Scenic Walks, Nappin’ on the Deck, and Cuddling by the Fire: How to Travel with a Pet to Pigeon Forge

Every dog has their day, and it’s time to treat your pup to some Smoky Mountain cabin therapy too! Sharing your dream getaway in a Pigeon Forge Cabin with your favorite 4-legged family member is not nearly as hard or stressful when you stay in one of our gorgeous, pet-friendly lodgings. Take them on hikes, peruse the downtown Parkway, dine on the patios with them, and let them do a little shopping, too!

Make memories in Pigeon Forge that include your fluffy pride and joy while you don’t have to stress about finding a pet sitter back home or going without their heart-warming cuddles at night by the fire and playful habits throughout the day while grilling out in the beauty of the Smokies. They are sure to smile from ear-to-ear with their heads out the window as your little family cruises through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on your way to the perfect pet-friendly, amenity-packed Pigeon Forge, Tennessee cabin!

Pet-Friendly Cabins

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Cabins knows just how important our pets are to the family; our furry friends are well-loved, too! With that in mind, our team provides a wide variety of cabins for you and your pet to stay near the Parkway, on a large lot with a yard, near a peaceful creek to play in, or in a large lodge for a multi-family, multi-pet vacation. There are even pet-friendly cabins with indoor pools, theater rooms, outdoor fire pits, and breathtaking mountain views! So, don’t think that bringing your pet to the mountains limits your choices on cabins; with Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Cabins, your pet is taken into consideration as much as our beloved furry family members, too. You can check out all of our pet-friendly cabins here!

Quick Pet Pack List for their suitcase:

  • Leash
  • Portioned Food/Treats
  • Water/Food Bowls
  • Toys
  • Crate (if they are crate trained)
  • Pet Bed

Pet-Friendly Hiking Trails:

Pets on hiking trails can get a little tricky because the National Park Service Rangers (and us!) want the most safe and enjoyable experience of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for everyone. It is probably a safe bet to say that your pet is not accustomed to seeing large animals like elk, wild turkey, and black bears. No matter how well trained your dog may be, the wildlife is not always going to be so unaffected by your dog’s presence.

While there are over 800 miles of hiking trails to explore in the park, there are only 2 trails in the perimeter of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that allow dogs. This is for the safety of everyone inhabiting the park: you, your pup, and the wildlife. These trails, the Gatlinburg Trail, and Oconaluftee River Trail are both dog and bicycle friendly.

You don’t have to be inside the park, however, to enjoy some awesome Smoky Mountain views and trails. Here are a few of our favorite area trails that the whole family will love exploring:

Townsend Trail
This 9-mile trail in the city of Townsend is one of our favorites! It is pet and bicycle friendly following the Little Pigeon River and highlighted by lovely forestry, historic sites, and access to shopping, eating, and more!

The River Walk Greenway
This short trail is actually in the heart of downtown Pigeon Forge, following the river through town. It begins in the beautiful Patriot Park, however, where you can pack a blanket and a Frisbee to relax and play near the historical Old Mill.

Mynatt Park
Located in Gatlinburg, this beautiful park supplies visitors with a covered picnic pavilion to enjoy a packed lunch after exploring the numerous walking trails through the Smoky Mountain forestry and alongside peaceful babbling creeks.

Pet-Friendly Restaurants in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and the Smoky Mountain area:

Want to do some sightseeing along the Parkway with your pup? Here’s a fantastic list of delicious places to dine on the patio where your dog is welcome too!

  • The Chop House
    Sevierville, Tanger Outlet Mall
    Uncovered patio
  • Blue Moose Burgers & Wings
    Pigeon Forge, Teaster Ln
    Uncovered patio with umbrellas
  • Dick’s Last Resort
    Pigeon Forge, The Island
    Uncovered patio with umbrellas
  • Yee-Haw Brewing
    Pigeon Forge, The Island
    Partially covered patio and uncovered with umbrellas
  • Calhoun’s
    Pigeon Forge, Parkway
    Uncovered with umbrellas
  • Crystelle Creek Restaurant & Grill
    Gatlinburg, East Parkway
    Covered patio with heating/cooling
  • Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant
    Sevierville, Apple Valley Road
    Uncovered patio with umbrellas
  • Wild Plum Tea Room
    Gatlinburg, Buckhorn Road
    Covered patio and uncovered patio with umbrellas
  • Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
    Townsend, Lamar Alexander Parkway
    Uncovered, partially shaded patio

Stores your pets will love shopping through:

Who says you get to do all the shopping while on vacation? Maybe your best friend needs a new toy, a good cleaning, or a souvenir shirt of their own! Below are the top-rated pet shops in the Smoky Mountain area!

  • Holly & Willow’s Pet Barn
    170 Glades Road
    Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
  • Petsense
    699 Parkway #1
    Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

Pack your bags and your pup’s bag and head to a cozy pet-friendly cabin for a dreamy Smoky Mountain vacation where you will enjoy inspirational views of the mountains, rivers, and forestry while your best friend sits at your feet, soaking in the fresh air and much-needed relaxation, too.