Pet Friendly Trails and Restaurants

Oconaluftee River Trail

Oconaluftee River Trail

The Oconaluftee River Trail is one of two walking paths on which visitors can walk dogs and bicycle. Pets and bicycles are prohibited on all other park trails. The trail travels 1.5 miles one-way from the Oconaluftee Visitor Center to the outskirts of the city of Cherokee, NC. It is relatively flat, but does have a few small hills. The trail runs through the forest alongside the Oconaluftee River and offers beautiful views of the river. The Oconaluftee River Trail is frequently used by joggers, walkers, and bicyclists. This Gatlinburg Trail is the second walking path on which pets and bicycles are permitted.
Island Park

Island Park

The Bryson City Island Park is a small island located in Bryson City, North Carolina. It is surrounded by the Tuckasegee River and rests at the mouth of historic Deep Creek of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Location: Bryson City NC

Old 288 River Park

This is a very easy and convenient trail that is less than two miles from the center of the town. Just follow the Old Hwy 288 to the signs for Bryson Walk.
Location: Bryson City

Swain County Recreation Department

Near the Deep Creek area in the center of Bryson City, this is a very gentle walking trail located off of West Deep Creek Road. This is a great choice for a bit of light exercise for the whole family.
Location: Bryson City
Tsali Recreation Area

Tsali Recreation Area

Best known throughout the US as a mountain bike trail system. Tsali has many pet friendly trails and is also a horseback riders dream.
Location: Robbinsville NC
Road to Nowhere Hiking

Road to Nowhere Hiking

On the other side of the tunnel, the pavement ends and the Lakeshore Trail begins (it continues for 35 miles to Fontana Dam!). The Goldmine Loop Trail starts about a half mile past the tunnel on the left (look for the sign). Pass the first trail on the left, the Tunnel Bypass trail that takes you to campsite 67. A short distance beyond is the Goldmine Loop Trail on the left. Turn here and head down a ridge to an old homestead with the remains of the chimney. From there, continue on to follow a cascading Goldmine Branch through a forest. In about a half mile, you see the other end of the trail to campsite 67 on the left. Continue straight ahead along the branch for another quarter mile for to a view of a cove of Fontana Lake. From there, take the trail uphill for a long and strenuous climb. In about a mile, you`ll reach the intersection of the Tunnel Bypass Trail (and the end of Goldmine Loop Trail). Bear right at sign that says "parking 4/10 of a mile" to return to parking area. Or for a longer way back, turn left on the Bypass Trail to return to the Lakeshore Trail and walk back through the tunnel.
Location: Bryson City
Nantahala National Forest

Nantahala National Forest

Trails in the Nantahala National forest are pet friendly. Once paved trail is the Nantahala River Bike Trail TR368, a nice flat trail that begins at the rafting launch site (off HWY 74, south of the NOC, turn left on Wayah RD). Park at the launch site and take the bridge across the river. The trail follows the river for about 1.5 miles.
Anthony`s Italian Restaurant

Anthony`s Italian Restaurant

Anthony`s offers a wide variety of Italian Food. You can sit outside on the deck year round with your four legged friend.
Location: Bryson City, NC
Mountain Perks Coffee and Cafe

Mountain Perks Coffee and Cafe

Mountain Perks is open year round. The quaint patio is perfect to relax with your four legged friend.
Location: Bryson City, NC
Cj`s Grill

Cj`s Grill

Cj`s Grill is open year round. It had a covered patio that is perfect to relax and enjoy the view on.
Nantahala Brewery

Nantahala Brewery

They are local brewing company. They started in 2009. They have a brewery where you can see how they make there beer, try different types, or listen to a local band on the weekends. They also have a restaurant called the Warehouse just down the road from the brewery. Both have outside areas perfect for relaxing with your pet
Location: Bryson City, NC
Nick and Nate`s Pizza

Nick and Nate`s Pizza

Nick and Nate`s is a pizza Restaurant that has a patio that welcomes pets. You can enjoy your lunch while enjoying the view.
Location: Bryson City, NC
La Dolce Vita Bakery

La Dolce Vita Bakery

Relax on the patio while trying one of there made from scratch baked goods, house made gelato, and the perfect cup of house roasted coffee. The feature beans from various locations across the world and roast them to a city roast in order to showcase the flavor of their region.
Location: Bryson City, NC