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Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Classified as mountain resort cities, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are situated along the Great Smoky Mountains. Booming attractions like Dollywood and the Smoky Mountain Opry draw tourism to Pigeon Forge, along with its collections of music theatres and shopping malls. Gatlinburg features Tennessee’s lone ski resort, Ober Gatlinburg, and quaint, mountain-themed specialty stores. Both cities provide gateways to North America’s most visited national park, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Facts

Pigeon Forge: 6.238 (2017)
Gatlinburg: 4.163 (2017)
911
General opening hours for stores are 9am until 9pm, Mondays through Saturdays, 10am until 7pm Sundays.
Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism
2450 Parkway
Pigeon Forge
+1 865 453 8574

Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau
811 East Parkway
Gatlinburg
+1 865 436 4178

The City

Each new year Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg rolls in with the pristine haze of the Smoky Mountains. Ancient hills and mountaintops extend high into the sky, seemingly scraping across the horizon of delicate clouds and golden sunlight. Harwood canopies stand like paintbrushes, soaking in the colors of the season as bubbling creeks and streams serenade the ambiance of nature trails and wildflowers. Such beauty is found in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and both cities had similar beginnings.

The Cherokee traversed across the valley to use it as a hunting ground. Their path became known as the “Indian Gap Trail,” and it extended from the Smoky Mountains to North Carolina. Settlers slowly made their way into the area and developed trade relations with the Cherokee, residing along Pigeon Forge - named after the Little Pigeon River and a forge built in 1817 - years before the American Revolutionary War. Following the establishment of the first business, Pigeon Forge found its identity shifting from farming to that of tourism as myriads of visitors came to see the Great Smoky Mountains. This is still so today, as millions of people vacation in Pigeon Forge for not only its natural bliss, but for its plethora of entertainment venues.

In like fashion, Gatlinburg was first inhabited by the Cherokee, who used the Indian Gap Trail here as well. American settler William Ogle ventured into the area from South Carolina in the early 19th century, working alongside the Cherokee to construct his own cabin. While Ogle would unfortunately pass away before its completion, his wife and family followed in his stead; their cabin still stands today in Gatlinburg. In 1856, local Radford Gatlin established a post office, and the town was thusly named “Gatlinburg.” An explosive lumber industry would make way for tourism though it nearly destroyed the mountains. They were saved by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and officially dedicated it a national park in 1940. Since then, hikers have enjoyed the Appalachian Trail, drivers have indulged in the gorgeous scenery of flowing rivers and streams, and visitors have meandered their way through many different walking paths. Wildlife abounds, including black bear, wolves, elk, fox, deer, and many other animals. Today, the park, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg are an enduring testament to the mountain people who settled in that area, as well as the Cherokee culture.

Aside from a rich history, Gatlinburg, the gateway to the Smokies, features attractions like Ripley's Aquarium, Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, Ober Gatlinburg ski area, fantastic restaurants, and quaint stores. It is an ideal vacation area for families, couples, and friends because the fun you will have while visiting is worth sharing. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the gorgeous scenery and your fantastic vacation in the Smoky Mountains.

