The town of Cherokee, which is located in Cherokee County, North Carolina, is one that can’t -- and shouldn’t! -- be missed if you’re in the area or anywhere nearby. Nestled in what is perhaps one of the most scenic areas in the United States, Cherokee is a small town on the reservation of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. This is a town filled with history, as well as being a hop and a skip from the Great Smoky Mountains -- only serving to enhance the already gorgeous scenery.
In town, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy, especially if you’re eager to learn about the local culture, and the culture of the region’s native people. There are definite stops for you and your pup pal to explore in the area, but while in Cherokee proper, you’d be doggone crazy to skip over the Sassy Sunflowers Bakery. An award-winning bistro, this bakery doesn’t just serve bread and cookies. You can find well-prepared salads and sandwiches that are out of this world, in addition to the usual fare. With an expansive outdoor patio where you’re welcome to bring your diva doggy to dine, you truly can’t go wrong at this bakery.
In southwest Gatlinburg, you’ll find the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park is home to many trails, though it is worth noting that most do not allow you to bring your furry friend. Just the same, leashed dogs are welcome on the Gatlinburg Trail as well as the Oconaluftee River Trail and the campgrounds. Pack a lunch and bring your pup for a picnic at one of the tables available. Be prepared to pick up after your pooch, and keep them on a leash at all times. You’ll have plenty to do in spite of the park's restrictions.