Pigeon Forge is the best place to find bright fall colors…on cars! Everyone knows the Smoky Mountains are the hot place for finding the best fall leaf colors, but now is the time to start making your game plan for the upcoming 2014 Fall Rod Run. Little known fact…Rod Run goers book hotel rooms and condos on the 2nd floor and higher. Why? For optimum car viewing.
Anyone who has attended this giant car event knows that early planning is crucial. Most visitors check in to their cabin or hotel located close to the main 4-lane Pigeon Forge Parkway, then prepare to stay put. At the height of the weekend, the main Parkway is seized in a state of gridlock…not a bad gridlock but a fun gridlock where folks get to know each other by conversing between car windows.
VENUE CHANGE: Most official Rod Run events now take place at LeConte Center of Pigeon Forge…the official hub of all things Rod Run. If you have questions about the Fall Rod Run, you can always call the main event organizers at (865) 687-3976.
Many car clubs travel to Pigeon Forge in caravans. Lots of specialized car clubs host their own events that are separate from the main car show. These break-out groups have their own events, promotions, and dinners.
We are currently in the middle of summer, but it is not too early to start thinking about fall in in Pigeon Forge. Now is the best time to start planning to discover the best yellows, oranges, reds and purples…not only on trees but on cars!
The Chocolate Monkey is one of our favorite stops for sweets on the Parkway. One tourist apparently agrees, but unfortunately she struggled with the “stop” part of the sweet spot on Monday morning.
According to reports from the Knoxville News Sentinel,
39-year-old Bridgette Gibson, 39, who is visiting Pigeon Forge from Bear, Delaware, accidently drove her late-model Honda Civic into the Chocolate Monkey store at 3152 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. Her car went through the shop’s glass front window in an accident at 10:35 a.m. this morning.
Pigeon Forge Police Capt. Dennis Adams told the newspaper that Gibson didn’t mean to cause the accident.
“She was actually planning to go inside the store, and when she pulled up, she apparently hit the gas instead of the brake, and (her car) accelerated,” he said.
Even though there were other customers and employees inside the store when the car came in, there were no injuries. Gibson wasn’t hurt in the incident either.
The report stated that no charges will be filed in the accident. We’re glad that no one was hurt during the incident and that the store was able to move on with business as usual after the accident! And we hope Gibson was able to console herself with the chocolate she was craving after her faux-pas. Or, in this case, her faux-Monkey-paw!
Read the News Sentinel’s report about the accident here: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2014/jul/21/tourist-crashes-into-pigeon-forge-chocolate-shop/.
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Pigeon Forge is a favorite destination for all kinds of tourists -- adventurers who come for the mountains, fashionistas who come for the shopping, and especially those of us who just enjoy relaxing in the shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Now, thanks to a few new additions and one big coming addition, sports tourism is thriving in Pigeon Forge. This week, our little Smoky Mountain city is hosting the 2014 World Series of the Sporting Events Association of America (SEAA).
This annual softball event brings more than 100 teams from almost 20 states. The even opened Sunday at Smokies Stadium in Sevierville.
We’ll likely start seeing even more sporting events here in the Smokies. Rocky Top Sports World
opened earlier this season and will welcome a variety of sporting-related events, ranging from cheerleading competitions to football tourneys. The new sports venue is less than 10 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and charming downtown Gatlinburg. The strategic location will allow visiting athletes and their families to take advantage of the thousands of hotel rooms and ample entertainment options located across Sevier County and the Smoky Mountain area.
Local sports venues will grow even more in coming years. By 2016, a new baseball park will open in Pigeon Forge. The Cal Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge
will be a seven-field baseball park with ample room for expansion, just like the Ripken Experience parks in Myrtle Beach, S.C and Aberdeen, Md . Like the sister facilities, the Cal Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge will be a “true destination for baseball players and their families” and will likely attract national tournaments thanks to it’s world-class fields, clubhouses and more!
With the current SEAA events, Rocky Top Sports World and the coming Cal Ripken Experience
, the Smoky Mountains are poised to become a nationally-recognized center for amatuer sports!
What do you think about the athletic-inspired growth in the region? Have you ever traveled with a group or team? Get involved with the discussion at Pigeon Forge’s Facebook page!
In the mean time, you can find more information about group travel here: Groups in Pigeon Forge.