Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

trail running
5 days ago

Nice morning runs from Gatlinburg hotels

Love waterfalls!!!

Really enjoyed this. Easy trail follows river. Road into National Park is nearby which detracts, but you eventually get away from it. As you get closer to the visitors center, the trail is part of a maintenance road.

hiking
19 days ago

Nice walk along the river not difficult at all, well maintained and easy to follow. Close to Gatlinburg and one of the few trails that allows dogs. No good Mountain View’s or impressive water falls if your looking to get out and stretch your legs this is perfect. If your trying to experience hiking in the smokies there are many better trails in the area.

Very short hike up stairs with a few muddy rocky patches that are a bit slick. The waterfall is breathtaking. The kids (ages 5 and 12) and the dog had no trouble at all.

walking
24 days ago

Quick walk up some steps. Steep but the steps help. It was beautiful short hike if you are in the area. I didn’t see where the trail continues up the mountain but next time we are in the area we will probably check it out again.

Short hike, beautiful view!

hiking
1 month ago

The river is 5 star beautiful but the nearby commercial areas deduct a point to 4 stars. The nearby busy roads drop it down to 3. Bonus star granted however for being dog friendly. Overall 4 stars.

hiking
1 month ago

Super packed with people! Suggest early rising to avoid the crowd and get decent pics!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this trail May and October 2017. Starting from Sugarland Visitor Center's left side to Park Headquarters then across and to the left on Park Headquarters Rd. NOT comfortable (road) on this part, NO walkway over road bridge!! Only (TN side) trail that allows dogs.

Many flowers, strong walk bridge over Pigeon River. there is a short off trail path to the Smoky Mountain sign for photos. There is a square post you can place your camera, set timer for photos!

There are sections (before walk bridge) where you can see how close the Nov 2016 fire got to the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

been going to Mingo falls since I was a child. I absolutely love the magestic falls. it is a very easy trek as the path is mostly all stairs. one day i will hike up to the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Very hard to find the start of the trail -- have to go thru a parking lot - signs are confusing. Once you find the trail, it runs along the river and it is great! I actually think this one is better to start at the end and hike backwards - much easier to find your starting place!!!! Does allow dogs - several people we ran into were confused since nearly everything in the area isn't dog friendly (craziness!).

A nice trail for the dogs that also has some pretty views.

Short hike, loved the view! Definitely will go again soon

hiking
2 months ago

If you are into hiking you can carefully cross the river using the downed trees and rocks under the waterfall (hiking stick makes it easier) and hike up the left side, there is a path that leads to the top and a smaller waterfall is above it.

My reviews are from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer.

First the trail is easy to find, well maintained, and asphalt. It’s initially a little steep but I maintained 2.0 /hour uphill so it’s not too steep.

The photography from the tower is just average. There is no foreground interest and trees have started to crowd out the view from the tower creating a cluttered look to your photos. There are a couple shots of the mountain range to the east but you really need a small telephoto lens to compose it without the tree clutter

I would only take this hike if you are looking to stretch your legs. Better landscape photos can be obtained from a pullout about 3/4 further west on the parkway.

hiking
2 months ago

Super easy hike. Great way to get from town to the Sugarlands visitor center and Great Smoky Mountain National Park area. Follows a very clear river.

scenic driving
2 months ago

This is my favorite stretch of road in the world. Breathtaking views everywhere and trails all along the road. Watch out for turkey and elk.

walking
3 months ago

Went right after the first snow in December, 2017. While I did not enjoy all the steps, (rather would just walk up if possible), once at the Falls, all I could do was be in awe! Well worth the stairs!

At the beginning there’s a lot of steps on the stairway up then levels off nice and easy trail to the falls fun trip

hiking
3 months ago

Well, we did it again on NYE ‘17 and were blessed with snow at the top of the falls! This time we were with our 6 year old and two friends who have a 4 and 6 year old. We attempted to venture to the right of the falls, but were unable to find an accessible route with the little ones. So, we came back down to the bridge and took the same route up to the left as last year— beautiful lookout points for the falls and lots of scrabbling (my dd’s favorite)! This is a win, and we’ll definitely venture back again, someday!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike along a beautiful creek

hiking
3 months ago

We had a great time, lot of stairs but easy to do if you watch your steps.

Beautiful in winter! Lots of people over the holidays though. Took an hour just to get through Gatlinburg to the trail head. Last part was on the side of the road as well. But lots of trees and the river was flowing fast!

Took this trail on a chilly & foggy December day. We were about the only people on the trail. It was fairly steep but very enjoyable.

The view at Peak 29 was a good distance and beautiful! It’s easy to miss. You have to crouch under some brush off to your left, but there’s a small trail there to lead you to the peak. Gorgeous is!

hiking
4 months ago

Went there on my first trip to the Smokies when I was 14. Sadly haven’t been back since. I remember it being a short trail to the bottom of the falls and there was another trail off to the side that went to the top.

It's a gnarly run. The downhill from Spence Field to the Cove will trash your knees if you aren't careful.

hiking
4 months ago

If you’re coming from the Sugarlands Visitor Center you have to walk along a road for a little bit and past a workers building before the trail becomes more like an actual hiking trail. However, when you get to the actual trail it’s beautiful! Lots of good views and great for the dogs.

nice walk along the beautiful rolling stream

Loved the river views. Only trail that allowed dogs. So we Hiked it 4x.

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