20 Smoky Mountain Attractions You Should Put On Your Radar

We know there's a boatload of Pigeon Forge attractions you've heard about and enjoyed on your last trip, but with such an expansive list of businesses in the area, there's bound to be a handful of hidden things to do in Pigeon Forge that you haven't tried yet. Perhaps some of these are more hidden than others; you may have seen the signs for these stops on the parkway or heard about them before. They are all worth checking out, and it won't take you long to find out why once you step inside the front door.

Space Race Adventures: Click to visit page.

Space Race Adventures

This 2024 addition to the Pigeon Forge parkway is an out-of-this-world experience. Space Race Adventures has a uniquely themed mini golf course, a laser tag arena, a futuristic go kart track, and an extensive selection of virtual reality games to choose from. Get a group together for a day of fun in the wire-free VR arena and some friendly competition.

Space Race Adventures
Smoky Mountain School of Cooking: Click to visit page.

Smoky Mountain School of Cooking

Stop by this cool spot on Wears Valley Road to learn the basics of Appalachian cooking or to peruse their great shop for some gorgeous pottery and souvenirs. The Smoky Mountain School of Cooking offers live demonstrations in a homestyle kitchen where you can watch, learn, and then eat a deliciously Appalachian-inspired meal.

Smoky Mountain School of Cooking
TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena: Click to visit page.

TopJump's Ninja Course

While TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena is hard to miss on the Pigeon Forge parkway, you might not have heard about their Fire & Ice Ninja Course. Get ready to battle the elements as you navigate a maze of ramps, beams, rungs and more. See who can complete the ninja course the fastest, and then share the video for bragging rights.

TopJump
Best Of Pigeon Forge 2022Smoky Mountain Escape Games: Click to visit page.

Smoky Mountain Escape Games

One of our favorite hidden things to do in Pigeon Forge is this award-winning escape room attraction. Smoky Mountain Escape Games on Wears Valley Road has 5 different escape room themes; pull off the perfect robbery, find a life-saving antidote, flee a haunted house, or even split your group in two and race to complete identical rooms in the only head-to-head escape experience in the Smokies.

Smoky Mountain Escape Games
Country Roads Axe Co.: Click to visit page.

Country Roads Axe Co

Eat, drink, and throw at this multi-faceted establishment on Wears Valley Road. Country Roads Axe Co is an awesome place to spend the day with your group for a special occasion. Try your hand at axe throwing or just enjoy some delicious West by God CoalFired Pizza and ice cold beer on draft at their full service restaurant. With 14 TVs, it's also a great place to watch NFL.

Country Roads Axe Co
XPERIA: Ocean Journey: Click to visit page.

XPERIA: Ocean Journey

Embark on an exciting adventure with XPERIA: Ocean Journey, where you'll dive into the ocean's wonders without even getting wet! This family-friendly experience in the Smoky Mountains blends storytelling, interactives, and CGI animation for an immersive exploration of underwater realms and amazing sea creatures.

XPERIA: Ocean Journey
The Rock Spot: Click to visit page.

The Rock Spot

Discover the wonder of The Rock Spot in Pigeon Forge, where you'll find a diverse array of quality crystals, rocks, fossils, and jewelry at prices that won't break the bank. Tucked away in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, this cozy shop invites you to explore the magic of nature's treasures, ensuring each piece adds a touch of mountain whimsy to your collection.

The Rock Spot
Alcatraz East Crime Museum: Click to visit page.

Alcatraz East

No doubt you've seen the signs for this museum on the parkway, but have you ever stepped inside? Alcatraz East Crime Museum houses some fascinating artifacts in a unique space that any true-crime enthusiast can enjoy. Peruse more than 20 exhibit areas and even experience some fun interactive activities that will test your strength and street smarts.

Alcatraz East
Foxfire Adventure Park: Click to visit page.

Foxfire Adventure Park

A handful of the best hidden things to do in Pigeon Forge take place at Foxfire Adventure Park. This is a great place to spend the whole day outdoors, with multiple zipline courses, hiking trails, a swinging bridge, climbing wall, kids play area, TikTok famous "wish bridge", and many more things for your group to enjoy. It's all tucked away on 150 acres in Sevierville.

Foxfire Adventure Park
The Mountain Mile & Tower Shops: Click to visit page.

