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Bucket List of Things to Do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for Adults

May 24, 2023

If you haven’t been to the Smoky Mountains before and want to know all the things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for adults, keep reading! From top attractions to shows and shopping and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there will be something to keep you busy and entertained during your mountain vacation!

Drive the Roaring Fork Motor Trail

Roaring Fork Motor Nature TrailOne of the easiest ways to enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is by driving the Roaring Fork Motor Trail. It’s a 5.5 one-way loop road that takes you along mountain streams and forest scenery. Along the trail are historic homesteads and trailheads to hiking trails. If you want to get out and stretch your legs for a while, we recommend taking the trailhead to one of the park’s most popular waterfalls, Rainbow Falls. This scenic motor trail is a must for anyone visiting the Smokies!

Take a Horseback Tour Through the Smoky Mountains

If hiking isn’t appealing to you, consider taking a horseback ride through the mountains instead! These guided tours offer an up close and personal view of the surrounding landscape and offer a peaceful hour or two admiring nature on horseback. Even if you’re not an experienced rider, you can still enjoy a slow ride on one of their calm and gentle horses. 

Have Drinks and Listen to Live Music at Ole Red

Ole Red is a popular spot for its fantastic live music! Discover the latest talent over delicious food and drinks in an upbeat and fun atmosphere. The musicians change daily, so every day will be different. You’ll experience a sliver of Nashville at Ole Red and will want to go back again and again!

Enjoy the Rocky Top Wine Trail

mountain valley winery Sampling delicious wines made locally in the Smoky Mountains is an adult-only activity you must do! The Rocky Top Wine Trail includes wineries such as Apple Barn Winery and Mountain Valley Winery, where you can discover and appreciate new flavors and try something different. You just might find a new favorite wine to bring home!

Experience Dollywood

Rollercoaster junkies have to experience the top rides at Dollywood theme park! Big Bear Mountain is their longest coaster yet, and Blazing Fury and Wild Eagle are just a few of the tourist favorites you have to try out for yourself!  From yummy food to cute shops and live shows, Dollywood is fun for adults too. 

Go to a Country Tonite Show

Country music fans (and skeptics) alike will love Country Tonite! Featuring both classic country music and the new top hits, you’ll be impressed by the talented performers. It’s one of those feel-good shows you’ll be thinking about long after it’s over!

Shop and Dine at The Old Mill

old mill restaurant in pigeon forgeOne of the most popular dining and shopping attractions in Pigeon Forge would have to be The Old Mill! Not only can you enjoy Southern hospitality and delicious comfort food at the restaurant, but you can also buy their mixes, dips, spreads, and more to take home with you! Their shops include a general store, a pottery store, a candy kitchen, and even a distillery! Visiting the Old Mill is definitely one of the most authentic Smoky Mountain experiences. 

Explore the Mountain Mile

There’s more than just shopping at the Mountain Mile in Pigeon Forge! Besides interesting boutiques and shops, you’ll discover the thrilling Mountain Monster rides, escape rooms, and dining options.

With your bucket list of things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for adults complete, it’s time to find a peaceful cabin to stay in! Take a look at our Smoky Mountain cabins, from cozy 1-bedrooms to luxury 6+ bedrooms for large groups. The perfect vacation awaits!