Do & See

Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are perfect destinations for nature lovers and entertainment seekers. Explore the breathless wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on foot or from the air, or sit in laughter and awe as magical shows challenge your perception of reality. Pigeon Forge has one of the best theme parks in the nation, Dollywood, and both cities feature a bevy of dinner shows for families. Rain or shine, there is plenty to do!
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the country - and with good reason. The forest ridges run along the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, providing a home to myriads of animals and plants. As a wildflower preserve, the park has over 1,500 flowering plants that can be found all year, more than any other national park in North America. An array of activities may be had: camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, bicycling, horseback riding, and auto touring.
Cades Cove
Located inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most visited sites in the park and country: Cades Cove. The small site sits in the middle of a wide valley floor and is a center for wildlife to come graze and play. Look for black bears in the trees and deer, elk and other wildlife in the fields. Several original mountain homes, as well as a grist mill, churches, and barns dating back to the 1700s are all located along the drive through Cades Cove. The area is rich in history and served as a Cherokee hunting ground for generations before being partially settled by mountaineers. Take a picnic lunch with you and enjoy it by the stream that still operates the mill every day.
Dollywood
Dollywood is Pigeon Forge’s grand theme park - and one of the nation's most visited - imagined and created by legendaries Dolly Parton and the Herschend family. Along the foothills of the Smokies, the 150-acre park has over 40 rides and attractions, all of which having given Dollywood worldwide recognition. There is live entertainment featuring music, dancers, and demonstrations from craftsmen. Rides include the likes of Wild Eagle and Mystery Mine. Make sure to visit Dollywood Splash Country, too!
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies houses 10,000 sea creatures spanning over 350 species. Among the attractions in store are the tropical rainforest, shark lagoon, gallery of the seas, penguin playhouse, coral reef, touch-a-ray bay, ocean realm, stingray bay, systems control, and the discovery center. Underwater tunnels give visitors the feeling of truly being in the water with the fascinating creatures, and dive and feeding shows are equally as interactive.
The Comedy Barn Theater
The Comedy Barn Theater makes sure that you have a great laugh! Make sure you book your tickets in time and have a great evening out with your loved ones to share a laugh. Check out the website for the actual shows and select the one you like the most!
Smoky Mountain Opry
The Smoky Mountain Opry is a renowned musical variety show featuring the bright talents of comedians, dancers, singers, and musicians. There are high-flying musicians, awesome special effects, pyrotechnics, and laser lights, all wrapped in a package of musical delight. All genres are covered, from country to disco to Motown.
Fly Scenic Helicopter Tours
It is impossible to fully experience the majesty of the Smoky Mountains on foot. Fly Scenic takes to the air to give breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park via helicopter tours. In operation since 1972, Fly Scenic is well-seasoned and possesses an all-encompassing knowledge of the area. Any budget, time, and sightseeing desire is obliged, making Fly Scenic the ultimate attraction and best way to see the park. The helicopters can hold three to four passengers and has a per seat weight limit of 300 pounds. They are handicap-friendly.
Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede
If you're a lover of horses, excellent food, and a fun, interactive dinner show, Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede is the place for you. Some of the best trick riders you'll ever see show their stuff while you dine on classic Southern fare like vegetable soup, barbecued chicken, and basted pork loin, but don't expect silverware! Everything is perfect for eating your with your hands and truly "finger-lickin' good." The show itself divides the diners for a rehashing of the Civil War, which is determined by horse races, pig races, and audience members. Dixie Stampede is perfect for people of all ages! Tickets can be purchased before or at the time of any show. Make sure to arrive early for a souvenir photo and to enjoy the country band at the Dixie Belle Saloon.
