One of the best parts about vacationing in the Smoky Mountains is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a great time! Having fun doesn’t have to be expensive, especially when you stay with Timber Tops Cabin Rentals. To make sure you have a great time on vacation without breaking the bank, we’ve put together a list of 8 of the best cheap and free things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge:
1. Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community
When you visit the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community, you can see more than 100 artists and craftsmen showcasing their work in shops, studios and galleries. This 8-mile loop has been designated a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail and features items such as candles, baskets, quilts, jewelry and more. You can stroll along the trail for free, but don’t be afraid to purchase something to take back home with you.
2. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the few national parks in the country that does not charge an entrance fee, meaning you can enjoy the best things the Smokies has to offer for free! You can choose from over 850 miles of trails to hike or 2,900 miles of streams to fish in, and you can even drive along the Cades Cove Loop Road to see historic buildings, wildlife and scenic views.
3. Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales is a seasonal event that captures the true essence of downtown Gatlinburg. It is both an educational and entertaining experience that people of all ages will enjoy. There are costumed musical performers, storytellers and artisans that bring to life traditional Smoky Mountain heritage and culture. This event is completely free to attend and is held all summer long. In the winter, you can catch the Winter Magic Tunes & Tales for free as well!
4. Rocky Top Wine Trail
The Rocky Top Wine Trail is located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains and is a must for all wine lovers. The trail includes 5 wineries and a local distillery for a total of over 70 different wines to try. Pick up your passport at any of the wineries/distillery you choose to start at, then get it stamped at each location! After you visit 3 of the spots, you’ll get a gift, and after you complete the final 3, you’ll receive another gift! It doesn’t cost a thing to complete the trail, which makes it that much sweeter.
5. Patriot Park
Another great thing to do for free is visit Patriot Park. Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge is dedicated to veterans from Sevier Country who served during wartime. When you walk along the track, you’ll see flags from the 50 states and from branches of the armed forces. You’ll also find the Patriot Missile, which was made famous during the first Gulf War. It’s a great place to visit if you want a relaxing afternoon enjoying the beautiful weather.
6. See a Show
Something that is fairly inexpensive to do and extremely entertaining is seeing one of the incredible shows in the Smoky Mountains! When you stay with us, you’ll actually receive free admission tickets to some of the most popular shows in the area, like the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show and The Comedy Barn Theater Show. You’ll also get free admission tickets to Country Tonite Theatre, one of the best shows in Pigeon Forge! And even better news — at Country Tonite, kids get in free with a paying adult, so you can save even more money if the whole family goes together.
7. The Old Mill
Another thing you can enjoy for free is visiting Old Mill Square in Pigeon Forge. In the heart of Old Mill Square, you’ll find The Old Mill, which was built in 1830! Not only does it provide perfect photo opportunities, but you can take a tour of the mill and see how it works. As you stroll through Old Mill Square, you can see fudge and candy being made, window shop or pick up a treat to take back to your cabin with you!
8. The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum
The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg is a unique attraction! It’s the world’s only salt and pepper shaker museum, where you can see more than 20,000 sets of salt and pepper shakers from around the world. Admission to the museum is only $3, and that $3 goes toward any salt and pepper shaker you want to purchase from the gift shop! There are shakers shaped like cartoon characters, food, animals, cars and more. Children 12 and under can get into the museum for free.
When you take advantage of all the amazing cheap and free things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, you can enjoy an affordable and exciting vacation in the Smoky Mountains! Browse all of our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals and get started planning your trip.