Monthly Archives: September 2017

STOMP OUT! Breast Cancer Along The Rocky Top Wine Trail

Rocky Top Wineries

Join us for the Rocky Top Wine Trail’s annual STOMP Out Breast Cancer event on Sunday, October 7, 2017 at the Mountain Valley Winery. Registration begins at 8 am and the walk begins at 9 am. We will walk to 3 of the Rocky Top Wineries (Hillside Winery, Apple Barn Winery, and Mountain Valley Winery) there will fun activities at each location like grape stomping!

This year we are bringing the event home to Mountain Valley Winery! Our walk will start at Mountain Valley Winery, weave down to Apple Barn Winery for some apple bobbing and wine tasting, and then take us to Hillside Winery for the actual grape stomping!

Once we’ve all turned our feet purple and done our best impression of I Love Lucy stomping on grapes, we’ll then head back to Mountain Valley Winery for a well-deserved BBQ lunch, courtesy of Corky’s BBQ. The three “Pink” wines this year will be: Strawberry Blush at Mountain Valley Winery, Red/White Muscadine at Apple Barn Winery, and a delicious sparkling Apple Cranberry wine at Hillside Winery!

American Cancer Society

Hillside Winery, Apple Barn Winery, and Mountain Valley Winery will be participating in the event this year, and they will all have a “pink” wine. Five dollars of every bottle sold will be donated to the American Cancer Society! Tickets will include lunch, a bottle of water, a backpack filled with goodies, and a Rocky Top Wine Trail glass.

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History of the Event

It all started when Christine Kimmins, the first Wine Club Manager at Mountain Valley Winery, had the idea of producing a “pink” wine from the red/white Muscadine grapes that always herald the end of harvest in East TN. She and winemaker Doug Seitz then decided to pair this pink wine with the local Sevier County Relay for Life chapter and donate $5 per bottle for every bottle sold. Now, 10 years later, owner Don Collier and the wineries along the Rocky Top Wine Trail have donated well over $100,000 from the purchase of pink wines to help fund research and raise awareness for breast cancer.

For more information, contact Kimberly at rockytopwineclub@gmail.com or (865) 389-9490.

Fall In Love With The Smokies Giveaway

Fall is our favorite season for romance in the Great Smoky Mountains, so we’re excited to send you on a romantic getaway for two! Fill out the form below for your chance to win a two night stay at Music Road Resort as well as tickets to Country Tonite Theatre, The Coaster At Goats On The Roof, FlyAway Indoor Skydiving, and a gift certificate to Smith Creek Moonshine. The contest closes at midnight on Wednesday, October 4 and we will announce the winner the following Thursday on Facebook. Good luck!

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Music Road Resort

3 Night Stay

Recipient of the AAA Three Diamond Award®, Music Road Resort offers the perfect Pigeon Forge hotel experience with generous accommodations, breathtaking mountain views and personalized service, all minutes away from the best shows and attractions in Pigeon Forge.

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Country Tonite Theatre

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Celebrating 20 years! Country Tonite rises to new heights in 2017 with a new show that showcases new elements and changes along with fan favorites from past seasons. This year’s show yet again promises the unique entertainment experience and award winning identity that sets Country Tonite apart.

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FlyAway Indoor Skydiving

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Flyaway Indoor Skydiving gives you the chance to test your skills of human flight during a single flight session or as a participant in a personalized coaching program. Flyaway Indoor Skydiving is a popular training resource for sport skydivers, competition teams and military units. Our body flight experience can be your resource for corporate team-building programs and high adventure recreational groups.

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Coaster At Goats On The Roof

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Intense twist and turns highlight the area’s fastest, most extreme, and most exciting alpine coaster! The Coaster at Goats on the Roof has more to do than any alpine coaster in Pigeon Forge! After you finish your heart-pounding, brake-gripping, breath-taking run on the Coaster, try the brand new Virtual Reality Coaster Experience, feed the famous goats, shop in the general store, and so much more!

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Smith Creek Moonshine

$50 Certificate

Smith Creek Moonshine is a moonshine-tasting destination located in Tanger Outlets. Come enjoy our moonshine tasting bar and retail store with bottled shines, apparel, jams, sauces, dry rubs, and more. Moonshine, White Lightnin’, Hillbilly Pop, Sugar Whiskey, Mule Kick, Ruckus Juice. Whatever you call it, Smith Creek Moonshine serves it, and it’s damn good!