Apple Barn Winery
Featuring locally made wines from fresh apples, grapes, and other fruits, Apple Barn Winery is a great place to sample unique wines. Their prices are very reasonable, and they are more than happy to let you sample all of their wines. Make sure to pick up some wine glasses while you're visiting.
Roaring Fork
Named for its roaring mountain streams, the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a 6-mile, one-way looped road. Old grist mills, preserved log cabins and a wealth of historic buildings line the trail, allowing for a drive through the scenic past. Mountain streams, the heavenly Rainbow Falls and a plush growth of wildflowers are merely highlights of the memorable Roaring Forks.
Ripley's Haunted Adventure
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is the area’s top haunted house. Live actors and world-class frights are all in store. It doesn’t have to be Halloween to experience state-of-the-art fun and scares, so bring family, friends, and yourself to Ripley’s Haunted Adventure! Children under six are not permitted.
Gatlinburg Sky Lift
The Gatlinburg Sky Lift reaches 1,800 feet into the air to give spectacular views of Gatlinburg from the top of Crockett Mountain. Forest and Smoky Mountain views can be enjoyed, especially since the national park surrounds the area. The nighttime views are far more magnificent, as downtown Gatlinburg comes alight with nightlife. A gift shop is available for souvenirs, along with snacks, ice cream, and frozen drinks.
WonderWorks
World-renowned magician Terry Evanswood awes audiences in Pigeon Forge as one of the area’s main attractions. Millions of people each year come to see the magic variety show—which captivates the crowd for 75 minutes of “wonders.” Evanswood incorporates magic, comedy, illusions, music, impersonations, sleight of hand and Houdini-inspired escapes into the Wonders of Magic. Within the Hall of Magic guests are welcomed to explore the timeline and history of magic in this free museum. Terry Evanswood himself provides the Hall’s tour, spanning costumes, props, artifacts, autographs, memorabilia, and more.
Parrot Mountain & Gardens
The effervescent Parrot Mountain and Gardens is located just outside Pigeon Forge and is a must for families, friends, locals, and visitors. The four acres harbor hundreds of tropical birds and thousands of trees, plants, and flowers. Guests are given the opportunity to interact directly with the beautifully plumed birds, petting and feeding them in the designated area. There is even a nursery where guests are welcome to hold the baby birds. Overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains is the deck, where lunch from the deli may be enjoyed while the birds serenade. A secret garden is lush with birds flying freely and pathways that display all of the gorgeous flowers.
HYPNOTIZED! Comedy Hypnosis Show with Guy Michaels
Imagination and laughter flow at the Hypnotized! Comedy Hypnosis Show with Guy Michaels. Located in the grand Iris Theater right in Gatlinburg, the show prides itself on letting the audience be “the stars of the show.” Guy Michaels uses his hypnotic talents to conjure comedic routines—in which audience members are the sole stars!
Pigeon Forge Gem Mine
Only two miles from Dollywood and minutes from Gatlinburg is the Pigeon Forge Gem Mine. You can mine for your own gems here, and also have them cut, polished, and mounted into jewelry. Afterwards, step into the free Rock and Fossil Museum.
Soul Of Motown: The Early Years
Among the collection of distinctive Grand Majestic entertainment is the Soul of Motown. Emanating the vibrant energy of a live concert, Soul of Motown takes a trip down memory lane for all music lovers. Reviewers and guests alike rave about the show’s harmony, exquisite vocal talent, chart-topping hits, and great dancing moves. The Motown tribute emulates worldwide favorites, such as the Temptations, the Commodores, Smokey Robinson, the Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Aretha Franklin, and many more.
Professor Hacker's Lost Treasure Golf
Archaeological adventures await Pigeon Forge travelers at Professor Hacker's Lost Treasure Golf. The miniature golf course takes players through waterfalls, around ill-fated airplanes and within caverns. It's the perfect way to wind down at night after a fun day.
Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud
Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud serves guests a show with their meals. A comedic action show features two “feuding lumberjack families” as guests take their pick from dishes like apple wood slow roasted pork loin with gravy, herb roasted chicken breast, and scrumptious applejack fritters. It's a great show and meal for families.

