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Spring Break 2017 Giveaway

Springtime is just around the corner and that means it's time to plan your Smoky Mountain getaway! wants to help you and your friends have the best spring break ever with a stay in the Smokies courtesy of Patriot Getaways. And while you're here, we'll hook you up with some of the best things to do in Pigeon Forge, including passes to Ripley's Aquarium Of The Smokies as well as other Ripley's attractions, a $50 gift certificate to Dick's Last Resort, movie tickets at Governor's Crossing Stadium 14 Cinemas, and even a set of our favorite merchandise from Pepper Palace.

All you have to do is like us on Facebook and share this post for your chance to win! The winner will be drawn on February 28, so don't miss your chance! Check out the details for the entire winning package below.

Patriot Getaways: 2 Night Stay

American Patriot Getaways is the area’s leader in providing quality chalet and cabin rentals in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge TN. With 300 unique properties to choose from you’re guaranteed to find the perfect log cabin home or chalet for your next Smoky Mountain getaway.

Governor's Crossing: 4 Movie Tickets

Governor’s Crossing Stadium 14 Cinema is the premier luxury theater in Sevier county. Amenities include Dolby 7.1 audio, luxury seating featuring leather recliners, and large format presentations in the 40,000 watt SXS auditoriums.

Dick's Last Resort: $50 Certificate

Eat. Drink. Laugh. Service with sarcasm and buckets of great grub! Dick says “Hope yer hungry, Sucker!” And is serving up everything from lip-smackin, ribs to buttery fresh crab legs.

Ripley's Aquarium: 4 Tickets

Marvel at every creature of the ocean without getting wet! From playful penguins to fierce-looking sharks, this amazing aquatic world is educational and fun…the highlight of downtown Gatlinburg.

Pepper Palace: Gift Set

Pepper Palace encourages a fun and fiery environment for everyone. We believe that food should be memorable with taste that consumes you inside and out creating a Spice Life experience! "The Planet's #1 Hot Shop" Pepper Palace is known as a “One-Stop-Shop” for everything spicy.

4 Winter Hikes to Enjoy in the Smokies

The beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains draws folks to Pigeon Forge all year long – not just when the weather is fair. Winter weather turns the mountains and hills around Pigeon Forge into a veritable wonderland and winter hikes in the Smokies are a perfect way to experience all the beauty the region has to offer this time of year.

Ready to plan your cold weather adventure? Here are four winter hikes you can enjoy in the Great Smoky Mountains during your next Pigeon Forge vacation.

1. Laurel Falls Trail

Named for the beautiful Mountain Laurel shrubs that produce beautiful springtime blossoms, Laurel Falls is truly a sight to be seen year-round. Laurel Falls Trail takes hikers right to this glorious landmark, with a wooden walkway crossing the stream and the base of the fall’s upper section. Long stretches of below-freezing weather turns the falls into a natural wonder, as the frozen water cascades create a crystal castle.

Like this water I’m falling for you 😂

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The Laurel Falls trail is only 2.6 miles round-trip and paved, but can be steep in parts. Wet weather and ice can make the trail slippery, so caution is advised during winter weather hikes.

*TIP: It takes about two hours to hike to the waterfall and back. Plan on spending more time on the trail if you plan to stop for photos: You’ll find many Instagram-worthy photo ops along the trail.

2. Forney Ridge Trail to Andrews Bald

Want to take in a breathtaking sight? Hike to Andrews Bald along the Forney Ridge Trail. This hike starts at the Clingmans Dome parking lot and gives hikers a chance to take in postcard-worthy winter views of snowcapped Smoky Mountain peaks. A final rise through a forest will bring you to the grassy Andrews Bald area, giving you the perfect place to pause and reflect.

The best thing about hiking trails is, if you take enough turns, they never end! #GSMNP

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It’s a 1.8 mile hike to Andrews Bald, with 1,200 feet in elevation changes.

*TIP: Want to make your hike memorable? Before you head out, fill a Thermos with hot chocolate and stash it in your backpack. Sharing a few sips with a loved one as you take in the views at Andrews Bald will likely make the experience even sweeter.

