In an economy where higher gas prices and economic concern have become a reality, we would like to point out ways to help you save money on your visit. Save on your trip to the Smoky Mountains with free things to do. There are so many ways you can save money while still enjoying your Smoky Mountain vacation, we would love to share our tips with you and see you return to our beautiful city again and again.
Cades Cove is one of the most popular destinations within the most visited national park in the country. It is one of the best places in the Smokies to view wildlife and to see the spectacular fall colors in October. The cove also includes historic buildings of early settlers in the area, a working grist mill, several hiking trails, a campground, and a picnic area.
Hikers enjoy the Smoky Mountains during all months of the year with every season offering its own special rewards. During winter, the absence of deciduous leaves opens new vistas along trails and reveals stone wills, chimneys, foundations, and other reminders of past residents.
Spring provides a weekly parade of wildflowers and flowering trees. In summer, walkers can seek out cool retreats among the spruce-fir forests and balds or follow splashy mountain streams to roaring falls and cascades. Autumn hikers have crisp, dry air to sharpen their senses and a varied palette of fall colors to enjoy.
Free Parkway Trolley (Seasonal)
It will be even more convenient to travel through Gatlinburg when the City begins offering free Trolley service to patrons along the length of the Parkway.
The free specially painted open-air shuttles will operate from 10 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily June 17 through August 20. Extra stops have been established along the special route to bring the number to 40 along Parkway.
Winery and Shine Tours
Wineries and moonshine distilleries have quickly became big business in the Smokes. Stop by for free samples of these southern-made spirits. In Pigeon Forge Mountain Valley Winery The Old Forge Distillery are option.
Even more free wine and shine tours are open to the public in Gatlinburg. The Smoky Mountain Winery, Ole Smoky Moonshine Sugarlands Distillery and Doc Colliers Moonshine are just a few.
Great Smoky Mountains Arts & Crafts Community
The largest group of independent artisans in North America. This historic 8-mile loop has been designated a Tennessee
Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. Established in 1937, these artisans whittle, paint, sew, cast, weave and carve to create original
collectibles such as candles, baskets, quilts, brooms, pottery, jewelry, dolls, ceramics, scrimshaw, silver smithing, leather, stained glass, wearable fashions, fine photography, frameable art, oils, watercolors, and also lodging, restaurants, cafés, tea room, soda fountain and candy shops. Make plans to visit the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.
Listen to Music at Gatlinburg Tunes & Tales (Seasonal)
When you think of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, you may think of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Space Needle, or Little Pigeon River. These attractions are all breathtaking, but a fun event in downtown Gatlinburg is often overlooked by tourists. This event captures the heart and history of Appalachia and lies right in the heart of the popular city. Anyone who takes a summer trip to Gatlinburg should experience the Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales festival.