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If you are planning a visit to Gatlinburg, TN, you will find plenty to do to keep you busy while you stay.

Not every adventure has to break the bank either.

Check out a few low cost or completely free and cheap things to do in Gatlinburg TN.

1-Roaring Fork

Completely free, the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is five and a half miles of wildlife, forests, waterfalls, preserved log cabins, and more.

Named after one of the faster mountain streams in the area, Roaring Fork is also one of the largest in the Great Smoky Mountains.

The narrow one-way motor trail makes it easy to navigate if you choose to drive through, or you can take one of the several walking trails nearby.

There are also historical sites such as the Ogle Mountain Farmstead to transport you to another time.

2-Hiking Trails

Head to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and choose from nearly 100 free hiking trails.

The park itself covers more than 500,000 acres and actually extends to two states.

Everyone in your party can find a trail perfect for their age and physical ability, making it a convenient excursion for the whole family.

3-Arts and Crafts

The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is a popular choice for visitors to the area.

Extending just south of downtown, look for workshops run by more than 100 local craftspeople and watch them as they work on their paintings and carvings.

To visit them is free and even if you decide to purchase a unique handmade item, the costs are typically reasonable.

4-Fort Fun

Bringing kids to Gatlinburg, TN? Head to Fort Fun.

The low-cost activities you will find there include mini golf, bumper cars, laser tag, and more.

Let your youngest members live like they did in the mining days by hopping on the Gem Mining experience.

Fort Fun offers discount passes for multiple rides, which saves even more money.

5-Ghost Tours

What historical site doesn’t have a few hauntings?

Gatlinburg offers fans of the supernatural haunted sites filled with a plethora of historical facts from knowledgeable tour guides.

If you are looking for low admission costs, book with Ghost and Haunt Tours of Gatlinburg.

6-Gatlinburg Trolley

The Gatlinburg Trolley is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get around the city.

Regular rates are low and during certain times of the year, riding is actually free.

There are lines on the trolley system that head to specific visitor areas, like the Arts and Crafts Community or Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

There’s an abundance of free and cheap things to do in Gatlinburg TN. We will continue to share them with you here on our blog.


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