It's true, every dog will have its day in Gatlinburg. A dog is a man’s best friend and the best furry travel companion. So, from lodging and accommodation to the best places to chow down, it is important to have the paw seal of approval for your travel itinerary.
Gatlinburg is the perfect place to let the dogs out and enjoy a mountain getaway. Instead of chasing your tail trying to plan the perfect pet-friendly vacation, use this guide to plan a trip that you and your pet can both enjoy.
Don’t Stay in the Doghouse
Start your trip by checking into one of Gatlinburg’s many pet-friendly cabins, chalets, and hotels. When booking, just make sure to let your place of lodging know you are bringing your fur-baby along. With planning in advance, both you and your pooch can rest easy.
Go For a Walk
Don’t get on the short leash with your canine, take them along for the fun! Get some energy out while enjoying the scenic surroundings that Gatlinburg and the Smokies have to offer. Your pup will love taking a walk along the Gatlinburg Trail, one of two places in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that allows visitors to bring their pets along. Spanning from downtown Gatlinburg to the Sugarland’s Visitor Center, this 1.9 one-way trail is full of pet-friendly terrain, lush greenery, and rolling cascades found along the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River.
Take Home a Doggy Bag
After that walk, it's impossible not to work up an appetite. With so many amazing restaurants and eateries in Gatlinburg, it's not hard to sniff out a wonderful place to grab lunch or have a sit-down dinner. Throw your dog a bone and choose one of the pet-friendly restaurants in town. Grab a quick bite at Fannie Farkle's while walking along the iconic Parkway. Breathe in the mountain air (and the mouthwatering smells of steak) on the porch at Howard’s Steakhouse. There will be a whole new meaning behind “let sleeping dogs lie” after you and your pup relax on the deck of Tom & Earl’s Back Alley Grille. Your English bulldog will love the vibes at Fox and Parrott as you dine on authentic British cuisine.
Let the Dogs Out on the Town
Partake in the many activities you can enjoy with your canine. You and your pet will feel like you are soaring with the birds on the Gatlinburg SkyLift. Stop by Bone Diggity Barkery to pick up some treats to reward your good boy or girl. Your pet will be one lucky dog after a visit to Holly & Willow’s Pet Barn in the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. While your there, make sure to get your dog’s glamour shot taken, they may end up the next celebrity on the company’s Facebook page.
Make it a Play Date
Gatlinburg’s many city parks for a game of fetch or make it a whole afternoon! Pack lunch, bring the kiddos, and enjoy a day at scenic Mynatt Park, fish in the streams at Herbert Holt Park, or play a round of disc golf at Mills Park.
For more information about Pet-friendly environments in Gatlinburg, explore the official Pet-friendly Guide to the city.