The Old Mill is one of the most popular attractions in the Smokies, so if it isn’t at the very top of your vacation bucket list, it should be! This scenic watermill is rich in history and there are plenty of wonderful things to discover in and around it. To help you make the most of your visit, here are 5 of the top things to do when you visit The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge.
1. Tour The Old Mill
Take a step back in time as you tour The Old Mill, and get a chance to see millers using the same equipment to grind grains like it was done all the way back in 1830! You’ll get to learn more about how these giant stones operate by harnessing the river’s power. You’ll also hear stories about the mill’s history through almost 2 centuries!
2. Have a Delicious Meal
Treat yourself to a delicious Southern meal served family style at The Old Mill Restaurant. The stone-ground grits, bread, biscuits, pancakes, and muffins at this lovely eatery are actually made from ingredients that were ground at The Old Mill right next door! While you eat, you can also enjoy scenic views of the Pigeon River and the historic mill.
3. Try Some Free Samples
You can taste some delicious, time-tested candy recipes at The Old Mill Candy Kitchen when you visit! The confectioners there make homemade chocolates, pour caramel on huge slabs for cooling, and more in an open kitchen. Those who are of age can also try the innovative moonshine flavors at The Old Forge Distillery. Grains that are distilled to make these premium spirits are also from The Old Mill.
4. Shop for Unique Souvenirs and Gifts
If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind gifts or souvenirs to remind you of your trip, The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge is the best place to find them! Whether you’re shopping for jewelry, hats or apparel, you can get it all at Sassafras! This store has endless varieties of colors and styles of clothing and accessories for you to choose from.
5. Take a Few Photos
Did you know that The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge is one of the most photographed mills in the country? Well, it’s not hard to see why! This picturesque watermill makes the perfect backdrop for any photo. You’ll have a great time posing in front of such a beautiful landmark, and capturing some candid shots of your family.
Where to Stay
Valley Forge Inn is conveniently located just 5 minutes from The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge! Each of our hotel rooms come with a variety of amenities, including a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer, and an iron and ironing board. So, you and your family will feel right at home with everything you’ll need for a relaxing stay!
Be sure to check out all of our hotel rooms in Pigeon Forge so that you can find the perfect place to stay while you’re in town.