Must-Try Dollywood Snack Food

Exploring the dining scene at Dollywood can be just as much of an experience as checking out all of the park's rides and shows. There’s multiple dine-in restaurant options at Dollywood, though snacking your way throughout the day can allow you to try a variety of foods when making your way through the park and waiting in lines. When you plan your next trip to Dollywood, be sure to add these must-try snacks to your itinerary.

cinnamon bread

Cinnamon Bread

It’s next to impossible to ignore the intoxicating smell of cinnamon when walking by the Dollywood Grist Mill. Stop in and watch as bakers prepare fresh loaves of bread covered in cinnamon sugar and butter. This mouth-watering treat pulls apart easily for sharing with friends and family. Make sure to pair your cinnamon bread with buttermilk icing or Dollywood’s homemade apple butter.


Country Cookers Kettle Corn

When strolling through Rivertown Junction, you may hear some pops along the way. They come from Dollywood’s sweet and salty kettle corn, which is popped fresh for viewing every day. The kettle corn is available in three sizes — in a bag, bucket or family bag — depending on how much snacking you’re feeling up to. Dollywood’s kettle corn is the perfect pick-me-up treat in the midst of a long day of fun.

pork rinds

Pork Rinds

The sizzles and pops of deep-fried pork rinds being cooked is a sort of music to the ears. Follow these sounds, and you’ll come across the classic Southern snack being fried on display in Craftsman’s Valley. Dollywood’s pork rinds flavors include original, Bar-B-Q, Tennessee hot and salt and vinegar. Free samples are available, so don’t hesitate to give the crispy snack a try before purchasing a full-size flavor of your choice.


Footlong Corn Dog

Dollywood’s footlong corn dogs amp up the carnival feel right outside the Country Fair in Rivertown Junction. The Back Porch Corndog is an all-beef Nathan’s hot dog fried in delicious batter and served alongside Dollywood’s signature curly fries. The Mountain Laurel Corndog is an extra special treat served with curly fries loaded with chili and cheese. Those who don’t eat beef don’t have to miss out on these amazing footlong corn dogs, either. The Back Porch Corndog is also available in a vegan option.


Potato Tornado

The Potato Tornado looks exactly how it sounds. This salty snack spirals around a long stick, making it a fun, tasty treat to pick up as you cross through Rivertown Junction. The classic potato tornado is vegan and gluten free. There’s also the gluten free Twisted Dog, which includes a Nathan’s hot dog at the center of the potato tornado.

funnel cake

Funnel Cake

Hot, crispy funnel cakes are available at Crossroads Funnel Cakes in Rivertown Junction and Splinter’s Trailside Snacks in Wilderness Pass. Funnel cakes can be ordered plain, powdered or completely customizable. The berries and cream funnel cake comes topped with blueberries, strawberries and Mayfield whipped cream. Additional funnel cake toppings include apple and strawberry pie filling, Oreo crumbles, hot fudge and Mayfield ice cream in vanilla, strawberry and butter pecan.


25-Pound Apple Pie

The Spotlight Bakery has dozens of sweet treats prepared by pastry chefs, but the apple pie truly sets itself apart. Weighing in at a whopping 25 pounds, the cast-iron baked apple pie comes out of the oven with a melt-in-your-mouth flaky crust. This truly unique pastry is one that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Honorable Mentions: Dine-In Options

aunt granny's

Aunt Granny’s

If you find yourself in the mood for a more filling meal, these sit-down restaurants are sure to impress with their Southern menus and hospitality. Aunt Granny’s has ranked in the top 10 best theme park restaurants by USA Today for multiple years. It offers a family-style, all-you-can-eat spread with various entrees, sides and desserts to choose from.

front porch cafe

Front Porch Cafe

Front Porch Cafe is a more traditional sit-down restaurant where you can select whatever Southern dish sounds best to you, whether that be a classic order of chicken tenders and fries or the famous meatloaf stacker. Front Porch Cafe also offers a breakfast menu if you want to stop by earlier in the day.

Spending some extra time in the Pigeon Forge area outside of Dollywood? Check out our Pigeon Forge restaurants and dining guide to discover more must-try food in the area.

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