Pigeon Forge Travel Guide

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Pigeon Forge Highlights

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    RollingOkie says…

     Beautiful place. Tons of stuff to do. Reasonable prices. 

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     Great getaway that I will be visiting for years to come. 

Pigeon Forge Things to Do

  • MagiQuest is Magical Fun

    OK, in all honesty, this review could also be listed under "tourist traps", but I had fun, so it goes here. :-) MagiQuest has several different activities under the same castle roof. I had a Groupon which gave us admission to all four - the Odyssey Mirror Maze Adventure, The Vault Lazer Maze (you can channel your inner Catherine Zeta-Jones), a...

  • Just what we found after a week...

    Best places to eat are Jt Hannas, bullfish, and the partridge and pear. Stay away from the "chain" restaurants, heck you can do that at home! Do the park, and the best hike is Laurel falls, bears are always there. Explore the outlying areas of the glades, wears valley, townsend, and asheville, nc. Have to do dollywood, the smokey mountain moonshine...

  • Dollywood

    We will be taking our 5th trip to Pigeon Forge this summer. This is my favorite spot to travel. It is relaxing and quiet. The people are friendly. We will be going to Dollywood again. Our family have been to many amusement parks over the years and we love the atmosphere at Dollywood. It is family friendly, clean and the staff really seem to...


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Pigeon Forge Restaurants

  • Red Rooster Pancake House

    There is no shortage of pancake houses in Pigeon Forge - hotcakes are HOT! (LOL, I couldn't resist). We came here because it was very close to our hotel, and we were not disappointed. The restaurant itself is adorable - very "farm-y" with red roosters and farm equipment everywhere. Very clean, and the staff was very friendly. We actually ate here...

  • Bennett's Pit Bar-B-Que

    We were starving when we pulled up to this restaurant! We were seated quickly (it was that odd timeframe where it is too late for lunch, but too early for dinner), and the waitress was very quick about bringing our drinks and taking our orders.As per my usual, I ordered the pulled pork sandwich, which came with french fries. The pork was tender &...

  • 50's Style Dining

    50's TV-themed restaurant; the menu has items named after TV shows and characters from the 1950's. I had the Cunningham Club ($8) which came with fries - very tasty. Service was fast and very friendly - and we liked the decor. A nice change from some of the chain restaurants along the strip.


Pigeon Forge Nightlife

  • A World of Class with World Class...

    This lavish, world class production featured some of the world's greatest acrobats, gymnasts and athletes adds a welcome touch of class to the venues of this Area.It is probably too classy for the mass appeal of the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Area visitors,so you had best take advantage of it while it lasts.The costuming, staging and performances are...

  • Show Recommendations

    Over the years of going to our place in Pigeon Forge we have seen most of the shows offered. Some are very good, some are a step above karoke. One that we found especially enjoyable was the Smith Family Theatre. It features the three Smith brothers and truely live music with a backing band. The show has music from a variety of musical eras, with...

  • An Enjoyable Night of Music, Food and...

    The Fiddler's Feast is a dinner theatre of sorts. Your meal is steak, chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, new potatoes and cobbler for dessert. The food is good and everyone has a plate in about 20 minutes. You go through a line and return your dishes yourself but it works out pretty well. After dinner there is a show with country and mountain music...


Pigeon Forge Transportation

  • Fun Time Trolley

    The fares are very reasonable; for 50 - 75 cents you can get where you need to be in Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg.** Exact change only, the driver does not make change**


    I have found that coming from Interstate 40 exiting at Exit 407 (Hwy. 66) is simpler and you can avoid the Knoxville traffic.Hwy 66 will intersect with Hwy. 441 that will take you into Pigeon Forge. trollies run throughout Pigeon Forge at 20 minute intervals from 8:30 A.M. until midnight April -October.They run 10:A.M. - !0:00 P.M....

  • Pigeon Forge Fun Time Trolley

    Since the town is congested with thousands of tourists each season, the best bet is to hop on the trolley and let the public transporation take you where you need to go. Less hassle, less confusion. Call ahead for schedules and access information*address: 2910 Middle Creek Rd. Pigeon Forge, Tn.


Pigeon Forge Shopping

  • History in the Making

    At the General Store, built in 1830, you'll find salad dressings, syrups, fresh-ground grains, homemade jams and jellies, as well as collectibles, souvenirs and books. The fresh-ground grain products have been ground "in house" at the mill which has been operated for almost two centuries. Be sure to try something that has been freshly ground at...

  • 365 Days of Christmas

    This Bavarian-style shopping village is one of the top ten Christmas and Collectible stores in the United States, and houses a multi-store shopping complex of over 43,000 square feet. You can't miss it from the highway - the store is even bigger inside than it looks from the outside, and they carry ornaments and decorations to fit pretty much any...

  • Outlet Shopping

    Lots of outlet stores are here. We went to the midnight Black Friday event at one of the outlet centers and I was only able to do one store (the Gap). When I got out of that store there was huge lines at all the others (like 1 hour waits!). We couldn't hack it and left. :p


Pigeon Forge Local Customs

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    by miner Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Hiking in Smokey Mountains may bring the hiker in contact with bears.Most bear attacks occur when a bear is surprised or protecting her cubs. To avoid this confrontation it has been suggested that noise makers such as Christmas 'jingle bells' could be sounded to alert bears that you are in the area.If attacked pepper spray sprayed in the eyes and nose will deter some bears.This does not work on Grizzly Bears,though. You can tell what kind of bear is in the area if you can find bear droppings. Black bears and brown bears feces will contain nuts and berries and maybe small rodents. A Grizzly bears feces will contain jingle bells and smell like pepper spray!!