Crave Golf Club Changes the Game

Grand Opening

At their ribbon cutting on Wednesday, October 4th at 10 AM, Crave Golf Club will roll out a family entertainment option unmatched in Pigeon Forge. With 38 holes of customizable play, Crave offers a small batch, gourmet golf experience paired with extra scoops of flavor and fun.

With 18,500 square feet of space for dining and play, Crave is Pigeon Forge’s seven million dollar recreation destination. Players adventure through 19 sweet-themed holes in each round, taking the game to new heights with indoor, hilltop, and even rooftop courses available. To put a spin on the fun, Crave also created a new way to play, with spinners at each hole that give players the option to add an extra layer of risk and reward to each round – plus more surprises around every turn.

Designed to satisfy every craving, Crave also offers next level dessert-based dining. Visitors can choose from several snack stops, including a candy store and gourmet milkshake bar, where players can choose from limitless options to create the drink of their dreams.

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Crave is a hole-in-one, one-stop entertainment destination that will change the way families come to play in Pigeon Forge. Together with our partner, we took this over-the-top dream of dessert-themed golf and turned it into a playable reality.Crave Owner Chucky Blalock

The partner that Blalock and co-owner Chris Coates chose is Destination2, an attraction-focused division of marketing agency U! Creative, whose resume includes destination attractions such as SeaWorld Adventure Parks, The GRAMMY Museum, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute, Dollywood, and Knott’s Berry Farm to name a few. With decades of experience developing and branding some of the nation’s most visited attractions, U! Creative delivered and executed this perception-busting take on recreational golf.

“Quite literally from the ground up, our team handcrafted a gourmet golf experience that disrupts and evolves what players have come to expect from the game,” said U! Creative President Ron Campbell. “We didn’t even let the ceiling limit us.”

Media partners are invited to join Crave and U! Creative for their ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, October 4th at 10 AM, with time for interviews. Immediately following, Crave will be open to the public.


About Crave Golf Club

Crave Golf Club is a multi-level, sweet-themed golf destination for families in Pigeon Forge, offering an unmatched, immersive world of food and fun. With 18,500 square feet of space for play, golfers adventure through 19 holes in each round, taking the game to new heights with indoor, hilltop, and even rooftop courses available. Changing the game, Crave golfers also have the option to customize their play with spinners at each hole that up the risk and reward. Dessert-based dining options include a candy shop and gourmet milkshake bar. For more information, visit CraveGolf.com.

About U! Creative and Destination2

Don’t call them an ad agency. They’re an idea collective. A house of thought and execution. They’re a grab bag of innovators, illustrators, designers, and rockstars who are always in pursuit of the next big idea. Their headquarters, which was one of the last record stores in America, serves as a playground for creative minds to thrive. In 2011, those minds decided it was time for a road trip, so they assembled a dream team of talent from the destination world to create Destination2, the attraction-focused division of U! With D2, they consistently deliver concepts and execute plans that drive greater attendance, higher profits, and better experiences than anyone thought possible… Except U! To see their work, visit ucreate.us or destination2.com

Guided Tours Of The Smoky Mountains

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Tennessee Mountain Tours is made up of local folks, people who know what it’s like to be raised in the Smoky Mountains. People who had stories to share and a love of this most beautiful part of our world.


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Tour With The Experts

Each of our tours are written and designed by an expert local guide. Some tours have you enjoying a nice hike at a pleasurable pace to see, hear, and smell the mountains. Others are a peaceful joy ride on one of our buses while being fully narrated by your guide/driver. All of the tours are amazing and unique. We have worked hard to create tours which are fun, educational, inspirational, informative, and so much more.

Tours For Every Season

October begins the fall tour season followed closely by the winter tours. We will see the end of our summer tours and the start our famous and very popular Trees of Many Colors and Ghost Tour with Haunted House combo. These seasonal offerings showcase the best parts of fall in the Smoky Mountains.

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Fall Colors In The Smokies

Our Trees of Many Colors tour will take guests on a 5-hour journey to see areas unknown to most tourists to enjoy the peace and quiet of the wilderness without the crowds. Your guide will talk about the trees, the animals, and life in the Smokies during the harvest season. As summer ends and fall begins life slows down and the residents prepare for the winter ahead.

Book Fall Colors Tour

Not only do you get to hear amazing and entertaining stories you get to see the beauty of the fall color change from some of the best viewing areas in the region. In 2016 this was one of the most popular tours of the year. Dates will fill up quickly and it is only offered 24 times a year so book your tour today.


