You might think that you will need to spend a ton of money in order to enjoy a fantastic vacation to Gatlinburg, but that is not the case! In addition to all the ways that you’ll save money at our downtown Gatlinburg hotel, you can also check out plenty of low-cost and free things to do in Gatlinburg that will make your vacation special without breaking the bank. Here are some of our top suggestions:

1. Stroll Along the Gatlinburg Strip

Since our hotel is located right along the Gatlinburg Strip, taking a walk down this pedestrian friendly hub is not only free, it is easily accessible from our hotel. You will have a great time seeing all the unique shops, restaurants, and attractions located here in the area, all while breathing in the fresh mountain air. You can even hop on board the free Gatlinburg trolley for a convenient and fun way to get around town!

2. Go Hiking at Smoky Mountains National Park

gatlinburg trailAnother of the best low-cost and free things to do in Gatlinburg is to go for a hike at Smoky Mountains National Park. There is no entrance fee at the park and only a small parking fee, which can be paid at any of the park’s visitor centers. You will love seeing all of the stunning sights of the Smoky Mountains when you go for a hike at the park, from historic buildings to local wildlife and more!

3. Check Out the Arts & Crafts Community

Visiting the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community is another of the best free things to do in Gatlinburg, as you will be able to meet lots of different artists, learn about their work, and more! Although you can always decide to purchase something, it is far from required in order to enjoy this fun destination here in Gatlinburg. With over 80 artists and craftsmen located along the 8-mile loop road, you are sure to find something that interests you.

4. Take a Scenic Drive in the Area

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in the Great Smoky MountainsThe Smoky Mountains present so many opportunities to enjoy their natural beauty, including by taking a drive along any number of scenic routes here in the area. Spots like Newfound Gap Road and the Foothills Parkway are especially popular as they present stunning sights and offer plenty of areas to pull off and soak in the views.

5. Swim in Our Outdoor Heated Pool

Yet another of the best free things to do in Gatlinburg is located right here at our hotel! Here at The Greystone Lodge on the River, we offer guests access to our outdoor heated pool from April 15-October 15 each year. This provides an excellent opportunity to cool off on a hot day, or enjoy a swim during early fall when the weather is a bit cooler. Plus, our pool has a slide, which adds even more fun!

Now that you know about some of the best low-cost and free things to do in Gatlinburg, you are that much closer to enjoying a memorable vacation at a reasonable price. Go ahead and check out our selection of lodging in Gatlinburg and start planning your trip today!