Del Rio is an unincorporated community in Tennessee’s rural, mountainous area, only miles away from the North Carolina border. If you’re a dog owner here, you’ll have to travel to Newport to get the closest vet care, but the town is only about 12 miles away. If incredible views are your thing, though, you’ll likely love calling the Appalachian Mountains your home in Del Rio.
For some dog-friendly fun, traveling outside of Del Rio will give you some options, but you should prepare for at least a half-hour to an hour’s drive. If you’re visiting the amazing Dollywood – only about 39 miles from Del Rio! – you can stop for a bite to eat at the nearby Pigeon Forge, which has several restaurants right near the theme park that welcome dogs, like Calhoun’s and Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant. You won’t be able to bring your pup into Dollywood, but you can let him have his own fun at Doggywood, a Dollywood-themed fun place for pups, while you visit!
You can also drive about an hour south of Del Rio into North Carolina. The beautiful Lake Junaluska is a dog-friendly area with some breathtaking views in every season. Hike the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail, which brings you right along the lake and through historic parts of the area. Depending on how far you want to travel, you can find several pup-friendly adventures outside of Del Rio.
If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure with an outdoor-loving pooch, then step into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is just minutes away from downtown Gatlinburg and about 28 miles from Del Rio. Although the park has several trails for hikers, not all of them are dog-friendly. However, you can enjoy two trails marked for dogs: the Gatlinburg Trail and the Oconaluftee Trail. Your leashed pup is also welcome to join you on a camping trip in the massive park. Be sure to take in some incredible sights of the Great Smoky Mountains all around you, and check out the native plants and wildlife as you explore.
A little over 45 miles from Del Rio is the Hidden Hills/Glades neighborhood of Gatlinburg. This neighborhood is in the heart of town, encompassing much of the residential and commercial downtown area. The western end of Hidden Hills/Glades is where you’ll find some pawesome things to do with your pup, like shopping ‘til you drop at The Village Shops. This outdoor shopping mall is a great place to walk and window-shop, and there’s even the Simply Animals pet shop where you can shop for new goodies! Head to The Funnel Cake Company when you’re done for unique funnel cake flavors. You can eat outdoors with your four-legged friend.
The Maples Lane area of Gatlinburg is to the west of Hidden Hills/Glades and leads into more rural territory. This neighborhood is about 46 miles from Del Rio and offers some of the best views of the Great Smoky Mountains from town. You and your dog can even take in some of the sights from the pupular Gatlinburg Sky Lift, which moves you up a mountain for skiing or just checking out the views from the top. This area also has plenty of dog-friendly restaurants, like Tom & Earl’s Back Alley Grill, which has a spacious outdoor patio that welcomes furry paws.
About 36 miles from Del Rio is the Yettland Park area of Sevierville, TN. This neighborhood borders the West Prong Little Pigeon River, which is popular for its fly fishing areas. There are several spots along the river where you and your dog can relax and enjoy nature, or even share a picnic together. Yettland Park is also the home of Sevierville City Park, where you’ll find the PetSafe Unleashed Dog Park. This fully-fenced park offers some agility equipment to give your pup even more challenging fun while he plays and exercises. Your leashed pup is also welcome in the City Park at the covered pavilions and its walking trail.
The Parkway neighborhood of Pigeon Forge is about 40 miles from Del Rio and just south of Sevierville. This large area is a perfect blend of residential blocks and spots of entertainment with it being the home of famous Tennessee attractions like the Hollywood Wax Museum and MagiQuest. The neighborhood also has several pup-friendly restaurants to enjoy, like Salsarita Fresh Cantina, a dining spot with casual Mexican favorites, like made-to-order nachos. Blue Moose Burgers & Wings is also sure to make your pup howl with delight with its wings, burgers and more. Both spots have outdoor seating for you and your dog.