New Tours For 2018

This year Tennessee Mountain Tours will be offering 3 new tours: the Roaring Fork History Tour, Shine & Dine, and Scootin’ Around Town.

Roaring Fork History Tour

This tour will feature the area of Roaring Fork. We will visit all the structures in the area including the Noah “Bud” Ogle cabin, Jim Bales place, Ephraim and Minerva Bales cabin, and the Reagan house. We will discuss these families in detail and tour each of the homes. We will also discuss the many water features in the Roaring Fork area such as Rainbow Falls, Grotto Falls, and the place of a thousand drips. We will spend about 4 hours on this tour and we suggest folks bring a snack. We will provide water for all guests.

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Shine & Dine

This tour is a combo between a lunch and a moonshine tour. We will have lunch in Wears valley at Elvira’s Cafe and then we will visit a local Moonshine distillery for a behind the scenes look at the full moonshine making process from grain to bottle. This is an in depth look that isn’t offered to the general public. We will also visit a few other alcohol tasting spots as we tour around Pigeon Forge to get info on the various attractions and sights. This tour is expected to last 3-4 hours.

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Scootin’ Around Town

This tour is designed for family fun. We will be touring Pigeon Forge aboard our state of the art, top of the line adult scooters by Segway. These fully electric scooters are capable of speeds over 15 mph and a range of over 18 miles. We will be visiting areas such as The Island, the greenway, and The Old Mill district. Guests will be guided from area to area by the local guide and then be given 30 minutes of freedom to explore the areas on their personal scooters. This tour is amazing fun and great for families with children 10+. This tour is expected to last 2.5 hours.

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Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge: Restaurant Guide

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Looking for a Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge restaurant guide? Some of our favorite Pigeon Forge restaurants are opening their doors on Turkey Day, offering locals and visitors alike a chance to celebrate with family and friends without hassle! So why don’t you leave the holiday cooking (and mess) to someone else? Here’s a quick rundown of restaurants open in Pigeon Forge on Thanksgiving Day 2017.

Mama's Farmhouse

There’s nothing like eating a home-cooked meal surrounded by friends and family, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Mama’s Farmhouse in Pigeon Forge. Stop by Mama's Farmhouse in Pigeon Forge at 208 Pickel Street to satisfy your Thanksgiving Day cravings from 10:30 am to 9 pm. Reservations are required for parties of 6 or more, so give them a call at (865) 908-4646 to snag a spot.

Bennett's Pit Bar-B-Que

You haven’t celebrated Thanksgiving in Tennessee until you’ve had succulent smoked turkey like they serve at Bennett’s Pit Barbeque! With locations in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Bennett’s is your go-to spot if you’re craving a home-cooked dinner with southern flair. Bennett’s also features a full bar with an enviable selection of beer and wine – it’s the perfect place to unwind after a day with the family.

Alamo Steakhouse

Craving something a little different for your Thanksgiving spread? Consider Alamo Steakhouse. This is the place to go for anyone with a Texas-sized appetite! The ample dinner menu features everything from flame-grilled oysters to savory salads to fresh seafood, but the real claim to fame comes right from the grill master’s oak-fired pit: You’ll find succulent hand-cut steaks and the juiciest burgers around!

Big Daddy's Pizzeria

You can only eat so much turkey in one day. Big Daddy’s Pizzeria is opening at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to save your taste buds! The restaurant’s Pigeon Forge location is the perfect place to unwind – the large back room features a brand-new, full arcade for little ones and the young at heart! Big Daddy’s has locations at 1820 Parkway in Sevierville, 3053 Parkway in Pigeon Forge and 714 River Road in Gatlinburg.

More Restaurants Open On Thanksgiving

In Pigeon Forge:

  • Cracker Barrel
  • Golden Corral
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Iron Boar Saloon
  • J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen
  • Margaritaville
  • No Way Jose’s Cantina
  • Old Mill Restaurant
  • Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen
  • Reagan’s House of Pancakes
  • Shoney’s
  • Smoky Mountain Brewery
  • TGI Friday’s

In Sevierville:

  • Applebee’s
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Golden Corral
  • Holston’s Kitchen
  • Shoney’s
  • Steak N’ Shake

In Gatlinburg:

  • Atrium Pancakes
  • Blaine’s Grill & Bar
  • Calhoun’s
  • J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe
  • Loco Burro
  • Mama’s Chicken Kitchen
  • Seasons of Ober Loft & Lounge
  • Smoky Mountain Brewery
  • TGI Friday’s
  • The Melting Pot
  • The Park Grill
  • Three Jimmy’s

There’s still time to plan your Pigeon Forge Thanksgiving getaway! Browse Pigeon Forge hotels, cabins and condos for last-minute lodging options. You’ll love ushering in the holiday season here in the Smokies! There’s so much to do here this time of year!

Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge: Things To Do

Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge marks the start of many visitors’ favorite time of year. There are plenty of events and things to do around the Smoky Mountain area at the beginning of the winter season, and we’ve compiled a list of our favorites to get you started. For more helpful guides, check out our favorite Thanksgiving recipes to get started on your holiday cooking, or take a look at the restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville.


Thanksgiving Events In Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg:

Titanic’s Thanksgiving Fireworks

The Titanic Thanksgiving fireworks display is a holiday tradition here in the Smoky Mountains. The 2017 event will start on Thanksgiving evening (November 23) and kick off the season with and explosion of lights and color, the perfect way to end the day of Thanksgiving festivities, or get the night started before Black Friday shopping!

Gatlinburg’s Festival Of Trees

Surrounded by a Smoky Mountain winter wonderland, Gatlinburg’s Festival of Trees is the perfect centerpiece to admire the twinkling lights and get in the holiday spirit. Take a walk through the beautifully decorated Christmas trees and enjoy the entertainment throughout the week. Don’t forget to get your photo with Santa Claus!

Gatlinburg Thanksgiving Craft Show

Grab the family and head on out to the Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show and experience unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. The show is hosted every year around Thanksgiving at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, and proves to be a great resource for Christmas shopping.

Gatlinburg Trolley Ride Of Lights

A Smoky Mountain Winterfest experience you don’t want to miss, Gatlinburg’s Trolley Ride Of Lights will be happening this year from November 8 through January 21, 2018. For just $5 visitors can soak up the spirit of the season on a relaxing ride through downtown Gatlinburg while taking in some of the most fantastic light displays around.

Take A Ride On The Coaster At Goats On The Roof

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An experience like no other, The Coaster at Goats on the Roof is a thrilling excursion through the hills of the Smoky Mountains with a view that can’t be beat. The coaster’s carts are designed to comfortably carry two people, or you can ride solo with control over your own speed. We got the chance to ask owner Matthew Ayers some questions about just what makes The Coaster at Goats on the Roof such a one-of-a-kind adventure.


Why goats?

Who doesn’t love goats? They are great pets and everyone has such a unique personality that they are almost like people. They also love to let the kids pet them, especially when they have food.

How did you acquire the goats?

All the goats are from locals. The goats we do have always have their own babies every year. There is never a shortage of goats!

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What sets you apart from the other coasters in the area?

We pride ourselves in our track design. It has some of the tightest turns and most thrilling features out of all the coasters. Obviously, you can go slow and enjoy our amazing views, but people looking for speed won’t be disappointed.

We have so much more to do than all the other coasters. We often have families spending the whole afternoon with us. We have the coaster, feeding the goats, the unique store, gem mining, homemade fudge and ice cream, and more.

Biggest things that set us apart from the other coaster in the area is our lowest price re-ride. Every ride after your first is only 5 dollars. A lot of people end up experiencing the ride during the day and then coming back for 5 dollars that night and seeing all the lights.

What are the coaster requirements?

  • The driver of the sled has to be at least 54 inches (4.5 ft) tall.
  • The driver must be at least 16 years old to drive a passenger.
  • Minimum age of the passenger – 3 years old.
  • The maximum height allowed on is 84 inches (7 ft).
  • The weight limit per sled is 375 pounds (330 in wet weather) for safety reasons.

Is there a way to get a free ticket? What about group discounts?

Yes, check our Facebook page. for regular contests to win free tickets. If you are a group, don’t hesitate to call and get special group rates.

The Great Autumn Giveaway!

The seasons are changing and the mountains are calling. Grab the family or a group of friends and head on out to the beautiful Smoky Mountains this fall, courtesy of your friends here at PigeonForge.com! Enter to win a 3 night stay in Pigeon Forge along with tickets and gift certificates to some of our favorite attractions in the area – over $1300 in value. Fill out the form below before midnight on Wednesday, September 20 and we will announce the winner on Facebook on Thursday, September 21. Good luck!

