Set amid the Great Smoky Mountains, Sevierville is a bustling epicenter featuring everything an eager fur family could dream of. This lovely Tennessee metropolis is surrounded by several major interstates, making it easily accessible from Knoxville, Cherokee, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge. The area is a major tourism hot-spot and boasts a plethora of lodging options for weary four-legged travelers.
Sevierville has plenty of canine-friendly activities to occupy the whole pack! One family favorite is the Smokey Mountain Flea Market. This is a one-stop shop for those in need of souvenirs to bring back home -- the selection is truly enormous! Your pooch will need a doggy stroller to browse alongside you, but one can be easily acquired at one of several pet stores nearby.
If your pup needs to stretch his legs after a long car journey, look no further than Sevierville’s PetSafe Unleashed Dog Park! This furrific bark park has everything a furry wayfarer could ask for: agility equipment, separate runs for small and large breeds, doggy water fountains, waste stations, and wi-fi access so they can check their “flea-mail”!
Hungry Epicureans will love getting their paws on the dog-friendly delights served up at Sevierville’s own Bistro 109. This upscale eatery prides itself in locally-sourced, sustainable menu items, and has something to please even the pickiest of pooches! Regulars swear by the Southern caramel pecan glazed chicken, but there is also a large selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes to please those with more ethical appetites! Stop in and treat yourself!
Just 10 miles south of Sevierville is the Great Smokey Mountain National Park, one of the most popular national parks in the US. To put it in perspective, each year, this park receives twice as many recreational visitors as the Grand Canyon! The park accommodates its fair share of four-legged tourists as well, and has plenty of activities to impress them! Two popular paw paths for tailed trekkers are the Oconaluftee River Trail and the Gatlinburg Trail. It is important to remember that pets must be leashed while in the park, and keep in mind that many of the trails are not dog-friendly, so pay special attention to signage. Pups are always welcome in the campgrounds, picnic areas, and on the roads. This park is sure to make your mutt a very happy camper!
The Village Shops in downtown Gatlinburg is an excellent place to explore with your leashed fur children. This outdoor shopping complex feels delightfully rustic and is home to 27 specialty stores! One pawticular favorite is Simply Animals, the Village Shops' resident pet supply store! If you are feeling a little famished after all that window-shopping, head across the street to The Funnel Cake Company for a sweet treat! Not in the mood for desert? Mellow Mushroom is only a few blocks away and offers Fido-friendly seating where you can enjoy a hot pie with your best boy (or girl!).
Pups in search of a wet and wild adventure, or just refuge from the unforgiving humidity, look no further than Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing Adventures! This is an excellent activity for the whole pack, and the best part is dogs can tube for FREE! Visitors describe the staff as super fur-iendly and very accommodating to pets. Pet parents are encouraged to rent a tether strap for $2 to avoid getting separated from their pooches. The company does not provide doggy life jackets, so if you feel your pup may need one, you should purchase it ahead of time at a local pet supply store. Bone Voyage!
Ruffly a 30-minute drive west of Sevierville is an exceptional paw park located on the outskirts of Knoxville. The Charter Doyle PetSafe Dog Park is favorite of local canines and humans alike, boasting lots of amenities for guests’ enjoyment and convenience. The dog run is divided into small and large dog sections, both of which are fully fenced to contain those furry Houdinis. There is a doggy drinking fountain for thirsty puppers, and waste stations are dotted throughout the park. If your pooch isn’t digging the bark park, there is a half-mile loop trail surrounding the main facility where the two of you can enjoy a leisurely stroll. Fido will need to be on-leash on the trail, though.
After a full day of adventuring, what’s better than a cold brew and some good grub with your favorite companion? Fox & Parrot Tavern on Glades Road in Gatlinburg can provide just that! This charming English-style tavern is a favorite of thirsty travelers and boasts dog-friendly porch seating for fur families. Here, you can chow down on traditional British fare such as fish and chips, bangers and mash, and Scotch eggs! There is also a huge selection of ales to wash down your meal -- in fact, the pub's motto is, “No crap on tap!” Your pup will love this delightfully unique watering hole!