Hobo the Wonder Dog joined Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash for a walk down the Little Pigeon River a few weekends ago.
Superintendent Cash is excited and committed to the next generation of park enthusiast as they will be the ones to forge the future of our National Parks. Hobo and I encourage you if you have the opportunity to hike with Superintendent Cash; he is energetic, lighthearted, spirited and enthusiastic about the future of our national parks. You can’t help but be excited about the park when you are in the company of Cassius Cash, he is inspiring and enlightening to everyone he meets.
Visit www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm to learn more about the Smokies Centennial Challenge – Hike 100 and opportunities to hike with Superintendent Cash.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park with about 10 million visitors to the park annually. I estimate there are at least 100,000 dogs visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with their families each year. Hobo the Wonder Dog explores the dos and don’ts and ways to enjoy your dog in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Opportunities for pets while visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
· Dogs are allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas and along roads.
· Trails you can hike with your dog are the Gatlinburg Trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail.
Remember, when in public with your dog you represent all dog owners and the park is no different. Dogs must be under control at all times, on a leash no longer than six feet, excrement disposed of in a trash receptacle or removed into the wood line at least fifteen feet from any public use area. Be good stewards for all dog owners — it’s simple, control your dog and leave nothing on the trail except paw prints. I advocate having good manners, social skills, and basic obedience for your dog. Mastering the basics ensures a pleasurable time is had by all as it opens a world to explore and enjoy with your dog.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park has prohibited dogs on backcountry trails since the 1930’s for various reasons. However, I would encourage you to enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the areas open to dogs. The most memorable observation we made on our hike — was the infectious and vibrant personality of Superintendent Cash and his commitment to the youth as the next generation of our National Parks.
Hobo the Wonder Dog gives the Great Smoky Mountains National Park four paws up for the enthusiasm, cleanliness, and beauty along the Gatlinburg trail. From the sounds of the Little Pigeon River, to the mystery of old chimneys and cemeteries; this two-mile walking trail is worth every step. Hobo and I hope to see you on the Gatlinburg Trail on our next visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Life is better with a dog! Woof!
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