It’s true. A dog is a man’s (or woman’s) best friend. Most dog owners consider their pooch to be a full-blown part of the family and that means the dog goes almost everywhere - including vacation! However, it can be a challenge to find pet friendly vacation spots. Even if you do manage to find a hotel that can accommodate your pup, they’ll usually end up cooped up while you’re out exploring.
Luckily, pet friendly cabins in Gatlinburg offer the best of both scenarios. Not only do our accommodations welcome your furry friends, but the very nature of our community makes it conducive to traveling with your pet. You’ll be pleased to know there are many things to do with dogs in the Smokies. Check out a few of our favorite dog friendly hot spots:
Enjoy the Mountain Views
When looking for things to do with dogs in the Smokies, you won’t have to look very far. The Smoky Mountain region is known for its beautiful scenery and active tourists and locals. Unfortunately, the National Park doesn’t permit dogs on the park trails - with the exception of two short walking paths: the Gatlinburg Trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail - but the Gatlinburg area has a variety of local recreational spots that are just as beautiful. Spaces like Chattahoochee National Forest and Cherokee National Forest are both great local spots for hitting the trails with your pooch!
Best of all, these gorgeous recreational centers are located just around the bend from these pet friendly cabins in Gatlinburg: Sweet Retreat (a one bedroom abode if you’re vacationing with just you and your pup), Wildwood Dreams (sleeping up to six guests), or Above the Mist (for large groups). Each of these cabins welcome your pets and offer full kitchen suites for packing a meal before a long day of hiking and adventure. Regardless, enjoying some fresh mountain air is one of the best things to do with dogs in the Smokies.
Try the Local Cuisine
If you’re a foodie, you’ll be in heaven when visiting the Gatlinburg area. Known for barbecue and moonshine, there are plenty of local joints that allow you to sample local treats while enjoying the company of your dog. Restaurants like Red Oak Bistro and Hungry Bear BBQ offer excellent outdoor seating areas. Your dog can take a nap under the table while you dine on some of the area’s most popular tastes.
Gatlinburg also houses several pet-specific shops along the main strip. Dip into Bone Diggity Bakery (offering savory doggie treats and toys) and Paws and Claws Pet Fashion (if you’re looking for a fun souvenir). Both shops love greeting your pets and will make a day out in Gatlinburg super special.
Pet Friendly Cabins in Gatlinburg = On Point Vacay
If you’re the type that loves to travel with your dog, our pet friendly cabins in Gatlinburg are just the thing for you! Located close to all the action and offering all the necessary amenities, you’ll find the cabin selection at Diamond Mountain Rentals to be top-notch. These cabins don’t last long so call us today to make a reservation!