Local Area Attractions
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!
Gatlinburg is nestled at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in America. There are three entrances into the Smokies right from downtown. Gatlinburg attracts Folks come from all over the world for vacations, outdoor adventures, family fun and memory making. Gatlinburg is one of America's great mountain resort destinations, all nestled in the foothills and surrounded on three sides by the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. Gatlinburg prides itself on its walkability amidst mountain heritage and the arts, crafts and shops that reflect that tradition.
Everyone enjoys walking the Downtown Parkway, which runs from one end of town to the other. Its filled with a rich variety of things to see and activities to experience, places to eat, super shopping and attractions that boggle the mind. For a quieter stroll, take the River Walk and enjoy the cheerful song of the Little Pigeon River, with gazebos and benches along the way. Apart from the Downtown Parkway and connecting side streets, the East Parkway at Traffic Light #3 is dotted with shops and restaurants for about three miles.
Anchored at the corner of East Parkway and Glades Road at Traffic Light #3A, you'll find the beginning of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. Home to over 100 shops featuring craftspeople and artists along an 8-mile loop, it's the largest gathering of independent artisans in North America. You'll discover one-of-a-kind crafts, treasures and artwork, and you can watch the artisans at work. Stop along the way and chat with a painter or potter, or let a broom maker show you how it's done.Once the sun sets, there's plenty of dining and entertainment downtown. From family fare to filet mignon, Gatlinburg's restaurants are always fixin' up something special. After dinner, enjoy a show. Take a trip back in time to the slapstick vaudeville comedy of Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre or check out the Mentalist show with hypnosis and magic. Grab a bench and people-watch. Or cruise up the Space Needle or Gatlinburg Sky Lift and enjoy the twinkling lights below.
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! 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.
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
Sevierville Tennessee is located on the eastern edge of the state, the town sits in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains, about ten miles north of the park. There are plenty of outdoor activities such as horseback riding and the Forbidden Caverns for the kids. Additionally, this quaint and quiet town's claim to fame is as the birthplace of Dolly Parton as well as being home to outlet malls and restaurants out on the highway.
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 Mountains National Park
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.
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
Goats on the Roof
Goats On The Roof is a fun family stop! Lots to do, we carry Amish foods, homemade fudge, best ice cream, gem mining and rock crushers!! You can even feed the goats and become an official Goat Ranger! Or you can sit back and relax in one of our Amish Adirondack rockers by the fire pit roasting marshmallows! There's always a surprise at Goats! Be sure to follow us on Facebook for contest and special events.
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community
The largest group of independent artisans in North
America. This historic 8-mile loop has been designated a
Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. Established in 1937, these
artisans whittle, paint, sew, cast, weave and carve to create original
collectibles such as candles, baskets, quilts, brooms, pottery,
jewelry, dolls, ceramics, scrimshaw, silver smithing, leather, stained
glass, wearable fashions, fine photography, frameable art, oils,
watercolors, and also lodging, restaurants, cafés, tea room, soda
fountain and candy shops. Make plans to visit the Great Smoky
Arts & Crafts Community.
One of the top things to do in Pigeon Forge, WonderWorks Indoor Amusement park, is one of the best Pigeon Forge Attractions. With over 35,000 square feet of edu-tainment WonderWorks is an amusement park for the mind with . The attraction combines education and entertainment with more than 100 hands on exhibits that challenge the mind and spark the imagination.This once top-secret laboratory was located in the Bermuda triangle. An experiment gone awry lifted the laboratory carrying it to Music Drive in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee where it landed upside down. Luckily all of the exhibits remained intact and available for guests to explore.
US 129 "Tail of the Dragon" Motorcycle and Sports Car Enthusiasts
Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap with 318 curves in 11 miles, is Americas number one motorcycle and sports car road.Also known as US 129, the road is bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest, with no intersecting roads or driveways to hamper your travel. It is considered the destination for thousands of motorcycle and sports car fans throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Can you brave it? Its best to be cautious as the turns are tight, but the Tail of the Dragon is guaranteed to be the ride of your life!
Leconte Events Center
Are you coming to and event or convention? We are the closest campground to Leconte Events Center! Located along the banks of the Little Pigeon River, in the heart of Pigeon Forge, the architecture and design of the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge exudes a mountain lodge ambiance. When the design and planning for this impressive this meeting facility and event space in East TN began, the name was chosen as a tribute to the buildings spectacular view of Mount LeConte in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.The mission of the center is to serve as a catalyst for development in the city, stimulate investment, create jobs, and create economic vitality and impact through scheduled functions that attract large numbers of out-of-town visitors. This is a state of the art event space in East TN.The city of Pigeon Forge invested $50 million to build the 232,000-square-foot LeConte Event Center, with the goal of attracting large assembly events, trade shows and expositions, competitive events and special events. Groups from 1,500 to 12,000 attend events in the 100,500-square-foot, clear-span exhibit space with up to 17 separate breakout rooms.This stunning facility has been awarded a Readers Choice Award, Rising Destination for Meetings Award and Top New Meeting Site Award byConvention South magazine. As a certified Tennessee Green Hospitality venue, the LeConte Event Center is committed to environmentally sustainable practices that continue to protect and enhance the natural beauty and health of the community.LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge opened for business on Oct. 9, 2013 and is the premier event space in East TN.