The Mountain Mile

The tower shops at The Mountain Mall are certainly not hidden or hard to find, but this new complex is a great place to park your car and explore if you haven't checked it out yet. The shopping, dining, and entertainment options are diverse and exciting for any group of people. Stop by Downtown Flavortown or try out the thrilling Mountain Monster ride.

The Mountain Mile
The Redneck Comedy Bus Tour: Click to visit page.

Redneck Comedy Bus Tour

Are mullets and moonshine your cup of tea? Ride with the rednecks at the perfectly unique Redneck Comedy Bus Tour and see all the best sights while laughing your tail off. You'll learn about the history of the area and even enjoy a stop for tasting some moonshine - making it especially great for a Pigeon Forge first-timer. Locals, yankees and furiners all welcome.

Redneck Comedy Bus Tour
Tennessee Cider Company: Click to visit page.

Tennessee Cider Company

If moonshine is a bit much for you, discover some local flavors you might not have considered before at Tennessee Cider Company in Gatlinburg and Sevierville. Their selection of locally-crafted ciders provide a taste that will leave you wanting more. Do a free tasting or opt for the VIP experience. There's so many different options, you'll find something for everyone.

Tennessee Cider Company
Smoky Mountain Llama Treks: Click to visit page.

Smoky Mountain Llama Treks

This unique experience is worth driving a little farther east of Pigeon Forge to try. Hike with your very own pack llama at Smoky Mountain Llama Treks in Cosby, TN. There are 3 different hike options (and nothing too difficult) plus a petting zoo where you'll get to meet these fascinating and funny creatures. You won't find any other experience quite like this!

Smoky Mountain Llama Treks
SkyLand Ranch: Click to visit page.

SkyLand Ranch

Hidden beyond the trees in Sevierville is the new theme park SkyLand Ranch. Ride the chairlift to the top to find this 100 acre farm complete with miniature animals, retail shops, food trucks & dining options, and live entertainment. The giant entertainment venue has so many new things coming in 2023, too.

SkyLand Ranch
Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show: Click to visit page.

GSM Murder Mystery

You'll laugh 'til you die at the Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show. This unique spot on Teaster Lane has been one of the best hidden things to do in Pigeon Forge for over a decade. With a few different mystery shows, the attraction provides an up-close-and-personal interactive environment that makes you feel like you're part of the action.

GSM Murder Mystery
Iron Mountain Metal Craft: Click to visit page.

Iron Mountain Metal Craft

Channel your inner blacksmith at this one-of-a-kind attraction in Pigeon Forge. You'll get hands-on experience crafting your very own knife out of things like railroad spikes and horseshoes, all with the supervision and guidance of an experienced, professional bladesmith. Iron Mountain Metal Craft is family oriented and fun for all ages.

Iron Mountain Metal Craft
MagiQuest: Click to visit page.

Mini Golf at MagiQuest

You've certainly seen the castle-like building on the parkway, and maybe you've even considered taking part in the magical journey inside. But did you know that MagiQuest has a blacklight pirate-themed mini golf course? The second you step into the fluorescent setup you'll be dazzled by the mezmerizing colors and atmosphere in this lively Caribbean pirate village.

MagiQuest
Moonshine Mountain Coaster: Click to visit page.

Moonshine Mountain Coaster

You've probably driven right past Gatlinburg's first ever mountain coaster on your way into town. Moonshine Mountain Coaster lets riders get up to 30 mph speeds on both solo and two-person coaster carts. They also have a famous night right featuring a unique light show as you soar through the trees. The mountain coaster is now open until 10:00 pm on weekends.

Moonshine Mountain Coaster
20 Smoky Mountain Attractions You Should Put On Your Radar: Click to visit page.

Mountain Wildlife Museum

If you're fascinated by furry creatures, stop by the brand new Mountain Wildlife Museum in Lumberjack Square. This interactive museum gives children and adults a chance to learn about native mountain wildlife as well as other creatures from around the world - both extinct and still living. Their goal is to inspire visitors to protect the environment so we can enjoy it for generations.

Mountain Wildlife Museum
Rowdy Bear Mountain Adventure Park: Click to visit page.

Rowdy Bear Snowpark

There's so much to do at Rowdy Bear Snowpark year-round. They offer a snowy tubing hill in the winter and outdoor summer tubing during the warmer months, axe throwing, a unique mountain coaster, and even the ski lift shooter coaster called the Alpine Flyer. There's a great playground for your littlest ones to enjoy as well.

Rowdy Bear Mountain

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