You’ll no doubt have your hands full during your stay in the Great Smoky Mountains, but sometimes it’s nice to do something relaxing— and free! Below you’ll find a list of the ten best free things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains.
#1: Visit Douglas Lake
Douglas Lake is actually a reservoir that’s conveniently located in Sevierville. The lake is known for its fishing but is also a great place to bring the family for a picnic, bird watching, or swimming. Plan a day here to create lasting memories with your loved ones.
#2: Hike to Laurel Falls
It’s an extremely popular hike, so if you can start out early or hit it mid-week, you’ll avoid some of the crowds. At 2.5 miles round trip, this is a great option for families with a rewarding waterfall at the top.
#3: Bike through Cades Cove
A gorgeous valley teeming with wildlife is what visitors will find at Cades Cove. Hop on your bike and explore the park on the 11-mile loop road, closed to car traffic on Wednesdays during the summer.
#4: Visit the Relic Room in Sevierville
A must-see during your trip to Sevierville, TN! The Relic Room has something for everyone and is fun to walk around and look at things. Great for history buffs, families, and those who love to explore the unknowns of the world.
#5: Walk Around the Island in Pigeon Forge
Though there are options to buy souvenirs or go on rides, this is a great place to walk around with the family. Catch The Island Show Fountain that starts at the top of every hour.
#6: Visit a Moonshine Distillery
The Appalachians are known for their moonshine, and many of the local distilleries offer free tours like the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery and the Sugarlands Distilling Company.
#7: Take a Selfie at The Butterfly Mural in Downtown Sevierville
Stop by “Wings of Wander” created by local artist Pinkie Mistry. Inspired by Dolly Parton, the wings measure 16 feet high by 20 feet across. Step between the wings for a great selfie moment!
#8. Bruce Street Magnolia
While you’re downtown, visit the grand Magnolia tree, right next to the Sevier County Heritage Museum. A great place to take photos or picnic, this is a peaceful spot that you’ll just want to sit in and enjoy for a few moments.
#9: Roaring Fork Motor Trail
Roaring Fork is a rare enclave in the Smoky Mountain National Forest as it offers a chance for visitors to drive through to see the historic building and natural wonder. The one-way loop runs 5.5 miles.
#10: Walk the Sevierville Greenway
Visitors here will enjoy 10-miles of developed greenways and walking trails. Enjoy the lush green grass and peaceful rivers and streams that line the lighted and well-maintained walkways. Find a map of the trails here.