There are so many fun activities to enjoy when vacationing in Pigeon Forge. This area is known for its family friendly attractions and one of the best things is that there are many activities that don’t even cost a dime! To help you make the most of your vacation, here are the top 5 free things to do while vacationing in Pigeon Forge!


The Island in Pigeon Forge is a great place for the whole family to hang out and do some window shopping! Unique shops are around every corner and some of them even offer free treats such as fudge and candy samples. One of the main things that draws people to The Island time and time again is the fountain show. Centered near the entrance of The Island, folks grab one of the many rocking chairs that surround the fountains. They then lean back, relax and rock to the beat of hit songs as they watch the water show. Sometimes, you can sit there for so long enjoying the cool breeze, music and experience that you will glance at the time and realize an hour or so has passed. It is a free way to enjoy some quality time with those you are vacationing with.

top 5 free things to do while vacationing in Pigeon Forge


The main stars of Dolly Parton’s Stampede Show in downtown Pigeon Forge are the horses. Did you know that you can stop and meet these precious showcasing horses when driving down the Parkway? It is such a delight to see the Quarter Horses and Palmonio breeds up close. After seeing these horses, you may want to purchase a ticket to the dinner show, but even if you do not attend the show, take time to stop by the Stampede and meet the horses!


One of the best features to Pigeon Forge is the Riverwalk Greenway! The city recently even extended the trail, making it a little over four miles of trails. The beautiful Riverwalk follows the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River, making it a scenic escape. The trail runs from Patriot Park, near the Old Mill all the way down to the Pigeon Forge Community Center. You will follow the river most of the way and you will walk/cycle right behind the LeConte Convention Center and
The Island in Pigeon Forge. This is a great way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and save money while on vacation!

top 5 free things to do while vacationing in Pigeon Forge

Great Smoky Mountains National Park


You simply cannot visit the Pigeon Forge area without visiting America’s Most Visited National Park! The best part as well? The National Park is free admission all the time! With numerous waterfalls, scenic driving tours and over 800 miles of hiking trails, you can easily find something that is accessible for everyone you are travelling with. The hiking trails range from easy to strenuous and there are a few that are completely level and/or paved. We would be happy to send you in the right direction and make suggestions on what we think will work best for you. One of, if not the most popular, features of the Smoky Mountains are the driving tours. Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is easily accessible from Gatlinburg and is a great way to enjoy the views of the Smokies without having to exit your vehicle. There are numerous pull offs and trail-heads for you if you choose to be a bit adventurous. The other and most popular driving tour is Cades Cove. This loop is roughly 11 miles long and is an excellent way to see old homesteads and wildlife. You can learn more about these driving tours and the National Park by visiting the National Park website.


One of the best ways to enjoy Pigeon Forge is by visiting the Old Mill Square. The Old Mill is one of the most visited and photographed attractions in the area and in the top photographed mills in the country! In fact, it is even on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1830, the Old Mill has a lot of history here in Pigeon Forge. The Old Mill Square offers plenty of shops for you to window shop and browse. One of my personal favorite shops is the Candy Kitchen. There, you can watch artisan candy makers at work and try their delicious recipes. Another great store is the Pigeon River Pottery. You can see potters mold clay to create one-of-a-kind pieces that are then sold in their store. It is a fun experience that you will remember about visiting Pigeon Forge!

As you can see, there are plenty of fun and free ways to enjoy Pigeon Forge. We hope that on your next vacation, you try out these top 5 free things to do while vacationing in Pigeon Forge among all the other fun things you find to do here near the Smokies!

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