The Great Smoky Mountains meet Dolly Parton in this fun-filled mountain getaway
Combine your visit to the Great Smoky Mountains with a stop in this entertaining country retreat.
You might say Pigeon Forge is a timely destination, meaning that no matter what time of year you choose to visit, you'll find a different way to enjoy this Smoky Mountain town.
Each season, month, week and day in Pigeon Forge has its own distinct personality, special scenery and special reason for you to spend time here. You'll find parkway attractions and musical entertainment year round. Very special events are sprinkled throughout the year, and the shops and restaurants always put out the welcome mat.
You'll not find another destination with so many things to see and do in such a beautiful mountain setting. Speaking of the mountains, the Smokies are known for fantastic scenery that changes with each season.
The five-mile parkway is packed with attractions for all ages. Spend time reliving history at the Titanic Museum, or have your photo taken with your favorite movie star at the Hollywood Wax Museum. Check out the adventures of MagiQuest and WonderWorks, escape from the Tomb or roll downhill in a Zorb globe.
With more than a dozen variety shows and five dinner theaters, the stages of Pigeon Forge are filled with entertainment for all ages.
Dollywood is recognized as one of the world's best theme parks. Spanning 150 acres, Dollywood offers more than 40 rides and attractions, including the Thunderhead wooden coaster, the steel thriller Mystery Mine, Wild Eagle, the first wing coaster in the U.S., and RiverRush. RiverRush adds water to the climbs, drops, twists and turns of traditional terrestrial coasters. Four-person toboggan-style boats climb 237 feet up a conveyor as the 1,175-foot-long ride begins.
Dollywood's entertainment showcases country, bluegrass, Southern gospel, classic rock 'n' roll and Appalachian music. Daily demonstrations by more than a dozen master craftsmen offer a glimpse into the authentic artistry of the area's rich heritage. In addition to mouth-watering Southern-style food offered throughout the park, Dollywood hosts five of the South's largest festivals throughout the year, bringing special performing groups and concerts.
Pigeon Forge offers a number of events throughout the year. January's Wilderness Wildlife Week is an eight-day, award-winning event filled with classes, lectures, workshops and daily hikes into Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
In February, Saddle Up features concerts by top western musicians and cowboy poets, a chuck wagon cook-off and a western dance. A Mountain Quiltfest in March celebrates the timeless art of quilting. Visit the quilt show and marketplace, or take classes from top quilting instructors.
Dolly's Homecoming Parade each May features marching bands and floats, and parade grand marshal Dolly Parton. July's Patriot Festival celebrates America's birthday with food, fun, entertainment and fireworks.
In August, Pigeon Forge pays tribute to the men and women who serve our country. Celebrate Freedom! discounts are available at participating businesses all over town, including restaurants, hotels, theaters and attractions. These discounts are for active and veteran military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency responders. A number of local businesses have special offers for members of the military year round.
In November, the Veteran's Parade is the kick-off for Pigeon Forge Winterfest, which continues into December and January. The Winterfest Trolley Tour of Lights runs Monday thru Friday at 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. for $5.
Pigeon Forge has a great selection of campgrounds. Whether you're pitching a tent, enjoying the simplicity of a rustic camping cabin or chilling in an RV, you'll find a variety of amenities at campgrounds, including laundry facilities, playgrounds, picnic areas and swimming pools.
Pigeon Forge Fun Time Trolleys offer visitors an easy and affordable way to get around. The trolleys are equipped to accommodate passengers in wheelchairs and can take you to more than 100 official trolley stops in Pigeon Forge, as well as nearby Gatlinburg and Sevierville, for a modest fare. Trolley stops are located just a short distance from restaurants, attractions, shops and theaters.
Pigeon Forge's Past
Today, Pigeon Forge is a popular playground for vacationing families, but once it was a valley of golden wheat fields and lush farmlands with the Great Smoky Mountains as a backdrop.
Mordecai Lewis, a Pigeon Forge pioneer, received a 151-acre land grant at the site of the present Old Mill in 1810. Lewis' property was sold to Isaac Love, and Isaac's son William and his brothers built the now historic Old Mill in 1830.
In the early 1900s, Pigeon Forge's developmental years, a hub of businesses clustered around the Old Mill. There was a bottling plant, a cannery and a blacksmith shop, as well as thriving country stores and a farmers' supply enterprise. During the decade that ended in 1930, the Old Mill generated electricity for the town.
In the 1950s, rental cottages and cabins were opening by the river and small cafés were servicing travelers on their way to the mountains during the few months of the summer travel season. On April 4, 1961, Pigeon Forge became a city.
The towering peaks of Mt. LeConte still dominate the southern horizon of Pigeon Forge. Although the lofty mountains have changed little since the early Native Americans followed the river paths, Pigeon Forge has been the exact opposite.
Changes in this city have made the town an entirely different place from the one the early residents knew. Today's travelers experience the excitement of the modern Pigeon Forge still with the familiar backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been attracting visitors for more than 75 years. It is, in fact, the most visited of all of America's national parks.
With more than 800 miles of well-maintained hiking trails, camping, picnic areas, horseback riding trails, fishing, bicycling, wildlife viewing, spectacular scenery and a glimpse into mountain heritage, there's a reason why millions of people visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park every year.
Fishing in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will garner you one of two things: a whopper of a fish or a whopper of a fish story! Either way, you're in for a rewarding experience. You can find a complete list of fishing regulations at nps.gov/grsm or tn.gov/twra.
When planning your trip, visit nps.gov/grsm to learn about the natural attractions you and your family will enjoy in the national park.
For More Information:
Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism