The Eastern Tennessee community of Kodak may be small, but it’s within howling distance of some of Tennessee’s most notable tourist destinations including, Pigeon Forge, Dollywood, and Gatlinburg. Its small-town ambiance combined with its stunning location in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains makes it an ideal place to hang your leash while you explore the area. While Kodak does not have any veterinarians in town, there are seven in Servierville, which is just 15 minutes away.
If you have an active pup, Seven Islands State Birding Park is a smust-do while you’re in Kodak. It’s a great place to hike with your leashed doggo while watching for wildlife. Over 190 species of birds inhabit the lush 416-acre park. Be sure to bring along waste bags and water.
Kodak offers a choice of pet-friendly accommodations, including the Smoky View Inn and Suites, Best Western Sevierville/Kodak Inn, and Days Inn Kodak - Sevierville Interstate Smokey Mountains. Once you’re settled in and ready for a snack, head over to the Chocolate Monkey. This sweet shop specializes in caramel apples, fudge, and ice cream. You’ll have to leave your doggo tied up outside while you order, but he can join you on the shop’s patio while you indulge.
If needed, big-city services and amenities are available just 25 minutes away in Knoxville. But why not bypass the hustle and bustle of city sidewalks when you can stay in a low-key, fur-iendly, and picturesque community?
Just 10 miles from Kodak is the town of Sevierville, home to the Sevierville’s PetSafe Unleashed Dog Park. This off-leash park has separate areas for large and small pups, benches, and shaded areas. Waste bags are provided, as are hoses and drinking fountains expressly for doggos. The off-leash park is tucked inside of the Sevierville City Park, and you can easily extend your adventure by snapping on your pup’s leash and going for walk. As you meander the City Park’s paths, you might be tempted to lunch at the picnic tables. But if you fancy something a little more upscale, Bistro 109 is just a short walk away. This five-star restaurant, which specializes in preparing organic, local ingredients, allows pets at their outdoor tables.
Forty minutes from Kodak, the community of City Center in Gatlinburg is on the doorstep to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you’d like to explore the Park itself, head over to the Sugarlands Visitor Centre. The Gatlinburg Trail, one of only two pet-friendly hiking trails in the Park, begins at Sugarlands. If you’re not up for a hike, you and your leashed pet can stroll through either the picturesque Mynatt Park or the Village Shops, which is an outdoor boutique shopping area. Simply Animals at the Village Shops is a pet and gift store that welcomes doggos. Or, for an incredibly unique experience, take your pupper with you on the Sky Lift, a chairlift that takes passengers to the top of Crockett Mountain.
Your pupper will thank you for making the half-hour drive from Kodak to this community, which hosts the absolutely pawtastic Morristown Dog Park. Originally a baseball field, this off-leash park has been converted into every pupper’s dream. Fully fenced, and with lots of room to run and play, this park also boasts fake fire hydrants, ramps and pipes for agility-type fun, a kiddie pool with a hose kept handily nearby, and even a box of toys. Waste bags are provided in abundance. As a bonus, there are restrooms and covered seating, which surely means the puppers will get to play a little bit longer.
Pigeon Forge’s City Center community is famously home to Dollywood. While your doggo can’t explore that park with you, there are plenty of other things to do. Patriot Park, beside the Little Pigeon River, has a half-mile walking path that passes several memorials and flag displays in honor of Sevier County’s veterans. From Patriot Park, you can merge onto the Riverwalk Greenway, a four-mile paved trail that continues along the river. Leashed pups are welcome at the park and on the greenway, but bring along waste bags. If you work up an appetite, there are many restaurants in this community that welcome puppers at their outdoor tables, including Blue Moose Burgers and Wings, Paula Deen’s The Bag Lady, Calhoun’s, and the Country Candy Kitchen.
Whether your doggo prefers an off-leash romp or a leashed hike, the community of Windsor Park in Knoxville, about 30 minutes from Kodak, has got you covered. The one-acre Dogwood Dog Park, tucked inside the larger Victor Ashe Park, boasts agility-style play equipment, including ramps, tunnels, and jumps, as well as a water fountain just for doggos. But there is also plenty to explore with leashed puppers. Victor Ashe Park conveniently features concessions and restrooms, as well as access to the paved 1.5-mile Victor Ashe Greenway, which is part of the incredible 113-mile Knoxville City Greenway system. While water and waste bags are available right in the off-leash park, you’ll need to carry some if you and your doggo set off on a leashed adventure.