Lots of families flock to the Gatlinburg/ Pigeon Forge area of Tennessee in the fall to see the colors and to take part in the family fun! Like most vacations, the cost of fun can quickly add up. So we scoured all of the information available to us, to bring you these free activities.
Free Fun in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tenessee
- Just a short drive from Gatlinburg sits Clingmans Dome, the hike to the top is steep but the view is very worth it. On a clear day, the view is over 100 miles.
- So this isn’t entirely free, but many of the shows at Pigeon Forge offers free admission to children, with a paying adult.
- Take a hike! Literally. There are over 800 miles of trails to go exploring with your family!
- Snap a picture at the Gatlinburg scenic overlook. Sometimes the simple things create the best memories. You can even see downtown from this spot!
- Roaring Fork Motor Trail is a great choice for when little (or big!) legs get tired. Hop in the car and see the sites! Be sure to get out at the Ogle farmstead and hike to the rainbow falls. You are in for a 5-mile hike total but it is worth it!
- Catch a car show! These car shows take place most often in the spring and fall. You can drool over the cars participating in the shows, all for free!
- Head to Cooter’s Museum and take in all of the Hollywood memorabilia. Just a note, looking around the museum is free but if you want to hop on a go cart that will cost you.
- If you can sneak away from the kids for a moment there are several distilleries that offer free tours. You can check out Ole Smokey Moonshine, Sugarland Shine, and Doc Collier Moonshine all for free!
- Check out Cades Cove. This is a historic village where some of the first settlers lived, you can tour their homesteads. In addition, there is a good chance that you and your group will get a glimpse of some wildlife!
We would love to know about your favorite free activity in the Pigeon Forge/ Gatlinburg area!