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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Pigeon Forge is one of Tennessee's main tourist destinations and combines mountain charm, family entertainment and country culture. The Dollywood Theme Park - built by country music star Dolly Parton, who grew up in nearby Sevierville - is the busiest tourist attraction in the state and helps to add to the visitor total of more than 10 million people who arrive in Pigeon Forge each year.

Pigeon Forge Quick Facts

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Pigeon Forge is a town in the northeastern part of Tennessee near Gatlinburg on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The population of Pigeon Forge is estimated to be just over 6000 permanent residents.

Pigeon Forge lies at around 1000ft in elevation (305 meters), around 300 feet lower than nearby Gatlinburg.

The town of Pigeon Forge is named after the nearby Little Pigeon River and a iron forge which was operated near the beginning of the 19th century by a settler named Isaac Love. The river was named for the flocks of wild pigeons in the area, which were hunted to extinction by the start of the 20th century.

The most convenient road access to Pigeon Forge is to take exit 407 for Sevierville off Interstate 40 and head south through Sevierville. Drivers crossing over from North Carolina would take US441 from Cherokee through the National Park.

Pigeon Forge Cabins

Bigfoot Cabins, Pigeon Forge

Bigfoot Cabins

Bigfoot Cabins offer six cabins near downtown Pigeon Forge, ranging from two-bedroom accommodation up to chalet lodges sleeping up to 16 people.

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Little Valley Mountain Resort

Little Valley Mountain Resort

Little Valley Resort is a 300-acre private cabin and cottage development with its own amenities located ten minutes from the Parkway.

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Things To Do In Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge is a sometimes uneasy mix of theme park destination and mountain activity town. The renowned Dollywood theme park with its rides and family entertainment is the main attraction in Tennessee while the Great Smoky Mountains National Park just a few miles away draws those who prefer scenic views, hiking and relative solitude:

Dollywood Theme Park

Dollywood

Originally a small steam train attraction back in the Sixties, Dollywood has boomed to become Tennessee's most visited ticketed destination. The theme park is named after country music star Dolly Parton, who became involved in the Eighties. Dollywood has around 50 rides, museums and organises some of the most popular festivals in the South. The Dollywood empire also includes a water park (Dollywood Splash Country), resort hotel and mountain cabins.

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The Island in Pigeon Forge

The Island in Pigeon Forge

The Island is a retail and entertainment complex in the middle of Pigeon Forge. Two of the main attractions are The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at 200 feet in height and the Island Show Fountains, which run every half hour. OIther amenities include a ropes course, escape room and museums, as well as plenty of shops and restaurants to suit all tastes.

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Karting in Pigeon Forge

There is a wealth of choice when it comes to go-karting in Pigeon Forge, with family and children's tracks through to elevated drops on wooden spirals and the classic slick track racing. All of the operations are located close to the Parkway running through the center of Pigeon Forge.

Adventure Raceway, Pigeon Forge
Adventure Raceway
Adventure Raceway offers an elevated wooden track over three floors on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge.
Website: www.adventureraceway.com
Blake Jones Racing Center, Pigeon Forge
Blake Jones Racing Center
Blake Jones is an indoor go-karting center with a Figure 8 track located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge.
Website: blakejonesracingcenter.com
Fast Tracks, Pigeon Forge
Fast Tracks
Fast Tracks, located next to the Blake Jones indoor karting, offers three different outdoor go-kart tracks.
Website: fasttrackspigeonforge.com
Lazerport Fun Center, Pigeon Forge
LazerPort Fun Center
The LazerPort Fun Center just off the Parkway offers a 50-foot drop with a spiral track, as well as other activities such as laser tag.
Website: www.lazerportfuncenter.com
Speedzone Fun Park, Pigeon Forge
Speedzone Fun Park
The Speedzone Fun Park on the Parkway offer four different go-kart tracks, including a traditional slick track and a wooden twister.
Website: www.speedzonefunpark.com
The Track, Pigeon Forge
The Track Family Fun Park
The Track Fun Park has four different go-kart tracks in its location on the Parkway as well as other family rides and attractions.
Website: funatthetrack.com
Xtreme Racing, Pigeon Forge
Xtreme Racing Center
The Xtreme Racing Center offers three tracks for go-karting and claims to have the fastest karts in Pigeon Forge.
Website: www.xtremeracingcenterpigeonforge.com
The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge

Titanic Museum

The Titanic Museum is a recreation of the doomed passenger liner, where visitors are greeted with an authentic boarding card and then allowed to view replicas of various parts of the luxury liner. The famous violin which was played as the ship sank, and which was bought for $1.7 million at auction, will be the star attraction as the museum reopens for summer 2020.

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The Old Mill at Pigeon Forge

The Old Mill

The Old Mill is one of the landmarks of Pigeon Forge. It was built near the original iron forge by the son of the smith, William Love. The Old Mill is still in operation and can be visited on a guided tour along with the associated distillery, pottery and various shops at the complex.

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Zip Lining in Pigeon Forge

 

Legacy Mountain Ziplines, Pigeon Forge
Legacy Mountain Ziplines
Legacy Mountain is around 10 minutes drive from the Parkway and offers seven different ziplines up to 500 feet above the ground.
Website: www.legacymountainziplines.com
Smoky Mountain Ziplines, Pigeon Forge
Smoky Mountain Ziplines
Smoky Mountain is only two miles from the Parkway and has seven different zipline options with line lengths of up to 800 feet.
Website: smokymountainziplines.com
The Dome Ziplines, Pigeon Forge
The Dome Ziplines
The Dome Ziplines are operated from the Sky Dome just off the Parkway and offer 11 different lines over half a mile of cable.
Website: www.zippigeonforge.com