kid and dog enjoying a pet friendly Smoky Mountain vacation

3 Ways to Make Your Pet Friendly Smoky Mountain Vacation Better

There isn’t anything quite like a relaxing trip to the Smokies, especially one where you can bring the whole family. Besides, we already know that having a dog around is a great stress reliever, so why not make your next getaway even more relaxing by enjoying a pet friendly Smoky Mountain vacation.

Now, before you hop in the car and head towards the mountains, be sure to read through our tips below to make sure that you and your family get the most out of your next pet friendly Smoky Mountain vacation!

1. Stay in a pet-friendly Smoky Mountain cabin rental

dog and owner looking out at the scenic Smoky MountainsWhat’s the point of bringing your four-legged best friend if you can’t spend any time with him/her. No one is happy when your dog has to stay at a kennel or cooped up in a crate, so make this pet friendly Smoky Mountain vacation one the entire family will fondly remember by booking a relaxing pet-friendly cabin in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg to stay in.

With breathtaking views, luxurious amenities and just a short drive from all the popular things to do in the area, there is no doubt that you and your family will love staying in a pet friendly Smoky Mountain cabin during your next vacation. A few of our favorite pet-friendly places to stay include:

  • Heaven’s Eyes
    A 2 bedroom, 2 bath cabin near Dollywood, Heaven’s Eyes is perfect for families and small groups traveling together to the Smoky Mountains. In addition to being pet friendly, the Smoky Mountain cabin also offers an outdoor hot tub, seasonal resort pool access, outdoor grill, free WiFi, and much more!
  • Bear’s Lair
    Also a 2 bedroom and 2 baths cabin, the Bear’s Lair pet friendly cabin in the Smoky Mountains is a private log cabin that offers a secluded mountain setting. Still just a short drive from Dollywood and other popular area attractions, this rental has a private hot tub, two gas fireplaces, a jacuzzi tub, washer & dryer, and gorgeous views.

Click here to view more of our pet-friendly Smoky Mountain cabin rentals.

2. Experience a Pet-Friendly Smoky Mountain Hiking Trail

dog and owner enjoying a pet friendly Smoky Mountain vacationIt’s no secret that pets aren’t allowed on many of hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is not only to protect the safety of your pup, but also as a way to protect the well being of the natural habitat that the animals in the park rely on.

However, that being said, there are a couple of spots in the Smoky Mountains where pets are allowed, and this allows owners and pets to enjoy a day in the mountains together.

These spots include:

  • Picnic Areas
    All public roads and picnic areas are open to pets and families as long as dogs are kept on a leash that is no longer than 6 feet long. The dog must also be in the leash at all times.
  • Cades Cove Loop Road
    Cades Cove is by far one of the most popular areas in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With the rolling scenic views and peaceful atmosphere, there is no question that both pets and pet parents will love spending the day driving along the 11-mile loop road that circles the area.
    From the comfort of your vehicle, guests will pass several historic cabins, open grassy fields, and you may even spot a few wildlife. However, park officials do stress the importance that your dog remain in your vehicle while visiting Cades Cove.
  • The Gatlinburg Trail
    The Gatlinburg Trail is the only pet friendly Smoky Mountain hiking trail on the Tennessee side of the Smoky Mountains. Considered a short walking path, this trail is located next door to the Sugarlands Visitor Center, and it follows the outskirts of Gatlinburg. During this hike, guests will get to experience parts of both the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River and several historic home sites and buildings.


3. Go to a pet-friendly attraction in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg

pet friendly attraction in Pigeon Forge and GatlinburgDid you know that there are actually quite a few attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg that allow pets? It’s true! Thanks to these exciting places, your dog doesn’t have to mope around your cabin all day while you and your family are out having fun.
An example of some of the pet friendly attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg include:

  • The Gatlinburg Sky Lift
    Who doesn’t want a unique view of the scenic Smoky Mountains fall foliage? That is just what you will find from the comfort of the Gatlinburg Sky Lift. From your chair, guests will travel nearly 2,000 feet into the air and enjoy breathtaking views of the scenic Smoky Mountains. The best part is that well-behaved dogs are welcome.
  • Doggywood at Dollywood
    Although our four-legged friends are not allowed inside of the Pigeon Forge amusement park, the friendly folks at Dollywood have set up a unique place for dogs to relax at while you and your family enjoy the day riding the rides and touring the shops. Doggywood offers pet parents the option of choosing a private kennel or cottage for the day. Owners are requested to please provide their own food for their dogs, and pet pick up is no later than 15 minutes after the park is closed.
  • The Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum
    Home to one of the largest collections of salt and pepper shakers in the world, the Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg is one of the most-unique attractions in the area. Families who visit here will see shaker sets from all around the world, and will even have the chance to take a set or two home with them from the gift shop on their way out. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find a pair that matches your pooch as you two stroll through the exhibit.


Would you like to learn more about ways you can make your pet friendly Smoky Mountain vacation better? Feel free to give us a call today, and one of the many experienced Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals vacation specialists will be more than happy to answer any and all questions that you and your family may have. See you in the Smokies!