The Best Cheap Hotels in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

The Old Mill, on Pigeon River, is all part the rustic charm of this Tennessee gem
The Old Mill, on Pigeon River, is all part the rustic charm of this Tennessee gem | © Isai Hernandez / Alamy Stock Photo
Nick Dauk

Hiking, biking and fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains are the most astounding and affordable ways to enjoy the natural beauty of Tennessee. If you thought you’d have to rough it under a tent to avoid high-priced hotel rates, think again: there are plenty of options in town that’ll keep both your family and budget comfortable. Who said mountain views don’t come cheap? These budget-friendly hotels in Pigeon Forge – all bookable on Culture Trip – are practically giving away picturesque vistas like hot cakes.

1. Tennessee Mountain Lodge

Hotel, Inn, Budget Hotel

Two beds in a rustic, wood-panelled hotel room at Tennessee Mountain Lodge
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You’re going to save a load on gas by staying at Tennessee Mountain Lodge. The homely, wood-paneled rooms are surrounded by a number of fast-food joints, but a riverside picnic at Patriot Park beats any restaurant in the area. Your family can also hopscotch up to an amusement park and minigolf course. Got a few little ones who wanted to stop walking before you made it to the parking lot? The Pigeon Forge Fun Time Trolley stops at the Tennessee Mountain Lodge every 20 minutes.

2. Comfort Inn & Suites At Dollywood Lane

Hotel, Chain Hotel, Budget Hotel

The indoor pool, surrounded by chairs, at Comfort Inn & Suites At Dollywood Lane
Courtesy of Comfort Inn & Suites At Dollywood Lane / Expedia

Not much time for your stop in Pigeon Forge? Stay at Comfort Inn & Suites so you don’t waste a second of your time or budget. Right on Dollywood Lane, you’re within walking distance to everything from Captain Jim’s Seafood Buffet and Smoky Mountain Pancake House to Ripley’s Super Fun Park and FunStop Family Action Park. Gatlinburg and the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are straight down the road, getting you to where you want to be as stress-free as possible.

3. Quality Inn and Suites Dollywood

Hotel, Chain Hotel, Budget Hotel

The entrance and driveway, with flowers and bushes, at Quality Inn And Suites Dollywood
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Quality doesn’t have to be costly, at least not at Quality Inn and Suites. You’ll be pretty psyched when you stumble upon a balcony, hot tub, and fireplace in your room. The young ones will be equally impressed by the outdoor pool’s splash pad, and y’all will be able to fill up on a hearty Southern-style breakfast which will surely keep everyone full enough for an early afternoon hike. Little perks such as free coffee in your room and a picnic area outside let you embrace the little luxuries that make family vacations memorable.

5. Howard Johnson by Wyndham Pigeon Forge

Hotel, Chain Hotel, Budget Hotel

The outdoor pool with waterslide and red sun loungers at Howard Johnson by Wyndham Pigeon Forge
Courtesy of Howard Johnson by Wyndham Pigeon Forge / Expedia

Free wine. Now that’s got your attention, listen why the Howard Johnson is a great affordable hotel besides the fact that its neighbor Rocky Top Wine Trail dishes out free samples of vino. They’ve got two pools, plus a host of activities for your middle child who hates getting pruney; and none of the kids will mind you spending a little longer at the winery if you let them run wild at Rowdy Bear Ridge amusement park across the street.

6. Pigeon River Inn

Hotel, Inn, Budget Hotel

The Little Pigeon River, lined with trees, and the Pigeon River Inn
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A budget motel on the Little Pigeon River? No, it’s not a joke. The aptly named Pigeon River Inn will gladly give you river views from your room’s balcony. Want to please your partner without emptying your pockets? Book the honeymoon suite complete with a fireplace and heart-shaped jacuzzi. Use the extra cash you’ve saved on an intimate helicopter ride over the mountains, taking off and landing right behind the Inn.

7. Oak Tree Lodge

Hotel, Inn, Budget Hotel

Couches in a seating area, with rustic wood-panelled walls, at Oak Tree Lodge
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You don’t need to budget for a pet sitter, just bring your dog with you to the Oak Tree Lodge. These Sevierville suites have plenty of space for your furry family member. Oak Tree Lodge is right on the 441, which leads to Pigeon Forge in less than 15 minutes. You’ll definitely want to explore Sevierville’s outlet mall across the street, and when you’re ready to go into town, Oak Tree Lodge will hook you up with a free downtown parking pass to help you save a little extra cash.

8. Riverside Motor Lodge

Hotel, Motel, Budget Hotel

You’ll get some serious old-school road trip vibes from Riverside Motor Lodge. The same family have owned and operated the hotel for decades and will give you local advice on where the best hiking and fishing spots are in the mountains. Their standard and deluxe two-bedroom suites are equipped with mini fridges, coffee makers and two-burner stoves which only makes the grocery store next door even more convenient. Just make a point to try a plate of ribs at Corky’s across the street before you leave – they’ll put you in hog heaven.

9. Conner Hill Motor Lodge

Hotel, Motel, Budget Hotel

Two beds in a hotel room at Conner Hill Motor Lodge
Courtesy of Conner Hill Motor Lodge / Expedia

Since you promised to stick to a budget for your Gatlinburg golfing trip, stay within three putts of the Gatlinburg Golf Course at the Conner Hill Motor Lodge. You can read up on the greens every morning over a free breakfast then compare them to your own course notes as you settle into a pool chair after 18 holes. When your foursome is ready for a night at the 19th hole, head to Funky Budha next door, where you can drink and dance until it’s time to hit the first tee again.

10. Super 8 by Wyndham Pigeon Forge-Emert St

Hotel, Chain Hotel, Budget Hotel

The outdoor pool with sunbeds at dusk at Super 8 by Wyndham Pigeon Forge-Emert St
Courtesy of Super 8 by Wyndham Pigeon Forge-Emert St / Expedia

It’s only fitting that you’ll be 8mi (13km) away from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park entrance when you stay at Super 8. The 20-minute drive will be worth the few drops of fuel, especially since you’ll cut through Gatlinburg and check off two popular mountain towns in a single stay. Super 8 has a pool and pet-friendly rooms as well, but let’s be honest, your gang will be spending every moment possible on the mountain trails.

For more options, discover our guide to the best hotels in Pigeon Forge. If you decide you want to splash some cash, opt for a luxury hotel in Pigeon Forge. To cater for your four-legged friend, check out the best pet-friendly hotels in Pigeon Forge. Heading elsewhere? Gatlinburg has some great hotels – plus they’re bookable on Culture Trip.

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