Dog Friendly Activities in Fontana Dam, NC

There are 31 dog friendly activities within 20 miles of Fontana Dam. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Fontana Dam.

Pet Friendly Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers two trails that are dog-friendly: 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). Please note that dogs are not permitted on any other trails within the park. Dogs are 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. See Details
Pet Friendly Top Rated Moonshine/Whiskey Walking Tour
Top Rated Moonshine/Whiskey Walking Tour 'Top Rated Moonshine/Whiskey Walking Tour' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Michael. During this experience, you and your pooch will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see exactly how the moonshine process works. The experience lasts 3.5 hours and can accommodate up to 16 guests ages 21 and up. Rates start at $44 per person. See Details
The Village Shops Located next to the famous Pancake Pantry and Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen, The Village is a collection of 27 unique specialty stores in the heart of Gatlinburg, TN. The wooded outdoor areas around the shops are great for taking Fido for a stroll. Be sure to stop by the Simply Animals store to pick up a toy or treat for your pet. Dogs should remain leashed and under your control at all times while roaming through The Village. See Details
Explore the Smokies - Sights N' Photo Tour 'Explore the Smokies - Sights N' Photo Tour' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Michael. Board a private coach or van with your pooch to be taken on a guided tour of Smoky Mountain National Park. Sit back and relax while you hear stories from your local guides about the mountains and Appalachian life. There will be different stops along the way providing beautiful photo opportunities - and a professional photo of your group is included with each stop. Some stops may include a short, easy walk to see the amazing views. The experience lasts 4 hours and can accommodate up to 20 guests ages 10 and up. Rates start at $47 per person. See Details
Cades Cove Loop Road Located approximately 27 miles outside of Gatlinburg, near the town of Townsend, TN, beautiful Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains offers a variety of hiking trails and wildlife viewing opportunities. You can take Fido along for a scenic drive on Cades Cove Loop Road, an 11 mile stretch of roadway through the Smoky Mountain valley. Due to its location, you'll almost certainly see deer in Cades Cove. If you're lucky, you might even spot a bear, fox, or wild turkey. Dogs must remain in vehicles. See Details
Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing Looking for the dog-friendly best tubing in Townsend Tennessee? You've just found it. Smoky Mountain River Rat offers river tubing and kayaking on the Beautiful Little River. River Rat is pet friendly, so go ahead and bring the family dog and make sure no family member misses out on this River adventure. Rentals are $17.99 for an all day pass. Dogs float for free. Dog owners are encouraged to rent a tether for $5 if they want a separate tube for their pooch. Dogs over 60 lbs are discouraged due to tube popping. See Details
Gatlinburg Trail The Gatlinburg Trail is one of only two pet-friendly trails in the Great Smoky Mountains. 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. See Details
Sugarlands Distilling Co. Sugarlands Distilling Co. is a dog-friendly industrial moonshine maker. This great spot offers indoor and outdoor tours, tastings, and even live music events for you and Fido to enjoy. As there's no food prepared on the premises, you can bring them inside and out to enjoy the festivities and the numerous spirits available, including moonshine, whiskey, and twists on classics like root beer. Sugarlands Distilling Co. is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 10:30pm and Sunday from 12:00pm to 6:30pm. See Details
Ole Smoky Moonshine Ole Smoky Moonshine is pet-friendly. The distinct smell of cooking and fermenting grains takes over your senses at this true moonshine experience. Here, you’ll see authentic-working moonshine stills and take in the entire process. The eager distillers like to visit with folks. They’ll be glad to answer your questions about the history and lore of moonshining in East Tennessee. After you see, smell and hear about the process, treat yourself to $5 samplings of our homegrown shine. See Details
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Trail Joyce Kilmer Memorial Trail is a moderately easy, 2 mile hike in Nantahala National Forest that will take about 1 hour to complete with Fido. This figure eight shaped trail through old-growth forest of eastern hemlocks and tulip poplars is beautiful and offers stream crossings. Hunting in the surrounding game lands is in season September through March, except for Sundays, so be sure to wear bright orange. Please note that dogs are not required to be on a leash, except between April 1 and August 15; however, because of high visitation, rangers strongly advise hikers to keep dogs on a leash year-round. See Details
