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Could you do it? A 60-foot free-fall jump. A free fall more than 60 feet at Foxfire Mountain's Head-Rush free-fall plunge.  This test of courage will really get your adrenaline pumping and challenge you to face your fear.  Our state-of-the-art auto-belay system will gently catch you just before the end and lower you safely to the ground. Check out this video of a Foxfire guest as he takes the leap.

Posted: 8/18/2014 2:36:58 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

BBQ & Brews Train on Great Smoky Mountain RailroadAll aboard! The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad is bringing back their popular BBQ and Brews Dinner Train for a final summer excursion, on tap at 7:00 pm on Saturday, August 30.

This adults-only adventure gives train enthusiasts and Southern food connoisseurs a chance to be feast on slow-cooked barbeque and sample a variety of beers from Heinzelmännchen Brewery, a Smoky Mountain favorite from nearby Sylva, North Carolina. Each rider will get to sample three different brews, each paired perfectly with the menu – which includes a pulled pork BBQ sandwich on a pretzel roll, a bag of original Kettle Chips, homemade coleslaw and a generous slice of apple pie for dessert.

Additionally, brewery employees from Heinzelmännchen will be on board the train to explain their craft brewing process and answer questions about the beer tasting experience.

The BBQ and Brews Dinner Train will depart from the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad depot in Bryson City, North Carolina, about 50 miles from Pigeon Forge. The train will travel to the Nantahala Outdoor Center, where passengers will enjoy a one-hour layover for sightseeing before the return trip home.

Reservations are required for this fun excursion and ticket prices start at $69. The BBQ and Brews Dinner Train is an once-in-a-lifetime way to experience this vintage form of travel and enjoy an authentic Smoky Mountain meal. Click over to http://www.gsmr.com/ or call the GSMR reservations line at 800-872-4681 for additional information.

Foliage scene of Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

Have you even taken a trip with the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad? Share your experiences (and photos!) at the Pigeon Forge Facebook page!

While you’re at it, browse the Pigeon Forge events calendar for more fun things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains! Does thinking about barbeque make your mouth water? See Pigeon Forge restaurants and look at local menus to plan your next Smoky Mountain meal!

Posted: 8/14/2014 3:53:43 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

We’ve got a saying here in the Great Smoky Mountains: Good things come in threes.
However, that’s about the change in Pigeon Forge. The National Quartet Convention, coming to the new LeConte Center next month, will one-up our old proverb and prove that fours are even better!

National Quartet Convention

The National Quartet Convention is one of the biggest annual events in Southern Gospel Music. Held previously in Louisville, Kentucky, this huge convention will bring thousands of folks and some familiar gospel acts to the Pigeon Forge Parkway for a solid week of concerts, events and more!

The NQC has been held annually since 1957, but this is the first year it will take place at its new home in Pigeon Forge. Approximately 40,000 musicians, fans and business representatives are expected to attend, according to event organizers.  The 2014 convention will take place September 21-27 at the new LeConte Center, located at 2986 Teaster Lane in Pigeon Forge.

Visitors in town for the convention can expect to spend their days perusing booths representing musical artists, record labels, CD duplication plants, media entities, booking agents, Christian bookstores and other industry related organizations in the LeConte Center’s exhibit hall during the day. Then at evening hours, the sound of music will fill the hills thanks to the convention’s impressive concert lineup. Gospel fans will have a chance to see famed artists including:
•    The Booth Brothers
•    Ernie Haase and Signature Sound
•    Gold City
•    The Ball Brothers
•    Karen Peck and New River
•    And many, many more

pictured below: Karen Peck and New River

pictured below:Ernie Haase and Signature Sound
In total, visitors will have an opportunity to catch more than 100 performances over the week-long festivities.

In addition to taking over the new LeConte Center on Teaster Lane, you’ll find NQC events all over Pigeon Forge during the week of the convention. Other participating venues include the Music Road Convention Center and the Grand Convention Center. Transportation between events and locations will be easy thanks to Pigeon Forge’s trolley system!

If the thought of seeing internationally-known Southern Gospel acts doesn’t make your heart pump, this surely will: The National Quartet Convention festivities also include a 5K race to benefit the Southern Gospel Music Association, which is the group that operates the non-profit Southern Gospel Hall of Fame and Museum at Dollywood.  This annual event is one of the group’s biggest fundraisers and the money gathered is essential for preserving the gospel music legacy!

Registration for the SGMA 5K is still open. Learn more about the race at http://www.imathlete.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?fEID=19054.

Other special events on tap during the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge include:
•    Two special shows at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede
•    Special daytime showcases
•    Special Dollywood tours for NQC visitors

Folks coming to town for the convention will find a wealth of Smoky Mountain activities to enjoy around Pigeon Forge during their down time. From sampling our down-home cookin’ at one of our favorite Pigeon Forge restaurants to working up a sweat on a Tree Top Ropes Course, we’re sure you’ll find something to enchant and delight you in our Smoky Mountain city!

Can’t make this year’s National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge? Don’t fret: Next year’s event is already on the books, too. It’s slated to take place September 27 to October 4, 2015, at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. Learn more at http://natqc.com.


Posted: 8/12/2014 1:25:19 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

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Our stay was just what we needed. As always Pigeon Forge was perfect, with all the outdoor activities like hiking and biking to spending our nights watching the great shows! We always feel like it's home away from home. Wish we could have stayed longer!

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