As much as I love going for a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park I can’t bring my fluffy son with me on every trail. There are only two approved trails for dogs in the national park and they are “The Gatlinburg Trail” and “The Oconaluftee River Trail”. My husband and I wanted to take Joe into the park and get to see the gorgeous leaves before all they all end up scattered on the ground. Joe really enjoyed himself and fell asleep as soon as we got back to the car.

Look at how much that nugget loves his dad! Mommy spoils him but daddy hung the moon. I’m mentally preparing myself to go through the same thing with our human children.


The Gatlingburg Trail starts at the Sugarlands Visitor Center making it a short drive from Pigeon Forge. The trail is roughly 2 miles one way which is far if you have tiny legs like a Corgi or a small child. The Gatlingburg Trail could be great for introducing young ones to hiking. JoeJoe liked that the trail had an accessible creek for shenanigans. Only my child, y’all. He does not let something silly like freezing temps dictate his dips in the water.


There were still some trees that looked scorched from the fire last November but on the whole the park was showing off, as usual, for my favorite season.


Where is your favorite place to take your dog? I’d love to know. We enjoy having Joe with us to make memories wherever we go and are always looking for new spots to visit. He’s always looking for new spots to pee every 10 ft but at least we’re spending quality time together in between claiming trees in the name of Joe. If you’re looking for a beautiful place to make memories for free I’d love for you to consider taking your pup or your family to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I hope everyone has a delicious (I mean wonderful) Thanksgiving! I am thankful for each and every one of you!

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Dog Friendly Trails in the Smoky Mountains



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