Description

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to over 800 miles of hiking trails, but take note that dogs are NOT allowed on most of them. They are welcome on the Gatlinburg Trail (a 1.9 mile hike from the Sugarland Visitor Center to the outskirts of Gatlinburg, TN) and the Oconaluftee River Trail (a 1.5 mile hike from the Oconaluftee Visitor Center to the outskirts of Cherokee, NC). Dogs are also allowed in the campgrounds, picnic areas, and along roads, but must be kept on a leash at all times. As with most parks, your pets should be well-behaved and you should always clean up after them.

Reviews

BringFido Traveler Rating

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has received a rating of 2.6 out of 5 bones by 45 dog owners on BringFido.

  • Feb. 18, 2017
    Most of the "reasons" dogs are not allowed. Matthew M. Feb. 18, 2017
    Most of the "reasons" dogs are not allowed.

    None of their justifications are even valid. Except the fact the some people fear dogs. They should consider updating their website to provide only facts. People leave excrement off trail that deter animals just as any dog would do. Having trails deter's the natural imbalance in general. Leashed, having a dog should not be a problem. Dogs bark, coyotes howel, birds chirp, that's nature. I agree with the horse cap review. Too many times horse crap is left on trails and it is terrible. Perhaps humans should carry their dropings with them so that the park can become more natural.

  • More than one year ago.
    too bad john More than one year ago.
    too bad

    It's a shame they do not allow dogs on these trails, I for one, NEVER go hiking without my dogs. We've been all over, hiking in New Mexico, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, British Columbia and ALberta Canada (Banff) etc.. where they have a massive bear population. This bear BS is just an excuse, some common sense and precautions are all you need in bear country

  • More than one year ago.
    Hiking and Leash Transition Joey More than one year ago.
    Hiking and Leash Transition

    This was a great place to hike with my dog Lute! We took the leash and collar we got from yeahbuddy.rocks and it was easy to transition on and off leash. Despite some rain, it was still a great trip!

  • More than one year ago.
    Great Park, Leash made difference Ted More than one year ago.
    Great Park, Leash made difference

    It was great having the Fast Capture Leash and collar we bought at yeahbuddy.rocks because we could go on and off leash smoothly and fast. This was a great place to take my Lab! Highly recommend this!

  • More than one year ago.
    Beautiful Beth More than one year ago.
    Beautiful

    Remember that GSMNP is the most visited park in the National Park System., which means lots of people. There are plenty of places to walk dogs--the entire Cade's Cove loop, and any gravel road--from Tremont up to the bridge where the backcountry trails start is beautiful along the river. People lament more trails not being open to dogs, but if it is an easy trail, there are so many people that it is better not to have a dog because of the crowds, and if it is a difficult trail, it is very hard to keep a dog on a leash using trekking poles and scrambling up rocks. There are plenty of trails in the mountains that are outside the National Park that are not as crowded and that have no restrictions on dogs, so just go there if you want to take your pooch. Start south on the AT at Fontana Dam, or go north to Max Patch from Waterville/Davenport. No biggie.

  • More than one year ago.
    Bears and Dogs Ron More than one year ago.
    Bears and Dogs

    The rules are overly protective in my opinion. After reading the following books, "Bear Aware", "Backcountry Bear Basics", "Bear Attacks, Causes and Avoidance", and "Bear Encounters", it is clear that bear attacks because of the presence of a dog are rare. In fact, in many if not most cases, a bear will run from a dog. I have experience this with my Keeshond at Mt. Pisgah campground on the Blue Ridge Parkway. A food conditioned bear came into our campsite and proceeded to tuck tail and run when my dog started to growl and lunge at the bear. The best bear protection is plain and simply..... Bear Spray. A great deterrent that doesn't harm the bear and teaches bears to shy away from humans. The park should make this available both for sale or rent and the dog issue wouldn't need to exist.

  • More than one year ago.
    Had a lot of fun, just wish there were a few more trails available. Mary More than one year ago.
    Had a lot of fun, just wish there were a few more trails available.

