Free Things To Do In Gatlinburg

Free Things To Do In Gatlinburg


Your Gatlinburg vacation doesn't have to be expensive because there are lots of fun and free things to do in Gatlinburg that you're sure to enjoy.

From exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National park to taking a leisurely stroll downtown, there are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself without spending a dime.


Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community

Situated along the 800 mile loop road, the community has more than 120 artists and craftsmen creating unique items enough to fill your creative spirit.


Take A Scenic Drive

One of the easiest and free ways to see the beauty of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains is by driving through the many scenic roads in the area.

Newfound Gap Road

Cades Cove Loop Road

Foothills Parkway

Cataloochee Valley


Go Hiking

With free day entry at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visitors can explore over 800 miles of hiking trails leading to the most stunning views. 


Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales

Get ready to listen and be entertained by performers playing bluegrass music along the streets of Gatlinburg for FREE.


Explore The Gatlinburg Parkway

Gatlinburg’s downtown area is very walkable, so you can just park your car and spend the whole day exploring all that the area has to offer.


Picnic at Mynatt Park

Looking for simple ways to bond with family while seeing the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. Go on a Picnic at the Mynatt Park in Gatlinburg.


Emerts Cove Covered Bridge

This historical bridge that crosses over the Little Pigeon River serves as the perfect backdrop for photographs.

Where to stay in Gatlinburg, TN?

Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts District Less than 10 minutes from Downtown Gatlinburg

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