Pets Welcome: Plan a Pet-Friendly Escape to the Great Smoky Mountains

Western North Carolina’s sprawling, undeniably gorgeous Great Smoky Mountains provide more undisturbed (yet traversable) wilderness than any other Appalachian destination. Naturally, outdoor enthusiasts flock to Bryson City, Cherokee, and other Fontana Lake townships to explore the region’s most rugged, flawlessly-preserved terrain with their favorite four-legged friends.

Great Smokys: Your Pet-Loving Guides to All Things Adventurous

Great Smokys Cabin Rentals, Western North Carolina’s top-rated vacation rental management company, boasts nearly two dozen pet-friendly cabins, all of which are magnificently designed and ideally located near the region’s most beloved hiking trails. Thus, our dog-loving team of real estate professionals has pieced together a comprehensive guide for those who plan to treat the whole family (pets included) to the outdoor adventure of a lifetime.

The Finest Pet-Friendly Cabin Rentals in North Carolina

First and foremost, it’s important to have a deeper understanding of our growling fleet of pet-friendly cabin rentals, ranging from a Deep Creek Fishing Retreat to a Bear Hug Cabin and the Millstone Lodge. Each of our Bryson City and Cherokee cabins includes private acreage so that your pups can roam freely (supervision is highly encouraged). Most travelers bring along 30-foot tie-out cables so that Milo and Otis can chase birds and squirrels while Dad and Mom sip on fine wine in an outdoor mountaintop hot tub.

While these cabin rentals are incredibly luxurious (and hand-crafted), your pets are more than welcome indoors! The whole family can appreciate the warmth of a wood-burning fireplace, the jaw-dropping beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, and those dog-friendly wood floors. Other on-site amenities typically include spacious decks, fire pits, cathedral ceilings, authentic woodworkings, and newly-updated kitchens.

Bark-Tastic Excursions and Yummy Treats

There are about 100 different ways to showcase the Great Smoky Mountains to your curious pups, including hiking, “waterfalling,” fly fishing, and even craft brewery-hopping. Start your long-awaited getaway with a lengthy explorative jaunt along the Deep Creek Loop Trail—everyone’s favorite place to splash, snap photos, and savor a picnic. Dogs are more than welcome on patios at three local breweries: Nantahala Brewing Company, Mountain Layers Brewing Company, and Innovation Brewing. Other hiking trails that your doggo will love are Wesser Bald, Browning Knob, and Whiteside Mountain. For a complete list of pet-friendly restaurants in Bryson City and Cherokee, please visit

To book a well-deserved pet-friendly escape to the Great Smoky Mountains, please check availability online, or call us directly at 800-655-9771).