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Cedar Lodge Condos

3 Night Stay

Cedar Lodge Condominiums sits along the Little Pigeon River and offers the best in Pigeon Forge lodging when it comes to comfort, location & pricing. Imagine stepping into a luxury condominium, near the Great Smoky Mountains, and instantly feeling at home. That is what we offer. A place to retreat to where you can get back to celebrating this wonderful life, but at the same time-feel right at home.

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The Escape Game

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The #1 Rated “Escape Room” and “Fun & Games” Attraction on TripAdvisor Pigeon Forge. Here’s how it works: You and your team are locked in a room and have one hour to complete a mission and escape. Escaping will require teamwork, quick thinking, determination and a sense of urgency! From the moment you step into your game, you’ll be totally immersed in our world.

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Foxfire Mountain

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Soar from mountain top to mountain top with professionally certified guides. Offering the best high-adventure value in the Smokies, Foxfire Mountain gives you over 15 scenic and high-mountain ziplines and multiple other adventures on a beautiful 150-acre wilderness setting conveniently located only minutes away from Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg or Sevierville.

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TopJump Trampoline Park

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TopJump is the most exciting Trampoline park in Pigeon Forge! We strive for your safety, your enjoyment and our reputation! Our trampoline park is everything you can imagine in a state of the art Trampoline park and so much more. We have the highest quality trampolines, indoor ninja park, dodgeball, gladiator pit and kids play area!

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Smoky Mountain Opry

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From the moment the lights dim and the music begins, you will be mesmerized in a world of showmanship and dazzling costumes with state-of-the-art technology, as a talented cast reminds you of just how good it feels to be immersed in the music and dance, to laugh out loud and stand up joyously to applaud. For a family friendly, curtain-to-curtain, “don’t miss variety show” in Pigeon Forge, the Smoky Mountain Opry is the ticket.

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Pepper Palace

$50 Gift Certificate

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. We’ve won hundreds of National Awards for product, marketing, and flavor.

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Lid’l Dolly’s

King Quilt & 2 Shams

Win a king size quilt (106×96) with two pillow shams (20×26)! In the heart of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Lid’l Dolly’s Factory Store has been charming visitors with our handcrafted southern belle girls’ dresses and enormous inventory of beautiful quilts for more than 25 years. Throughout that entire time, our large factory store has been in the same location, and we’ve developed a loyal following through the years.

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Dick’s Last Resort

$50 Gift 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. We’ve got Ribs, Chicken, Seafood, Burgers, Sammiches, Appetizers, Salads, Desserts, and all the Booze you could ever use! But don’t get too comfortable, the servers will keep you on your toes with their sarcastic wit and tricks!

Shades Of The Past

Dollywood’s Splash Country gets a blast from the past late every summer when the Shades of the Past car show rolls into Pigeon Forge. This annual car show features rods, customs and classic cars through 1972 and promises great fun for gearheads, rod runners and anyone who appreciates the beauty of classic cars.

Shades Of The Past

September 7-8, 2018

Shades of the Past in Pigeon Forge is one of the Smoky Mountains’ biggest annual car shows and rod runs, and features all kinds of classic cars. Expect to see everything from sleek classic Corvettes to little Deuce Coupes, with wild Mustangs and even custom hot rods on display, too.

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Motorheads and rod runners will get to interact with fellow enthusiasts, meet special celebrity guests, swap items, learn about new products with interactive displays from vendors and much more. Shades of the Past is a family friendly event and promises to bring big fun to car connoisseurs, auto aficionados, and anyone else who views classic cars as modern works of mobile art.

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Go For A Drive

The rolling hills of the Great Smoky Mountains make the perfect backdrop to the Shades of the Past car show. Curvy mountain drives can really show off major muscle, and the parkway is perfect for cruising and checking out the hot rods rolling by. If you’re looking for fun that’s not behind the wheel, you’re in the perfect place: Pigeon Forge is truly the place to be with something for everyone. Shopping, dining, entertainment and adventure abound in Pigeon Forge.

Book Your Stay

Folks planning to attend Shades of the Past can check out Pigeon Forge lodging and find the perfect place to stay while they’re in town for the car show. You’ll find hotels, condos, cabins and more just minutes from the Pigeon Forge Parkway, putting you close to the action and turning the rod run into a true Smoky Mountain vacation.

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