Dining

Tennessean hospitality and Southern, homestyle cooking provide a range of dining options for the hungry traveler. Private, romantic getaways are nestled in the restaurants of Smoky Mountain lodging, while raucous grills show all the big sporting events. Unique personalities flow in each venue, exceeding the expectations of locals and visitors time and time again.
The Peddler Steakhouse
A warm atmosphere and popular menu make the Peddler Steakhouse a great option for dining about the town in Gatlinburg. The steaks, cut table side to the diner's specifications, are all naturally aged and grilled over Tennessee hickory charcoal. Seafood specials include mountain rainbow trout. Their salad bar is always garden-fresh and offers fresh fruits and vegetables. Make sure to save room for their delicious desserts and dinner coffees while looking at the mountain stream that flows directly behind the restaurant. Call ahead for reservations.
Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant
If you're craving some down home Southern cooking, visit the Apple Barn. It is conveniently located at the border of Pigeon Forge and Sevierville and is nestled beside a wide stream. Also located on site are numerous stores, candy and ice cream shops, and even a winery. At the restaurant, be sure to try their chicken and dumplings, fried chicken, apple butter, and bountiful sides. You won't leave hungry!
The Old Mill Restaurant
Indulge in fine Southern dining at the Old Mill Restaurant. Found alongside the historic Old Mill, the Restaurant is certainly a favorite among vacationers and locals alike. The menu appeases the whims of every palate, with country-fried steak and chicken potpie classics, supplemented by hearty corn chowder or signature, garden-fresh salads. The Old Mill Restaurant boasts a splendid dish of slow-cooked green beans, which consistently draws praise from guests. Also look into having one of their homemade desserts, most especially the pecan pie.
Bullfish Grill
Aptly named, the Bullfish Grill strives to serve only the best meats and seafood. Grand Champion Angus beef is their specialty; seafood is delivered daily to ensure the freshest dishes. Bullfish also gives guests a great selection of wines, ales, and lagers to harmonize with the meals. Weekly promotion specials include “Let's Be Happy” weekdays from 3pm to 6pm, Sunday Brunch, and half-priced wine on Thursdays.
Cherokee Grill and Steakhouse
Cherokee Grill and Steakhouse features lunch, dinner, children’s, gluten-free, beer, wine, and cocktail menus for guests. The cuisine is traditional and new American, with seafood, steak, sandwiches, soup, and appetizers. The interior décor mirrors that of other Smoky Mountain lodges; it is lined with stone, brick, granite, and walnut. If you are visiting during the holidays, call and make reservations for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Closing hours do vary by season.
Bistro 109
Bistro 10 is a five-star restaurant and local favorite. It has streamlined décor and has an atmosphere of modern dining. Its downtown location in a historical building lends to a feeling of timeless grace, while the food is always the freshest of local ingredients.
Riverstone Family Restaurant
Located close in Townsend, the Riverstone Restaurant is in conjunction with the Riverstone Lodge. Hearty Southern cooking includes breakfasts like ribeye steak & eggs, sandwiches served with French fries, and entrees featuring certified Angus beef. All entrees are served with salad or soup as well.
Timberwood Grill
Relatively new to Pigeon Forge is the Tiberwood Grill. The cuisine is “mountain cuisine” inspired by the surrounding Smoky Mountains. The food, drinks, and atmosphere have all caught the area by a storm of acclaim.
Buckhorn Inn
Whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Buckhorn Inn is Gatlinburg’s luxury dining experience, streaming seamlessly from the inn’s luxury lodging accommodations. Appropriate for any special occasion, Buckhorn Inn serves elegance and fine American cuisine. Crafted by the chef, the dinner is a four-course feast deriving from a seasonal menu of homemade fare. Seating is promptly at 7pm each evening.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Created from "Forrest Gump," Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. offers excellent seafood options and bring a coastal feel to you in the mountains. Everything about this restaurant is unique, from their fish hush pups to "Go Forrest Go" and "Stop Forrest Stop" signs alerting waitstaff to table needs. This restaurant, featured as an ode to the simplicity of "Forrest Gump" and an homage to its characters, is a must-go place for locals and tourists. Be sure to leave with a box of chocolates!

Cafés

Taking a seat in a café is always made more enjoyable when the natural surroundings are equally as breathtaking as the coffee or tea. Smiling owners and staff are found in these cafés, creating a warm atmosphere that welcomes locals and visitors. Enjoy the warmth of fresh food and beverages before facing winter mornings or relax in their cool interiors during the summer.
The Pancake Pantry
There is no better way to begin your day in the Smoky Mountains than breakfasting at the Pancake Pantry. Located in central Gatlinburg near the Village shops, it is a local favorite and tourist love. They feature an extensive breakfast menu of 24 different pancakes, numerous crepes, delicious waffles, excellent eggs and omelettes, and fresh breakfast meats. For lunch, their menu features great sandwiches, salads, and soups. If you're planning to head into the park, ask them to make you a picnic lunch to go. By beginning your day here, you are guaranteed to have a great meal and get your morning off on the right foot. After all, their recipes are tried and true with over 60 years of satisfied diners. Breakfast is served all day and lunch begins at 11:30.

Bars & Nightlife

The Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg nightlife is geared more towards the bar and dining scene. Brew and spirits are always en vogue, from biker bars to chains like Hard Rock Café. For dancing, check out Club 812.

Shopping

Quaint, old-setting shopping villages and familiar outlet malls are plentiful between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. An abundance of artists lend their artwork and a collection of galleries to the areas, capturing the surrounding and natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and streams with perfection.
Smoky Mountain Cat House
Smoky Mountain Cat House is for all the lovers of cats - step in and make some furry friends! In the house you can find a lot of cat-themed items such as t-shirts, jewelry, toys, vases and different things you can decorate your house with!
Three Bears General Store
The Three Bears General Store is one of the most popular ones in the area. Homemade fudge, handbags, jewelry, Make-UR-Bear Factory and a lot more! Wander around the shops, enjoy a massage and when you are done, visit the black bears behind the store. You might even have the possibility to feed them.

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