Gatlinburg Vacations

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Gatlinburg vacations are great for people that like to travel not only with their kids, but also with their pets. Many cabins and chalets in the Gatlinburg area are pet friendly. And though you can't take Buster and Fifi into the amusement parks or museums, there are plenty of pet friendly entertainments to be found in the area.

Walking along the eight-mile loop of arts and crafts is a great way to spend time with your pet. Many craftsmen have outdoor stalls, allowing you to peruse their wares and spend time with your furry child. Sitting in the outdoor parks, enjoying an ice cream, listening to bluegrass from the band, and just watching the world go by is a pleasant way to while away an afternoon for both humans and dogs.

Good Doggie

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while perhaps not pet friendly, is at least pet tolerant. Leashed dogs are allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas, parking areas, and along roads. They do have a six-foot maximum leash law, but dogs are allowed on two of the lovely walking paths--the Gatlinburg Trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail.

Many cabins and chalets in Gatlinburg are pet-friendly. Dogs enjoying taking a lazy snooze in front of the fireplace as much as anyone, and a romp through the surrounding woodlands can be a doggie dream. Just because a cabin or chalet doesn't advertise itself as pet-friendly doesn't mean it isn't. Inquire in advance if you're interested. Additional charges may apply, and certainly deposits will be required, but for those of us who like to travel with the "whole" family, the extra money is well worth it.

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