A family vacation is not complete unless the whole family comes along. Your dog is an important part of your family, and when you visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee, you will find plenty of dog-friendly trails. Each trail offers beautiful views of the Smoky Mountains. Although there are around 800 miles of trails in Shaconage, only a few of them will allow you to bring your best friend along. If you are planning a trip to the Gateway to the Smokies with your dog, it is helpful to know on which of the trails you will be welcome. Check out some of our favorite Gatlinburg trails for dogs below!
The Gatlinburg Trail
Sugarland Visitor Center
1420 Fighting Creek Gap Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
This beautiful 1.9-mile trail leaves from the Sugarland visitors center and takes you to the outskirts of the town of Gatlinburg. It is an easy hike that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It is mostly flat, and it is fairly wide, so if Fido finds something he absolutely needs to sniff, he can do so without tripping anyone. The trail runs along the west portion of the Little Pigeon River. You will cross the river on a long footbridge where you will see beautiful foliage and many birds.
Seven Island State Birding Park
3100 Kelly Lane, Kodak, TN, 37764
This park is home to roughly 180 species of birds. There are 8 miles of trails and a few of them allow dogs. You will get to see breathtaking views of the mountains and the rolling hills here. There are several barns here where owls are known to nest. There are a lot of endangered birds flying around this wildlife refuge, so be sure to keep your baby on a leash at all times. You must also clean up after your dog. There is no swimming for either dogs or humans at this state park, but you will see a lot of waterfowl enjoying the river. Be sure to check out the great dog-friendly trails in Gatlinburg at Seven Island State Birding Park!
Take Your Dog Shopping
If your dog is more of a fashionista than a hunter, you can all go shopping at Paws and Claws Dog Fashions, located at 611 Parkway # B9, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Here you can find everything from an eye-catching collar to a chew toy that will keep your dog occupied for a long time.
Where to Stay
You and your family deserve a fabulous place to stay when you are visiting Gatlinburg, and your dog should be welcome to come with you. The folks at The Cabin Rental Store can find you the perfect house from which to access the many Gatlinburg trails for dogs. Our homes are rustic on the outside and full of modern conveniences on the inside. Give us a call or browse our selection of homes for yourself today!