Local Area Attractions
Ober Gatlinburg is a ski resort and amusement park with a German cuisine restaurant and indoor skating rink.
Gatlinburg is a great step-off point for downhill snow skiing, rafting Class IV whitewater, golf, and fishing in hundreds of miles of streams. Explore Gatlinburg's unique museums, craftsmen fair, miniature golf courses and motion simulators. Enjoy go karts or bumper cars, a world-class aquarium, haunted houses, or ride the sky lift up the mountain. Everywhere you turn, you'll find plenty of things to do in Gatlinburg.
The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail provides you with a glimpse of nearly everything the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to see. The self-guided driving trail is a six-mile loop with numerous trailheads along the way. A short, easy trail along this loop is to Grotto Falls. The trailhead is about 1.5 miles into your drive which originates in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg.
Dollywood's Splash Country
Enjoy a day with your family in one of America's most beautiful water adventure parks. Experience 25 acres of fun including 16 thrilling water slides, 2 interactive children's areas, a 25,000 sq. ft. wave pool plus a lazy river. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Visit Dollywood's Splash Country online for more information.
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.
Smoky Mountain Car Museum
Open for its 44th season, the car museum features Hank Williams, Jr.'s Silver Dollar Car along with the one used by James Bond, "007" in movies like "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball". The museum features a Historic Gas Pump Globe display. The museum is open from May through October.
Track Family Recreation Center
The Track Family Recreation Center is your family headquarters for fun! Our action-packed recreation center features everything from the ultimate in go-cart tracks, like our Wild Woody three-tiered go-kart/roller coaster hybrid, to big fun for little tykes at Kids Country. Challenge your friends to miniature golf at Gator Golf and splash 'em on Blaster Boats. Test your courage at our bungee jumping tower and fly high at the new SkyFlyer! See our website for 10% OFF and FREE shipping!
Veteran's Memorial Museum
Honoring our nation's veterans and their struggle for freedom, the museum displays exhibits covering World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam and more. Look for the full-size World War II P-51 Mustang.
Comedy Barn Theater
The Comedy Barn is America's funniest family variety show and guarantees a night of 1,000 laughs. We feature nationally known clean comedians, magicians, jugglers, ventriloquists and fun barnyard animal acts. Great music, too! This show is suitable for the entire family and is packed with fun, laughter, music and magic.
Country Tonite is the hottest ticket in town for family entertainment. This full-scale production located in a 1500 seat multi-million dollar theatre offers a high-energy variety show with spectacular singing and dancing, hilarious comedy, heartwarming gospel, patriotic and more. From great country classics to today's top 40 country hits. Country Tonite has something for everyone!
This action-packed dinner and show features 32 magnificent horses, beautiful southern belles, gallant heroes, incredible feats of horsemanship, and a stand to-your-feet patriotic finale. All this fun and excitement while enjoying a fabulous four-course feast. Visit the Dixie Stampede online for more information.
The Great Smoky Mountains
The Great Smoky Mountains - named for the smoke like blue-mist haze that surrounds them, is the picturesque backdrop of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Discover 500 thousand acres of Southern Appalachian wilderness on one of the oldest uplands on earth! The Smoky Mountains are 95 percent forest - home to diverse wildlife, breathtaking streams, waterfalls and flowering plants. It's no wonder millions flock to this natural wonder every year!
Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the crest of the Smoky Mountains, providing a unique experience for visitors. Entrance to the park is free and it's open year round. Smoky Mountains National Park provides 800 miles of trails for hiking and exploration. Newfound Gap Road, or US 441, is the main drive through Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Start your 26-mile cruise at the Sugarland Visitor Center in Tennessee traveling through to Oconoluftee Visitors Center in North Carolina. There are plenty of sightseeing and photo opportunities along the scenic routes.
While you're at the park, you must visit Cades Cove. (Leave your swimsuit; it's not that kind of cove!) The term "cove," in this neck of the woods, refers to a flat valley area between mountains or ridges. This area was a settlement for over a hundred years. Rich in history and wildlife, enjoy an 11-mile drive on Cades Cove Loop Road or one of the many walking tours available. Take the Old State Hwy. west off US 441 to this narrow, one-lane road. Drive carefully and enjoy the scenery!
