Hidden Gems in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee 

Are you looking for a unique experience in the Smoky Mountains without the crowds? Here are our top hidden gems found in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg!


Greenbriar is an off-the-beaten-path section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While so many areas of the national park are difficult to access due to huge crowds and parking issues, Greenbriar is a delightful exception. Here, you can find picnic areas, a swimming hole, hiking trails, and even restrooms (a rarity in the national park!) and is generally not crowded at all. If you are looking to experience the wonder of the mountains without the crowds, consider one of the Smokies hidden gems.

The Smoky Mountain Deer Farm 

If you enjoy animals and nature, this hidden gem in Pigeon Forge is for you. The Smoky Mountain Deer Farm offers a one-of-a-kind experience where you can “get up close and personal with Rocky Mountain elk, hug a baby goat, rub a camel, pet zebra and zonkies, stroke an emu, and scratch Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs.” (Smoky Mountain Deer Farm). You won’t be able to find this wide variety of animals along with this special interactive experience almost anywhere else, making the farm a must-visit!

Mountain Valley Winery

A view of mountain and greenery

Patio with rocking chairs, tables, and couches looking out to a mountain view

Enjoy beautiful mountain views on the patio of Mountain Valley Winery! One of Pigeon Forge’s best kept secrets, revel in the peace and solitude while having a glass of wine. You can even play a game of chess or cornhole. Mountain Valley Winery offers an amazing and unique selection of wine that pairs wonderfully with these scenic views.

Outdoor Gravity Park

Pigeon Forge is home to the only zorbing park in the United States. Zorbing is the act of rolling down a hill in an 11-foot inflatable ball, equally exhilarating and unique. The Outdoor Gravity Park offers different courses and packages for people seeking a new kind of thrill. Additionally, a visit is budget-friendly and group rates are available, too. Don’t miss out on this hidden gem!

Mill Bridge Patio

Nestled in the heart of the historic and picturesque Old Mill district in Pigeon Forge, Mill Bridge Winery is the perfect place to unwind. Enjoy the scenic view of the water mill and waterfall while sipping on some local wine or cider along the river. You can even elevate your experience by indulging in a charcuterie board or a flight of wine or cider. Just minutes away from the main hustle and bustle of Pigeon Forge, you will feel transported without even leaving the city!

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