Parkway Gets Pedestrian Friendly Thanks to Hotel’s Gift

Visitors to Pigeon Forge have a new way to get around the Parkway thanks to the family behind the Holiday Inn & Suites Pigeon Forge Convention Center. The Patel family, who own and operate the hotel, recently donated a 200-foot pedestrian bridge to the city of Pigeon Forge. The new pedestrian bridge crosses Little Pigeon River and connects The LeConte Center and the city's Greenway.

Aerial view of the completed pedestrian bridge

New Pedestrian Bridge

The best part of the new pedestrian bridge is how it links everything that makes Pigeon Forge special. Pedestrians now have a safer way to explore the Parkway and the bridge makes getting to popular destinations like the LeConte Center, The Island, and the Greenway a whole lot easier. The pedestrian bridge was the brainchild of Mahavir Patel and his family. The project has been in the works since 2017. The Patels worked closely with the local government to see the finished bridge through completion.

Holiday Inn Pigeon Forge

The centrally located Holiday Inn & Suites Pigeon Forge Convention Center is a great place to come back to after a big day of attractions in Pigeon Forge. The modern hotel has a terrace with a fire pit, an on-site full service restaurant and bar, an indoor pool and hot tub, and rooms with private balconies. The new pedestrian bridge makes a stay here even better.

Holiday Inn
the Patel family

A Family Affair

While the Holiday Inn & Suites Pigeon Forge Convention Center is among the newest hotels on the Parkway, it isn't the Patel family's first foray into the hospitality business. Bobby Patel, Mahavir's father, has been in the East Tennessee hotel scene since the 1980s. Mahavir and his brother Dev have been in the family business since 2016 and have changed Pigeon Forge for the better with their pedestrian bridge gift.

Pedestrian bridge under construction with Holiday Inn in the background

Crossing the Bridge

The new Pigeon Forge bridge makes getting around our Smoky Mountain city much simpler. Imagine enjoying a local craft beer at the Casual Pint, then strolling over the scenic Little Pigeon River to enjoy entertainment at The Island or perusing a car show at the LeConte Center. No matter how you like to have fun in Pigeon Forge, it's all connected now thanks to the Patel family.

If you want to take full advantage of the new bridge, consider staying at the Holiday Inn on your next Pigeon Forge vacation. You can book now for a discounted rate or learn more about all the amenities the hotel has to offer.

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