3. Alum Cave Trail

Beautiful views of icicle formations are a worthy payoff for a challenging winter hike on Alum Cave Trail. The trail begins by crossing over Walker Camp Prong and Alum Cave Creek on log bridges, leading hikers through an old-growth hardwood forest – which is teeming with life even in winter.

You’ll find the Alum Cave Bluffs about 2.3 miles from the trailhead. When the temperature drops below 32 degrees, moisture from the ground freezes to form icicle formations forming frozen stalactites –creating a stunning scene you’ll remember for life. You will experience an elevation change of 1,200 feet as you hike to Alum Cave Bluffs, making a steep trail and challenging terrain. Additionally, the trail follows the edge of a ridge in sections. Make sure you’re wearing rugged shoes and are ready for a climb before you set off!

Watch out for deadly icicles ☄

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*TIP: Alum Cave Trail is undergoing restoration and may be temporarily closed some days during the week. Please call the National Parks Service at (865) 436-1200 or click over to for additional information before you plan your weekday hike.

4. Porters Creek Trail

Porters Creek Trails is the perfect family friendly winter hike: It promises great views, offers a moderate challenge, and the 4-mile round-trip trek to Fern Branch Falls is enough to wear the kids out before dinner. Porters Creek Trail is located on some of the park’s lowest terrain, so you can count on it being open year round – even when snow and winter weather have forced upper-elevation areas closed.


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The first mile of Porters Creek Trail is actually an old gravel road, so it is wide and easy to travel. After this, the trail turns into a dirt footpath. Fern Branch Falls are about two miles down the path and drop off on the left side of the trail. Porters Creek with also take you through the Elbert Cantrell farmstead, which was settled around the turn of the century – giving you the perfect opportunity for a history lesson as you take in the woodland mountain scenery.

*TIP: Remember to dress for the elements when you’re heading out for a winter hike in the Great Smoky Mountains. Keep in mind that a hat is a hiker’s thermostat and is an essential part of your cold-weather outdoor gear. Dressing in layers will also help you stay warm, and always remember to make your base layer a moisture-wicking garment.

Winter hikes let you see a different side of the Smokies and give you an opportunity to explore and make lasting mountain memories. Make a winter hike in the Great Smoky Mountains part of your next Pigeon Forge vacation.

Valentine’s Day Giveaway 2017

Valentine's Day Giveaway

Looking for a Valentine’s Day Giveaway? What are your Valentine’s Day plans this year? wants to give you the chance to take your sweetheart to the Smokies for a romantic getaway at Riverstone Resort & Spa! Enjoy a relaxing night away with the one you love by liking us on Facebook and sharing this post. The winner will be chosen on Wednesday, February 8 so don’t miss your chance to win big! Check out the details below for the complete winning package.

Riverstone Resort & Spa: 1 Night

Valentine’s Day Giveaway from Riverstone Resort and Spa. Soak in the scenic Smoky Mountains and riverfront views from luxurious lodging along the Little Pigeon River at RiverStone Resort & Spa. Ranked as one of the best Pigeon Forge resorts by TripAdvisor reviewers, RiverStone Resort offers luxury condos and cabin rentals for relaxation near the best attractions in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and beyond.

Titanic Museum: 2 Passes

Step back in time to the legacy of The Titanic. Welcome Aboard this imaginative Pigeon Forge museum attraction. An experience for the entire family. Visit the Permanent, Interactive Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN!

Governor’s Crossing: 2 Movie Tickets

Governor’s Crossing Stadium 14 Cinema is the premier luxury theater in Sevier county. Amenities include Dolby 7.1 audio, luxury seating featuring leather recliners, and large format presentations in the 40,000 watt SXS auditoriums.

Alamo Steakhouse: $50 Certificate

Locals have voted “Best Steak” for Alamo Steakhouse six years! A great location brings you fantastic Texas-style steaks and unique appetizers such as stuffed mushrooms and flame grilled oysters.

February 2017 Hot Deals

Check out these great deals and discounts on cabins, hotels, restaurants, and attractions in Pigeon Forge this February!

