From mountains to music and everything in between, the Smokies offer more than enough to keep you busy. That being said, some of the regions’ most beloved activities cost a pretty penny. If you’re looking to keep your spending down so you can save up for a special splurge or two, you’ll want to incorporate free or affordable activities into your itinerary as often as possible.
Thankfully, Sevierville boasts several excellent opportunities that are completely free of charge. Try these free options on for size as you budget carefully for your Smoky Mountains adventure:
Stop By the Sevier County Courthouse and Say Hello to Dolly Parton’s Statue
Stunning architecture sets the Sevier County Courthouse apart. The structure is perhaps best known for its beautiful gold domes. Constructed in 1895 in the Beaux-Arts style, the courthouse made the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. Stop by for a picture or to stroll the beautifully manicured grounds surrounding the historic building.
The fun doesn’t end with the courthouse itself. Its lawn is home to a beautiful statue depicting Dolly Parton. This is the perfect spot to snap a quick photo with your loved ones before you continue on to explore the other free sites in and around Sevierville. The area surrounding Dolly can be busy at times, but if you’re patient, you should have no trouble getting a picture with this beautiful depiction of Sevierville’s superstar.
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 Mountain View Orchard 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.
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.
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.
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.
Go Mining at Little River Gem Mine
If you’re a huge fan of crystals and rocks, you don’t have to break the bank in order to peruse and mine for them. Whether you simply want to learn about the gems and crystals or you simply want to look at them, the Little River Gem Mine is ideal for those who love learning and looking at the Earth’s natural beauty.
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.
Budgetary concerns should not stop you from having a blast in and around Sevierville. From historic sites to walking trails, options abound for enjoying yourself without breaking the bank. Get ready to see the best of Sevierville, free of sacrifice.