Top 5 Things to Do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Off the Beaten Path

If you’ve been to the Smoky Mountains before, you’ve probably tried all kinds of popular activities, like Dollywood or Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Are you wanting to branch out and find something unique to do? Luckily there are several attractions you’ve probably never heard of in the area! Check out these top 5 things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge off the beaten path:

1. Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community

Sign for the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.Gatlinburg has plenty of popular attractions, but if you’re looking for something different, the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is it! This is the largest collection of craftsmen and artisans, and their shops are lined along an 8-mile loop, providing visitors with the opportunities to see how jewelry, pottery, iron works, candies, and so much more are made. You may even be able to stop by a class taught by one of these talented people! And, you might just find some pretty unique souvenirs to take back home with you!

2. Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum

Another thing to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge that’s off the beaten path is the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum. You won’t find another attraction quite like this one! The owners started out with a small collection of shakers that exponentially grew over the years until they opened the museum. You’ll see all kinds of shapes, materials, and ages, and admission is only $3! Plus, your admission fee goes towards a purchase in their gift shop, so you can go home with your own set of unique shakers.

3. Goats on the Roof

goats on the roof coasterAny animal lover will want to stop by Goats on the Roof, a unique shop and mountain coaster! These goats hang out on the roof of the general store where you can browse for home decor, Smoky Mountain themed souvenirs, and other trinkets. Guests can purchase treats for the goats and send them to the rooftop through the “goat cycle.” You also won’t want to miss out experiencing the mountain coaster at Goats on the Roof!

4. Bluff Mountain Adventures

Bluff Mountain Adventures is another thrilling thing to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge you won’t want to miss out on. Your group can rent ATVs and go on a guided tour through the Smoky Mountain forest where you’ll get to enjoy the wooded views and views of the mountains. You can choose from 4 different routes for a unique experience along each one. Don’t miss out on this adrenaline-pumping adventure!

5. Tennessee Shine Co. Moonshine Tour

moonshine stillIf you enjoy moonshine tasting and are over 21 years old, you’ll want to go on the Tennessee Shine Co. Moonshine Tour. This small museum takes visitors on the historical journey of moonshine, from when it was illegal and hidden to how moonshine companies sponsor drivers in Nascar today! There are replicas of stills, a real moonshine truck, and interactive portions along the tour, and when you’re finished, you can taste some of the signature moonshines at Tennessee Shine Co!

You won’t want to miss out on any of these things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge off the beaten path. There’s nothing more fun than finding unique activities to try on your trip, but if you’re wondering what else you can do while you stay with us, check out these other Smoky Mountain attractions!