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Pigeon Forge Travel Tips
Nestled in the base of the Great Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge, Tenn., offers visitors the perfect vacation spot to enjoy natural beauty, experience local charm and create lifelong memories.
Pigeon Forge is situated in east Tennessee between Gatlinburg and Sevierville. It’s an ideal location for a family get-together, whether it’s a reunion, family vacation or wedding. There are plenty of group-friendly activities to choose from, both indoors and outdoors. The city itself dates back to pre-Revolutionary War times with its first business established in the early 1800s. Pigeon Forge started as a small farming community, but has since grown into an area incorporating both rural and urban settings with the formation of more businesses and developing culture.
Pigeon Forge has established itself as a popular destination for travelers with many parks, restaurants, shops, museums and activities to make sure everyone that visits has the best experience possible.
Must-see Attractions in Pigeon Forge
Dollywood: Country music and theme park lovers will truly enjoy a trip to Dollywood, a theme park owned by the legendary Dolly Parton. You can spend the day seeking out the best thrill rides while also checking out Appalachian crafts and music. Dollywood hosts several concerts each year, including appearances by Dolly herself as well as other local and national artists. Dollywood also owns and operates the adjacent Splash Country as well as the Dixie Stampede dinner theaters. When you need a break from the rides, stop into the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame to learn about the history of this musical genre.
Titanic Museum: The year 1912 is when the infamous Titanic tragedy occurred, as the doomed “unsinkable” ship sank to the depths of the ocean. Now the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge remembers the tragedy of the ship's fate, the passengers and the crew. Here you can experience what it was like to walk the hallways, cabins and parlors of the Titanic surrounded by more than 400 artifacts direct from the ship and passengers. Touch a real iceberg, climb the grand staircase, experience what 28-degree Fahrenheit water feels like and try to stand on a sloping deck to understand what it was really like to be aboard the Titanic that fateful night. Each visitor receives a boarding pass with the name of an actual crew member or passenger and learn their fate in the Titanic Memorial Room lined with 2,208 names.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Established in 1934, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the largest protected area of land east of the Rocky Mountains. Experience the breathtaking natural views around the park as you marvel at the mountain ranges and keep an eye out for the local wildlife. The most popular places to visit in the park include Roaring Fork, Cades Cove, the Mountain Farm Museum and the Cataloochee Valley, among others. Unwind and relax as nature and the sunlight soothes your stress. Enjoy a hike around the park or pack a picnic for a peaceful meal out in the fresh air.
Shopping and Dining in Pigeon Forge
The Old Mill Restaurant: Built in 1830 and still up and running, The Old Mill Restaurant is certainly a place you’ll want to eat at in Pigeon Forge. Enjoy Southern classics like country-fried steak and pot roast for a delicious, down-home meal. After lunch or dinner, you can watch meal and flour being ground and then learn how the local candy and pottery are made. Before leaving, stop in the general store to pick up some tasty treats for the road like homemade jam, fudge, salad dressing and other local products.
Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show: It’s a “feudin’ feastin’ family fun” time at the Hatfield and McCoy dinner show! Not only do you get a tasty Southern meal, you are sure to be entertained as well. As you dine, you’ll become part of the longest running feud in history, as the Hatfields and the McCoys try, mostly unsuccessfully, to settle their long-standing differences. Delight in the singing, dancing, feats of strength, hilarious comedy and thrilling stunts as you dine on fried chicken, pulled pork, cornbread, corn on the cob and granny’s special dessert.
Pigeon River Crossings: Head to Pigeon River Crossings for a day of shopping,. With more than 85 outlet shops, this center is sure to have something on everyone’s list. Whether you’re looking to spruce up the wardrobe, pick up a souvenir or need a new pair of shoes, this is the place you’ll want to be.