Pigeon Forge Area Information

The Pigeon Forge area is a unique vacation destination that has a lot to offer. Visitors are welcomed to Sevier County and are invited to get to know the area as well. Our area information page is here to help make yourself at home in the Pigeon Forge area, including Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and every mountain peak and holler’ in between. Here you can learn what makes us unique as well as to familiarize yourself with the Pigeon Forge Community in Sevier County, Tennessee. As this section is developed, please feel free to contribute to the site with any suggestions or comments about what you would like to see in terms of Pigeon Forge area information.

Need help planning your Smoky Mountain vacation? Let us do the work! We've come up with travel planning guides to let you make the most of your time in the Great Smoky Mountains with expert advice and insider activities here in Pigeon Forge. Experience the best of the best with our plans for a girls’ shopping getaway, a romantic escape with your sweetie, an affordable family vacation, and so much more.

Resources

The Pigeon Forge area offers several community resources such as libraries, community centers, and public parks. These resources will make your stay a little more like home if you are accustomed to picking up a good book or checking your email at the library, excercising at your community center, playing ball in a local park, or attending religious services. Contact information for local hospitals, veterinarians, and schools is also found here.

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FAQ

How do I get to Pigeon Forge? How do you say Pigeon Forge & Sevierville? What worship services can I attend? Where is there a movie theater? Where is there a 24 hour pharmacy? Where can I buy groceries? What is the weather like? When planning a vacation in Pigeon Forge or the Smoky Mountain area, many common questions cross visitors’ minds.

History

The Pigeon Forge area's heritage runs deep. Sevier County is home to Pigeon Forge and Tennessee's eighth oldest city, Sevierville, founded in 1795. One of six villes in Tennessee, it was known as Forks of the River because it lay at the banks of the Little Pigeon River and the West Prong of the Little Pigeon. Gatlinburg was known as White Oak Flats because of the many white oaks found there. Pigeon Forge was home to the area's local iron forge on the banks of the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River. Like the Pigeon River in neighboring Cocke County, the Little Pigeon's namesake is the now-extinct passenger pigeon that once darkened the skies when flocks took flight.

Visitors to the Pigeon Forge area are welcome to visit by any means possible, whether by plane, train, or automobile. Knowing how to get around Pigeon Forge is the key to enjoying the many area attractions, lodging, and restaurants in Pigeon Forge. Here you can find out about local road conditions, the Fun-Time Trolley, parking, air travel, and more that will help you make the most out of your Pigeon Forge vacation.

Desperate for a retreat away but worried about the budget crunch? In Pigeon Forge, you don’t have to be. Our mountainside city is an affordable, family-friendly destination that won’t bust your budget, no matter how small. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite tips for saving money while traveling. Discover a few of our favorite tricks for enjoying the best of Pigeon Forge on a budget!

Old-world charm is abundant in all seasons. Downtown Gatlinburg has exclusive boutiques and galleries to browse. Street performers and musicians are lively and entertaining. People flock to the nightly hypnosis and magic shows near the downtown space needle. Gatlinburg is the place to find one-of-a-kind objects d’art. Settle in at a cozy bar to sample fancy cocktails. Discover your whimsical side in Gatlinburg.

Gatlinburg, TN

Downtown Gatlinburg is charming and quaint, and many of the buildings feature Bavarian architecture. Bars, restaurants, and hotels bustle with nightlife. Elegant flames flicker from gas lamps. Peek inside the windows of boutiques and candy shops to see confectioners sculpting beautiful handmade chocolates and caramels.

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Sevierville, TN

Sevierville is where fun in the Great Smoky Mountains begins! Located just north of Pigeon Forge along the parkway, this little city is your first stop for family friendly adventure, entertainment, and more. Explore East Tennessee history, bite into Southern Appalachian cuisine, pose for a photo with a bronze statue of Dolly Parton, breathe in fresh mountain air, and shop 'til your drop all in beautiful Sevierville, TN.

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Families glide along a paved bike trail that runs parallel to the main road. This bike trail and walk path is not a new trend. It has been there for decades. With very little traffic, vacationers flow with ease between ice cream shops and music venues. A short 25 minute scenic drive through Wears Valley gets you to the more evocative and modern offerings in nearby Pigeon Forge. Hot summer days of August are high season for Townsend, TN. Locals and visitors flood this outdoor haven and float quietly down the river on inner tubes.

Townsend, TN

Townsend is the sweetest, most peaceful little town. Poised at one of the main entrances to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend is a well-kept secret among folks who enjoy harkening back to the vintage days of American travel. Adorable little motor courts, campgrounds, and locally owned shops usher visitors to the base of the Smoky Mountains.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

East Tennessee is home to the only free national park in the country. These mountains allow visitors to participate in a wide array of activities such as hiking, biking, and camping or vacationing in cabin rentals. No matter what visitors choose to explore, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park's unique flora and fauna and its Southern Appalachian heritage will captivate any audience.

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What's New

Stay on top of Smoky Mountain news and updates by following what’s new in Pigeon Forge. From the latest in celebrity sightings, to brand new restaurants and attractions, we have the information you need to help you stay on top of the latest developments in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Major Attractions

Pigeon Forge is loaded with things to do, but there are major attractions that really stand out. Check out these exciting theme parks and venues that garner the most attention. Pigeon Forge vacation possibilities are endless, so let this list help you get started planning your one-of-a-kind adventure to the base of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.

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Off the Beaten Path

With so many things to do. Use this guide to discover things to do while you plan your family’s best Smoky Mountain vacation. Local customs, tips, perspectives, and recommendations by real travelers and Gatlinburg native Jessica, the founder of PigeonForge.com

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What's New?

Stay abreast of Smoky Mountain news and updates by following what’s new in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. From the latest in celebrity sightings to updates from brand new restaurants and attractions, PigeonForge.com has the information you need to help you stay on top of the latest developments in the Great Smoky Mountains. Stay in the know and plan your Smoky Mountain vacation with the latest information.

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All About Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton is an international music icon who comes from the Pigeon Forge area. If you are already a fan of Dolly Parton, you know the talent that makes Dolly special to countless fans around the world. If you have yet to discover her talent, you are in for a treat. PigeonForge.com is proud to present a page dedicated to Dolly Parton.