Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains
Time to dress down and just relax. Dressing casual is what we're all about and that's a very important part of being on vacation in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains. In fact, we like to think of it as the unofficial standard around here. We have a couple of restaurants like the always popular Tony Romas where you might feel like sprucing up a bit, but it's really your choice.
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Climate and Temperature
The climate in Pigeon Forge is almost perfect. Summer is usually balmy with an average temperature of 84 degrees. Winter is moderately cold with an average temperature of 39.2 degrees.
Pigeon Forge Time Zone
Pigeon Forge is in the Eastern Time Zone. In April we switch to daylight saving time. We revert back to Eastern Standard Time in October.
Counting Heads and Where to Rest Them
Permanent population: 5,424
Peak overnight visitation population: 50,000
Bed count: More than 10,000 hotel and motel rooms, cabins, chalets, cottages, and bed and breakfast inns.
State sales tax: 9 1/2 percent
Lodging tax: 2 1/4 percent
Amusement tax: 2 percent
Alcoholic Beverage Status
Pigeon Forge was a dry municipality but now you can purchase and consume beer and wine in local restaurants. You may purchase beer at several locations or wine at the Mountain Valley Winery. No retail liquor sales or liquor by the drink is available. You have to travel to Gatlinburg for liquor sales or liquor by the drink.
Airports Serving the Pigeon Forge Area
Knoxville's McGhee-Tyson Airport is only 40 miles away and is served by eleven airlines with connecting services from cities including Memphis, Houston, New York/Newark, St. Louis and Philadelphia.
The Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge Airport, seven miles from Pigeon Forge and has complete airport facilities for small private aircrafts.
_ In case of emergency, dial 911
_ Sevier County Ambulance Service: (865) 453-3200
_ Pigeon Forge Police Department: (865) 453-9063