Say "Pigeon Forge" to anyone in America and you'll generally get the reply, "Isn't that where Dollywood is?" Indeed, it is! But Pigeon Forge draws people in year after year because of more than a theme park.
At the mouth of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge has a long history and gorgeous scenery that pull in excess of 10 million people every year.
With close proximity to Nashville (about three hours away) and Gatlinburg (about 13 minutes away), Pigeon Forge delivers all-American charm in a family-friendly environment.
You can get to Pigeon Forge, TN using numerous interstates, including I-75 from Atlanta, I-40 from Nashville and I-26 to I-40 from Columbia, SC.
Once you arrive, Pigeon Forge has trolleys available to take you up and down the Parkway to Dollywood, Splash Country, Gatlinburg and other stops for just $2.50 per day.
The Smoky Mountains of Tennessee have moderate temperatures year round. Of course, what you should pack – clothing-wise – depends on the month during your visit.
From March to May, the weather systems can radically and quickly change. Average highs are in the 60s to 70s Fahrenheit with lows from below freezing to the mid-40s.
Once summer hits, June, July and August bring humidity and highs in the 80s to 90s with comfortable lows in the 60s.
September through November deliver a true sense of fall with highs in the mid-70s and lows in the middle-50s. From December and into February, you could easily see snow with highs in the 40s to 50s and lows in the teens to upper 20s.
Your comfort doesn't solely depend on the climate, however. Your elevation can also cause the need to add or remove outerwear. The higher into the mountains that you go, the lower the humidity, the thinner the air and the cooler you are likely to feel.
The best plan of action is to pack thin layers that can be added or removed at will.
The two biggest (literally) attractions in Pigeon Forge are the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) and Dollywood.
From auto touring to wildlife viewing, the GSMNP has a wide variety of activities for every taste and physical level. Cruise the park from the comfort of your car, set out on foot for a leisurely stroll or load up a pack and hike over 800 trails from easy walks to multi-day, backcountry excursions. There's plenty more to do, including biking, waterfall tours and more.
If you're not the outdoorsy type, then you may prefer exploring the landscape at one of America's most popular amusement parks: Dollywood. With innovative rides including Firechaser Express (dual-launch roller coaster), Wild Eagle (winged coaster) and many others, Dollywood has something for every age and interest. For the water-lovers, Dollywood's Splash Country serves up wet and wild thrills that keep you cool during summer months.
Pigeon Forge is equally as popular for its festivals as it is for its attractions. Every year, millions flock to this area of Tennessee for live events centered around all sorts of wholesome themes. There's the annual Saddle Up Festival for cowboys, the Mountain Quiltfest, Spring Rod Run, Springfest, Winterfest and dozens of others. Every member of the family will have a favorite.
Want the true Smoky Mountains experience? Pigeon Forge cabin rentals are the way to go. Whether you prefer rustic or luxurious, you'll be surprised at the wide variety of cabins there are to choose from.
Down-home cookin' is plentiful in Pigeon Forge restaurants that serve up Southern favorites, including fried chicken, fried catfish, grits, hushpuppies, pimento cheese and lots more for lunch and dinner. If you're in search of a hearty breakfast, Southerners have that down pat, too, with biscuits and gravy, hotcakes and sausage, and other scrumptious delights.
Did you know Southern fare also includes hearty helpings of vegetables? Okra, tomatoes, collard greens, black-eyed peas, butter beans, corn and a host of others are readily available for the asking.
Pigeon Forge also has one of the most vibrant nighttime lineups in the Smokies. Dinner theater, comedy houses, exceptional shows and more will keep you and your family entertained during your entire stay.
When good, clean fun is what you seek, you'll find Pigeon Forge is the all-American preference many families choose year after year.
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