sitter to watch your four-legged friend while you are away. Taking your pet along not only saves you money, but it also creates new possibilities for fun activities! Here are 5 of the best pet friendly Smoky Mountain attractions for you and your pet to explore together.
1. The Village Shops
Take a trip to The Village, one of the Smokies’ most unique shopping destinations, with your furry friend! This collection of 27 boutiques, galleries, and restaurants is set in a European-themed, village atmosphere. You and your pup can take a relaxing stroll past all of the shops, just be sure that you keep your pet on a leash at all times.
2. The Gatlinburg Trail
You and your pet can experience the beauty of the Smokies together when you visit the Gatlinburg Trail, one of 2 trails in the national park that is pet friendly. This trail travels 1.9 miles one-way from the Sugarlands Visitor Center to the outskirts of Gatlinburg. It’s relatively flat making it an easy walk for all skill levels. This trail is rich in history and offers views of foundations and chimneys of several old homesites. It also runs alongside the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River and passes through peaceful wooded areas.
3. Patriot Park
Patriot Park is a great place to spend some time with your pet! There’s a half-mile walking trail for the two of you to explore. Along the path, you’ll see flags from all 50 states as well as several memorials. Special events like music festivals and bluegrass concerts are also hosted here, so you and your furry friend can enjoy those together too.
4. Hard Rock Cafe
The Hard Rock Cafe has been serving Eastern Tennessee locals and visitors alike for many years. One of the best things about this restaurant is that they offer a pet friendly, outdoor patio where you can dine with your dog. The staff will make them feel like a guest of honor and will even bring out treats and a water bowl. So, your furry friend can enjoy a tasty treat right alongside you!
5. The Island in Pigeon Forge
The Island in Pigeon Forge is another Smoky Mountain attraction where you can bring your pet. It’s up to individual shops and restaurants to decide whether pets are allowed inside their establishments. However, you can go for a stroll in the outdoor plaza, and watch the fountain show or look up at the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. Just be sure to keep your pup on a leash at all times.
There are tons of places that you and your pet can explore together! Now that you know all about the best ones, it’s time to start planning your trip! Browse our selection of pet friendly cabins for the perfect place to stay while you’re in town. We look forward to seeing you and your furry friend at Timber Tops Cabin Rentals!