Bring Fido: Pet-Friendly Cabins and Activities

Planning a Smoky Mountain vacation but don’t want to leave your furry friends behind? You don’t have to! You’ll find loads of pet-friendly attractions, activities, and places to stay in the Smoky Mountains. Here are 3 of the best pet-friendly Smoky Mountain cabins, plus a list of activities you and your pets are sure to love! 

Windy Ridge

This two-level cabin, nestled near the beautiful Cove Mountain, is the perfect retreat for you and your pets. With a wood-burning fireplace, jacuzzi tub, flat-screen TV, a porch swing, and a huge yard (perfect for playing fetch with the pups), you and your pets will never want to leave! 

Snuggled Inn

Surrounded by forest trees in the Bluff Mountain area, this beautiful mountain cabin is another great choice for you and your pets. It features huge windows overlooking Smoky Mountian forests, an outdoor hot tub, wood-burning fireplace, and a screened-in porch. There’s also a fully-equipped kitchen, complete with a Keurig coffee maker and dishwasher. You’ll truly feel at home at the Snuggled Inn.

Dancing Bear Lodge

This spacious, recently-renovated cabin might be your family’s next vacation spot! Decorated in a modern-lodge style complete with high vaulted ceilings, this chalet features a large dining area, fully equipped kitchen, a beautiful stone fireplace, two large-screen TVs, a foosball table and PlayStation 2, outdoor hot tub, and so much more. The extra space Dancing Bear Lodge offers makes it an ideal vacation spot for the whole family (including the furry members!). 

Pet-Friendly Activities

With so many outdoor activities to do in the Smoky Mountains, it’s a great place to bring your pet! Here are 3 pet-friendly activities you’ll not want to miss. 

Go on a Hike

Before you strap on Fido’s leash and go off exploring, you should know that only two trails in Smoky Mountain National Park are authorized as pet-friendly trails. The Gatlinburg Trail is one of them. This 1.9-mile trail starts at Sugarlands Visitor Center and winds you and your pet past gorgeous views of the Little Pigeon River. The other pet-friendly trail is the Oconaluftee River Trail. During this one and a half-mile trek, you and your pet will hike through forests and catch beautiful views of the Oconaluftee River. 

Go Shopping

It’s true! Both you and your furry friends are welcome to shop at the Village Shops in Gatlinburg, a unique Bavarian village themed shopping mall. There’s a store just for animal lovers called Simply Animals you won’t want to miss. They sell everything from outfits for dogs to novelty t-shirts. You can even meet the owners’ pets, Zoey and Max, inside!

Visit Cades Cove

This 11-mile motor trail is the perfect outing for you and your pet! He can stick his head out the window and feel the mountain breeze while you take in the gorgeous scenery, all from the comfort of your own car.