Free Things to Do in Gatlinburg

In Gatlinburg, nestled within the breathtaking Great Smoky Mountains, there's no shortage of free activities to enjoy. Take a leisurely stroll down the charming Parkway, where street performers often entertain passersby. Explore the beauty of nature with hikes along scenic trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, home to diverse wildlife and stunning vistas. Don't miss out on the town's numerous free events and festivals throughout the year, celebrating everything from music to local crafts. And for a taste of history, visit the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community, the largest group of independent artisans in the United States, where you can browse and admire their creations without spending a dime. Whether it's soaking in the mountain scenery or immersing yourself in the town's vibrant culture, Gatlinburg offers plenty of memorable experiences that won't break the bank.

Free Gatlinburg Trolley

Gatlinburg Trolleys operate on a daily basis, serving visitors and residents 365 days a year, providing an easy, free way to get around Gatlinburg. Visitors in the area can board a Trolley at any stop in the City and be off to their destination. 

Free Events

Gatlinburg, Tennessee offers a variety of free events throughout the year to cater to all tastes. Nature lovers can explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park with its numerous hiking trails and scenic viewpoints, while art enthusiasts can enjoy a drive along the 8...

Visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The best things in life – and Gatlinburg – truly are free, and hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park fits the bill. Whether you’re chasing waterfalls or looking for mountaintop moments, you’ll find them here, no cover fee required.

Stroll the Parkway

Whether you’re visiting for the first time or know Gatlinburg by heart, a stroll along the Parkway is always in order – and always free. Soak up the mountain town vibes and check out retailers old and new. You’re bound to leave inspired and entertained.

Drive the Arts & Crafts Community Loop

If gallery-hopping is your idea of fun, you’ve hit the jackpot with the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community in Gatlinburg. This small mountain town has an entire community filled with art galleries and artisan outposts, open to the public with no entry fee required.

Photo Op at Gatlinburg Mural

Souvenirs can cost a pretty penny, and captured memories are always our favorites. Gatlinburg is chock-full of fun and inspiring photo opportunities, from panoramic mountain views to campy only-in-Gatlinburg scenes. One relatively new hotspot is the “Standing Strong” mural by...

Have a Picnic at Gatlinburg City Parks

Walk or jog on some of the best trails in Gatlinburg. Let the kids loose on a playground, or rent a picnic pavilion for a family get-together in a Gatlinburg city park. Our three city parks provide easy access to recreational fun.

Play a Round of Disc Golf

The Mills Park Disc Golf Course was recently redesigned in June of 2021 to upgrade to 18 holes. There are also restrooms, picnic tables, and trash receptacles and is located within Mills Park and begins just outside of the Gatlinburg Community Center.

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