Patriot Getaways

Winterfest Special: Use code WIN17 when you book your stay for 2 nights and get the 3rd night FREE! Must reserve free night at time of booking. Includes holidays: Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day. Requires a minimum of 3 nights stay. Applies to certain properties.

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Hemlock Hills Cabin Rentals

A family-owned, family-operated rental company with Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg cabins equipped with all the extras you’re looking for in a great vacation rental. February special! Offering the 3rd night FREE excluding holidays. Warm up in one of our beautiful cabins and relax after the holidays.

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Summit 54 Properties

Let us help you find what you are looking for in a Smoky Mountain Vacation! With Great locations, we offer something for everyone and every budget. We have Rustic and Luxury Cabins, Mountain Chalets and Condominiums. February special: 20% Discount on 3x or More Nights! (excluding Valentines weekend)

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Cabin Fever Vacations

February Cabin Rental Specials: (Excludes President’s Day Holiday Weekend 02/17-02/20 and Valentines Weekend 02/10-02/13) Sunday-Thursday ONLY: Purchase 2 Nights, receive 2 FREE additional nights (no promo code – must call). Purchase 2 nights, receive 1 FREE additional night with promo code CFV0201. Purchase 3 nights, receive 1 FREE additional night with promo code CFV0202. Purchase 4 nights, receive 2 FREE additional nights with promo code CFV0203 This specific offer is valid during Presidents Holiday Weekend. President’s Day Holiday Weekend Special: (Valid 02/17-02/20) Purchase 2 nights, receive 50% OFF an additional night! (no promo code – must call)

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Fireside Chalets

Conveniently located near the unique shops, outlet malls, entertainment, theaters, fine dining and attractions of action packed Pigeon Forge. Pay for 2 nights and receive a 3rd night FREE! Excludes holidays and special events. Gift certificates available for Valentine’s Day!

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American Mountain Rentals

Stay 2 nights, get the 3rd night FREE! Take a long weekend in February and the third night is on us! Simply apply promo code A32FREEWKND to your online booking or call our Xplore Team at (877) 805-7794 to make your reservation now! Special Terms and Conditions: Valid only on stays up to 2/28/17 and booked by 2/27/17. This offer is only valid for new bookings and cannot be used on existing bookings. Blackout dates and home exclusions may apply. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with other offers.

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Our Smoky Mountain View

“Our Smoky Mountain View” is a luxury log home in the Great Smoky Mountains! This lavish cabin is located in Legacy Mountain Resort. The resort has wide, paved and well maintained roads. Stay four nights and your fifth night is FREE for the month of February!

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Auntie Belham’s Cabin Rentals

January 16 – March 9: Stay 3 nights, get one night FREE! Use promo code: WINTER17. Valid on remaining cabins and chalets and for new reservations only. Special must be mentioned or online special code WINTER17 entered in PROMO CODE at time reservation is made to be honored. Free night is least expensive rate. Must book and stay before 3/09/2017. Bedford Falls and It’s a Wonderful Life are excluded from this special. Management reserves all rights. Cannot be combined with any other special or discount. All nights must be consecutive. Subject to terms and availability. All holiday periods are excluded from special. Call (800) 436-6618 now for best availability!

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Terry Kay Cabin Rentals

Specializing in comfortable dog friendly cabins with great amenities for the beloved pooch in your life. Many have fenced yards or special zones just for dogs. For the month of February stay 2 nights and get the 3rd night FREE! Holidays excluded.

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Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals

Voted Best Cabins in Pigeon Forge two years in a row! Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals is offering the 3rd night FREE in February along with the Sunday check-in special: 5 nights for the price of 3 (weekend rates apply). Excludes holidays and private pool cabins.

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Bear Camp Cabin Rentals

Bear Camp Cabin Rentals offers a variety of overnight accommodations for the perfect vacation in the Smoky Mountain area. Rent 2 nights, get the 3rd night FREE! Beautiful 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 + bedroom cabins in Gatlinburg, Wears Valley, and Pigeon Forge. Great prices! Great service! Great cabins!

