National Park

Great Smoky Mountains Dog Policy

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is Somewhat Dog Friendly

Trails
Dogs Limited
[]
Campground
Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash []
Roads
Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash []

The Great Smoky Mountains are part of the Appalachian Mountains. The park covers base elevations through rising mountains, and is home to a wide variety of animal and plant species. Hiking is the main attraction here, with more than 800 miles of trails. The Appalachian Trail also runs through the park. Other activities include fishing, horseback riding, and touring historic structures, including recreations of early settlements.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is somewhat dog friendly, and really barely, since you'll miss out on most of the main attractions here with a dog. Dogs are only allowed on two short trails, and prohibited on most trails. The two short trails are not nearly as nice as the best hiking trails here. However, dogs are allowed at campgrounds and on roads (including overlook parking areas).

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Website
https://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm
Pet Policy Details
https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/pets.htm
Area
816 mi2
Annual Visitors
12,095,720

Trail Policy

Dogs are not allowed on most trails at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Dogs are only allowed on two short trails that start at the visitor centers on each side of the park. These trails are nice, but they're not like some of the spectacular trails that are available to hikers alone:

Gatlinburg Trail

1.9 miles each way; relatively flat with great views of the river. There is parking near the border of the park in Gatlinburg, along the entrance road, and at the visitor center. There is a section of the trail near the visitor center that is literally the small shoulder on the side of the road. The rest of the trail is nicer, but that section is around a third of a mile (see the first photo below for what that looks like).

Gatlinburg Trail #1 Gatlinburg Trail Trail #2 Gatlinburg Trail Trail #3

Oconaluftee River Trail

1.5 miles each way; also somewhat flat with views of the river

Oconaluftee River Trail #1 Oconaluftee River Trail #2 Oconaluftee River Trail #3

Campground Policy

Dogs are allowed at front-country campgrounds while on a 6' leash.

Campground Dogs Allowed? # Dog Friendly Sites Equipment
Abram's Creek Campground Yes 16 Pickup Camper, Pop Up, RV, Tent, Trailer Reservations/Info
Anthony Creek Horse Camp Yes 3 Horse Reservations/Info
Appalachian Clubhouse No Car Reservations/Info
Balsam Mountain Campground Yes 42 Pop Up, RV, Tent, Trailer Reservations/Info
Balsam Mt. Campground No
Big Creek Campground No
Big Creek Campground (Great Smoky Mountains National Park) Yes 12 Tent Reservations/Info
Big Creek Group Camp Yes 1 Tent Reservations/Info
Big Creek Horse Camp Yes 5 Horse Reservations/Info
Cades Cove Campground Yes 164 Car, Caravan/Camper Van, Fifth Wheel, Pickup Camper, Pop Up, RV, Tent, Trailer Reservations/Info
Cades Cove Group Yes 4 Tent Reservations/Info
Cades Cove Group Campground No
Cataloochee Campground Yes 27 Car, Caravan/Camper Van, Fifth Wheel, Pickup Camper, Pop Up, RV, Tent, Trailer, Vehicle Reservations/Info
Cataloochee Group Camp Yes 3 Tent Reservations/Info
Cataloochee Horse Camp Yes 7 Horse Reservations/Info
Collins Creek Picnic Pavilion Yes 2 Car, Vehicle Reservations/Info
Cosby Campground Yes 157 Car, Caravan/Camper Van, Fifth Wheel, Pickup Camper, Pop Up, RV, Tent, Trailer, Vehicle Reservations/Info
Cosby Group Camp Yes 3 Tent Reservations/Info
Cosby Picnic Pavilion Yes 2 Car, Vehicle Reservations/Info
Deep Creek Campground No
Deep Creek Campground (Nc) Yes 90 Caravan/Camper Van, Fifth Wheel, Pickup Camper, Pop Up, RV, Tent, Trailer Reservations/Info
Deep Creek Group Camp Yes 3 Tent Reservations/Info
Deep Creek Picnic Pavilion Yes 2 Car Reservations/Info
Elkmont Campground Yes 217 Caravan/Camper Van, Fifth Wheel, Pickup Camper, Pop Up, RV, Tent, Trailer, Vehicle Reservations/Info
Elkmont Group Camp Yes 4 Tent Reservations/Info
Greenbrier Picnic Pavilion Yes 2 Car, Vehicle Reservations/Info
Look Rock Campground Yes 62 Car, Caravan/Camper Van, Fifth Wheel, Pickup Camper, Pop Up, RV, Tent, Trailer, Vehicle Reservations/Info
Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Pavilion Yes 2 Car, Vehicle Reservations/Info
Round Bottom Horse Camp Yes 5 Horse Reservations/Info
Smokemont Campground Yes 138 Car, Caravan/Camper Van, Fifth Wheel, Pickup Camper, Pop Up, RV, Tent, Trailer, Vehicle Reservations/Info
Smokemont Group Camp Yes 3 Tent Reservations/Info
Smokemont Group Campground No
Spence Cabin No Car Reservations/Info
Tow String Horse Camp Yes 3 Horse Reservations/Info
Twin Creeks Picnic Pavilion Yes 1 Car Reservations/Info
Campground details from Recreation.gov

Road Policy

Dogs are allowed along roads while on a 6' leash.

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