7 Surprising Pet Friendly Attractions in Pigeon Forge

dog ready for Smoky Mountain vacation.

Traveling with pets can sometimes be quite difficult. You never know which places will allow you to bring your animal, and you don’t want to feel as if you are missing out on any part of your vacation because you don’t want to leave them alone. However, you also don’t want to leave them behind because boarding cost and pet sitters can also be quite expensive. So what do you do?

To help our guests in this predicament, we at HearthSide Cabin Rentals have found a list of the top seven pet friendly attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. From shopping to hiking to outdoor adventures, there is something for everyone among this list of things to do in the Smoky Mountains.

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Doggywood at Dollywood

Doggywood is a special place just for dogs at the most popular attraction in Pigeon Forge. Although pets are not actually allowed inside Dollywood, the Doggywood area is the perfect spot for your furry friend to spend the day relaxing while you explore the park.

Hours: 30 minutes before the park opens-30 minutes after the park closes

Cost: $12-$30 (depending on services)

The Village Shops in Downtown Gatlinburg

Located directly on the Parkway, the Village is an open air shopping center that is home to 27 unique Gatlinburg stores. Pet owners will enjoy window shopping as they stroll through The Villiage, or they can simply people watch from one of the relaxing benches found there. During your visit, be sure to take your pet into the Simply Animals store to pick out a new treat or toy he or she can enjoy during the rest of your vacation.

Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

Smoky Mountain River Rat

dog tubing on the Little Pigeon RiverThe perfect way to cool down on a warm summer day, the Smoky Mountain River Rat invites guests to sit back and let their troubles float away on the Little Pigeon River. The Smoky Mountain River Rat offers both tubing and kayaking adventures.

Hours: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Cost: $13 per person. Pets are free!

The Gatlinburg Sky Lift

A fun, little known fact about The Gatlinburg Sky Lift is that the Gatlinburg attraction actually allows dog owners to bring their pet with them on the ride to the top of the mountain. After the ride, you and your dog will enjoy looking down at all the beautiful sights of downtown Gatlinburg.

Hours: 9 a.m.-11 p.m., daily

Rates: $14 for adults, $10.50 for children

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

dog hiking in the Smoky MountainsAlthough most of the park is not pet friendly, there are two pet friendly hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains where owners can bring their dogs. The Gatlinburg trail is a 1.5 mile hike that begins at the Sugarland Visitor Center, and The Oconaluftee River Trail is a 1.5 mile hike near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.

Outside of the two hiking trails, pets are more than welcome at any of the park’s campgrounds, picnic areas and along the roads with a leash.

Just Fer Paws

Located in the heart of the Arts and Crafts Community in Gatlinburg TN, Just Fer Paws is a combination doggie daycare and boarding facility. Here, you can also treat your pup to a new hair do with the help of the resident groomer, or you can even rent the fenced in dog play area to let your four-legged friend run around for a little while.

For more information on this pet friendly Gatlinburg attraction, give them a call at (865) 430-3383.

Cades Cove

dogs in car on Cades Cove Loop RoadCades Cove is one of the most beautiful places in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here, guests will find historic home sites, rustic churches, and a visitor center with working grist mill, all connected by an 11-mile loop road.

Pets are allowed to be in the car as you drive around the loop road, but park officials do request that you please refrain from taking them to the historic buildings and inside the mill.

For directions to any of the pet friendly attractions in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg that we mentioned above, please feel free to use the map below!

Pet-Friendly Pigeon Forge Cabin Rentals

If you and your family are still looking for the perfect pet friendly cabin rentals in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, be sure to check out a few of the spacious rentals in our inventory. We have a total of 74 different pet friendly vacation rentals in the Smoky Mountains.
To learn more about any of our rentals, or to reserve your next stay with HearthSide Cabin Rentals today, give us a call at 888-993-7655. See you in the Smokies!