Free Things To Do in the Smoky Mountains – My Bear Foot Cabins

Free Things To Do in the Smoky Mountains


Everyone likes to go on vacation in the beautiful Smoky Mountains.

Fortunately, there are plenty of free things to do in the Smoky Mountains that are both fun and exciting. You will be able to go back home with memorable experiences.

Things to Do in Pigeon Forge

The Smoky Mountains includes a broad area that covers multiple towns. One of the most popular towns is Pigeon Forge.

The Old Mill Square

The Old Mill Square is extremely popular for tourists thanks to its incredibly long history. After all, the main attraction is the old mill itself, which has been working since the 1800s.

You can see the mill and explore the area for free. There are a restaurants and shops available if you can’t resist the local flare from a forge, distillery and local artisans. Some of the best food in the area is right here.

Patriot Park

Get in touch with nature by exploring Patriot Park. This place is perfect for a family picnic or just to walk and take in the beautiful scenery. As its name implies, you’ll discover a wealth of patriotic memorabilia including state flags and a replica of the Liberty Bell.

Between the picnic pavilion area and the open field, there’s plenty of space to burn some energy while remaining free of charge.

The Island in Pigeon Forge

Not only is this one of the top attractions in the area, but it can also be explored for free. While there are shops and restaurants spread throughout, this is one spot where you can spend as little or as much as you want. We recommend checking out the Island Show Fountains.

The Island in Pigeon Forge offers families affordable fun night and day. Showcased by The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a 200-foot-high observation wheel, and our multi-million dollar show fountain, The Island provides the area’s newest shopping, dining and entertainment options in the East Tennessee area.

Free Things to Do in Gatlinburg

A trip to the Smokies can’t be considered complete without visiting Gatlinburg.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

By far, this is the one you can’t afford to miss out on. Not only is it free to explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but the park is also such a big area that you can’t possibly explore everything. With over 900 hiking trails and numerous waterfalls and forests, you’ll fall in love with nature when you visit this park.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park preserves a rich cultural tapestry of Southern Appalachian history. The mountains have had a long human history spanning thousands of years-from the prehistoric Paleo Indians to early European settlement in the 1800s to loggers and Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees in the 20th century.

The park strives to protect the historic structures, landscapes, and artifacts that tell the varied stories of people who once called these mountains home.

Cades Cove

Located inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most historic areas you’ll find. You can go on the 11 miles loop driving tour, but you can also explore the area on foot or on bicycle It also offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park.

Fall is considered to be the most popular time to visit since you can view the fall colors in the mountains.

Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community

Made up of the largest group of independent artists in the country, you’ll discover an 8-mile loop road that shows a comprehensive range of arts and crafts shops along the loop.

Spend your day browsing and taking in some of the culture for free when you visit the community. If you find a piece you can’t leave behind, you can always purchase it as a souvenir.



The Bush’s® Visitor Center nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Chestnut Hill, Tennessee, is where you can learn all about their history, beans and how they’ve spent the last 110 years spreading that good bean word.

Enjoy some home cookin’ and Southern specialties at the Bush’s® Family Cafe, but be sure to save room for a slice or three of our famous Pinto Bean Pie.

You can find information regarding unexpected closures due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances on their Facebook page. Schedule groups of 30 or more by calling 865-509-3077. We look forward to seeing you soon!

3901 Highway 411, Dandridge, TN


Maximize Your Vacation in the Smoky Mountains With My Bearfoot Cabins.

We’ve barely scratched the surface on the incredible things you can do in the area for free, but our list should hopefully get you started. One thing to keep in mind is you can always take advantage of everything your cabin rental in the Smoky Mountains has to offer. Make vacationing easy by staying in one of our cabins.

Pat and Don Kirchhoefer, Owners
Phone: 618-559-3915