Among all the hustle and bustle of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, you’ll find there are some free things to do in these two towns whose backdrop is the glorious Great Smoky Mountains.
We’ve searched high and low for your freebies — for those days when you want to go out and explore, but save your green for another day.
Free Activities in Pigeon Forge
Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge is the place for many events throughout the year — Winterfest lights during the holiday season, 4th of July fireworks, the Patriot’s Festival and other special events and memorials. You can also take a nice walk, run or bike on their paved trail. It’s a half mile long trail that has flags of all 50 states along its path. There’s also memorials to veterans of Pigeon Forge. Pack a picnic and enjoy the beauty of this park — for free.
While you’re at the park, go down the Riverwalk Greenway — there’s an entrance within the park and it meanders alongside the banks of the Pigeon River. The trail has over six miles of pristine paths that connect Patriot Park, the old City Park and Wear Farm Park. What a way to spend the day!
The Island in Pigeon Forge
The Island in Pigeon Forge is a massive entertainment complex and entry is free. You can watch the synchronized fountains and window shop at the unique shops along the streets.
Jars & Jams Concert Series
Jars and Jams Concert Series at the Ole Smoky Distillery —all concerts are free! You’ll find rock and country and well-known bands such as Sister Hazel. Location is 131 Island Drive in Pigeon Forge. The series runs from May through October.
Meet the Dixie Stampede Horses
Meet the Horses at Dolly’s Dixie Stampede. You do’t have to go to the dinner show to meet the stars of show every day in front of the theater, FREE of charge. A great family-friendly freebie at 3849 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.
Tour The Old Mill
Take a FREE tour of the Old Mill Square and Historic Old Mill at 164 Old Mill Avenue. Window shop, but you probably won’t be able to keep it free when you see the fudge and candy they make!
Free Activities in Gatlinburg
Hop on a free trolley ride during mid June through mid August. It’s a great way to get around Gatlinburg during the summer and you’ll recognize the free rides by the specially painted shuttles that run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, between traffic lights 1 and 10.
Jars & Jams Concert Series
Jars and Jams Concert Series at the Ole Smoky Distillery —all concerts are free! Rock, country and a literal plethora of musical artists. The Gatlinburg freebie for the series is located at 903 Parkway in Gatlinburg, May through October.
Street Performances & Characters
Smoky Mountains Tunes and Tales is June through mid-August. Stroll the streets of Gatlinburg and you’ll find performers, characters and musicians, as well as story-tellers. All colorful and all free!
Tour Gatlinburg Moonshine Distillery
Tour the Gatlinburg Moonshine Distillery from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Samplings are a small fee but you can tour it at no charge. Learn more at Old Smoky Moonshine.
Arts & Crafts
Learn more about the artisans and craftspeople of the Great Smoky Mountains by strolling through the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts community.
Extend your cultural quest by touring Gatlinburg’s Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts that was founded way back in 1912. The 14-acre campus has free galleries throughout. Visit the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts’ website for more info.
Take a Hike!
Whether in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, you can always pack up your gear for a free day hike in Cades Cove, Baskin Creek, Grotto or Rainbow Falls. We’ve got several hiking options so you can find the best hiking option for you:
- Easy Hikes
- Moderate Hikes
- Expert Hikes
- Waterfall Hikes
- Hikes Near Creeks & Rivers
- Section Hiking The Appalachian Trail
Where to Stay
Condo-World has a wide variety of Smoky Mountain cabins in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg so you can find the absolute, perfect luxury cabin for your stay. We have cabins with game rooms, pools, home theaters, and more. These amenities can also help you keep your vacation budget in check by providing you with endless hours of free leisure time. Book online today!