    We stayed in Gatlinburg, which is very pet friendly, but I was disappointed to find out right before our trip that GSMNP only has a couple of dog trails. We adapted, and we and our Aussie had a great time. The dog trail was great for him! He played in the streams, zoomed back and forth along the trails, and enjoyed the walk through Gatlinburg to get to the trail head. Even thought the trail itself is short, he got plenty of exercise from sprinting back and forth on his long line and swimming. Five bones from his perspective, and five bones from ours for this particular trail. I actually liked that this trail was very broad and next to a road - we're working on some dog reactivity issues with our guy, and being able to carry treats (we brought ones that he could easily consume without dropping crumbs) and having plenty of room to maneuver and see people coming made this perfect for our situation. He had no issues with other dogs on the trail. Since it's a shorter trail, being able to let him run on a long line rather than keeping him on a short leash, as I would have if the trail was more winding or narrow, was good, too. We did the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail with him one afternoon, when we didn't want to leave him in the hotel room, but when we all were a little too tired to do more walking. This is a nice little drive with several historical sites along the route, and since the speed limit is 10 mph, the pup was able to hang his head out the window without us worrying about him getting hit in the face with debris. Dogs are allowed along the road, so he got to hop out and sniff around from time to time. So, in summary, Gatlinburg was very pet friendly, and we'd recommend it as a place to stay if you want to visit the park (although be forewarned that the main streets of town can get *very* crowded, with heavy traffic and lots of noise - if your dog isn't good with this, plan accordingly!) Our dog loved the one trail in the park near us that he was allowed on, but had to spend a tiny bit more time in the hotel than he'd have liked. GSMNP is an amazing park, and if I was rating it on another site, I'd give it a much higher rating. As is, I would love to have had another trail or two nearby to easily hike with the dog.

  • More than one year ago.
    Had a lot of fun, just wish there were a few more trails available. Mary More than one year ago.
    Had a lot of fun, just wish there were a few more trails available.

    We stayed in Gatlinburg, which is very pet friendly, but I was disappointed to find out right before our trip that GSMNP only has a couple of dog trails. We adapted, and we and our Aussie had a great time. The dog trail was great for him! He played in the streams, zoomed back and forth along the trails, and enjoyed the walk through Gatlinburg to get to the trail head. Even thought the trail itself is short, he got plenty of exercise from sprinting back and forth on his long line and swimming. Five bones from his perspective, and five bones from ours for this particular trail. I actually liked that this trail was very broad and next to a road - we're working on some dog reactivity issues with our guy, and being able to carry treats (we brought ones that he could easily consume without dropping crumbs) and having plenty of room to maneuver and see people coming made this perfect for our situation. He had no issues with other dogs on the trail. Since it's a shorter trail, being able to let him run on a long line rather than keeping him on a short leash, as I would have if the trail was more winding or narrow, was good, too. We did the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail with him one afternoon, when we didn't want to leave him in the hotel room, but when we all were a little too tired to do more walking. This is a nice little drive with several historical sites along the route, and since the speed limit is 10 mph, the pup was able to hang his head out the window without us worrying about him getting hit in the face with debris. Dogs are allowed along the road, so he got to hop out and sniff around from time to time. So, in summary, Gatlinburg was very pet friendly, and we'd recommend it as a place to stay if you want to visit the park (although be forewarned that the main streets of town can get *very* crowded, with heavy traffic and lots of noise - if your dog isn't good with this, plan accordingly!) Our dog loved the one trail in the park near us that he was allowed on, but had to spend a tiny bit more time in the hotel than he'd have liked. GSMNP is an amazing park, and if I was rating it on another site, I'd give it a much higher rating. As is, I would love to have had another trail or two nearby to easily hike with the dog.

  • More than one year ago.
    Very Disappointed Chris More than one year ago.
    Very Disappointed

    I just moved here from Colorado to be closer to family and must say it has been so disappointing for my fur babies. I am used to taking my boys on any and all trails. I had a house in the mountains and bears in my front yard that ran away when they saw and heard my dogs. In the bears defense, I have a malamute and great dane, but to say it is for our safety and the dogs is absurd. On the topic of poop, well what about horse poop. I am so sick of trails allowing horses but not dogs. I don't know about you but I clean up after my dogs; I have never known a horse owner to clean up after their horses. People are way more disgusting than dogs, between the cigarette butts, fast food bags, and cans tell me who is more disgusting? If a dog goes missing, blame the owner and hold them accountable, but don't punish the majority for the stupidity of a minority.

  • More than one year ago.
    Bears and Dogs Mike More than one year ago.
    Bears and Dogs

    Black bears will rarely attack a leashed pet. Unless it is startled and/or protecting cubs, they will almost always run when confronted by humans. They also rarely feed on animals, in spite of someone thinking that small animals make up its diet. Bears feed on berries, fruits, plants, etc...

