If you’re the parent of a school-aged child, chances are that you’re currently counting down until Spring Break. And if you’re reading this blog, chances are that you’re considering spending at least part of the break here in Pigeon Forge!
You’ll find tons of family-friend activities in the Smoky Mountains, many at no cost! Here are 5 FREE things you can do with your family in Pigeon Forge this spring.
1. See the light show at the Island in Pigeon Forge.
The Island in Pigeon Forge is one of the area’s latest and fastest growing developments. This family-friendly center is home to the Smoky Mountain Wheel, an arcade and a number of restaurants (Paula Deen's Country Kitchen
is slated to open here this summer!) and retail shops. The Island Show Fountains are a lighted display that can be choreographed to music and feature geysers sprouting nearly 60 feet! It’s free to enter The Island area and take in the shows and atmosphere!
2. View history in action and feed the ducks at the Old Mill.
Folks of all ages will love visiting the Old Mill Shopping District in Pigeon Forge! Just off the banks of the Little Pigeon River, this family-friendly stop gives your opportunities to see a historic old mill in action. Bring bread to feed the ducks in the river or buy a bag of feed for a few bucks. You can also walk around and see old-timey shops and more. And, if you ask really nice, you can sample the fudge at the Old Mill Candy Kitchen.
3. Take a scenic drive in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
There are hundreds of miles of beautiful roads in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park
. The scenery is outstanding and there are many recreational activities to do along the way; picnic area, hiking trails, campgrounds and visitor centers are just a few! We love cruising the Cades Cove Loop and looking for deer and other animals; the Foothills Parkway and the Tail of the Dragon are other favorite drives. See more about scenic drives in the Smokies
4. Feel festive at the Christmas Place!
It’s Christmas year-round in Pigeon Forge! Visit the Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge and see their large display of Christmas trees all decked out with their lights and decorations any time of year! Stop in, look around, and leave feeling warm and fuzzy with holiday spirit this spring!
5. Take in local flavor during a Smoky Mountain festival!
There’s always something happening here in Pigeon Forge! Our events calendar
is chock-full of activities and things to do that you’ll only find in the Smokies. Many are FREE to the public! Consider coming down during Smoky Mountain SpringFest to learn more about the region’s flora and fauna, or maybe find a festive parade!
Are you ready to plan your family's next Pigeon Forge adventure? Browse area hotels and lodging,
veiw restaurant listings
Looking for a way to give back on your next Pigeon Forge
adventure? Consider spending day or even a few hours volunteering in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park
! You’ll have a chance to see the Smokies up close and in person while participating in a meaningful service activity.
The National Park Service actively recruits volunteers. You won’t be paid for your work, but you’ll join in the care of some of the most beautiful lands in the nation. Regardless of whether you’re handy with a tool set, make friends easily, or just enjoy the great outdoors, chances are that the National Park Service as a place for you to thrive as a volunteer.
How to Get Started: Volunteering in the Smokies
There are two was to get started when it comes to volunteering in the Great Smoky Mountains.
You can either apply to help with an ongoing volunteer project or you can participate in Special Volunteer Work Days.
Local residents might prefer the first option. You can receive special volunteer training and even find your niche with a regular volunteer gig. Visitors, however, can still find meaningful opportunities with one-day service projects. These special work days take place in summer months, starting in June. A schedule of events should be available from the NPS soon, allowing you ample opportunity to find a project that interests you and plan ahead!
Looking for more information about events and happenings in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park
? Click over to the PigeonForge.com calendar of events
! Or, learn more about activities in the Smoky Mountains
to help plan your perfect adventure.
Folks from all over flock to Smokies each spring and fall for car shows and the famous Pigeon Forge rod runs
. The 2014 season revs up soon and we can’t wait!
Are you planning a trip to Pigeon Forge for a rod run this spring? From a schedule of Pigeon Forge rod runs
to hotel and lodging information
, you can find all the information you need to make this year’s events memorable at PigeonForge.com.
No matter if you’re a first-time rod run attendee or a seasoned car show pro, you might find the following tips helpful when navigating the sea of chrome and classic cars that you’ll find in lining the Parkway during a Pigeon Forge rod run
Four Tips for Getting Around During a Pigeon Forge Rod Run
1. Stay on the Parkway.
Traffic can be very heavy during a Pigeon Forge car show. Make getting around easy by chosing a hotel, condo or cabin
right on the Parkway, the main drag that connects most Smoky Mountain attractions
. This way, you can walk to the car show, to dinner and to any other activity!
Traffic lights along the Pigeon Forge Parkway are numbered. Memorize the traffic light number closest to your hotel
. This will help you understand your location and distance in relation to attractions and restaurants.
2. Bring comfortable shoes.
The easiest way to avoid the gridlocked traffic that often comes with a rod run is to walk! The Parkway sidewalks make it easy to get around and see the sights! Bring comfortable walking shoes and count on hoofing it around Pigeon Forge!
It’s a great way to see the cars and attractions up close and get a little exercise at the sametime!
Prefer wheeled transportation? Consider renting a bike from Knucklebusters Speed Shop
while you’re in town!
3. Make the most of each morning.
Our experience proves that its easiest to get around early in the morning on car show weekends. Make the most of the reduced traffic by taking a scenic drive through the Smokies!
We love cruising down Wears Valley Road, through Townsend and more! Learn more about scenic drives in the Smoky Mountains and plan your route!
Feeling adventurous? Considering following “The Tail of the Dragon” down U.S. 129 into North Carolina. This path isn’t for the faint of heart: Driving the 11-mile road is very curvy, difficult and challenging for most people. There are 318 curves in the 11 mile journey!
4. Have fun!
Even if you’re just in Pigeon Forge for the day of the show, remember that you’re here for fun! Treat it like a vacation! Kick back and let the good times roll! Check out PigeonForge.com’s lists of Smoky Mountain attractions
for fun things to do between stops at the car shows!
You'll find all kinds of activities on tap during SpringFest in the Great Smoky Mountains! See events, festivals, happenings and more at the Pigeon Forge events calendar!
Are you planning to check out any of the upcoming Pigeon Forge rod runs
? Let us know at the PigeonForge.com Facebook page!