We know how expensive vacations can get when you factor in all the activities you want to do. Who says you can’t find free and affordable things to do in the Smoky Mountains? We’ve put together a list of things that won’t break the bank but are full of fun for you! Here are the top 4 free and affordable things to do in the Smoky Mountains:
1. Try Food Samples
There are many shops that sell food and condiments where you can try some free samples. All Sauced Up has a few storefronts where you can try their hot sauces. You’ll find all kinds of sauces from mild to extremely spicy. They also sell jams and jellies, as well as dip mixes. Taste the barbeque sauces, from vinegar based to mustard based. You’ll enjoy tasting all kinds of things at All Sauced Up!
2. Wine Tasting
If you want something free to do in the Smoky Mountains and you’re over 21 years old, you should go on the Rocky Top Wine Trail! There are 5 participating wineries throughout the Smokies where you can taste a limited amount of wine at each stop. You’ll find traditional muscadine wines, apple wines, and many other flavors. They recommend spreading the wine trail over a few days so you can really enjoy the experience! The wineries along the Rocky Top Wine Trail include the Apple Barn Winery, the Apple Barn Cider House, Hillside Winery, Mountain Valley Winery, and Mill Bridge Winery.
3. Exploring the National Park
We can’t talk about things to do in the Smoky Mountains without mentioning the national park! You can take a scenic drive through Cades Cove or take a more rustic drive along Roaring Fork Motor Trail. Have a picnic at one of the many picnic areas. If you love the outdoors, get out and about by hiking one of the many trails throughout the park. You can choose hiking trails by feature, from waterfalls to panoramic views. You’ll be able to see all kinds of natural features, and you might even spot a black bear!
4. Visit the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum
One of the most affordable things to do in the Smoky Mountains is visit the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg. Admission is only $3, and this fee goes towards any purchase in the gift shop. You’ll see salt and pepper shakers from all over the world and from different decades. These shakers come in all shapes, sizes, materials, and colors.
You have so many great options when it comes to free and affordable things to do in the Smoky Mountains! Wondering what else you should do while you stay with us? Check out these other great Gatlinburg attractions!