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 people. The exciting mountain town offers the stunning scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains, along with fun attractions, a wide variety of restaurants, and dozens of shops to browse. Read on for just a few ideas of what you’ll find on vacation in Pigeon Forge!
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 park, Pigeon Forge has outdoor activities galore! Check out a few of our favorites below:
Helicopter Tours — See Pigeon Forge from the sky at Scenic Helicopter Tours, where you’ll find tons of tour options starting as low as $25! 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! (phone: 865-453-6342; website: www.scenichelicoptertours.com)
Horseback Riding — Explore the Smokies 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. (phone: 865-428-9398; website: horseridingbigrock.com)
Hiking in the Smokies – With more than 800 miles of trails to explore, it’s no wonder that hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most popular activities to guests in the Smokies. You can find all the gear you need at local stores (check out the Nantahala Outdoor Center and The Day Hiker in The Village Shops), lace up your shoes, and get ready to explore the great outdoors! There are easy hikes for kids and beginners, and there are more challenging climbs for seasoned hikers.
Zipline Tours — For a little more adventure as you soak in the Smoky Mountain scenery, check out Smoky Mountain Ziplines in Pigeon Forge. They offer 7 ziplines taking you flying through the trees at speeds of up to 25 mph! Book your family’s or group’s Pigeon Forge canopy tour today! (phone: 865-429-9004)
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 entire family.
Dollywood — 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! (phone: 1-800-365-5996)
The Island — One of the newer Pigeon Forge attractions, The Island is located in the heart of downtown Pigeon Forge and features tons of exciting rides, games, and attractions, including the 200-foot-tall Great Smoky Mountain Wheel! The Island also offers kiddie rides, more than 35 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. (phone: 865-286-0119; website: www.islandinpigeonforge.com)
The Track – Along with go karts for adults and kids, The Track in Pigeon Forge is another one-stop shop for fun along 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, and a Ferris wheel!
Only in the Smokies
There are some restaurants and attractions you’ll only find in the Smoky Mountains. We want you to know about a few of those located in Pigeon Forge. These unique sites deserve your attention as you’re planning your next Pigeon Forge stay!
The Elvis & Hollywood Legends Museum — Fan of the King? Don’t miss this exciting museum in downtown Pigeon Forge! Featuring the largest private collection of Elvis Presley’s memorabilia in the nation, The Elvis & Hollywood Legends Museum will give you an insider’s glimpse into the King’s estate and a full audio tour narrated by his closest friends. Come check it out while you’re in town! (phone: 865-428-2001)
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. (phone: 877-293-0639)
Mountain Valley Winery — Pigeon Forge offers not only unique adventures, but also unique flavors, including the delicious variety of wines at Mountain Valley Winery. Part of the Rocky Top Wine Trail, Mountain Valley Winery is actually the largest winery in Tennessee, producing 45,000 gallons of wine every year. Come try these award-winning wines for yourself when you’re in Pigeon Forge. (phone: 865-453-6334)
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. (phone: 865-428-0771)
Shows and Dinner Theaters
Whether it’s morning or evening, it’s always time for a class-act show in Pigeon Forge! Below are just a sampling of the Smoky Mountain shows you can check out during this year’s visit to East Tennessee.
Blackwoods Morning Variety Show — You don’t have to wait until the sun goes down to catch a show in the Smokies. That’s because the Blackwoods Theater, inside the state-of-the-art Smoky Mountain Opry, offers breakfast and a show with their Blackwoods Morning Variety Show! Enjoy award-winning gospel singers, side-splitting comedy, and intimate seating at this Pigeon Forge theater. (phone: 1-800-768-1170)
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—how it could not be a good time? They also offer their Amazing Animals Exotic Animal & Pet Show and the Comedy Barn Christmas Show during the holidays. (phone: 865-428-5222)
Dolly Parton's Stampede — A classic Pigeon Forge show, Dolly Parton’s Stampede invites you to savor a 4-course feast while enjoying spectacular show horses and special effects, amazing musical productions, and more! This is the perfect dinner show for the whole family to enjoy during this year’s visit to Pigeon Forge. (phone: 877-782-6733)