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Free Things To Do in Gatlinburg

Worried about wiping out your wallet three days into your trip? Pace yourself with these handy, no-cost (or low cost) activities that all the locals rave about, and every visitor should try at least once in their life! Discover secret hangouts, easy-to-do new outdoor sports, fun places that are off the beaten path, and the best Gatlinburg hotel to stay at for the value, anywhere in this epic, outdoor destination!

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Gatlinburg's Budget-Friendly Wonders

Gatlinburg, nestled amidst the Smoky Mountains, offers a plethora of experiences that don't come with a price tag. From exploring nature's beauty to enjoying local events, there's a wealth of free activities to make your visit memorable without stretching your wallet.

Hiking in the Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers numerous trails that cater to all skill levels. Immerse yourself in nature, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and marvel at the scenic vistas, all without any entrance fees.

Downtown Gatlinburg Window Shopping

Strolling through downtown Gatlinburg is an experience in itself. Admire the unique architecture, window shop through quaint boutiques, and soak in the town's vibrant atmosphere, all at no cost.

Gatlinburg's Festivals & Events

Throughout the year, Gatlinburg hosts various festivals and events celebrating its rich culture and heritage. From art shows to music performances, many of these events are free to attend and promise a good time.

Picnicking in the Parks

Pack a picnic and head to one of Gatlinburg's beautiful parks. Enjoy a meal amidst nature, play with your kids, or simply relax and watch the world go by. It's a simple yet delightful experience.

Historical Landmarks Exploration

Dive into Gatlinburg's history by visiting its historical landmarks and sites. Learn about the town's past, its pioneers, and its evolution over the years, all without spending a dime.

Nature & Wildlife Viewing

The Smoky Mountains are teeming with wildlife. Set out at dawn or dusk and you might spot deer, turkeys, or even black bears. It's a free and enriching experience that brings you closer to nature.

Visit the Arts & Crafts Community

The Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community is the largest group of independent artisans in North America. While purchasing crafts might cost, wandering through the community, watching artisans at work, and admiring their creations is absolutely free.

Scenic Drives Around Gatlinburg

If you have a vehicle, take advantage of the scenic drives around Gatlinburg. Routes like the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail offer stunning views of the landscapes, waterfalls, and historic buildings, making for a picturesque journey.

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