  • More than one year ago.
    THANKS FOR THE REVIEWS Gloria More than one year ago.
    THANKS FOR THE REVIEWS

    I just Planned my trip for Sept. Thanks to all theses reviews i will cancel..My dogs are my kids and i want them to feel welcome anywhere they go. I do understand the leash and the clean up but these reviews make it a little uncomfortable bringing my little Yorkie's we only do pet friendly vacations.

  • More than one year ago.
    THANKS FOR THE REVIEWS Gloria More than one year ago.
    THANKS FOR THE REVIEWS

    I just Planned my trip for Sept. Thanks to all theses reviews i will cancel..My dogs are my kids and i want them to feel welcome anywhere they go. I do understand the leash and the clean up but these reviews make it a little uncomfortable bringing my little Yorkie's we only do pet friendly vacations.

  • More than one year ago.
    NOT FOR DOGS Tony More than one year ago.
    NOT FOR DOGS

    I have two dogs, not only because I love them, but to push me to live a more active lifestyle. I live 20 minutes from one of the most beautiful places in the country, with miles and miles of trails, and cannot even take my furbabies hiking!! This is an OUTDOOR PARK. Why can't my dogs enjoy it, too? I know why, because the bears will eat them and they will poop everywhere and blah blah blah. Last I checked this is suppose to be the land of the free, you know, America, where we boast freedom. If I want to risk my dog getting eaten by a bear (not likely, the bears are afraid of people) no one should be able to tell me I can't. I am a responsible dog owner and can handle cleaning up behind my pets. Sure, some people can't, but do you think the animals in the forest use a toilet? If people are afraid of dog poo maybe we should restrict two trails just for them, like we have the dogs. (Or they could quit being babies, just dog poo.) And to the person who said we can't let our dogs go splashing around in the rivers, WHAT IS THAT HURTING. The people get in the rivers. The bears get in the rivers. All kinds of animals get in the rivers, what's wrong with dogs? So frustrating that I live and work here and have to put up with the traffic and dimwitted tourists, I should at least get to take my pups hiking to unwind!!

  • More than one year ago.
    stop the dog hating joe More than one year ago.
    stop the dog hating

    we have a wonderful 270000 acre park here in Roanoke where hikers, mountain bikers,horseback riders, dogs and bears all play nicely together. We have had zero issues. When the dog and I have come across a bear, the bear just meanders in the opposite direction . The rules in GSMNP are so ridiculous that even AT thru hikers have to ditch their dogs before crossing into park land even though practically all of the AT is pet friendly. Must only be bears in the park and not outside GSMNP boundaries.

  • More than one year ago.
    Best park Vicki More than one year ago.
    Best park

    We vacation in petfriendly cabins in the GSMNP as often as possible. There are nice wooded areas around them to walk our dog & she loves the Gatlinburg trail. When we choose to go somewhere she's not allowed we leave her in the cabin. We're retired and have traveled all over the country. There are always places dogs are not allowed ~ sometimes for their safety, most times because irresponsible owners have ruined it for the rest of us. I grew up in the shadow of these mountains and I hope all these people who have posted nasty comments on here do go somewhere else ~ we don't need their attitudes!

  • More than one year ago.
    Was in the area Cindy More than one year ago.
    Was in the area

    Having read the reviews earlier we knew GSMNP wasn't very dog friendly, though the one trail we took -- Gatlinburg Trail -- was pleasant enough. We wanted to check out the area anyway, having just come from Brevard, NC. There, Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Park were both extremely dog friendly and offered hundreds of miles of fantastic trails.

  • More than one year ago.
    Only two trails for a reason Dori More than one year ago.
    Only two trails for a reason

    I've lived and worked here for most of my life; was raised just a county over. These "only two measly trails that are next to the roads" are there for a good reason. I've seen a lot of disgusting things done and/or left behind from most tourists who come here especially with their dogs. I'm a very responsible dog owner myself, and I would NEVER allow my dog to go romping through these precious woods or go splashing in our beautiful streams. Remember: there is NO fee to enter the park. (I believe it's one of the last, if not THE last, national park that doesn't charge an entrance fee.) Budget cuts have whittled our ranger resources drastically. MOST of the workers in the park are -- aptly named, still -- VOLUNTEERS. There HAVE been pets eaten by bears. And guess who gets blamed for it? Not the pet owner. And there HAVE been pets getting lost and then what few rangers we have available DO have to drop everything to go searching for the pet. And guess who gets blamed for the pet getting lost? Exactly: park personnel again. We love our park because it is the ONLY one of its kind in the ENTIRE world. So we're rather protective of our park but have at least made a couple of trails available for pets -- who should be on a leash at ALL times, not allowed to romp around -- for the pet(s) to be able to get out and have a good walk while visitors are enjoying our beautiful Smokies.

