Pigeon Forge, Tennessee – A Southern Treasure in the Smokies
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains and is an ideal vacation spot for hikers, leaf-peepers, nature enthusiasts and those seeking warm mountain days and cool nights. With a population of approximately 7,000, this bustling, picturesque town accommodates 10 million visitors each year. Cabin rentals in Pigeon Forge by Condo-World are located along secluded mountain roads, as well as closer in to the pulse of what makes this destination such a lovely and unique place to stay.
The main entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is about five minutes from Pigeon Forge. It is the #1 most visited national park in the country, with over 800 miles of hiking trails and 700 miles of pristine streams with over 50 varieties of fish. Trails suitable for novice hikers as well as expert trailblazers wind through the bucolic mountains and there’s hundreds of protected species of wildlife, with the American Black Bear as its most famous resident. Cades Cove, a beautiful valley in the Smokies, has an abundance of various woodland creatures, foliage and fauna. Biking is encouraged on the loop road around Cades Cove, and it’s closed to traffic until 10 a.m. every Saturday and Wednesday throughout the season (May through September). Pigeon Forge cabin rentals and luxury accommodations are readily available in the Smokies and the views are breathtaking.
Things to Do
Centrally located between Sevierville and Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge has plenty of sight-seeing in town as well. Dollywood Theme Park has family fun activities, such as rides, musicals, plays and concerts. Their Fall Festival and Christmas in the Smokies is a favorite among regulars. For extreme adventures, try the Outdoor Gravity Park, Flyaway Indoor Skydiving and Wonderworks, each offers unique and unforgettable experiences. History buffs will love the Titanic Museum and at the Hollywood Wax Museum, you can snap a selfie of you, wax Elvis Presley and a host of other celebrities. The Comedy Barn Theatre offers up “clean” comedy for the entire family to enjoy.
Shopping? There’s something for everyone with over 300 stores and specialty boutiques dotting the main drag. Pigeon River Crossings is an outlet mall with several name-brand outlet stores, and The Incredible Christmas Place is the South’s largest Christmas shopping village. Enough to make any “Grinch” feel festive.
Pigeon Forge has two public parks, Patriot Park, dedicated to area veterans and Wear Farm City Park, completed in 2013. Patriot Park has several events throughout the year including Winterfest lights, fireworks on the 4th of July and the Patriot Festival. Wear City Park has athletic fields, basketball courts, playgrounds, walking trails and plenty of green space for picnics. There’s also miniature golf parks, laser fun centers and go-kart raceways to tire out the little ones before going out on the town for a nice dinner.
Food & Drink
Visit the the Old Mill Restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Overlooking the Pigeon River and adjacent to the historic Old Mill, it’s hearty Southern fare with vegan options available as well. The Local Goat is a favorite and known for its craft beers and organic food, with a decent wine list as well. Serving up sustainable, locally grown foods, some of their gourmet burgers have garnered 5-star ratings on Trip Advisor. Poynor’s Pommes Frites has authentic German food with their pomme frites being especially spectacular. For a more romantic and upscale ambiance, try Bistro 109 in nearby Sevierville, a beautiful 5-star restaurant with crystal chandeliers, a baby grand and all the pampering and local delicious fare you can stand.
Take a day or two to drive to Walland, Tennessee (about 25 miles from Pigeon Forge) to visit Blackberry Farms. This stunning farm and luxury hotel is situated on 4,200 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains and is one of the top-rated venues in the world. Cooking demonstrations, a “Day in the Life of a Chef,” and whiskey and wine tastings are just a few of the things to do. Dinner in the Dogwood or Dinner in the Barn is definitely worth the drive! If it’s football season and you can get tickets, there’s nothing quite like a University of Tennessee (UTK) Football Game in Knoxville. This is where Peyton Manning went to school and played for UTK to later become one of the best football players of all time!
How to Get Here
All major airlines fly into McGhee Tyson Airport in Alcoa, TN, a small community located near Knoxville, TN. It’s about an hour’s drive to Pigeon Forge. There’s also a small airport, the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge Airport if you happen to charter a flight in or have your own aircraft. Car rentals, taxis and limos are also available to take you to your mountain getaway vacation rental in Pigeon Forge.