Pigeon Forge, nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, is a mountain town that attracts vacationers who share a love for the outdoors.
For Adventure Seekers
Founded by country star Dolly Parton, Dollywood combines roller coasters, concerts and water slides. This 150-acre family amusement park, located in the Knoxville-Smoky Mountains metroplex in Pigeon Forge, is famous for its Wild Eagle ride, which was the first wing coaster in the U.S. There are plenty of food joints to dig into finger lickin' country fare, but make sure you chow down after the rides!
WonderWorks is one of Pigeon Forge's top attractions. Family fun awaits at more than 100 interactive exhibits where you can feel hurricane-force winds, get shaken by a 6.0 simulated earthquake and climb the 50-foot-tall indoor ropes course. What kid doesn't like magic? Grab a seat at the Wonders of Magic for a new, spell-binding performance headlined by internationally recognized magician Terry Evanswood. Spoiler alert: He tries to escape chains mere seconds before a steel saw descends to its final impact.
Zip-lining in the Forest:
For more heart-pounding adventure, you can go zip lining through the Smoky Mountain canopy. Soar through the trees at up to 40 miles per hour. Some of the super zip lines are 800 feet long and reach 450 feet off the ground, giving you a spectacular bird's eye view of the wilderness. If that sends you shivering just thinking about, remember that two professional guides will be close by at all times.
Nature Lover's Paradises
Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
Explore America's Most-Visited National Park. With more than 800 miles of mountain trails that weave through dense ancient forests, Great Smoky Mountains are a jewel in the crown of Pigeon Forge. Hike the backcountry to gaze at the waterfalls, go horseback riding or check out some of the 97 historic structures rich with Southern Appalachian mountain heritage. Also, fishermen, get your reels out, because there are 700 miles of fishable streams.
Parrot Mountain and Gardens:
At the Parrot Mountain and Gardens, you and your youngsters can get up close and personal with multicolored tropical birds on these four acres of gorgeous landscape. In the Secret Garden, you'll look up to see toucans, magpies, silvery-cheek hornbill and many more - there are about 70 birds on open perches. Little kids can even feed the winged friends, too.
Whether you're a newbie or pro paddler, whitewater rafting will be sure to get your pulse pounding. The class levels available for whitewater rafting on the Pigeon Forge River are 1 to 4, with 4 being the most challenging. Choose from 5.5-mile trips to 12-mile excursions, both of which offer breathtaking scenery and exciting rafting thrills.
After an action-packed day, indulge in delicious Grand Champion Angus Beef at Bullfish Grill, an American steakhouse. Seafood is delivered daily, complemented by wine, lagers and ales. There's also a kids' menu filled with cheeseburgers, pasta and chicken tenders that'll delight the pickiest of palates.
Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show:
About a mile from Dollywood, Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show enchants visitors with a four-course family feast and fantastic show, complete with pyrotechnics, live animals and food, that's appropriate for all ages. One of the most exciting parts of the show is the horseback-riding stunts where talented riders hang sideways off a running horse. There's also a bluegrass and country band. Children under the age of 3 are free if they sit on a parent's lap.
The Old Mill Restaurant:
For an authentic taste of Pigeon Forge try The Old Mill Restaurant. Perched beside the river and small flowing waterfall, this eatery prides itself on old-fashioned Southern cuisine. A menu that features country-fried steak, sugar-cured ham and chicken covered in gravy has made this spot a top restaurant in Pigeon Forge.