Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, with a population of 17,770, is located in Sevier County, TN and 28 miles from Knoxville, TN. It lies at the foothills of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The closest airport is McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS).
Pigeon Forge was established in 1796.
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The Island in Pigeon Forge; image by Jeaneane Payne
Pigeon Forge Attractions:
• Dollywood - One of the nation's favorite theme parks, Dollywood offers many attractions, music shows, rides, great food, and great fun. Dollywood opens the first weekend in April and operates thru December. Its annual crafts festival in October is something you won't want to miss.
• Dolly's Splash Country - The Butterfly Pool rides plunge down two 55' long slides. Float down a 1,500 foot "river" and get drenched cruising under a 200 foot tall waterfall cascading from above. There are children's pool, slides and activity center. Mountain Waves offers more than 25,000 square feet of ocean fun. Family sized rafts seat up to 5 people on a 700 foot ride.
• Eagle Mountain Sanctuary - Housed in a million cubic foot natural outdoor aviary, Eagle Mountain Sanctuary at Dollywood features the largest presentation of non-releasable bald eagles in the country.
• Great Smoky Mountains National Park - only a few miles from Pigeon Forge, is visited by over 11 million people annually. Here you'll see many kinds of wildlife, experience hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking, tubing, picnicking, and enjoy nature's finest!
• The Old Mill - The Old Mill, a national historic treasure established in 1830 located in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, is one of Pigeon Forge's most popular attractions and most photographed locations. Listed on the National Register of Historical Places, this authentic working mill is over 170 years old.
• Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame - Pays tribute to Southern Gospel artists who have shaped and influenced Southern Gospel music. The facility is located at Dollywood.
• Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge - The World's Largest Permanent Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee provides visitors with the ultimate Titanic experience the moment they step aboard the massive, ship-shaped structure. For two hours, guest passengers will be swept up in the excitement, wonder and consequences of the Titanic story. See More than 400 priceless artifacts and treasures on two decks, walk the Grand Staircase, sit in a full-sized lifeboat and hear actual survivor stories, touch an iceberg, dive to the wreck site on a film expedition, and more.
• WonderWorks - Pigeon Forge's newest themed attraction, WonderWorks, is a fun-filled, interactive entertainment center featuring a seemingly endless variety of unusual hands-on-activities. WonderWork's lobby appears to be completely upside down. To enter, guests must be inverted for proper alignment. Inside this 82-foot tall, classically styled laboratory building, visitors will be able to experience the trembling of earthquakes, gain the feeling of defying gravity, and surround themselves in adventures crafted by some of the attraction industry's most imaginative storytellers. From the strange Mysterby Lab and the Physical Challenge arena to the Visual Distortion Lab and Illusions Gallery, WonderWorks will present a memorable series of more than 100 one-of-a-kind experiences.
• Bear Mountain Fire Tower - Dollywood’s Splash Country guests can climb to new heights of fun and adventure with the addition of Bear Mountain Fire Tower, a new $2 million interactive, multi-level water-filled attraction. Themed in the spirit of the many fire towers that dot the East Tennessee landscape, Bear Mountain Fire Tower will be located adjacent to Big Bear Plunge which opened in July 2005. Each level of Bear Mountain Fire Tower features various water-based activities, including a 1,000-gallon bucket situated atop the highest level. After warning bells sound indicating that a fire has been spotted, the large bucket spills, setting off a chain reaction of subsequent, smaller buckets throughout the lower levels creating a four-alarm soaking for the entire family. Bear Mountain Fire Tower’s fire fighting theme is complete with hand cannons, hoses and buckets which allow every member of the family to engage in some friendly, water-based exchanges. Sliding poles, escape chutes and ladders are just a few of the tower’s many other fun-filled attractions.
• Fiddlers' Feast - Fiddlers' Feast Mountain Legacy Supper Show is a 1000 seat dinner theater. Its shows are themed on the food, music, history, and culture of the Smoky Mountain area. The feast is real hickory wood grilled in the old time ways, and the serving of the guests is also done in a unique and entertaining way by the entertainers as part of the overall experience. The show itself stays true to the heritage and tradition of the Smokies, combined with a lot of humor performed by very selective entertainers that have been chosen from all over the eastern half of the United States.
• Walden’s Landing - Walden's Landing offers 23 unique specialty shops; restaurants including Calhoun’s, Atlanta Bread & Company and The Smoky Mountain Brewery; a 36-hole interactive miniature golf course and free live performances. Located in Pigeon Forge, this beautiful shopping village offers something for everyone.
• Red Roof Outlet Mall
• Tanger Factory Outlet Mall
• Five Oaks Outlet Mall
Pigeon Forge Festivals:
• Smoky Mountain Springfest - During the three-month Smoky Mountain Springfest celebration that begins in March and continues through the second week in June, visitors witness the Smoky Mountain area transformation into spring when city streets overflow with baskets of beautiful blooming flowers and plants. Pansies, daffodils, tulips, mandevillas, bougainvilleas, lantanas, scaveolas and wave petunias are among the many varieties of flowers seen throughout Pigeon Forge.
