There are many reasons to visit Pigeon Forge—its incredible natural beauty and amazing attractions make it a premier vacation destination for any family. And, on top of all it offers, Pigeon Forge is extremely affordable. To prove it, check out this fun-filled—and incredibly active—day that keeps all your expenses under $30.
8 to 9:30 am: Breakfast at Duff’s Smorgasbord
Breakfast is the all-important meal—without proper fuel in the morning, you won’t be able to keep up with all you have planned for the day. Luckily, Duff’s Smorgasbord knows what it takes to fuel up people in Pigeon Forge. For $6.99, you can visit their full, all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, featuring all your favorite breakfast foods and more. Southern chefs will guarantee the presence of biscuits and gravy, sausage and bacon. The price also includes any beverage with unlimited refills. Bring your kids—age two and under eat free, and up to 12 eat for $.60 per year of age!
10am to 12 pm: Hike in the Smoky Mountains
Now, let’s get to what you came here for: the Great Smoky Mountains. Just a short drive away from Pigeon Forge, the Gatlinburg entrance to the park is a great place to start your trip. Unlike most other national parks, there is no entry fee for the Great Smoky Mountains. The park offers a wide variety of hikes that begin just inside the Gatlinburg entrance, making a hike possible for just about everyone. Choose your hike wisely, taking into consideration both difficulty and scenery—some are flat and offer up-close views of wildflowers (in season), while others are hilly and offer panoramic views of the mountain range. Best of all, the entire experience is free!
12pm to 1:30 pm: Lunch at Buddy’s Bar-B-Q
What is a trip to a barbeque capital like Tennessee without a proper barbeque meal? Buddy’s Bar-B-Q has got you covered. Depending on how tough your hike was, you may be starving! Buddy’s offers some great looking sandwiches, from pulled pork to a lighter turkey, that will only set you back $3.39 for a large! If a sandwich isn’t quite what you are looking for, check out their dinner packages. Get a half-chicken or pulled pork meal with three sides for only $5.49!
2pm to 5 pm: Tennessee Smokies Baseball Game
One of Pigeon Forge’s biggest attractions are the Smokies, the local minor league baseball team. In season April through September, watching the Smokies are a great way to spend some time with the Tennessee locals. In addition to the game, the mascots and musical entertainment make this a great time—whether or not you are a baseball fan. Tickets are only $9 for field level seats and $7 for bleacher seats, and less for children. If you don’t feel like sitting down for another meal, think about having hot dogs and peanuts for dinner instead. Indulging in America’s favorite pastime is a great way to spend time together as a family.
6 to 7:30 pm: Dinner at Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant
If you still have room for dinner, check out a local favorite—the Applewood. Modestly priced and famous for their apple fritters that begin every meal, the Applewood is a hugely popular restaurant chain in eastern Tennessee. Try Southern favorites like smothered chicken and ham on the bone with mashed potatoes, and cobbler for dessert. Dinners run a little over $10 a plate at this down-home joint.
It might be early, but you are probably tuckered out after this full day. Go on back to your Gatlinburg cabin (which you can also get a great deal on) and relax—there’s only more fun coming up tomorrow!