Pigeon Forge /Gatlinburg KOA is a family owned business at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The property is a third generation business in its 49th year of operation. We are located on the Little Pigeon River in the heart of Pigeon Forge and neighbor The Historic Old Mill District and Patriot Park. We are less than one mile from Dollywood and Dollywood's Splash Country. Our wide range of amenities will satisfy any outdoor camping enthusiast, from waterfront tent camping, camping cabins, full hook up deluxe patio sites and deluxe cabins. The wide range of availability will accommodate a single night passing through or the opportunity to call this home for a few months.Use our campground as a basecamp while you discover all the exciting events the area has to offer!
Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America's most visited national park. Area offers many activities including over 800 miles of hiking trails where you can view waterfalls, nature and wildlife. Also offers scenic drives, horseback riding, picnic areas and many opportunities for bicycling, motorcyclists and sportscar enthusiasts.
Enjoy a day with your family in one of America's most beautiful water adventure parks. Experience 25 acres of fun! Featuring more than 23 water adventure slides and thrill rides - from the daring drops of RiverRush and Big Bear Plunge to the twisting turns of the Mountain Scream body slide ride, discover family fun water rides and attractions at Dollywood's Splash Country. Toss in two interactive children's playground areas, the Cascades and Little Creek Falls, and you'll find family fun activities for everyone.
Known for its down-home charm, this world famous 150-acre theme park is as unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton. From award-winning shows to educational craft demonstrations and ground-breaking rides and attractions, Dollywood offers something for everyone and every interest, so the whole family can experience the park together. Dollywood also plays host to five seasonal festivals throughout the year ensuring that each visit is a unique bonding experience for families.
This Smoky Mountain landmark still functions as it did when it was built in 1830, daily grinding thousands of pounds of grains with every turn of its giant water-powered wheel. The area surrounding the Old Mill is now known as Old Mill Square including an award winning restaurant, pottery, sculptures and old fashioned candy. Visit the Old Mill online for more information.
Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies. It offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park. Large numbers of white-tailed deer are frequently seen, and sightings of black bear, coyote, ground hog, turkey, raccoon, skunk, and other animals are also possible.Touring the CoveAn 11-mile, one-way loop road circles the cove, offering motorists the opportunity to sightsee at a leisurely pace. Allow at least two to four hours to tour Cades Cove, longer if you walk some of the area's trails. Traffic is heavy during the tourist season in summer and fall and on weekends year-round. While driving the loop road, please be courteous to other visitors and use pullouts when stopping to enjoy the scenery or view wildlife.An inexpensive self-guiding tour booklet available at the entrance to the road provides a map and information about the cove. Only bicycle and foot traffic are allowed on the loop road until 10:00 a.m. every Saturday and Wednesday morning from early May until late September. Otherwise the road is open to motor vehicles from sunrise until sunset daily, weather permitting.HistoryThe valley has a rich history. For hundreds of years Cherokee Indians hunted in Cades Cove but archeologists have found no evidence of major settlements. The first Europeans settled in the cove sometime between 1818 and 1821. By 1830 the population of the area had already swelled to 271. Cades Cove offers the widest variety of historic buildings of any area in the national park.Scattered along the loop road are three churches, a working grist mill, barns, log houses, and many other faithfully restored eighteenth and nineteenth century structures. Pick up the self-guiding tour booklet available at the entrance to the loop road for information about the buildings you'll see in the cove and the people who lived here.Wildlife ViewingWhite-tailed deer, black bears, coyotes, turkeys and other wildlife are frequently spotted in the open valley of Cades Cove. Wildlife viewing tips.BikingExperience the cove by bike! The loop road is closed to motor vehicles until 10:00 a.m. every Saturday and Wednesday morning from early May until late September to allow bicyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the cove. You can rent a bike at the Cades Cove Campground Store. The State of Tennessee requires that children age 16 and under wear a helmet. We strongly recommend that all riders wear helmets, use rear view mirrors, and ride properly fitted and well-maintained bicycles. Please obey all traffic regulations.HikingNumerous trails originate in the cove, including the five-mile roundtrip trail to Abrams Falls and the short Cades Cove Nature Trail. Longer hikes to Thunderhead Mountain and Rocky Top (made famous by the popular song) also begin in the cove. Download a park trail map
Pigeon Forge is Fun Central! This area is overflowing with activities that are sure to please the entire family!
There are many activities in the area suitable for every age and interest. Our country's most visited national park, The Great Smoky Mountains is awaiting for you to discover by taking a scenic drive or hike or explore on a guided horseback tour. We offer discount tickets to Dollywood and Dollywood's Splash Country. Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and Lumberjack Adventure are close for your enjoyment. The more adventurous types may enjoy whitewater rafting, zip lining or a ride on a mountain coaster! The Island in Pigeon Forge offers attractions, rides, restaurants, retail shops and more! Be sure to check out The Ripken Experience! If you are in town for a convention, we are the closest campground to LeConte Center!
Outstanding musical offerings, dining and incredible shopping wait for you to discover. There truly is something for everyone in Pigeon Forge.
Pigeon Forge Fun Time Trolley operates March through October from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 midnight seven days a week. It is open November through December from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. seven days a week, and closed in January and February. Pigeon Forge Fun Time Trolley does not operate on Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Eve; or Christmas Day PigeonForgeTrolley.org/
Hikers enjoy the Smoky Mountains during all months of the year with every season offering is own special rewards. During winter, the absence of deciduous leaves opens new vistas along trails and reveals stone walls, chimneys, foundations, and other reminders of past residents. Spring provides a weekly parade of wildflowers and flowering trees. In summer, walkers can seek out cool retreats among the spruce-fir forests and balds or follow splashy mountain streams to roaring falls and cascades. Autumn hikers have crisp, dry air to sharpen their senses and a varied palette of fall colors to enjoy.
This area is loaded with scenic country roads that will fit any cycling enthusiasts needs Cades Cove Loop Road is an 11 mile one way road that is popular with cyclists.There are several mountain bike trail systems within a 30 minute drive from Pigeon Forge. For a nice and easy family cruise, try out the Pigeon Forge greenway.
There are several area outfitters. The Pigeon River offers a thrilling ride, but doesnt require expertise. The Class III and IV rapids are perfect for a beginner and yet still challenging enough for someone who rafts every chance they can get.
This area is home to some of the best motorcycle roads in the country! US-129 Tail of The Dragon, Cherahola Skyway, Foothills Parkway and TN -441 from Gatlinburg to Cherokee are a few!