With trails, byways, and historic structures sprinkled throughout its vast landscape, the Great Smoky Mountains is a perfect vacation spot for the budget conscious. The following tips are a list of free things to do in the Smoky Mountains, so you can save even more money while enjoying everything the Smokies has to offer.
Grill Out at the Chimneys Picnic Area
Over one-hundred parking spots flank the west prong of the Little Pigeon River, providing excellent picnicking opportunities and plenty of fun. The kids can play on the rocks and splash in the river while you cook dinner or an early lunch using the on-site grills.
Tip: Go early on a weekday for the best spots, and remember to bring a bathing suit!
Take a Dip in “The Sinks”
Past Elkmont, close to the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, lies a popular swimming hole and waterfall. Especially in the warm summer months, “The Sinks” is frequented by many for its clean, rushing water and natural pools. The powerful waters are an impressive site, but can be quite dangerous, so take caution with children.
Experience a Living History Lesson at the Walker Sisters Place
The Walker Sisters Cabin or “Walker Sisters Place” is a historic homestead located in the Little Greenbrier area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.The infamous Walker Sisters adhered to the mountain traditions of their youth, rejecting technology and improvements in agriculture. Their unique home still stands and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Take a short drive to the cabin for an inspiring and educational activity that everyone in the family will enjoy.
Tour the Sugarlands Visitor Center
Stop by the Sugarlands Visitor Center for maps, guides, and even tips from a ranger. Notable for its history museum, Sugarlands Visitor Center is great for kids and those interested in the history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Peruse the bookstore inside or sign up for one of the many special programs taught by regional experts.
Stay with Diamond Mountain Rentals for your Smoky Mountain Vacation. Our representatives are available to assist you with anything you need, including tips on things to do and directions.
For more fun and free suggestions, read 4 Free Things To Do in the Smoky Mountains.