Its outlet mall central in Pigeon Forge, which means you can't leave without at least one shopping bag. We offer discount shopping at more than 200 stores on everything under the sun, including designer clothes, athletic wear, luggage, home furnishings, crystal, china, tools, toys and more. And if you're looking for unique gift ideas, you'll love our selection of pottery, handmade quilts and other arts and crafts at dozens of specialty stores. Pigeon Forge is also home to Bell Tower Square, the South's largest year-round Christmas village. Come see why our town has been voted one of the top shopping destinations in the Southeast.
What to Do In Pigeon Forge
Speaking of a fun family vacation spot, check out Pigeon Forge with more than 40 attractions located along the city's Parkway. From miniature golf, go-carts and bumper boats to water rides, laser games and even an indoor skydiving simulator. You can rest assured that your family won't run out of things to do. Even history is fun on a Pigeon Forge family vacation with entertaining and educational exhibits, Dinosaur Walk Museum, Elvis Museum, Veterans Memorial Museum and the Smoky Mountain Car Museum. In addition to the fun-filled attractions, Pigeon Forge is home to music, magic and variety, making Pigeon Forge one of the best family vacation spots around. The city's theaters present all styles of music, high-energy dancing and magical illusions. You'll see amazing horsemanship, racing ostriches, mind-reading-pigs, fire-eaters, jugglers and the best Elvis impersonator this side of Graceland! You'll find all of this and more on the stages of Pigeon Forge, where the theaters are dedicated to presenting wholesome family entertainment. There's something for everyone. Don't miss a single moment of the fun. Experience a Pigeon Forge family vacation!
Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism
PO Box 1390-I
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 38868
1-800-251-9100, (865) 453-8574, TDD: (865) 429-7444
Douglas Lake is located in the foothills northeast of Sevierville, attracting nearly two million visitors a year. Surrounded by mountains and rolling hills, Douglas Lake offers a variety of activities year-round such as boating, swimming and fishing. Fish species include bass, crappie and minnow. Birdwatchers enjoy the fall migration of shore birds, wading birds, and other waterfowl that flock to Douglas from late July to early October.
The Memorial Riverwalk Trail is a one-mile path along the west branch of the Little Pigeon River in Sevierville.
Foothills Parkway Attractions
The Foothills Parkway is a scenic highway planned back in the 1930s. Following the crest of Chilhowee Mountain, the Scenic Foothills Parkway West begins at U.S. 321, and travels to the Chilhowee Reservoir.
Chilhowee Mountain traces the line of the Great Smokies Fault, the tectonic plate that created these mountains in volcanic upheavals millions of years ago. Fossils are missing from most of the area rocks because these mountains formed before hard-bodied plants and animals developed.
Look Rock is an off-the-beaten path destination just off the Parkway. The observation ledge looks out across the valley to Gregory Bald on the right and Thunderhead on the left. The 1.2-mile trail leads to an even more commanding view from a lookout tower atop the mountain.
Chilhowee Lake lies at the end of the Foothills Parkway in the western corner of the Park. Ideal for fishing, this mountain lake contains trout, bass, crappie and bluegill. Canoeing is also a popular activity.
Golfing in the Great Smoky Mountains is reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands where the game originated 200 years ago. This magnificent setting attracts golfers drawn by our scenic beauty and pleasant four-season climate, but the primary attraction to mountain golf are lush fairways, sprawling bent grass greens, cool breezes, and a gently undulating terrain. Nearly 20 golf courses are located nearby.
Great Smoky Mountain National Park
www.nps.gov/grsm/ Named for the smoke like blue-mist haze that surrounds them. Discover 500 thousand acres of Southern Appalachian wilderness. The Smoky Mountains are 95 percent forest, where diverse wildlife, beautiful streams, waterfalls and flowering plants live.