• Dollywood KidFest - Dollywood KidFest is the South's Largest Children's Festival. You have to see it to believe it at Dollywood’s KidsFest as the new show "Big Cats & Magic" brings majestic cats and grand illusions to Dollywood. Watch as the unthinkable magically appears on stage at Dollywood's KidsFest! For summertime family fun in the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood is the place to be with special shows like Clifford the Big Red Dog LIVE stage show, attractions like SpongeBob SquarePants turbo action ride and a variety of special activities just for kidsand the kid at heart.
• Dollywood's National Music and Harvest Festival - Four weeks of free Southern gospel concerts, visiting crafters, beautiful autumn décor and fantastic foods all add up to one thingDollywood’s National Gospel & Harvest Celebration. Enjoy the splendor of fall in the Smoky Mountains with the sounds of Southern gospel music's biggest names.
• Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas - Dollywood’s winter wonderland of more than 3 million holiday lights sets the stage for the premiere of Dollywood’s Babes in Toyland, Dollywood's most elaborate stage production ever. Enjoy a family holiday like no other with heartwarming Christmas shows, holiday foods, and thrilling rides.
• Smoky Mountain Winterfest - A county wide event, which includes cities of Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge. See millions of Christmas lights, parades, and lots of special events.
• Wilderness Wildlife Week - Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge begins with a series of outdoor themed activities designed to connect visitors with the outdoor world of the Great Smoky Mountains. During Pigeon Forge Wilderness Week, nearly 100 experts on nature and the great outdoors host walks, hikes, seminars and lectures on a wide variety of topics, including Smoky Mountain history and plant and animal life. A number of Wilderness Wildlife Week programs are designed for children.
Guided Wilderness Week hikes through the Smokies range from easy, relaxed walks to more strenuous, multi-mile treks. Topics vary with individual hikes. To properly prepare for daylong outings, hikers are encouraged to bring gloves, head cover, rain gear, lunch or trail snacks, a flashlight and an extra pair of socks.
Wilderness Wildlife Week offers activities for all ages and attracts thousands of nature lovers to Pigeon Forge. The International Festivals & Events Association has recognized Pigeon Forge Wilderness Week for its environmental and educational efforts.
Wilderness Week activities are offered free of charge. Music Road Hotel & Convention Center is the headquarters for the event.
• Smoky Mountains Storytelling Festival - Where can you find a cowboy, a liar and a Grammy-winning musician all on the same stage? You can hear them all in Pigeon Forge during the 15th Annual Smoky Mountains Storytelling Festival. Cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell, champion liar Bil Lepp and Grammy winner David Holt are just some of the talented storytellers scheduled to take part in this Winterfest event. In addition to concerts and workshops, other Storytelling highlights include Haunts ‘n’ Haints Trolley Tales and the National Youth Storytelling Showcase.
• A Mountain Quiltfest - A Mountain Quiltfest attracts over 20,000 visitors from around the country to the Pigeon Forge area. Hosted by the Piecemakers and Sevier Valley Quilters Guilds, the spring event brings quilting enthusiasts to compete in a world-renowned, multi-category quilt show. The Southeast Tourism Society awarded “Festival of the Year” to Mountain Quiltfest in 2004 for events with attendance of less than 100,000. While Quiltfest was recognized by the STS as a “Top 20 Event” on numerous occasions, 2004 marked the first time the event was named “Festival of the Year.” A Mountain Quiltfest offers a unique opportunity for the display and viewing of creative quilts as well as classes and lectures taught by some of the nation's most recognizable names.
• Festival of Nations - Celebrate cultural traditions at the Festival of Nations multi-cultural spring festival. Enjoy international music from the world’s best musicians. Journey 'round the globe without leaving the Smoky Mountains when you visit Dollywood's Festival of Nations, a six-week international music festival celebrating music, dance, art and food from around the world. Enjoy more than 200 international performers with seven first-time and five returning groups of entertainers, including the best dancers, singers, musicans and acrobats! Experience Festival of Nations and live entertainment.
• Annual Patriot Festival - Pigeon Forge celebrates America’s Independence Day on July 4, 2006, with fun, food, fireworks and entertainment in Patriot Park. Admission is free. Activities begin at 5 p.m. with a performance by the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus and a salute to our veterans and active duty military personnel. Performances by special musical guests will be followed by a spectacular Smoky Mountains fireworks display.
• Annual Celebrate Freedom - With a history of American pride that Pigeon Forge has cherished for generations, the town has made it a priority to welcome veterans year round. To honor our nation's heroes Pigeon Forge has created Celebrate Freedom!. This year's Celebrate Freedom! will be especially meaningful as we will be honoring many of our country's newest veterans and heroes. The event includes speaker forums, canteen dances, musicals and more.
• Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival - A county wide festival, which includes cities of Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge. Festival will include decorating contest, special events, local craft shows and much more. For more information call 865-436-0500.
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