PET FRIENDLY Smoky Mountains

PET FRIENDLY Smoky Mountains

If you're looking for a place to enjoy the great out of doors with your pet, look no further than the Smoky Mountains. We've got lots of pet-friendly lodgings in North Carolina and Tennessee for you to choose from, whether you're looking for a hotel, inn, bed and breakfast, cottage, or cabin.

The bad news is that, if you're looking to hike with your pup, for all intents and purposes, you can't do it in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The only trails you are permitted to take your pet on (on a 6-foot leash) are the Oconaluftee River Trail located on the outskirts of Cherokee in North Carolina and the Gatlinburg Trail in Tennessee. Otherwise, your pet is confined to the park's campgrounds and picnic and parking areas.

The good news is that your pet is very welcome in three national forests. In North Carolina, Pisgah National Forest flanks the Smokies to the east and Nantahala National Forest to the south. Together, they encompass more than a million acres of wilderness forest, lakes and ponds, whitewater rivers, trout streams, gorges, and mountain landscape, ranging from an elevation of 1,200 feet to more than 5,800 feet above sea level. Both forests offer plenty of opportunities for day hiking and backpacking along hundreds of miles of trails, as well as fishing, camping, boating, and biking. Your pet is welcome to explore the forests with you, on a 6-foot leash, except where posted.

Cherokee National Forest, with more than 650,000 acres, borders the Smokies to the north and south in Tennessee. It is a wilderness wonderland of lakes, trout streams, rivers, waterfalls, gorges, ponds, forests, meadows, and rugged mountainsides, and is crisscrossed by more than 600 miles of hiking trails, including 150 miles of the Appalachian Trail and the 21-mile-long John Muir National Recreation Trail. You and your pet (on a 6-foot leash) are welcome anywhere in the park except where posted.

If you and your pooch are in the mood for exploring a more domesticated landscape, visit the grounds of George Vanderbilt's 1895 fifty-room chateau, the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina. You can stroll with your pet on leash through its many gardens, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, including the Italian Garden and the All America Rose Garden, with more than 250 varieties of roses.

When you've had enough of Mother Nature, be sure to check out a (wo)manmade wonder, Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Your pet can't explore the park with you but will get to experience the next best thing, Doggywood, Dolly's onsite kennel (dogs only, and no overnight boarding). If you're planning on visiting, be sure to call ahead for a reservation.

If you and your pet are night owls and in the area over the Independence Day weekend, get over to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, to kick off the holiday with their 4th of July Midnight Parade, which attracts more than 100,000 people each year.

Finally, if you and your pet are looking to celebrate New Year's in a way neither one of you will ever be able to forget, hie thee to Clay's Corner in Brasstown, North Carolina, for the annual New Year's Eve Lowering of the Opossum. In addition to the descending of the marsupial (which, event organizers hasten to assure, is handled with the greatest of care), there is the crowning of the Possum Queen, though, from what we can determine, the last several have been gentlemen dressed in drag. Definitely sounds like a petswelcome kind of event!

Featured Pet-Friendly Hotels in Smoky Mountains

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La Quinta Inn & Suites Knoxville Airport La Quinta Inn & Suites Knoxville Airport

126 Cusick Road
Alcoa, TN 37701
865-984-9350
126 Cusick Road
Alcoa, TN 37701
865-984-9350

Pet Policy: Cats and dogs are welcome. No size restrictions. Up to 2 pets per room.

Policy Confirmed: 04/11/2018 | Update this Pet Policy

Policy Confirmed: 04/11/2018

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Americas Best Value Inn Americas Best Value Inn

508 Sunnyside Heights
Alcoa, TN 37110
1-877-577-5760
508 Sunnyside Heights
Alcoa, TN 37110
1-877-577-5760

Pet Policy: Pets are welcome for a nightly charge of $10 per pet. A maximum of 3 pets are allowed per room.

Policy Confirmed: 01/07/2015 | Update this Pet Policy

Policy Confirmed: 01/07/2015

Featured Pet-Friendly Restaurants & Cafes in Smoky Mountains

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131 Main

308 Thetford St,
Asheville, NC
828-253-4499
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We offer fresh food and an inviting setting to meet friends, family and business associates. Join us for lunch or dinner and enjoy a welcoming atmosphere and unique offerings. Stop by today and discover a new favorite!

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12 Bones BBQ

Asheville, NC
828-253-4499
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For lovers of the 12 Bones Restaurant as well as fans of progressive 'cue, 12 Bones Smokehouse includes signature recipes and techniques for ribs, pulled pork, and all the fixin's.

Featured Pet-Friendly Bars in Smoky Mountains

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Asheville Brewing Company

77 Coxe Ave,
Asheville, NC
828-255-4077
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Come try our local farm raised beef- fed on the spent grains from our brewery.