  • More than one year ago.
    Great park, but not for dogs Dan More than one year ago.
    Great park, but not for dogs

    Have visited and hiked GSMNP many times. It's a wonderful park if you get off the main roads away from all the obnoxious tourists and hit some backcountry trails. 99% of people visiting this park don't get past the parking lots. Getting away on a trail for some peace and tranquility is the only way to enjoy the park. Unfortunately the park feels dog owners are responsible so they restrict dogs on the majority of the trails. As a new dog owner, I will now be taking my family and money elsewhere.

  • More than one year ago.
    My dog had a great time Cynthia More than one year ago.
    My dog had a great time

    We are in Gatlinburg for Thanksgiving. We took our dog to Cades Cove. We couldn't take him into a lot of areas but we would stop and walk him in grass areas not far from the street. He really enjoyed himself. Also, our campground Up the Creek in Seiverville is very dog friendly. They even have a small dog run a large amount of green space (compared to the other campgrounds in this area). I have not made it to the two dog friendly trails as of yet. So far we are having a great time with our dog.

  • More than one year ago.
    Be Realistic Alicia More than one year ago.
    Be Realistic

    When a park has a ridiculous amount of invasive species it is only reasonable to make it harder for those species to be transferred onto park land. I'm guessing most of you weren't going to bathe, brush, and clean up after your dog every single time you went hiking. It's a fact that most don't because I live right outside GSMNP and I see dog crap all over the place. The piles are around all the time and right next to the cigarette butts. It is completely reasonable for this rule to be in place. When I use the Gatlinburg trail I constantly see dogs off-leash. This rule is because of irresponsible dog ownership. Educate your neighbors, friends, and every single dog owner you know about what they SHOULD be doing. It's the only way to keep dog friendly trails, and parks alive.

  • More than one year ago.
    Mixed feelings Kayla More than one year ago.
    Mixed feelings

    Okay, my family and I vacationed in Gatlinburg June 2012 with our corgi. I was so looking forward to hiking with Watson ( corgi) and was really disappointed to discover the severe dog restrictions in SMNP. We have hiked trails all over SC and NC without any interference from or destruction to wildlife. I understand black bear are more wide spread up here, but I am not sure I buy that they commonly stalk people with dogs more so in Tennessee than north Carolina. I personally heard from a local that several park rangers told him the main reason dogs aren't allowed on many trails is that anytime Fido gets lost the rangers have to drop everything to go search for them....saying all this my husband and I took Watson on the gatlinburg trail and were less than impressed. There was a great deal of poison oak inmany sections of the trail, so we had to stick to it most of the time. It was nice to have the river run by the trail. However, if you are looking to take your dog hiking to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown you will be disappointed-the trail runs in between two major highways.So even if you can't see the roads at all times, you can hear traffic constantly. Overall I was very disappointed by the almost complete lack of outdoor activities available in this area for you to do with your dog.

  • More than one year ago.
    tHNAK GOODNESS WE DIDNT BOOK! Glen H More than one year ago.
    tHNAK GOODNESS WE DIDNT BOOK!

    AFTER DOING RESEARCH AND HEARING THE COMPLAINTS WERE I AM GLAD WE DIDNT BOOK OUR VACATION IN SUCH A NON DOG FRIENDLY AREA! WE ARE SO LOOKING FORWARD TO LONG HIKES WITH OUR BIG DOGS! SO I GUESS NORTH GEORGIA OR N. CAROLINA WILL BE THE DESTINATION!

  • More than one year ago.
    North Carolina is Better for Dogs Brent More than one year ago.
    North Carolina is Better for Dogs

    Look, I love the GSMNP. It is one of my favorite places in the world, but it is not a great place to take your dog if you want to hike with your dog. They are not allowed on most trails, certainly not on a trail you would want to hike on. While I understand that this is for safety reasons, you can drive 45 minutes into NC and hike some beautiful mountain trails WITH your dog. There is no way that the same risks and predators are not present there that are in TN and yet, it doesn't seem to be a problem. If you want a vacation where you can hike some very scenic trails, go to the Ashville NC area and hike in The Land of a Thousand Waterfalls

  • More than one year ago.
    No place for fido George More than one year ago.
    No place for fido

    Only two places you can walk your dog in the whole national park. GSM are NOT dog friendly. Stay home with fido.

