Free Things To Do In Pigeon Forge

Free things to do in Pigeon Forge are great activities for the family. Smoky Mountain memories that last a lifetime don't have to come with a steep price tag. In fact, you'll find dozens of free things to do and enjoy all along the Parkway. Here are some of our favorite totally free things to do with the family in and around Pigeon Forge.

Country Barn Photo Park

Taking fun family photos at Country Barn Photo Park is a 100% free activity. Pose as Bob Ross painting the Smokies, as Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson, or in front of a band of musical black bears. This is a wonderful activity for any group to enjoy and savor memories from their trip.

Country Barn Photo Park

Lawn Activities at The Mountain Mile

Stop by this awesome collection of spots on Teaster Lane for an afternoon or evening of family fun. While The Mountain Mile has plenty of shops and dining where you can spend some money, you can play cornhole on the lawn or sit by a fire pit on a cool autumn evening for free. It's a great spot to work into your schedule on a nice day to be outside.

The Mountain Mile

Visit The Old Mill District

Take a stroll back in time by exploring the Old Mill District in Pigeon Forge. Without spending a dime, you and your family can see a working flour mill nearly two centuries old, sample old-fashioned sweets and even feed the ducks. If you're feeling spendy, consider splurging just $3 per person to see the mill up-close with a guided tour.

The Old Mill

Explore The National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park doesn't charge an entry fee, which means you and your family can take in all of nature's splendor at no charge. Hike more than 800 miles of trails, explore historical areas like Cades Cove, splash in waterfalls and interact with exhibits in the Sugarlands Visitor Center all without dropping a single dime.

The Island Pigeon Forge

The Island

Park in the lot by LeConte Center and walk across the bridge to the Smokies' very own island. There are lots of options for things to do at The Island in Pigeon Forge. It's a particularly great place to check out during the fall and winter months with its wonderful seasonal decor, and you can enjoy the watching dancing fountain's moves at any time of year.

The Island

Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts

The Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community is a unique district of art studios, galleries and venues. Many of the artists at work here practice centuries-old folk arts and crafts, creating original pieces including candles, baskets, quilts, brooms, pottery, jewelry, ceramics, scrimshaw, silversmithing, leather, stained glass, fine photography, watercolors and more.

Arts & Crafts Community

Bike The Greenway

There is no better way to see the beautiful sights Pigeon Forge has to offer. The greenway runs along the Little Pigeon River and stretches across four miles. The main entrances can be found in Patriot Park, Jake Thomas Road, and Butler Street at Ashley Avenue. Check out our map for more information on where to begin.


Visit the Little River Railroad & Lumber Company

The Smoky Mountains have a rich history. Head back in time and learn about the region's logging heritage at the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company in nearby Townsend. This free museum is open year-round and lets history buffs of all ages learn about a turn-of-the-century sawmill and the folks who worker there more than 100 years ago.

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