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No trip to Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains is complete without a shopping spree! The cities of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are home to a variety of unique stores and boutiques where you can find handcrafted art, local souvenirs, clothing, and just about anything else you’re looking for. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Timber Tops Cabin Rentals has put together a handy guide to the best places to go shopping in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
1. The Old Mill Square
The Old Mill is the most iconic landmark in Pigeon Forge. Constructed in 1830, this historic gristmill has been grinding grain into flour for close to two centuries. Today, The Old Mill Square features a number of wonderful shops that showcase the famous gristmill’s freshly ground products.
At The Old Mill General Store and The Old Mill Farmhouse Kitchen, visitors can pick up flour, grits, cornmeal, specialty mixes, and other pantry items. Pigeon River Pottery, another shop in the square, sells beautiful handmade bowls, plates, mugs, salt and pepper shakers, and more pottery. Other highlights of The Old Mill Square include Sassafras Jewelry & Accessories, The Old Forge Distillery, and The Old Mill Candy Kitchen.
2. The Island in Pigeon Forge
Since it opened in 2013, The Island has been one of the hottest shopping destinations in Pigeon Forge. Located right off of the Parkway, this fun complex is home to more than 40 shops. Some of the most popular stores at The Island include the Ole Smoky Moonshine Barn, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Beef Jerky Outlet, Doc’s Magic Shop, Pepper Palace, Tervis, and Southern Sportz. After your shopping trip, be sure to enjoy the other awesome things to do at The Island in Pigeon Forge.
3. Stages West
Stages West is another one of the best places to go shopping in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Perfect for the aspiring cowgirl and cowboy, this popular store specializes in Western apparel. Shoppers will find a wonderful selection of boots, jeans, hats, belts, buckles, and everything else you need to fit in on the ranch. The shop’s friendly staff members are always happy to make a recommendation if you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for.
4. Smoky Mountain Cat House
The Smoky Mountain Cat House is a can’t-miss stop for anyone with a feline friend. This delightfully quirky shop sells an enormous variety of cat-themed memorabilia, including jewelry, wallets, change purses, clocks, T-shirts, handbags, and so much more. Of course, the Cat House also offers gifts that you can buy for your furry pal back home, such as toys, water fountains, and cat grass.
5. Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community
The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community is the largest group of independent artisans in the United States. Situated off of the East Parkway in Gatlinburg, this 8-mile loop features a spectacular collection of galleries, shops, and studios that sell pieces created by local artists. The Arts & Crafts Community is the perfect place to browse for pottery, paintings, photography, wood carvings, candles, blankets, and other handcrafted items.
6. Nantahala Outdoor Center
If you’re planning on going for a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a visit to Nantahala Outdoor Center is definitely in order! This awesome shop sells all of the outdoor gear, clothing, and supplies that you need to have an adventure in the Smokies. With its swinging rope bridge, rock climbing wall, large fireplace, and “bear cave”, Nantahala Outdoor Center is just plain fun to visit.
7. The Village Shops
The Village is a charming shopping area located behind the Pancake Pantry in downtown Gatlinburg. Designed to look like a quaint German town, The Village is home to an eclectic collection of boutiques that have something for everyone. Highlights of The Village include The Spice & Tea Exchange, Lamplight Gallery, Candle Cottage, Celtic Heritage, and The Sock Shop.
8. All Sauced Up
All Sauced Up is unlike any other shop in town! This unique store sells gourmet specialty foods and offers over 150 products for sampling each day. Guests will have the chance to try free samples of jams, jellies, salsas, peanut butter, BBQ sauces, salad dressings, and many other dips and sauces. You’ll never be far from All Sauced Up, as the company boasts locations in both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
Where to Stay in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg
When you stay with Timber Tops Cabin Rentals, you will be near all of the best places to go shopping in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. With everything from 1 bedroom cabins to 15 bedroom lodges, we are sure to have the perfect property for your escape. To start planning your vacation, browse our selection of cabins in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg!