Here's How to Spend a Great Day in Gatlinburg, Straight from the Dog’s Mouth.
Where does a weary dog lay down his head after a full day of adventures in Gatlinburg? If you’re searching for a hotel, cabin or campground that’s cool with canines, borrow your human’s laptop and browse Gatlinburg’s pet-friendly lodging options. You’ll find plenty of affordable, clean and down-with-dog places to curl up, get cozy, chew a bone and watch Marley & Me–just don’t spoil the ending for the rest of us. If you must board your best friend, try Barks and Recreation or Just Fer Paws, two of Gatlinburg’s dignified doggy daycares. Check our lodging page and look businesses marked “pet friendly.”
Take your owner out on the town, and explore one of the most walkable cities in America. Go paws to pavement on the Parkway, where you’ll find Paws n’ Claws Pet Fashion, Bonediggity Barkery & Gifts, along with plenty of people- and pet-watching entertainment. Wander over to the charming Village Shops. Pop into Simply Animals boutique for pet fashions, accessories and even dog strollers! The Gatlinburg Skylift allows pets to ride with their humans up the mountaintop because all dogs really do go to heaven. Tales of tails wagging abound at Holly & Willow’s Pet Barn in the historic Arts & Crafts Community.
Take a break and chow down. Gatlinburg has plenty of pet-friendly restaurants where the food that falls from the table is no less than five-star. You can’t go wrong with a steak on the Crystelle Creek patio. In fact, you can’t go wrong with a steak anywhere, in this pup’s humble opinion. No real dogs are harmed in the making of Fannie Farkle’s iconic Ogle Dogs, and we ate six of ’em just to be sure. Fulfill your Lady and the Tramp fantasies at the Best Italian Restaurant on the Parkway, and grab dessert at The Funnel Cake Company. The Fox & Parrot Tavern is a great place for a nightcap.
Every dog worth his collar enjoys a good walk to reflect on the day’s adventures, sniff out the competition and maybe even meet the perfect pooch of his dreams. Explore the Great Smoky Mountains on the pet-friendly Gatlinburg Trail, starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center and stretching nearly two miles along the beautiful Pigeon River and historic homesites. Mynatt Park and Mills Park offer great trees, if you’re homeward bound and need to leave your mark. Dogs can’t leave the car on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail or in Cade’s Cove, but I’d rather experience it next to my favorite people, with my head out the window and my tongue flapping in the wind, anyhow.