Courtesy of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism

Key Info

172 Old Mill Ave.

Price & Hours

Prices vary
Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Recreation, Shopping Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


  • 3.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Visitors can get hands-on experience and learn about blacksmithing and blade-smithing at Iron Mountain Metal Craft. The shop says it aims to "preserve and pass on the knowledge, art and skills of working metal," and a stop here makes for a fun family activity. Education is a top goal and the venue hosts workshops and events, including beginner blacksmith classes and knife-making classes.

Patrons raved about the lessons here and the staff, saying they are extremely knowledgeable about blacksmithing. Many appreciated the safe, fun environment, and say it's a unique activity. Others recommend checking out the adjacent shop next door as well.

You'll find the shop in the center of town, near Patriot Park and not too far from Mill Bridge Winery. Iron Mountain Metal Craft is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. You can call ahead to book a lesson, and prices range from $20 to $100 depending on what you want to create. For additional information, visit the business' website.

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