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Pigeon Forge Warnings and Dangers

  • Avoid Crowds

    Try visiting during the weekdays for lower cabin rental rates and more manageable traffic. The crowds at the area attractions (Dollywood, downtown Gatlinburg, etc) are smaller. If you can spare the vacation time, weekday visits are better. However, some of the show schedules were reduced during the week, as well. This area is a very family friendly...

  • Hearthside Cabin Rentals

    Our last stay in Tennessee was with them. There were a number of issues with our cabin. First off, when we arrived, it didn't look like anyone had even been in to clean. There were dead bugs and scorpions throughout. The hot tub was barely functional, and I seriously doubt anyone had drained and cleaned it as they're supposed to. If you want to do...

  • Check the TOTAL rate for rental cabins...

    Make sure you ask for the COMPLETE, TOTAL rate when checking the rates at cabins and chalets. They start with what looks like a really good deal and then by the time they add, reservation fees, cleaning fees, usually around $30 -$50 for EACH service and whatever else they can tack on it adds up to a bundle. At one place their was a $50 resort stay...


Pigeon Forge Tourist Traps

  • World's Largest As Seen on TV Superstore

    The giant signs are enticing, and the flyer boasts 15 unique locations, but this stop was a total waste of time. The "As Seen on TV" products available in the stores are cheaper on TV or even at other locations. The souvenirs seemed cheesy and still expensive, and the discount section was like a very sad $.99 store. I was hoping to find some...

  • Beware of the Free Tickets Offers

    There will be advertisements for free tickets everywhere. Like free tickets to the Dixie Stampede or Dollywood. They will give them to you but in order to get the tickets you have to go look at a timeshare and they will pressure the heck out of you to buy a timeshare. They will talk your heads off for about 2 hours but just kepp saying NO NO NO....

  • ATM charges ouch!

    At Dollywood, the ATM machine charge $3.50 and then whatever you own bank charges, it could get expensive to take you money out there. It would be better to have all the cash you need before you arrive at Dollywood to save yourself money. Use an ATM out in town. The best way to avoid fees is to go online before your trip and find your own bank's...


Pigeon Forge What to Pack

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    by miner Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: we took roll bags because they were easy to handle and it seems you can always stuff just a little bit more into them.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: dress for your activity.definately good hiking boots or walking shoes.

    Photo Equipment: this is a major tourist area.Photo supplies was not a problem.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: JINGLE BELLS AND PEPPER SPRAY

    Miscellaneous: With all the outlet stores and shopping,a big trunk or U-Haul truck.

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    • Eco-Tourism

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Pigeon Forge Off The Beaten Path

  • Back Entrance to the National Park and...

    Not many know and I am hesitant to tell everyone! There is an easy and beautiful entrance to the park where you are a short distance to Cades Cove or Gatlingburg. It is Metcalf Bottoms and is is about 8 miles from the main Parkway in Pigeon Forge from traffic light #3 of Wears Valley Road. Go to Lyon Springs Road and follow for about 2 miles and...

  • Drive Into True Wilderness in the Park

    You can access two gravel roads off of the Cades Cove loop road that will take you into lightly traveled portions of the park. The roads are maintained fairly well, and if you drive with care and slowly cars can accomplish the drive if they have reasonable ground clearance.Rich Mountain Road takes you north and empties close to Townsend Tn. There...

  • Americas's 1 religious...

    America's 1 religious attraction Christus Gardens in Gaitlinburg. The place is so American Protestant. They have a carved head of Jesus that follows you wherever you go. Spooky. You can pick up a plastic miniature in the gift shop. Definitely worth a trip.www.christusgarden.com


Pigeon Forge Sports & Outdoors

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    by Sassy417 Written Jun 1, 2004

    Enjoy a scenic helicopter ride and see what others can't view from above the traffic.....a great family experience. Open 10 a.m weather permitting, located in Pigeon Forge

    Equipment: They provide necessary equipment, just bring along your camera for a great photo for the family album*

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Pigeon Forge Favorites

  • Cabin Rentals

    I don't think I would suggest sterling springs....see bad things about it from owners and guests reviews. try vrbo.com and find an individual owner, it seems to be a better deal and better taken care of cabin. Gatlinburg and the kids having fun in Pigeon FOrge

  • Cabins are the way to go

    Comedy Barn/Memories Theatre Third trip in seven years. Always enjoyable. First time in a cabin. All future trips will be a stay in a cabin. Your off the beaten path and can really chill out. I recommend country oaks, but a lot of choices available...............

  • The smokies in Winter

    The Old Mill and the bakery are special.. and in winter there is not one single "European" to be seen Whatever I expected of the US, not this...I felt in "winterwonderland" more German/Austrian than US. What I miss the most is the green Fun Trolley, dead cheap and making every "move" from A to B an adventure as such If you're not in a hurry of...


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