Free Things to Do in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Free Things to Do in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, adjacent to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, offers miles of hiking trails and other outdoor activities. Lots of events in Gatlinburg charge a fee, and tourists may believe it costs too much to visit. They often miss the large selection of free attractions in the area. When you're looking for a cheap vacation that the whole family will enjoy, try visiting these spots. With such a large variety, at least one location will surely pique your curiosity.

Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park allows viewers to walk on top of Mount Harrison and enjoy shopping, dining or sightseeing. With a number of activities, you can choose to spend money or simply drive up for free and window shop. Many tourists opt to save up the fare to ride the tram up the mountain. Some amusement park attractions are seasonal and subject to closure due to weather. The view is beautiful and the price won't set you back very far financially. You'll find numerous shops at the bottom of the mountain as well. Window shopping is always free.

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park
1001 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-5423
www.obergatlinburg.com

Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community of Gatlinburg

If you love the appeal of handmade crafts and artwork, you'll love the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. Some of the South's greatest talents create items, from handmade clothing to chairs, paintings and jewelry. Even if you choose not to purchase anything, looking at the wide selection available is just as exciting. Various shops span Gatlinburg, with a map on their website to point you in the right direction. Choose the shops that interest you the most or visit them all. It's completely free to go in and look around.

Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community of Gatlinburg
Various shops along Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN
www.gatlinburgcrafts.com

Cades Cove

Cades Cove, the most visited site in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, offers a peaceful view of wildlife and nature. The area offers cabins, hiking, biking and other outdoor activities. Look around and enjoy the sights for free. According to CadesCove.net, the best way to see the real beauty of Cades Cove is to take a trip along Cades Cove Loop Road. This road allows both bicyclers and hikers to travel along it. Automobiles are allowed most of the time, though certain times are designated for those on foot or bike.

Cades Cove
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Park information: (865) 436-1200
www.cadescove.net

Newfound Gap Road

Newfound Gap Road is the only road that completely traverses Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you're in the mood for a road trip, pick an area of the park to cover, or drive the whole ride when you have the chance. Wait until after the summer season to drive the road, when traffic is reported to be lightest. The road runs all the way from the Sugarlands Visitor Center, near the park's Gatlinburg entrance, to Cherokee, North Carolina. Thirty-three miles long, it's the perfect chance to really see the Great Smoky Mountains.

Newfound Gap Road
Sugarlands Visitor Center
1420 Little River Rd
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Park information: (865) 436-1200‎
www.gsmnp.com

Article Written By Jessica Reed

Jessica Reed has worked since 2008 as a full-time professional writer. She has covered a variety of assignments ranging from cell-phone reviews and professional resumes to work contributing fashion and beauty articles online. Reed is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Web technology with a certificate in Web authoring from Nashville State Community College.

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