Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Gatlinburg, TN

There are 2 dog friendly hiking trails in Gatlinburg. 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 Gatlinburg, TN, or call 877-411-FIDO to speak with one of our pet travel experts!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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.

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.

Seven Islands State Birding Park

Dogs are welcome at Seven Islands State Birding Park, where there are a number of pet-friendly trails for you and Fido to enjoy. There are 190 species of bird that call the 416 acres of land adjacent to French Broad River their home and you and your pooch can enjoy them from some of the trails as long as Fido is on a leash.
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