5 Free Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains

July 15, 2016

There are plenty of things to do that are entertaining and fun for everyone that won’t cost you a dime!

Planning a trip to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg? If so, this list of free things to do in the Smoky Mountains will be a valuable asset.

view of cades cove in the great smoky mountains

1) Cades Cove

You won’t want to miss this area of the park. It is rich with history and is also very scenic as it is studded with structures such as a working grist mill, churches, barns and log houses. Cades Cove is also rich with wildlife and is a great spot for photographs as well.

Backpack hiking with boots of mountain and water bottle

2) Hiking

Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a must when you travel to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. There are over 150 official trails in the park. You can choose to hike to a waterfall, or climb to where there are exceptional views, or even hike to historic homesteads that invoke yesteryear.

All aboard the Gatlinburg Trolley

3) Free Parkway Trolley

Add convenience to your vacation by riding the trolley for free June 17 through August 14, 2016. The free specially painted open-air shuttles will operate from 10am to 10:30pm daily. Extra stops have been established along the special route to bring the number to 40 along Parkway. And, don't worry if you're not visiting during the summer. Fares start at just 50 cents year round.

Sugarlands Distillery

4) Winery and Shine Tours

Wineries and moonshine distilleries have quickly become big business in the Smokes. Stop by for free samples of these southern-made spirits. In Pigeon Forge, Mountain Valley Winery and The Old Forge Distillery are options. Even more free wine and shine tours are open to the public in Gatlinburg. The Smoky Mountain Winery, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Sugarlands Distillery, and Doc Colliers Moonshine are just a few. All operations give free tours to visitors along with free samples of their products.

Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community Sign

Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community/Facebook

5) Great Smoky Mountains Arts & Crafts Community

This area represents an 8-mile loop of artists and craftsmen that is the largest group of independent artisans in North America. There are a variety of artisans on hand, working with everything from pottery to stained glass to leather and wood. The community is open year-round and it is absolutely free.

Add these free things to do in the Smoky Mountains to your trip. You'll have a great time and won't have to spend any cash. It's a win win!

Written By Ashley


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