4 Unique Things to Do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

Popular attractions in the Smoky Mountain area include Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg and Dollywood in Pigeon Forge! If you are looking for even more fun on your next visit, we’ve got you covered! Here is a list of 4 unique things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg:

1. The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge

Old Mill in Pigeon Forge

The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge is a great attraction. The gristmill was built in 1830 and played a big role in the founding of the city we know and love. It sits on the Little Pigeon River and is one of the most photographed mills in America. Admire the stunning natural scenery as you devour a delicious meal at The Old Mill Restaurant or Pottery House Cafe. Get dessert at The Old Mill Candy Kitchen or The Old Mill Creamery. On the hunt for some souvenirs? Stop at Pigeon River Pottery and watch as talented artisans turn mounds of clay into works of art using a pottery wheel. Get beautiful mugs, vases, and plates for yourself or as gifts for loved ones. Other shops at The Old Mill that have great souvenirs include The Old Mill General Store and Sassafrass!

2. Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

If you love the roller coasters at Dollywood, then you should definitely try the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster ! When the ride was built in 2013, it was the first mountain coaster in the Smoky Mountains. It is also the second largest downhill track in the United States. Visitors can ride by themselves or with one other person. The riders control the speed using a hand brake. This makes the ride fun for everyone! Thrill seekers can go fast down the twisty track. On the other hand, those who want a more leisurely experience can go slow and admire all the natural scenery.

3. The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum

Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg

The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg is another unique activity. It started from one woman’s extensive collection of salt and pepper shakers. It contains more than 20,000 sets of salt and pepper shakers from around the world! As visitors wander through the museum, they will see salt and pepper shakers in all different sizes, shapes, and colors. Some of them even depict beloved cartoon characters, such as Mickey Mouse. Along with seeing the collection, visitors can also learn about where salt and pepper come from! If you get inspired, go to the museum’s gift shop and pick out a fun salt and pepper shaker set of your very own.

4. Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community

Other unique things to do in Gatlinburg include the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community . The 8-mile loop is the largest independent organization of artisans in the United States. It is a great place to get souvenirs. Walk through the gift shops to look at all the beautiful paintings and pottery. Some of them even have more unique items, such as branch crafts or handmade jewelry. There is even a store with items for your fur babies! If you get inspired to create your own art, the artisans hold workshops to show you how. Who knows? You may discover a hidden talent. In addition to the art, there is also plenty of great food in the area. Adult guests can go to Split Rail Eats and try one of the 16 beers on tap. Additionally, everyone will love going to Glades Soda Fountain for a sweet treat!

We hope you go and enjoy all these unique things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg during your stay with us. Need ideas for more activities? Check out this list of 4 interesting museums in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge!