Posted on 5/2/2024


The only thing better than a Pigeon Forge vacation with loved ones is a Pigeon Forge vacation with loved ones AND your fur-baby! The Smoky Mountains of Tennessee offer so many exciting opportunities to get outside and enjoy the splendor of nature, and who better to enjoy it with than your four-legged friend? 

One of the biggest draws to Pigeon Forge is its proximity to the Smoky Mountains. Hiking options abound, and while most trails in the national park don't allow dogs, there are plenty of local hikes that are perfectly suited for your puppy pal! Selections include the Gatlinburg Trail, the Sevierville Greenway, Wear Farm City ParkDouglas Dam Tailwater Campground, and Ijams Nature Center.

Patriot Park, located just off the Pigeon Forge Parkway, is a wonderful spot to spend some quality time outdoors with your dog. This park is dedicated to veterans from Sevier County and features a walking trail that loops around the park, with plenty of open space for your dog to run and play. It's a great place to take a break, have a picnic, and enjoy the fresh mountain air.

Did you know that your well-behaved dog can join you on the Pigeon Forge Trolley? This is a fun and convenient way to explore the area. The trolley covers a variety of routes, taking you to popular destinations throughout Pigeon Forge, including Dollywood, the Old Mill, and the Island. Just be sure to bring a leash and keep your pup close by as you hop on and off.

The Island in Pigeon Forge boasts shops, restaurants, and attractions, and it's also very pet-friendly! You and your dog can stroll around the beautifully landscaped grounds, relax by the dancing fountain, and even ride the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel together in one of the pet-friendly gondolas. Many of the shops and restaurants with outdoor seating areas are also welcoming to pets, so you can both enjoy a meal or a snack.

If you and your pup prefer a more relaxed adventure, consider taking a scenic drive through the Smokies. The Cades Cove Loop Road is a popular choice, offering stunning views of the mountains and plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife. You can make stops along the way for short walks and photo opportunities. Just remember to keep your dog on a leash and be mindful of local wildlife.

After a day of exploring, you'll both need to refuel. Fortunately, Pigeon Forge has several pet-friendly dining options. Places like Blue Moose Burgers & Wings, Mad Dog's Creamery, and Hard Rock Cafe Pigeon Forge offer outdoor seating where your dog can join you. Mad Dog's Creamery even has doggy ice cream on the menu, so your pup can enjoy a treat too!

Finding a place to stay with your dog is fairly easy in Pigeon Forge; after all, many lodging options are pet-friendly. However, not all accommodations are the same! Your best bet is to find a pet-friendly vacation rental cabin. You'll experience the comforts of home, tons of extra amenities, and prices that often beat a single hotel room! Finding yourself a cozy cabin in the woods can be an especially wonderful choice, giving you and your furry friend plenty of space to relax and play. 

To make trip planning easier for you, we've compiled a list of our favorite dog-friendly Pigeon Forge cabin rentals. Check out these canine-approved selections (10 out of 10 pups concur that they are simply the best—we asked them!), and plan your trip to Pigeon Forge today!