Located directly southeast of Laurel, the community of Pittman Center is a pawesome place for you and Fido to explore. Pack up your camper or a tent and head to Greenbrier Campground for an overnight,weekend, or longer. This pet-friendly recreational area in the Smoky Mountains allows dogs as long as you keep them on a leash up to 6 feet long and clean up their messes. There is a 3 pet maximum per site. If you plan on visiting the Smoky Mountains with a group of people and want to bring your pup along, check out the Mountain View Retreat. This luxury cabin allows up to two dogs of any size for an additional fee, and it can house up to 22 people.
When you’re planning a getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains, you don’t have to leave Fido at home. The community of Zion Grove, located about 5 miles west of Laurel, offers some pet-friendly accommodations for you and your furry friend. You can contact the owner of Elk Springs Resort Cabin to request permission to bring Fido along and find out about fees and weight restrictions. Another site willing to accept dogs with prior approval is the Four Seasons Cabin. Both of these private rentals require a two-night stay minimum. While you’re in the area, leash up your pup and bring them along for dinner to the Fox & Parrot Tavern. The traditional British pub allows dogs at the tables on the porch.
When you want to treat your pup to a pawtastic outing, head to Pigeon Forge. About 12.5 miles from Laurel, this community includes the Riverwalk Greenway. You can walk or jog along this 2-mile long paved trail with Fido. Stop off in Patriot Park and stroll around the half-mile path that’s lined with flags from all 50 states. Walk through the streets in downtown Pigeon Forge and visit the shops. Take some time to enjoy a sweet treat at Country Candy Kitchen. This shop has a pet-friendly table outside. If you want a taste of the south, grab an outdoor table at Paula Deen’s The Bag Lady and enjoy homemade salads, sandwiches, and desserts. As long as you’re at an outside table, your pooch is welcome to lounge at your feet.
Just 10 miles southwest of Laurel, you and Fido can find a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the neighborhood of Gatlinburg. Take time in this community to enjoy some pawtastic adventures. Your canine companion is welcome to join you in a hike along the Gatlinburg Trail. Dogs are also allowed in the campsites and picnic areas in the park provided you keep them on a leash. After a day of hiking, stop off at Hungry Bear BBQ #1 and enjoy some ribs, brisket, or other tangy treats. Your furry friend can join you at any of the outdoor picnic tables. In town, you can leash up your pup and take a stroll through The Village Shops.
The community of Sevierville is located about 14 miles northwest of Laurel. You can bring Fido here for some off-leash play time with other pooches at Sevierville’s PetSafe Unleashed Dog Park. Nestled in the city park, this facility has separate areas for large and small dogs. Both sides have ample shade, benches, agility equipment, and water. By law, your furry friend must be vaccinated before coming to the park. If you want one-on-one time with your special pal, explore some of the town’s 10 miles of greenways and walking trails. When you’re outside of the dog park, remember to keep your pup on leash.