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Why August is the Best Time to Visit Pigeon Forge

It’s hard to believe that summer will be coming to an end soon. If you haven’t already visited, it is time to head to Pigeon Forge and make some fun summer memories with your family. As always, the month of August is filled with fun activities that are sure to make your summer unforgettable. Here is a list of things to do during August in Pigeon Forge that you won’t want to miss!


A time to recognize and honor past and present heroes

Celebrate Freedom during August in Pigeon Forge

August is Celebrate Freedom month in Pigeon Forge. The city takes this opportunity to show its fine Southern hospitality by recognizing and honoring all the brave men and women who have fought and are still fighting for our freedom. Throughout the entire month of August, many of the local businesses and attractions in Pigeon Forge will be offering discounts for both active military personnel and veterans, and first responders, including police officers, firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians. It is a small way of saying “Thank You” for their service and sacrifices but a great big way to welcome these heroes to the Smokies!

A variety of businesses are showing their appreciation including lodging options, restaurants, attractions, entertainment shows, as well as many stores. The discounts are valid for the month of August only and eligible individuals must show a valid ID/proof of service. View and download military and first responder discounts for Celebrate Freedom.


Last chance for summer fun in the Smokies

Take advantage of nature’s beauty with a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains before the summer comes to an end. Summertime in the Smokies is a time for exploration and adventure with miles of hiking trails to explore and countless scenic overlooks that offer some of the most amazing mountain views that extend for miles. There’s something for everyone!

Family exploring Great Smoky Mountains National Park during summer in Pigeon Forge

Waterfall hikes, such as those to Rainbow Falls or Grotto Falls, are relatively easy hikes that offer some of the most amazing photo opportunities. Make sure to bring your camera to take pictures of the family standing behind one of them. Fishing is another fun activity within the national park. If you love to fish, grab your pole and cast a line in one of the many miles of fishable streams. Just make sure to purchase a fishing license before heading out on your adventure. Check out our guide for more fun things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


So many fun ways to cool off and take a break from the heat

While the temperatures are moderate most of the time, it’s easy to work up a sweat after spending some time hiking through the Smokies. But Pigeon Forge has you covered! You’ll find a nearly endless number of fun ways to cool off and beat the heat.

Pigeon Forge hotels with pools or water parks

Race down slides, plunge down falls, ride a wave or just float down a lazy river at Dollywood’s Splash Country. Or head to the river for a rafting trip. Whether you prefer to float down the river enjoying the scenery and taking dips in the swimming holes or racing through whitewater rapids, there’s a trip to accommodate all skill levels and preferences. Plan your stay in one of our Pigeon Forge hotels with pools or water parks, where you can splash and play in the water any time of the day.

Zip and soar through the trees on an alpine coaster

Cool off as you zip and soar through the trees on an alpine coaster or on a heart-pumping roller coaster ride at Dollywood or Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show and Adventure Park. Have fun and get wet while zorbing down a 1,000-foot hill on the H2OGO at  Outdoor Gravity Park. Go play in the snow at Pigeon Forge Snow. From snow tubing to snowball fights, there’s no better way to bring the temperatures down than with a visit to this winter wonderland!

There are plenty of other cool attractions throughout Pigeon Forge that you can duck into and soak up the air conditioning for a few hours. Or spend a few hours taking in one of our kid-friendly shows!

An even more satisfying way of cooling down on a hot day is with some cold, creamy and delicious ice cream. From ice cream made with liquid nitrogen to rolled ice cream to traditional ice cream cones with a scoop or two of your favorite flavors, you’re in for a treat at these ice cream shops in Pigeon Forge!


Make plans to visit Pigeon Forge before this summer comes to an end!!


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