Looking for an adventure but don’t want to break the bank? You know what they say, “the best things in life are free.” Here are some exciting and completely free things to do in Pigeon Forge.

Picnic at Patriot Park

Bring a home cooked meal to Patriot Park, a lovely little family spot located in the middle of the Pigeon Forge hustle. This park hosts a variety of festivals and celebrations throughout the year, so be sure to check the local events calendar before your trip to see what’s going on next. July 4th is an especially exciting day in Patriot Park, as they live up to their name by putting on one of the most anticipated fireworks show in the area.

Riverwalk Greenway

The trailhead to the Riverwalk Greenway can be accessed through Patriot Park. A beautiful paved trail you can run, walk or bike. This four-mile stretch connects both sides of the city, so you can explore Pigeon Forge till your heart’s content. As you stroll and take in the wonderful views of the river, you can plan the rest of your day full of Pigeon Forge attractions.

See the Stampede Horses

Maybe you don’t have the time to attend the spectacular Dolly Parton’s Stampede, but that doesn’t mean you can’t meet the stars of the show! Visit Dolly’s beautiful band of horses in the stalls just beside Dolly Parton’s Stampede ticket counter every day for free before their performances. It’s a great Pigeon Forge activity for both children and adults.

Explore Live Music

Southern Appalachian ditties can be heard echoing through the mountains at any given time, and many of these performances are free, live music events put on by local establishments like Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery. The love of country, gospel, and blues have influenced this region since its early development. If you know the song, always sing along! Participation keeps the music alive.

Discover Old Mill Square

An exquisite walk into the past, you can explore The Old Mill for free, a flour processing mill which is still operating today. Built in 1830, The Old Mill is registered as a National Historic Place and is a tribute to the old pioneer days of the Smokies. There are many shopping and restaurant options at The Old Mill, so if you get hungry, you’ll have plenty of delicious local options to choose from. You’ll need your strength for the next adventure on our list!

More Free Things to Do in the Smokies

Let the Smokies take you higher without emptying your wallet! If you’re looking for more free things to do in the Smoky Mountains, then consider hiking Clingmans Dome. At an elevation of 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest mountain in the Smokies, the highest point in the state of Tennessee, and the highest point along the Appalachian Trail. Drive up to the trailhead and prepare yourself for a short but steep half-mile hike to the Dome. This isn’t the easiest Smoky Mountain attraction to conquer, but it is totally worth the effort. Just make sure you take it easy when you need to, bring plenty of water, and an extra layer.


We hope this list helps you tackle some great free things to do in Pigeon Forge. These activities are sure to lead you to a filled soul without emptying your pocketbook! Show us where you explored by tagging us in your photos on Instagram @mobilebrochure.

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About Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller is a native Tennessean who currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina. She loves spending time in the great outdoors, such as camping, hiking, and mountain biking. She also enjoys exploring all that the Smoky Mountains have to offer.

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