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Maples Ridge Cabin Rentals

Maples Ridge Vacation Rentals is offering 3rd night FREE on select cabins for March. Just 5 minutes from downtown Pigeon Forge, Maples Ridge Log Cabins is a mountain retreat with much to offer. All cabins provide central heat & air, modern kitchens, finely appointed interiors, & paved roads for your vacation experience. Call 865-908-8970 for details or view our cabins at

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A Bear’s View

Valid through March 20th. Stay 2 nights or more & receive one night FREE! Stunning custom built 3 bedroom 3 and a half bath true log home 2200 Sq. feet, located on Bluff Mountain. Impressive cathedral ceilings with all wood interior. This beautifully decorated home offers wood blinds throughout, island in kitchen, pantry, large rec room, laundry room, 3 covered porches, great view and more!

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9 Indoor Activities To Beat The Cold in Pigeon Forge

9 Indoor Activities To Beat The Heat

The winter season in the Smoky Mountains can be a bummer for many outdoor enthusiasts or just plain cold-natured people who prefer warm, wide open spaces. Not that the Smokies aren’t beautiful coated in a blanket of snow; if you can brave the cold, a winter hike is totally worth it. But let’s face it. Sometimes we just want to stay in the warm indoors. Luckily Pigeon Forge has plenty of indoor activities to enjoy.

Pigeon Forge Indoor Activities

  1. Cozy up by a warm Pigeon Forge cabin rental with a fireplace. Winter is the perfect time to get close to your loved ones and appreciate each other’s company while snuggling up under a blanket near a fire with some hot cocoa.
  2. Smith Creek MoonshineHit up the outlets on a Pigeon Forge shopping trip. While you’re out and about, be sure to stop by Smith Creek Moonshine to sample one of their 13 flavors of delicious moonshine. Try their Apple Pie or Cinnamon flavors to warm up and embrace the winter season.
  3. Take part in Townsend’s Smoky Mountain Snowdown from January 26th through the 29th. Stay warm over a hot stove with cast iron cooking classes. Are arts and crafts more your thing? Enjoy quilting demonstrations by the Foothills Quilters Guild. You can even practice your fly fish tying skills to prepare for the warmer weather, or just get your blood pumping with some good ol’ fashioned square dancing!
  4. Alcatraz EastVisit one of the unique and entertaining Pigeon Forge museums. If you’re a pop culture enthusiast, stop by the Hollywood Wax Museum. Or if history is more your thing, check out the incredible Titanic Museum. Want to check out something new? We absolutely recommend the newest musuem in Pigeon Forge: The Alcatraz East. Learn about the history of crime and crime fighting in America while also playing some exciting games and seeing some legendary items you wouldn’t get the chance to see anywhere else. Also be sure to check out our 5 Must See Exhibits & Items at the Alcatraz East before you go!
  5. Beat the crowd and catch a flick at Governor’s Crossing Stadium 14. Check out the schedule for January 13th through the 19th and pick a movie or two that you and a friend can pair with a giant tub of popcorn and enjoy together.
  6. Wyile CiderSip on some hard or soft hand-crafted cider at Wyile Cider Barn, the one and only craft cidery in the state of Tennessee. Grab a friend and tour the cidery while sampling some of the delicious blended recipes created by this family business. Be sure to check out our blog on how the cider is made before you go.
  7. Take a leap of faith with Fly Away Indoor Skydiving, the longest running wind tunnel in business today. You can still mark it off your bucket list, even if it’s indoors! Test your skills of human flight without the altitude scaring you away. No experience is needed, and all ages are welcome.
  8. Pepper PalaceSpice things up at “The Planet’s #1 Hot Shop” Pepper Palace. What better way to escape the cold weather shivers than some of the hottest hot sauce around? Their “Death By Wings” sauce is described as “Insanely hot wing sauce that will burn you down.” If that’s a little too extreme for you, try their Honey Chipotle Rum BBQ sauce or some of their milder flavors.
  9. Explore the different species and exhibits at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. The aquarium is a classic on any Smoky Mountain to-do list, and even if you’ve been before, you’re guaranteed to appreciate the beauty and wonder of oceanic life time and time again. Say hi to the penguins for us!

Looking for more things to do in Pigeon Forge? Check out our list of 25 Rainy Day Activities for more awesome suggestions, and keep up with our events page for information on what’s happening around town this winter.