A Weekend in Tennessee: Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Festival 2022

Do you believe?

In the Great Smoky Mountains, it’s not uncommon to hear tales of a nine-foot-tall hairy creature stalking hikers in the woods, scaring campers, intriguing hunters, and the like. Remind you of something you’ve heard or possibly seen before? That’s right, you guessed it—Bigfoot. Sasquatch. Yeti. Wild Man. Yowie. Sesquac. Skookum. (Our personal favorite, Hide and Seek World Champion.)

It’s a creature of many names, and we’re not talking about “Harry and the Hendersons.” We’re talking about a cryptid. An elusive species rumored to exist, much like the Loch Ness Monster, that has little to no physical evidence to prove it’s real. But that doesn’t stop the alleged sightings, the stories, the folklore, or the festivals.

Many folklorists trace the phenomenon back to sources like the Indigenous cultures of the Pacific Northwest, but Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountain National Park has consistently been drumming up interest with researchers, enthusiasts, and witnesses; thus, making it the ideal place to hold a Bigfoot festival.

Possible Bigfoot Siting Caught on Camera

Bigfoot, Yeti, Sasquatch—the man (or woman) of many names

Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Festival

Join the hunt for Sasquatch at the second annual Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Festival in Townsend, Tennessee—less than an hour from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Whether you're a serious believer or just want to join in on the festivities, this unique family-friendly event has something for everyone.

Activities & Events

  • Pre-festival Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Festival 5k and 1-mile fun run

  • Over 70 Bigfoot vendors with souvenirs, trinkets, and merch

  • 25+ food trucks like REO Cheesewagon and Bigfoot Popcorn

  • Lively competitions like Bigfoot calling content

  • Live music with headliner, Mini Kiss

  • Wood carving artists and blacksmith demonstrations

  • Crowd-favorite, SlashSquatch

  • And more

Special Guests

  • Hunters and trappers Huckleberry, Buck, and Wild Bill from Discovery+ “Mountain Monsters”

  • Author of “American Cryptids: In Pursuit of the Elusive Creatures,” Kenney W. Irish

  • Blacksmithing demo by Christy Whitaker from the History Channel’s “Forged in Fire”

  • Cryptozoologist, author, and lecturer Ken Gerhard

  • Adventurer, researcher, and author Ron Morehead

The festival kicks off Saturday, May 7, 2022, from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. and will feature supposed evidence and artifacts gathered by Bigfoot hunters, researchers, and enthusiasts while also providing food, fun, and entertainment. Don’t stop believin’, purchase tickets today!

Look out for Yeti while you enjoy Magic's magical views

Magic Mountain's cozy cabin living room

Places to Stay Near #TheBigFest

Why not broaden your horizons even further while attending this wild event? Pack your car, invite your family, and plan a weekend trip to Tennessee!

The Great Smoky Mountains have remained relatively untouched by modern times, drawing visitors to its tranquil paths and rivers for the promise of spotting wildlife, or the elusive Bigfoot. Our cabin rentals offer guests contemporary amenities with the feeling of seclusion, but with proximity to restaurants and other cultural attractions nearby. Here are a few of our favorite homes for you and your family:

Mountain Magic #73 | Wears Valley

This spacious, seven-bedroom log cabin features spectacular mountain views, a game room, and access to the community pool. The living room allows ample amounts of natural light and one-of-a-kind views from the floor-to-ceiling windows, making it a prime spot to relax by the wood-burning fireplace and watch a movie on the flat-screen television. Sit down for a nice family dinner in the large dining room that seats up to 20, or take your plates to the deck and enjoy dinner with a view—perfect for a little squatching.

Kids Will Love: Spending hours in the game room, challenging opponents to a game of pool or foosball while enjoying snacks and drinks from the mini-fridge. Or running to the community pool and splashing around a bit.

Parents Will Love: Booking stays at this cabin where everyone receives free admission to popular Smoky Mountain attractions with Xplorie. This program entitles guests to one free adult admission ticket, per night stay, to attractions like Dollywood, Ripley’s Aquarium, WonderWorks, and more.

Can't get stunning porch views like this Closer to Home

Feel Closer to Home as you sip coffee here

Closer to Home | Gatlinburg

Perfectly situated, this “Closer to Home” retreat overlooks 40 acres of native trees with a stunning view of the lush green canopy and mountains in the background. This four-bedroom modern cabin has exquisite cathedral ceilings, log beams, hardwood floors, and wood-paneled walls. Ideal for large families or groups of friends, this two-level home offers a rustic ambiance with luxurious amenities like a gas fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, furnished deck on each level, hot tub, and accommodations for up to 14 guests.

Kids Will Love: The second living area on the lower level because it offers plenty of evening entertainment and has two super plush sofas to lounge on. Kids can relax in front of the flat-screen TV, sharpen their pool game on the full-sized table, or bring their favorite board games to enjoy a screen-free night around the card table.

Parents Will Love: Receiving free admission to popular Smoky Mountain attractions, like Dollywood and WonderWorks. More importantly, all the at-home kid activities are sequestered to the second floor—enough said.

Lazy Bear's vibrantly lit living room

Gather round the fire and tell Bigfoot stories at Lazy Bear

Lazy Bear Crossing | Pigeon Forge

This inviting three-bedroom cabin with a loft can accommodate 10 guests, making it ideal for families and large groups. With two decks, two screened rooms, a hot tub, outdoor seating, and a pool table, you’ll have plenty of places to unwind after exploring the area or attending the Bigfoot Festival. Additionally, it features an expansive deck with a gas grill as well as several Adirondack chairs, which will be waiting for you to enjoy your morning coffee or an evening glass of wine. Take in the splendid natural beauty of the mountains while appreciating some alone time.

Kids Will Love: The loft space—with one queen bed and two twin beds—it’s a great space for older children to escape and read a book or text their friends pictures of Sasquatch.

Parents Will Love: Pouring themselves a glass of wine after a busy day in the Smokies while soaking in the hot tub or relaxing alone in their own private jetted tub located off the two main bedrooms. It’s a win-win.

Bigfoot enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy the various activities planned for the weekend. From hikes in the national park to Yeti meet-and-greets, there’s something for everyone in the family. To make your trip even more enjoyable, stay with Natural Retreats.

We have beautiful properties located right near the action, so you can get up close and personal with everything this event has to offer. Ready to join us for a weekend of Sasquatch shenanigans? Book now!

Natural Retreats wants to believe! Tag us on social media at @NaturalRetreats and use the hashtag #openthedoortomore to share your Bigfoot Fest pictures and videos.