  • More than one year ago.
    Great Tamara Wiseman More than one year ago.
    Great

    We booked a pet friendly cabin and are coming in June, these reviews make me wish I hadn't. Are there any other places to walk dogs, nature paths?

  • More than one year ago.
    For YOUR DOG Craig More than one year ago.
    For YOUR DOG

    As your dog is not in the mountains to see scenic overlooks, or enjoy cascading falls for their looks either, this trail is fabulous for your pet and less so for you personally. Bring your dog here to enjoy running around in the woods, enjoy splashing in the river, and smelling all those crazy smells.. but don't expect that you personally are going to see something fantastic. Dog Rating? 5 bones. Human Rating? Maybe 2. But it wasn't for me, t was for her. I suggest others keep that in mind as well.

  • More than one year ago.
    Dog Approved Abby More than one year ago.
    Dog Approved

    While most people seem to complain about not having many trail choices within the park besides this one and one other for pets, they FAIL to note that it is for YOUR safety as well as YOUR PET. Great view or not, this trial is wonderful for dogs and since it is near the road, has to lowest chance for being confronted by a bear or anything else. Just remember one thing: there's always a chance something can happen, and the park does what it can to minimize that: They don't need the liability of a sue happy public going after them because their rules were not taken seriously, and someone gets mangled or killed.

  • More than one year ago.
    Review! James More than one year ago.
    Review!

    The few small trails might be dog friendly but don't get caught in the park trails or there's a huge fine. There are several dog parks in Knoxville that are great for letting your dog off leash as well as walking trails for long on leash walks.

  • More than one year ago.
    Dogs NOT Welcome Kelly More than one year ago.
    Dogs NOT Welcome

    The two dumbest trails in the park are dog friendly because they run alongside the road and nobody wants to walk them. We've risked taking our dogs on other trails, but if we had been caught we'd have a $3000 fine which we've come to realize is not worth risking. Great National Park, but very much NOT pet friendly.

  • More than one year ago.
    My Dog Loved It! Ashley More than one year ago.
    My Dog Loved It!

    While I was like many other people and very disappointed that I could only take my dog on 2 trails at the park, I realized that it is for his and my safety and I cannot fault them for that. We did the Gatlinburg Trail and my dog absolutely loved it. The many areas for us to wander a bit off of the path and down to the streams kept us busy for hours. I don't know what views I missed out on by not climbing the "better" trails, but I know we made some great memories by sharing that trail with our dog. I would like to go back and do the other trail someday.

  • More than one year ago.
    MR DONN More than one year ago.
    MR

    I always thought that it would be great to take my dog with me on vacation and be able to take her hiking with me but I either have to leave her at the cabin or stay off the trails. ill find a better place soon and hopefully I can find trails outside the park.

  • More than one year ago.
    hiking with dogs anderson More than one year ago.
    hiking with dogs

    I wonder what people think when they see a sign that says (no Dogs) most of them think its stupid but I know dogs look very taisty to black bears and black bears will also attack dogs if they have cubs with them so when you see the signs dont think twice its not that they are aginst dogs its that it is not a good IDEA!

  • More than one year ago.
    GSMNP Larry More than one year ago.
    GSMNP

    The dog policies in place at the GSMNP have a lot more to do with safety then they do with your dogs. Black bears actively hunt small animals for food and you walking dogs in to the back country could put yourself in danger. It's easier to just keep the dogs off most of the trails then it is to make a list and decide what dogs can go and what cant. If you also look at other parks that allow dogs most trails are covered with dog waste from owners that wont clean-up after there pet. Granted there should be better info on the pet policies of the park before people vacation at GSMNP.

  • More than one year ago.
    Bad choice for dog hikes Marty More than one year ago.
    Bad choice for dog hikes

    I live 45 minutes from GSMNP and cannot believe that it's listed as a good place for dogs. The reason I googled and found this website in the first place was because GSMNP has no real trails for those of us who hike with our dogs. GSMNP is a great park in all other aspects, but don't take your dog!

  • More than one year ago.
    No Place for Dogs! Wes More than one year ago.
    No Place for Dogs!

    It's frustrating that a large group of uneducated men and women of all ages can litter and vandalize but my family pet (a 40 lb. boxer) who acts more responsibly than a large percentage of the people who have flooded this area over the last 10 years is not allowed on the trail. If you have a pet dog and know how to respect nature try the Red River Gorge, a place which has yet to be over run by Buy One Get one Free Shops and unnecessary restrictions (you might want to hurry though, I don't know how long that will last...)

