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Gatlinburg Trail

The Gatlinburg Trail is one of only two pet-friendly trails in the Great Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, TN. The trail is nearly two miles long one-way. It is quite flat and runs through a forested area. The trail offers nice views of the Little Pigeon River, and it runs over a bridge as well. Historians will enjoy the foundations and chimneys of several old homesites along the way. Visit Website

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Gatlinburg Trail has received a rating of 4.4 out of 5 bones by 21 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 by 552 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Hannah
    Jun. 11, 2022
    Not great

    This isn’t so much a trail as it is a flat dirt path that follows the road and the river. Some of the views from the trail include graffiti on a bridge underpass and a kind of storage facility for the park rangers. It’s ok considering it’s one of only two trails in the whole national park that allows dogs and the river is nice. There are much more interesting trails that are dog friendly in surrounding state parks.

  • Mary Grace
    May. 28, 2022
    Great mini hike!!

    I loved this trail! It’s pretty flat and not super long, about 4 miles round trip. It was great for my 5 year old pup and she loved it. Park at the Sugarlands visitors center!!

    Feb. 5, 2022
    Great Trail

    Very easy great views. Some parts of the trail you have to walk on the road.

  • Jessica
    Jul. 25, 2021
    Beautiful trail

    great trail. lots of dogs and people. mostly shaded the whole way and along the water

  • Jesse
    May. 5, 2021
    Pretty good

    One of the very few trails you can bring your dogs on. The woods part of the hike was nice, river runs through, some spots people would let their dogs in the water. We enjoyed our time on the trail, my only small complaint is the first quarter of the “hike” is walking along side the road and at the time we went there were cars having to try to go around us and felt congested and keeping ourselves and the dogs off the road as much as possible but narrow.

  • Lindsay
    Apr. 28, 2021
    Wonderful dog friendly trail!

    The Gatlinburg Trail is very dog friendly. My dog enjoyed laying in the water too cool off once we were done with our hike, which was quite entertaining.

  • Jacob
    Feb. 12, 2021
    The Gatlinburg Trail

    The trail was very easy to hike and close to town. It offers some beautiful views, and it has several easy accessible places to stop on the rivers edge. Our girls loved stopping to play in the water and drink before continuing on the hike. The only downfall is that it’s close to the road in places, but it’s definitely worth a visit!

  • Nichole
    Oct. 11, 2020
    Perfect Walk!

    Noel and Tucker enjoyed this beautiful walk along and in the river. It’s an easy walk and you will see lots of other furry friends.

  • Mavie
    Sep. 22, 2020
    Paws Up!

    Fun, easy walk, enjoyed seeing lots of other doggos. Mom found lots of places to snap my picture and I really enjoyed all the fun places to explore, so many smells 🐾

  • Sandi
    Feb. 9, 2020

    What a great place! I didn’t have time to fully explore this nugget of beauty but I will be back. I asked someone how far it went back

  • Rachel
    Feb. 4, 2020
    Beautiful Trail

    The Gatlinburg trail may have been shorter than we were use to. But it still is a nice trail, and very beautiful. Overall a safe and enjoy walk, only down part is how close it is to the road for a little bit. It would also be nice if there were more dog friendly trails nearby.

  • Morgan
    Dec. 27, 2019
    Great Trail

    Great, easy trail in the heart of gatlinburg. We just wish there were more pet friendly trails in the area!

  • Laura
    Nov. 12, 2019
    Wonderful Time!

    Great trail with all kinds of things for a dog to explore. Lots of other visitors with their pets on leashes.

  • Rachael
    Oct. 18, 2019
    So Dog Friendly!

    Super super dog friendly! Couldn’t even count how many dogs we saw while walking to trail. Very close to the main strip of Gatlinburg and very close to a road, so I did not worry at all about bears. It is just far enough away from the road but also runs along a river. Super beautiful and overall a great trail!

  • Amanda
    Oct. 10, 2019
    Great Easy Walk

    The trail was very nice and my dog love playing in the edge of the water. Lots of dogs on the trail.

  • Jenn
    Aug. 12, 2019
    Great hiking trail

    This trail was great for my 9.5month pup who loves long walks. My mom has a very small dog that needed to be carried some of the way (the gravel was a little rough on his paw pads). The trail was great! It even had some water access areas for the pups to play and cool off. This was a big hit!

  • Marhia
    Jul. 21, 2019
    Great trail!

    Bane & Sidney loved this trail! It was very easy for Bane (he's a bit older), wasn't too busy, and was a nice break away from the city. Our babes loved getting in the water... It was refreshing & fun! Sidney has never been hiking before, much less away from GA, so it was her 1st hike ever - I can honestly say it was a good 1st hike for her & she's pumped for more!

  • Dustinnicole
    Jul. 10, 2019
    great Location

    This trail was perfect for our family. The scenery was beautiful and it had access to the creek for our husky to play in the water to cool off which was a God send because it was hot and didn't want her getting over heated

  • Melissa
    Jul. 7, 2019
    Tyson loved the hike

    Very nice easy trail. Tyson loves the creek. There were other dogs along the trail. The only drawback was we couldn’t take him to the falls that were close.

  • Brandy
    May. 9, 2019
    Gatlinburg Trail Was Great

    Linking up with Gatlinburg trail is also cataract falls trail. Guide told us no one cares if you take your dogs there, which we did. Gatlinburg trail has spots for great views and where the dogs can get into the water to cool off and have a little fun

  • Shelly
    Mar. 20, 2019
    Easy hike

    One of the only trails in the national park that allows dogs. It's a very easy hike, but is pretty and runs along the river for most of the way. We ran into a lot of other pups

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