Attractions, History, Parks

Things to do in Sevier County on a budget

Patriot Park

You can visit Patriot Park along Old Mill Square. The park is dedicated to veterans from Sevier County that served during wartime. The park offers a walking path, which takes you along the Little Pigeon River where you’ll see flags from the 50 states and from branches of the armed forces. The central point of Patriot Park is a Patriot Missile, which was made famous during the first Gulf War.

Walk Along Sevierville’s Greenways

Sevierville is home to multiple greenways, which are either situated along bodies of water or between commercial centers. These undeveloped tracts of land are exclusively meant for recreational enjoyment. The West Prong Greenway is especially beautiful, as it runs parallel to the West Prong Little Pigeon River. Enjoy a casual stroll along the river as you observe ducks, geese, and if you’re lucky, herons. If you’re in the mood for an extended journey, you’re welcome to hit up the Veteran’s Park Greenway, which will take you all the way to Pigeon Forge.


The parking area for Patriot Park is also the hub for Pigeon Forge Mass Transit trolleys, which offer a convenient and affordable way to get around town.

Goof Off at the Mt. Ton of Fun Inclusive Playground

Kids and kids at heart adore the Mt. Ton of Fun Playground, which helps visitors move their muscles while also addressing their cognitive, emotional, and social needs. The playground’s accessible climbing structures are bound to keep young children entertained, while nearby exercise equipment takes the boredom out of fitness for adults. Designed to be fully inclusive, this playground brings the community together while promoting the spirit of lighthearted fun for which Sevierville is known.

Old Mill

You can tour The Old Mill. Guided Tours of our Historic Old Mill takes you back to 1830. Still operating today, very much as it did in 1830, the gristmill is listed on the National Register Of Historic Places and is also a stop on the Tennessee Civil War Trail. The tour guide, Emmitt, has been around the mill for more than 50 years, having played in the millpond as a kid and then became a miller’s assistant as a teenager. He regales visitors with stories, rumors, and quite a few facts, about how the mill has been in continuous operation since it opened almost 200 years ago. This is a family-friendly tour that guests of all ages will enjoy! $8.00 per adult.

Tour Historic Downtown Sevierville

Stop in at the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce to learn about local attractions and to pick up a free guide. Nearby, you’ll find several impressive structures worth viewing as you stroll through the historic district. During your walk, you’ll observe the architectural highlights of multiple historic periods represented in a variety of beautifully preserved structures. Top destinations include the Ashley W. Trotter House, the Goddard-Teague House, the Davis Hotel, and First Presbyterian Church. Visit just a few of these historic spots or build a full hour into your itinerary to check them all out. Some of the tour’s finest structures are private residences, so be sure to show your respect and enjoy from afar.

Moonshine Tasting

There are several free places to sample moonshine in Pigeon Forge. My favorite is Tennessee Legends Distillery. My husband loves Tennessee Shine Company which is across Vetersans Blvd from Patriot Park.

Discover Sevierville’s History at the Sevier County Heritage Museum

The Sevier County Heritage Museum may be tiny, but it’s definitely worth visiting. This free museum features a variety of rotating exhibits that are designed to enlighten guests on the region’s fascinating history. The museum maintains limited hours on weekdays but is also open for appointments. The volunteers that staff the museum are kind and clearly passionate about history. They love to share facts and stories with visitors, who emerge with a greater appreciation of the heritage that makes Sevierville so special.

Wine Tasting

There are also several places you can sample wine in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg for free.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

There is no admission to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are countless trails and unbelievable views waiting for you to explore. There are scenic drives for those who cannot hike. Foothills Parkway entrance is on Wears Vally Road. The Roaring Fork Motor Trail is located in Gatlinburg. Cades Cove is in Townsend and is a must every time we visit the area.

Explore the Area

There area covered bridges and swinging bridges in the area.

The Island in Pigeon Forge

The Island offers free admission, and you can enjoy the fountain, live bluegrass music, and window shopping without spending a dime. There is a fountain show every half an hour.

Watch a Movie at the Sevierville Commons

During the summer, free movie showings take over the Sevierville Commons on the 2nd Friday of each month. Stop by with loved ones for a family-friendly event that is nothing short of magical. While the movie may be the main attraction, the summer series also includes free pre-show activities such as crafts and dance parties. Concessions are typically available, with proceeds benefiting local non-profits. In the event of inclement weather, the movies shift to an indoor location, to be determined the day of the showing.

Downtown Gatlinburg

We enjoy walking around downtown Gatlinburg and doing some window shopping. Or you can spend hours walking around the Arts and Craft community of Gatlinburg to see some local artists.

Enjoy Some Peace And Quiet at the King Family Library

As the flagship for the Sevier County Public Library System, the King Family Library boasts a vast collection of books, magazines, DVDs, and more. Ample resources are available for visitors of all ages, including kids and teens. The structure is stunning both inside and out, with large windows offering plenty of natural light for those relaxing indoors. Don’t forget to stop by the third floor, where you’ll find an impressive history center dedicated to genealogy.

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