Free Things To Do in Gatlinburg For Families

One of the great things about vacationing in Gatlinburg is that a luxury trip to the Smoky Mountains doesn’t need to have a luxury price tag attached to it. If you’ve only got a budget to work with for your family vacation this Summer, here’s some ideas for free entertainment.


Mynatt Park –¬†Within a few minutes of driving is Mynatt Park up on Airport Road from the main downtown Gatlinburg strip. This park features outdoor grilling stations, a wading creek, playground equipment, a baseball diamond, plenty of room to run around and play other sports in. Pavilion is also provided.

Herbert Holt Park – A few minutes more of driving and you can visit this park at the Northern end of Gatlinburg going towards Pigeon Forge. This area features a trout rearing facility, picnic tables and outdoor grill, children’s fishing stream and playground equipment.

Mills Park – Finally, the furthest Gatlinburg park but arguably the best one is located on Highway 321 near Gatlinburg-Pittman High School. This park offers the most facilities including a baseball diamond, soccer field, track running field, two sets of playground equipment, wading/fishing stream, disc golf course, horseshoe pits, and covered pavilion.

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – This road starts up at the top of Airport Road in downtown Gatlinburg and is exactly the kind of sightseeing adventure you should take the family to see! The Motor Nature Trail is a 6 mile, one way loop that offers a multitude of items worth breaking the camera out for. Rushing streams, old-growth forest, well-preserved log cabins, grist mills, and some of the most popular waterfalls in all the Smokies.

Chimney Tops – No one comes all the way out to the Smokies and forgets to have a picnic in the mountains, especially with a picnic spot as gorgeous as the Chimney Tops picnic area readily available to visitors like yourself! This area boasts everything that gives the Smoky Mountains its wonderful reputation. Located in the National Park itself, this area has over 100 spots to set up and plenty of natural activities to enjoy as well. Swimming and fishing along will occupy your family for the duration of the visit, and if that’s not enough, there are several hiking trails at Sugarlands Visitor Center worth stopping at.

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