12 Free Things to Do in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

While you're in the early planning stages of your next trip to the Smoky Mountains, be sure to add a list of free things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area. We have created a helpful list of 12 free things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge to help you along the way!



#1 Hiking in the Smokies


The Smoky Mountains offer around 150 official hiking trails. Create a checklist of flora to find! Use caution in all backcountry areas as these trails are considered natural trails in which the forces of nature will determine their difficulty.

# 2 Cycling in the Smokies


The terrain of the Smokies can be rigid, wooded and steep. An ideal area for cycling in the Smokies is Cades Cove along the Loop Trail. The Loop is paved and open to cyclists only on select days and time throughout the week.

#3 Waterfall Viewing


There are plenty of hiking trails that lead to breathtaking waterfalls in the Smokies. Waterfalls are an excellent reward to a day hike, providing you with a spectacular show.

#4 Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts


Arrowmont School of Art is a unique find in Gatlinburg. Explore the gallery created by resident artists. Arrowmont is a national art school and is the oldest craft school in the state of Tennessee.

#5 Browse the Arts & Crafts Community


Journey through the Arts and Crafts Community in Gatlinburg to better understand the heritage of the Smoky Mountains.

#6 Wildlife Viewing


Spotting animals amongst the forest is nothing short of a magical moment. Find white-tailed deer, turkey, elk and more!

#7 Picnicking


The Smoky Mountains have unlimited picnicking capabilities. From open fields to parks, to pull offs with situated picnic tables encouraging you to slow down and stay awhile.

#8 River Tubing


Check river tubing off your bucket list! All you need is a bathing suit, an inflatable donut, a selected river to romp in and your passion for adventure!

#9 Cades Cove Auto Touring


Auto Touring in Cades Cove is a relaxing venture. View bears in trees, grazing horses, waterfalls, and historic landmarks.

#10 Swim in Greenbrier


Greenbrier is a special place to spend your time while in the Smokies. Swim in the cool water of the Middle Fork of the Little Pigeon River.

#11 Foothills Parkway


Enjoy a drive down the Foothills Parkway and visit Look Rock. Sunsets are especially spectacular from this perspective of the park.

#12 Visit Metcalf Bottoms


Metcalf Bottoms is perfect for family gatherings, picnics, and fishing. Skip rocks, grill a burger and take a nap. Just past the river bottom is the Walker Sisters Farm.

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