  • More than one year ago.
    Not Dog Friendly At ALL Matt More than one year ago.
    Not Dog Friendly At ALL

    A great place to bring your dog if you don't mind breaking the rules and possibly being fined. Any trail worth hiking is "no dogs", and many of them have 3 or 4 signs saying so. There are kids screaming and bellowing, adults throwing food, trash, and cigarette butts everywhere, and juvenile delinquents vandalizing historic sites, but for some reason it's dogs they're worried about. This park's pet policies are completely ridiculous, and not only should you not patronize them, you should call the National Park Service and complain.

  • More than one year ago.
    Why is this listed as a great national park for dogs? Michelle More than one year ago.
    Why is this listed as a great national park for dogs?

    I'm surprised that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is listed in Bringfido as a great park. Dogs are not allowed on the trails! We thought about going there for our family vacation, but nixed it since we couldn't bring him on the trails. Instead of going here for vacation, we went to Banff and Jasper where we could hike with our dog, beautiful vistas and dog friendly lodging. In the U.S., Acadia National Park is more dog friendly. They are actually allowed on the trails.

  • More than one year ago.
    Don't bring your dog! Doug More than one year ago.
    Don't bring your dog!

    Guess we should have read the rules of the National Park first, but didn't. Brought our lab up for a 5 day vacation anticipating many hikes in the mountains only to find out there are only 2 stupid little trails (if that's what they want to call them) that you can take your pet on! Rest of time she had to stay in the house while we got to enjoy the rest!! Don't waste your money coming here.

  • More than one year ago.
    Don't plan on hiking with your dog here! Tammy More than one year ago.
    Don't plan on hiking with your dog here!

    Although we loved Gatlinburg we were very disappointed with the national park... only two trails are open to dogs and you are basically walking along a paved road. If you like hiking IN THE WOODS with your dog on REAL TRAILS then DO NOT VACATION HERE!

  • More than one year ago.
    Super Peter More than one year ago.
    Super

    Was really great!

  • More than one year ago.
    Dog Friendly? Please! Amy More than one year ago.
    Dog Friendly? Please!

    Two measly trails, that are by far the lamest trails in the park. My golden retriever behaves better than any two-legged child, but for some reason I can't take her to a waterfall. It's absolutely ridiculous.

  • More than one year ago.
    Smokey Mt Park Debbie More than one year ago.
    Smokey Mt Park

    The few small trails might be dog friendly but don't get caught in the park trails or there's a huge fine. There are several dog parks in Knoxville that are great for letting your dog off leash as well as walking trails for long on leash walks.

  • More than one year ago.
    WONDERFUL Kelli More than one year ago.
    WONDERFUL

    We took our 2 german shepherds last year, and are going again this year. We really enjoyed the trails. It's a very dog friendly town. Can't wait to go back next week. Did the Gatlingburg trail last year, and it was beautiful. The boys loved the streams. We'll do the other one this year.

  • More than one year ago.
    nice shady trails Steve More than one year ago.
    nice shady trails

    The Great Smoky park only allows dogs on 2 of their many trails & they definetly are not the most scenic trails. One starts at the Sugarlands visitors center & the other starts at the Oconaluftee visitors center. They are shady & the Gatlinburg trail has areas where the dogs can play in the stream.

  • More than one year ago.
    gatlinburg trail brooke More than one year ago.
    gatlinburg trail

    we walked on the 2 mile gatlinburg trail that goes from the city limits to sugarland visitors center. it was a great place for sofie- it was cool and shady with plenty of access to streams. she had a great time- we really enjoyed taking her to gatlinburg with us.

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#ADVBeagles Submitted Jul 16, 2017
#ADVBeagles Submitted Jul 16, 2017

Great Smokey Mountains.

This photo was taken at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg, TN. It is smokey out here.

Lynn Schmerber LNT, (leave no trace) Submitted Mar 29, 2017
Lynn Schmerber LNT, (leave no trace) Submitted Mar 29, 2017

Peek-a-Boo Bear

This photo was taken at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg, TN. I volunteer in the back country for the GSMNP. This bear followed me for over a mile on The Little River Trail up past the Husky Branch. He was close but not aggressive. He was checking out my pack but I discouraged him. Imagine if I had had a small dog on a leash with me. We call them bear bait. FYI, Since 2010, over 50 % of all bear attacks in the USA have involved a dog. Love your dog ? Then leave him at home. Especially when the sows leave the den with new cubs and during mating season when males become very territorial.