From honeymooning couples and vacationing families to large groups on retreats and friends on weekend getaways, Pigeon Forge has become a haven for all types of travelers. Why, you ask? Aside from stunning scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains, a wide variety of restaurants, and dozens of shops, this exciting Tennessee town is loaded with top attractions — outdoors and indoors! Soar through blue skies, ride national park trails on horseback, zoom on rollercoasters, race go-karts to the finish line, sample fine wine, and cheer on dinner show performers…for starters. Read on for a taste of what Pigeon Forge has to offer, including all-in-one fun plus unique attractions you won’t find anywhere else!
Explore the Great Outdoors
Whether you’re into the thrill of catching a bird’s eye view of the Smokies or the peaceful pastime of bird watching in the national park, Pigeon Forge has outdoor activities galore — check out our top 4 below!
See Pigeon Forge from the sky at Scenic Helicopter Tours, where you’ll find tons of tour options starting as low as $29! For great views of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Bluff Mountain, ask about their Mt. Valley Tour, which covers approximately 24 miles. All tours are managed by professionally trained pilots and passionate crew members, and there’s no age limit on who can fly!
Explore the Smokies via the way of the first settlers (some 200 years ago) at Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa. Not only can you take a horseback ride through the woods at this Pigeon Forge attraction, but you can also go fishing, mine for gems, visit a petting zoo, chow down at the Chow Boys Café, or take a guided ATV ride in the mountains.
For a little more adventure as you soak in the gorgeous landscape, check out Smoky Mountain Ziplines, less than 2 miles from the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. They offer 7 ziplines that take you flying through the trees up to 25 miles per hour plus a 30-foot freestyle drop! Book before you go, and before you leave, don’t forget to grab a professional photo of your thrilling canopy tour with friends and family.
Hiking the Smokies
With more than 800 miles of trails to explore, it’s no wonder hiking in the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most popular activities in the area. Find all the gear you need at local stores (check out the Nantahala Outdoor Center and The Day Hiker in Gatlinburg’s The Village Shops), lace up your shoes, and get ready to explore the great outdoors on foot! There are easy hikes for kids and beginners as well as more challenging climbs for seasoned hikers.
Save money and time in the Smokies by visiting one of several all-inclusive attractions in Pigeon Forge. These locales have everything you’re looking for, from games to restaurants to shops, and you’ll find a variety of each to please the whole gang.
Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain theme park, Dollywood, is just minutes from downtown Pigeon Forge and features more than 40 rides, 15 shows, and 5 huge festivals that rival some of the largest in the Southeast. Dollywood also features a wide variety of Southern-style restaurants, handmade crafts, and unique exhibits like a 30,000-square-foot eagle sanctuary. And in the summertime, don’t miss Dollywood’s next-door neighbor, Splash Country. This water park has all the rides and slides you’ll need to stay cool in the Smokies!
One of the newer Pigeon Forge attractions, The Island is located in the heart of downtown Pigeon Forge and boasts tons of exciting rides, games, and attractions — including the 200-foot-tall Great Smoky Mountain Wheel! The Island also offers kiddie rides, more than 60 retail and specialty shops, and a variety of restaurants. Try a family-style meal at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and enjoy the state-of-the-art show fountain each evening at Pigeon Forge’s The Island.
Along with go karts for adults and kids, The Track in Pigeon Forge is another jam-packed attraction filled with fun activities down the Parkway. Let the little ones ride the Rio Grande Train, the Red Baron Plane Ride, or the carousel; let big kids (and kids at heart) spend the afternoon playing arcade games — both new and classic. There are also swings, spin tops, a miniature golf course, and a Ferris wheel. Just grab a bite to eat before you go!
Only in the Smokies
Make your Pigeon Forge trip special by visiting restaurants and attractions you’ll only find in the Great Smoky Mountains. These unique sites deserve your attention as you’re planning your next Pigeon Forge stay!
Fly in a Wind Tunnel
Interested in skydiving? Want to see what it’s like before you take the leap and jump from a plane? Pigeon Forge gives you that unique opportunity at Flyaway Indoor Skydiving! Featuring America’s first vertical wind tunnel, Flyaway Indoor Skydiving simulates the skydiving experience in a completely safe environment. Great for kids, families, and small groups, this attraction is a great option for indoor fun.
Mountain Valley Winery
Pigeon Forge offers not only unique adventures, but also unique flavors, including the delicious variety of wines (even rhubarb!) at Mountain Valley Winery. Part of the Rocky Top Wine Trail, Mountain Valley Winery is one of the largest wineries in Tennessee, producing 45,000 gallons of wine every year. Come sample these award-winning wines for FREE when you’re in Pigeon Forge!
The Old Mill
A famous landmark in the middle of Pigeon Forge, the historic Old Mill has been around since the 1800s and continues to produce nearly 1,000 pounds of stone-ground grain every day! Try some of it yourself at The Old Mill Restaurant, where they’ve been serving up classic Southern dishes for decades. Or visit the nearby Old Mill Square, where you can find unique boutiques, sweet shoppes, and more.
Shows & Dinner Theaters
Whether it’s morning or evening, it’s always time for a class-act show in Pigeon Forge! Below is just a sampling of the Smoky Mountain shows you can check out during this year’s visit to East Tennessee.
Comedy Barn Theater
Looking for a fun way to spend the evening in Pigeon Forge? Head to the Comedy Barn Theater, where their hilarious antics are sure to have you rolling! Their comedy variety show features everything from ventriloquists to jugglers to fire-eating magicians — truly spellbinding! They also offer their Amazing Animals Exotic Animal & Pet Show plus the Comedy Barn Christmas Show during the holidays.
Dolly Parton's Stampede
A classic Pigeon Forge show and the world’s most-visited dinner attraction, Dolly Parton’s Stampede invites you to savor a 4-course feast while enjoying spectacular show horses, special effects, amazing musical productions, and oh-so-much more! Bring family, friends, coworkers, and teammates to this is world-class production in Pigeon Forge.
Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show
Cheer for the Crimson or Sapphire pirate crews as they battle for Davy Jones’ sunken treasure! The lagoon holds 2 full-size ships, and you’ll get to see mermaids, tropical birds, pyrotechnics, and acrobatic stunts. Complete with a 4-course Southern feast and barrels of fun, this Pigeon Forge dinner show is great for the whole family.
Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud
One family will emerge victorious at the family-friendly Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud in Pigeon Forge! This hootin’ and hollerin’ good time pits two feuding families in a series of competitions that entertain. Enjoy a Southern feast while watching the Hatfields and the McCoys compete in dance, song, comedy, stunts, and strength. Even their dogs are competitive!