Located in eastern Tennessee, in between Knoxville and North Carolina’s mountain area of Asheville, the town of Gatlinburg is known for its rich history, gorgeous natural setting, and charming small town vibe. With a population of only 4000, many people escape to this calm town for a relaxing weekend. Some of those visitors may wonder if their pets are welcome to enjoy this clean air town for a vacation away from daily life.

The direct answer is yes! This small community, situated in such a gorgeous location welcomes dogs with open arms. We put together this guide to help folks with some tips on finding a great pet-friendly rental in Gatlinburg, TN.

There are so many cabins in Gatlinburg that finding the perfect pet-friendly cabin means you have a wealth of options to choose from. Check out these tips to find a great pet-friendly place to stay in Gatlinburg and get started enjoying your family vacation.

Do Your Research

The search for the perfect pet-friendly cabins in Gatlinburg begins with choosing the season to visit in and the amenities you need. Mid-June through the end of August and the entire month of October are the busy seasons in the Smoky Mountains. Skip these seasons or book early to ensure your favorite rental cabins in Gatlinburg are available for your vacation dates. Notice the amenities and make a note of any that are important for your family fun. Not all cabins offer views of the mountains or waterfront porches and swimming pools, so choose the amenities that make sense and check off the cabins that fit the bill.

The easiest way to locate pet-friendly cabins in Gatlinburg is to get a little help from the Internet. There are tons of websites that cater to vacationers who travel with their pets. Browse these websites to get a helping hand when it comes to choosing pet-friendly cabins and attractions that don’t leave Fido out of the fun.

Explore the Area

Check out the attractions that are “must-sees” in Gatlinburg. Spend some time listing the local attractions you just can’t bear to miss and use that list to track down the closest cabins. Keep in mind some of the attractions in Gatlinburg are not pet-friendly, so Fido may have to spend time at your cabin or you need to select attractions that allow pets. The Gatlinburg Space Needle and the Skylift are both off limits to pets, but dogs have their own holiday at Doggywood, the guest services portion of Dollywood.

Talk to the Owner

Make sure that the cabin you choose is right for your trip by talking to the owner or the rental agency. Chances are, the cabin owner also has pets and can give you information about local entertainment and attractions that are fun for you and for your pup. Make sure your pet is welcome in all rooms of the cabin and not just the backyard. Some pet-friendly cabins have restrictions on where you need to keep your pet, so it’s important to understand the terms before booking your cabin.

Check Out Some Great Dog Friendly Activities

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Gatlinburg is ready for you and your dog! Check out some of these fun dog friendly activities to enjoy during your stay.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Grab a leash and head over to the two dog friendly trails at this world known national park. Choose between Gatlinburg Trail or Oconaluftee River Trail. Both trails are under 2 miles long and welcome hikers of all skills. Enjoy fantastic mountain views and meet friendly hiking neighbors, both two legged and four legged. Make sure to keep your pup on their leash and bring plenty of water and snacks for the journey. If you enjoy camping, the pooch is also welcome at all campgrounds at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Try Some of the Local Cuisine

Gatlinburg has a great selection of restaurants and bars that welcome pets (as long as the friendly staff can enjoy giving your best friend a nice belly rub). Make sure to head to our favorite pet-friendly spot, Mad Dog’s Creamery & Donuts to check out a one of a kind doggy experience. This place is an ice cream shop designated for dogs! With 20+ doggy friendly ice cream flavors, homemade donuts, and puppy sized tables, your pooch will know he is the best boy in the world.

The mountains are calling

Gatlinburg can’t wait to host your next weekend getaway, whether you choose to visit in the summer or winter. Finding the right cabin to stay is the first step towards your trip!