Pigeon Forge: a visitor's guide

Dollywood, Cades Cove, Dixie Stampede are just a few things to do in Pigeon Forge TN

The city of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is a mountain resort town. (Incidentally, it was named for the now - extinct passenger pigeon that once congregated along the banks of the nearby river.) For those who long to experience first - hand the life of the early American pioneer in the wilderness of the Tennessee mountains, this place will offer magnificent rewards.

Pigeon Forge's top three attractions are:

* Cades Cove lies in an isolated valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just to the south. Its homesteads are well - preserved, thanks to its having been designated a national historic district. Here you can spot the black bear — but take care not to feed them, or even approach them! If you do, you are asking for trouble. And you can hike, ride horseback, and bicycle along the park's trails. Numerous historic buildings are also located along the Cades Code Loop Road. These include the Primitive Baptist Church, the John Cable Grist Mill, and the Becky Cable House, which was originally used as a general store.

* Dollywood is a place that fans of the great country singer — and of country music in general — just can't afford to miss. With a payroll of 3,000, it is the largest single employer in all of Pigeon Forge; and its attractions are numerous and varied — Dollywood features an amusement park as well as places where you can see and here the traditional crafts and music of the Smoky Mountains region.

* The Dixie Stampede, close to Dollywood, is one of the South's best rodeos and is also known for its Stampede Dinner.

Other attractions of Pigeon Forge include the Dixie Stampede and the Rapid Expeditions. And there are a vast number of music theaters in the city, too.

Both Pigeon Forge and the neighboring town of Sevierville are served by the Fun Time Trolley, which can take you through Dollywood, Dolly's Splash Country, and many other interesting places. Buses of this line are painted in pristine shades of green and yellow, with a picture of pine trees on either side, and feature charming square windows with curved tops.

Pigeon Forge has become the southeast mecca for car and truck enthusiasts. The calendar of car and truck show events runs from April through September and has included the following:

  • Chevy/GMC Truck Nationals
  • Hooter's GMC/Chevy Truckin' Nationals
  • Annual Smoky Mountain Classic Chevy Roundup
  • Great Smoky Mountain Truck Show
  • Silver Dollar Open Rod Run
  • Pontiac Car Club Show
  • Camaro, Chevelle, Nova Nationals
  • Cobra Mustang Club
  • Shades of the Past Rod Run Show
  • Fall Grand Rod Run
  • Smoky Mountain Model-A Car Rally
  • Annual Pigeon Forge Starion/Conquest Meet

Pigeon Forge is indeed both a charming and an exciting place to visit.

Grist Mill at Dollywood

Just one thing to see in Pigeon Forge TN

Dollywood Grist Mill
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