The luxurious family home of George and Edith Vanderbilt is a marvel of elegance and charm, as magnificent today as it was more than a century ago. Your self-guided house visit spans three floors and the basement. Youll see displays of vintage clothing, accessories, art, furniture, and more that tell stories and illustrate the lives of the Vanderbilt family, their guests, and employees. Get a close look at original art by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and John Singer Sargent. Marvel at magnificent 16th century tapestries, a Library with 10,000 volumes, a Banquet Hall with a 70-foot ceiling, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool, and a bowling alley. Almost all of the priceless objects that you see throughout the house are from George and Edith Vanderbilts original collection.
The Island in Pigeon Forge
Located just off the Pigeon Forge Parkway, The Island in Pigeon Forge is packed with things to do in the the Smokies! Come see The Great Smoky Mountain Wheelit's 200 feet tall with an amazing view of The Great Smoky Mountains! Pull up a rocking chair and enjoy the beautiful Island Show Fountain or check out our retail shops, restaurants and eateries, rides and games, live music, attractions and much more! Whether you came for a wedding, your honeymoon, or just a family vacation, come visit us in Pigeon Forge. We're just down the road from Gatlinburg and open 10 a.m. daily year round.
Set against the backdrop of the Smoky Mountain foothills, Douglas Reservoir is a popular recreation destination, known for picnicking, camping, boating, and fishing.Douglas and other TVA dams built during World War II made a historic contribution by providing hydropower to drive the war effort. The reservoir remains an integral unit in the overall water control system in the Tennessee Valley.Birdwatchers enjoy the fall migration of shore birds, wading birds, and other waterfowl that flock to Douglas from late July to early October. The birds rest and feed on the muddy shoreline and in areas of shallow water exposed as the level of the reservoir is lowered to winter flood control levels.
EVER WANTED TO TRY MOUNTAIN BIKING BUT WERE A LITTLE TOO NERVOUS TO GIVE IT A SHOT?Like a lot of outdoor sports, mountain biking can be difficult to try. CLIMB Works has solved the common concerns that keep most people from ever giving it a chance.Where do I go? Where can I get a mountain bike? Riding up and down a mountain sounds hard and dangerous. I don't have a bike or a bike rack. Will it take all day? Will I get lost in the woods?CLIMB Works brings mountain biking to anyone and everyone. We provide the trail, the bikes, and the experience. It's simple: Come. Rent. Ride.Our goal here at CLIMB Works is to push you a little out of your comfort zone at your own pace. If you feel comfortable riding a bike, have decent coordination, and are ready to sweat then you have what it takes.If you're a first-timer, our bike experts will be there to give you pointers and help you to have an incredible first experience. If you're an experienced rider, our world-class designed flow trail -- packed with rollers, berms, logs, bridges, and incredible wood features -- will give you all the excitement you'll want as you experience the Smokies from a whole new perspective!OUR RENTAL BIKESCLIMB Works offers high-end full-suspension Trek bikes that provide increased stability and control for men and women. Children ages 7 and up have youth bikes available. Because all our rentals are inspected before and after being ridden, we guarantee you a bike in great condition. Also, we've simplified our gear controls so newcomer and expert alike can shift gears easily making the experience more enjoyable.
CHALLENGE. LEARN. INSPIRE. MASTER. BELIEVE.Our mission is to get people out of their comfort zones in a safe and controlled environment.Adventure combined with nature creates a perfect balance. Adventure produces fear; nature promotes peace. With the two combined, we've found it to be a powerful way to change lives. Adventure gets a bad reputation for being dangerous. For us it's not about pushing to the extreme; it's about pushing beyond the comfortable.CLIMB, for us, is a way of life. In other words, it means to always challenge ourselves, always learn new things, always seek to inspire or be inspired until we overcome and master the challenge. Then we own that challenge. It's ours. We believe it.Proudly, we can say that CLIMB Works is what it is today because of a lot of sweat, sacrifice, teamwork, and all the right people at the right time. As we look back it's hard not to be in awe how it all came together, but that's what helps us know we're moving in the right direction.ALWAYS CLIMB
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.
Cal Ripken Experience
Opening Spring 2016! The Ripken Experience - Pigeon Forge will feature six fields that borrow designs from well-known professional ballparks.VIEW PLAN
- Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore, MD)
- Isotopes Stadium (Albuquerque, NM)
- Fluor Field (Greenville, SC)
- BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)
- Calfree Park (Pulaski, VA)
- Engel Stadium (Chattanooga, TN)
BUILT THE RIPKEN WAYFull synthetic turf. Lights on every field. Lighted training areas and batting cages.Our newest facility in Pigeon Forge features all of the big league amenities that teams have come to expect from the Ripken Experience.
River Walk Trail
The Riverwalk Greenway is nearly 2 miles long at this time; once completed the greenway will stretch from one side of Pigeon Forge to the other connecting residential areas to commercial developments.