I don't know and I have not backpacked with dogs but here is the general "hiking with dogs" page from the PCTA which has good information and advice. https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/backcountry-basics/dogs/ I have only hiked a few minor segments of the PCT in the Sierras but my impression from watching various thu hikes is that water crossings are not a major issue in Oregon and Washington in the summer and early fall where, in places, actually finding water can be more of an issue. Wildfires and tree blow downs blocking the trail seem to be the other concerns. As far as I can tell most of the dangerous water crossings are early to mid season in the Sierras when it would definitely be inappropriate to take a dog. I have experienced a moderate amount of those and I would not take a dog even if it were legal to do so...dogs are not allowed on trail in the National Parks ruling out much of the PCT in High Sierra. As a resource Dixie aka Homemade Wanderlust took her dog on various PCT section hikes last year https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXiz2lWve6AKzj9e1ydixU77x1fMxInFh and had some conclusions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qumfQte1y3I
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My boyfriend and I are driving home to be with family during COVID. It's a few day road trip and we'll be driving right by Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park will actually be open, but all of the camping spots will be closed. I'm looking for recommendations for places to camp that might be right outside of the park, maybe state parks?! Anything that's open!
We of course want to adhere to social distancing, and will be car camping. We're open to hotel/motel lodging recommendations that are close to the park as well. Thanks in advance!
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