Vacations are a time for fun, excitement, and adventure, and there’s plenty of each to be found in the Great Smoky Mountains. But you don’t want to have these adventures alone; you want your four-legged friend to get in on all the action. So do we, so we’ve compiled a list of three of our favorite pet friendly things to do in Pigeon Forge. And once you’ve tackled these adventures, you’ll be ready for a good night’s sleep in our pet friendly cabins.
1. Hike the National Park
More than 10 million people visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park each year, making it the most visited national park in America. The park is known worldwide for its diverse plants and wildlife, as well as the mountains which give the park its name. In addition, the Southern Appalachian mountain culture of the surrounding towns and population help add to the park’s charm. The Great Smoky Mountains have numerous trails and scenic overlooks for visitors to explore. Pets are only allowed on the roads, in the campgrounds and picnic areas, and on two specific trails: the Gatlinburg Trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail. The Gatlinburg Trail runs 1.9 miles from the Sugarlands Visitors Center to the outskirts of Gatlinburg. Hikers, runners, cyclists, and pets are all allowed on the trail, which features a relatively flat terrain that runs along the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River. The one-way trail is perfect for visitors seeking scenic river and forest views. So grab the leash and explore some of East Tennessee’s natural beauty with your best four-legged friend.
2. Create a Memorable Souvenir
There are a lot of great things to see and pet friendly things to do in Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains. The Parkway is lined with amusements of all kinds, including arcades, miniature golf, bumper cars, and shopping strips. One of the newest attractions in Pigeon Forge is The Island. Located near the LeConte Center in the heart of Pigeon Forge, The Island is a great place to shop, eat, play games, or just sit and relax a spell. And in case you didn’t know, you can take most pets in for a photo op at the Old Time Photo at the Island. Price-wise, they count as a person so keep that in mind, but wouldn’t that make for a really cool souvenir?
One of the great things about Pigeon Forge is that, in addition to being close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it has a few parks of its own visitors can take advantage of. And as long as pets are on leashes, they are welcome to stretch their legs in all of them. Patriot Park is easily the most popular. Located beside the trolley stop and the Old Mill, it features several veterans memorials and flags from all 50 states, as well as a ½ mile walking trail around the park that makes for a quick and easy walk for you and your pet. Another great place to walk the dog is along the Riverwalk Greenway. Located on the banks of the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River, the Greenway makes for a really lovely walk. It’s also located next to The Island, so you can go from one pet-friendly space to another without having to move the car.
Please note that pets are not allowed on ballfields in Pigeon Forge.
There are plenty of fun adventures you can take with your furry friend when you’re in Pigeon Forge, and these are only a few of our favorites. Check out our pet friendly cabins in Pigeon Forge so you can plan your getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains and start taking those adventures!