Cades Cove Loop offers a peek at historic churches and buildings in addition to the motor nature trail you drive around the cove area. You can look for wildlife and walk through the cemetery and old buildings, churches, etc. It is FREE..except the gas to get there OR the optional brochure that you can pick up at the beginning of your tour (donation $1.00 recommended) The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ; Cherokee Orchard Road in Gatlinburg (at the end of light #8) also has some cabins/buildings that you can look in. The motor trail is somewhat narrow and winding after you pass Cherokee Orchard Road and begin the Roaring Fork Trail. Clingman's Dome is a short drive from Gatlinburg through the national park. There is a steep 1/2 mile hike to the top lookout, but anyone can enjoy the views from the level parking lot This attraction is also free, unless you want to pick up a brochure on Clingman's Dome (donation $1.00 recommended). The Sugarlands Visitor center has a museum type area set up in the back with "stuffed" real animals from the area, in addition to a 20 minute video on the park. These are both free, being inside the Visitor's Center. Plus there is a hiking trail out back that leads to a waterfall..Cataract Falls There are hiking trails all throughout the National Park.riverside pulloffs (like the Chimneys Picnic area) where you can walk right along the river and out onto the huge rocks in the river & catch a shady seat in the picnic area.
Shop and walk the strip in Gatlinburg. There are also few spots to have a seat near a waterfall or fountain in some of the malls. Watch taffy being made on the old machines in the windows of the candy stores in downtown Take a drive out through Wears Valley.It is a nice scenic drive through the countryside. Along the way you will see several antique shops, a general store, crafts & arts shops, chainsaw wood carvers, a small farmer's market, a bakery, a few restaurants and several unique gift shops. Moonshine Ridge offers a shopping experience that includes FREE samples of jellies, salsas, pickles and more. Also in Wears Valley, there is a small roadside waterfall at the Walden Creek Stables INFO stop. It is not a large waterfall, but worth a peek if you are in the area.
Once you pass through Wears Valley, continue on to Townsend, Here you can visit the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum. It is a FREE museum that will teach you about the history of steam logging in the Smokies. The indoor museum is housed inside the Walland depot & outside you will get to take a peek at a locomotive and watertower.
Patriot Park (next to the Old Mill) for an afternoon in the park.
Smoky Mountain Knife Works in Sevierville. They have a 2 story indoor waterfall & river display with "animals" and outdoor scenery. It is free, being inside of an outlet store.
Visit Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville, where they have a similar indoor scene that looks like the outdoors and fish in a aquarium. Also free to visit, being inside an outlet store.
Visit the Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge and see their large display of Christmas trees Check out Cooters in Gatlinburg. It is a small shop "museum" dedicated to the Dukes of Hazzard. Apple Barn in Sevierville. There you will see the candy shop, general store, gift shop, fresh picked apples, apple trees, winery and bake shop. Can visit the winery and sample the various wines for FREE. Visit the Smoky Mountain Farms Jams The Sevier County Heritage Museum is a museum of local history (settlers, indians, local veterns, etc) The Sevierville Historic Walking Trail is self-guided tour that will take you by 20 places of interest related to the town's settlement and growth. The Harrisburg Covered Bridge that crosses the Little Pigeon River is only ONE of FOUR remaining covered bridges in TN and is located just outside of Sevierville.