Nantahala Bikeway The Nantahala Bikeway is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Bryson City! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Nantahala Bikeway. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Maryville-Alcoa Greenway The Maryville-Alcoa Greenway is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Maryville! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Maryville-Alcoa Greenway. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Apple Valley Mountain Village General Store The General Store at Apple Valley Mountain Village is pet-friendly. This popular country store offers visitors the chance to peruse the aisles of traditional produce, including jams, jellies, preserves, and honey butters. There are 10,000 new items available, an all new t-shirt room, and lots of games, shirts, toys, and hundreds of stuffed animals for kids. Their produce includes homemade fudge made fresh. Fido won't be left out while you're shopping, they even have an entire dog and pet section so they can take home a souvenir too. While you're there, you can take Fido for a walk on the 10 mile bike & walking path that’s winds through the little mountain town, circles under the highway and ends up back to the store. The General Store is open Monday through Thursday from 9am to 3pm and Friday through Sunday from 9am to 6pm. See Details
Gatlinburg SkyLift Park Gatlinburg SkyLift Park is pet-friendly. Small, leashed dogs are welcome if they can be held on your lap while on the SkyLift chairs. When you get to the top, your leashed dog can join you on the bridge which offers great views across the Tennessee landscape. It is open Sunday through Thursday from 9am to 9pm and Friday to Saturday from 9am to 10pm. See Details
Oconaluftee River Trail The Oconaluftee River Trail is one of two walking paths on which visitors can walk dogs and bicycle in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This pet-friendly trail is a 1.5 mile one-way. It is relatively flat, but does have a few small hills. The trail runs through the forest along side the Oconaluftee River and offers beautiful views of the river. The Oconaluftee River Trail is frequently used by joggers, walkers, and bicyclists. See Details
Tsali Recreation Area The recreation area has 4 trails, totaling over 36 miles which are used for mountain biking and horse back riding. The trails alternate between the two, so you can always take your dog on a trail where bikes are not. The trails are easy and well maintained. The area is beautiful and there are frequent creek crossings for your pet to get water. While you officially need to keep your pets on leash, we have never had a problem with off-leash. Be mindful of hunting season. See Details
Falls Branch Falls Trail Fun little hike to a 70 foot waterfall. The hike is steep and rocky towards the end so it's best if you have firm footing and good knees. This trail is 20 miles east of Tellico Plains on route 165. The trailhead is at the Rattlesnake West pull off. See Details
Nantahala National Forest Nantahala National Forest is pet-friendly. This North Carolina national forest translates to Land of the Noonday Son in Cherokee. Located near the hip city of Asheville, the forest is full of trails that lead along babbling streams through tall trees. Dogs must be leashed within the forest and all mess should be cleaned up after them to preserve the cleanliness of the area. See Details
The Dancing Bean Coffee House The Dancing Bean Coffee House at Apple Valley Mountain Village is dog-friendly. Dogs and their owners can head inside this quaint cafe and order lattes, smoothies, Kombucha, beer, lunch, pastries, and scones from the menu. While you enjoy your food and drink, you can play board games and listen to music, all with your pup by your side. They even offer complimentary puppy whipped cream treats for dogs. To work off those extra puppy biscuit calories, you can take Fido for a walk on the 10 mile bike & walking path that’s winds through the little mountain town, circles under the highway and back to the store. The Dancing Bean is open Monday through Thursday from 9am to 3pm and Friday through Sunday from 9am to 6pm. See Details
Tennessee Cider Company Tennessee Cider Company is pet-friendly. Gatlinburg’s first true Cidery, located in the heart of downtown, the Old General Store stocks locally made Ciders and wet goods made by great local folks. This cidery is open every day of the week from 10am to 11pm. See Details
Bonediggity Barkery Bonediggity Barkery is pet-friendly. Bring your leashed pooch along to sniff out the snacks at this dog-centric bakery full of delicious treats and eats for four-legged customers. They also sell gifts and apparel for dogs, including leashes, collars and more. They are open every day of the week from 11am to 7pm. See Details
Tennessee Homemade Wines Tennessee Homemade Wines is dog-friendly. Dogs are welcome to join their owners inside for a wine tasting. The wines are homemade right in the middle of Gatlinburg, including peach, blackberry and grape flavors. The cool wooden building that houses this winery is worth checking out even if you're not having a tipple. They are open Monday through Thursday from 10am to 10pm, Friday to Saturday from 10am to 11pm and Sunday from 10am to 9pm. See Details
Ghosts of Gattlinburg Ghosts of Gattlinburg is a pet-friendly tour in Tennessee. Gatlinburg Ghost Tours takes an unflinching look at the dark points in the city’s history that others would simply ignore. You and your pooch will visit eight different spooky locations around the city. Leashed pups are invited, as long as they don't scare easily. The tour lasts an hour and is about a mile in length. Colonial Ghosts, LLC operates this spooky walking tour. See Details
Apple Valley Mountain Village Mountain Store The Mountain Store at Apple Valley Mountain Village is dog-friendly. You are welcome to bring your pooch with you inside the store while you check out the items on offer. They sell quilts, handbags, sportswear, candles, picture frames, and lots more outdoor goods for your next hike into Appalachia. While you're there, you can take Fido for a walk on the 10 mile bike & walking path that’s winds through the little mountain town, circles under the highway and back to the store. The Mountain Store is open Monday through Thursday from 9am to 3pm and Friday through Sunday from 9am to 6pm. See Details