Beautiful place. Tons of stuff to do. Reasonable prices.
Great getaway that I will be visiting for years to come.
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...more
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...more
There are two go-cart tracks at this location - the Wild Woody, a 3-story spiraled wooden track, and The Track - a classic track with overpasses. You get a deal if you buy a combination ticket, and there are coupons in all the tourist magazines.My new husband was horrified that I had never been in a go-cart before (HELLOOOO - I'm a GIRL!!), so we...more
We came into Pigeon Forge as a last minute, hop in the car, the kids are at Mom's weekend. We were...more
There are so many hotels lining the parkway in Pigeon Forge that picking one is really a matter of...more
303 luxurious rooms & suites to choose from, private balcony, indoor outdoor swimming pools with...more
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...more
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 &...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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!!
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
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.commore
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*
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...more