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Springtime is a time of renewal. The spring wildflowers begin to bloom, the trees begin to fill with green foliage again, and the fields of green grass return. For the Great Smoky Mountains, this is a beautiful sight to see! Spring in the Smoky Mountains offers beautiful scenery and refreshing weather, making Pigeon Forge the perfect location for a spring family vacation.

Spring Wildflowers at Clingman's Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Spring Wildflowers at Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 

If you’re planning on coming to Pigeon Forge over the next few months, taking a trip to see spring wildflowers that bloom in the Smoky Mountains is a must.

 

Wildflowers that bloom during spring in the Great Smoky Mountains

Some of the earliest spring wildflowers to bloom in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) don’t even wait for spring. Ephemerals like daffodils, jonquils, chickweed and violets start blooming in late winter, sometimes as early as February.

  • Wild daffodils are some of the most common wildflowers you’ll see in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Daffodils have distinct white/pale yellowish petals and a yellow trumpet. These flowers are unique because once planted they tend to come back every year in bigger numbers than before. 
  • Jonquils are another common type of wildflower that are closely related to the daffodils. Jonquils have bright yellow petals and a matching yellow trumpet. Both jonquils and daffodils were very common around households in the pre-park days. If you come across a patch today, you’re likely standing where an old home site once stood.

In addition to names like “daffodils” and “jonquils”, these flowers were also referred to as “Easter flowers” by inhabitants of the Smokies. This is because the blooming period peaks around the same timeframe as the Christian holiday Easter.

Jonquils and Daffodils - Spring Wildflowers in the Smoky Mountains

Greenbrier, and specifically the Porters Creek area, is famous for its wildflowers. Trilliums, lady slippers, and the famous fringed phacelia will begin to sparkle throughout the Greenbrier area sometime in March or April.

  • White trillium are beautiful wildflowers typically found in the mid to lower elevations of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The large bell-shaped flower has three white leaves that surround a yellow center and turn pink with age.
  • White fringed phacelia are tiny delicate flowers that grow in large colonies throughout the park, typically in mid to high elevation areas. In the Porters Creek area of Greenbrier, these wildflowers blanket the ground during peak bloom. 

White Trillium Wildflowers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park  White fringed phacelia - wildflowers in Porters Creek area of Greenbrier in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

You’ve heard the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, that saying is certainly true in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Higher levels of precipitation mean even more rainfall accumulation at higher elevations up in the mountains. The additional rainfall results in even more spectacular wildflower displays during spring in the Smoky Mountains.

Several species of wildflowers that typically reach their peak during May include foam flower, rue anemone, yellow trillium, painted trillium, catesby trillium and little brown jugs.

  • Yellow trillium has a single yellow flower with petals that are narrow and stand erect. Yellow trillium is most often found in lower elevations of the park.
  • Painted trillium has three white leaves around a yellow center, with a maroon “v” painted near the bottom. These wildflowers are most often seen in higher elevations of the park. 
  • Crested dwarf iris is a unique wildflower with its blue/purple colors and petal-like sepals each dawning a yellow crest. These wildflowers often grow in large clumps in mid to low elevations and are especially beautiful after a recent rain when there are still drops on the petals. It’s the perfect opportunity to grab great photos!
  • Showy orchis has two long egg-shaped basal leaves and each flower has a pink or lilac-colored hood with a white lip. These unique flowers are typically seen in mid to lower elevations of the national park during the early part of May.
  • Dutchman’s britches has an appearance like that of a pair of pantaloons hung on the line to dry. This white flower hangs over a leafless stalk and is commonly seen throughout many different areas of the national park.

Dutchman’s Britches - Spring Wildflowers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 

Best places to see spring wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains

With more than 1,500 different kinds of flowering plants growing throughout Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you won’t have to go far to enjoy an amazing wildflower experience. Here are a few of the best places to see spring wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains.

  • Cades Cove is one of the best places to see daffodils and jonquils. After you enter the “loop” in Cades Cove, you’ll pass one of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps that were active in the 1930s. The flowers were planted in a pattern that spelled out “CO 5427”- the official name of the CCC camp. Today, these jonquils have multiplied and spread across the field, but if you look closely, you can still see the name of the camp spelled out by the patches of bright yellow flowers.
  • Schoolhouse Gap Trail features many early blooming spring and summer wildflowers. This scenic 2.2-mile trail starts at Laurel Creek Road and gradually inclines in elevation to School House Gap. You’ll see Virginia bluebells along the lower portions of this trail. And then pink lady’s slippers, golden aster, trillium and many more beautiful wildflowers as you proceed higher.
  • Little River Trail is a wide and flat graveled trail in the historical district of Elkmont that parallels the Little River. Along the lower portions of the trail are patches of rhododendron. And during spring, from mid-March through May, you’ll also see spring beauties and trailing arbutus.
  • Porters Creek in the Greenbrier area of the park has some of the most beautiful displays of spring wildflowers in the world. Just after you cross the large foot-log spanning Porter’s Creek, you’ll see fringed phacelia covering the ground during peak bloom. The terrain is covered with it all the way up to Walking Fern Falls. And purple dwarf irises grow in large clumps throughout the area. White trilliums begin to bloom in this area, but typically don’t peak until May. The same goes for the little white squirrel corn and Dutchman’s breeches. Mayapples, which are large umbrella-like plants, are plentiful here. And you’ll see the tall skinny bishop’s cap pretty much everywhere.
  • Gregory Bald, accessed via Gregory Ridge Trail in Cades Cove, is known for its incredible views any time of year. But a visit to Gregory Bald when the spectacular flame azaleas reach peak bloom around mid-to-late June is truly a sight to behold. The trailhead is located at the end of Forge Creek Road.
  • Middle Prong Trail, located in the Tremont area, near Townsend, is an amazing waterfall hike. This trail passes three major waterfalls, in addition to smaller falls and cascades. During spring and early summer, you’ll see violets, crested dwarf iris, wood sorrel and trilliums on the first two miles of this trail.

Make plans now to visit Pigeon Forge and discover the beauty of spring wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains!

 

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Your 2021 Guide to Spring Break in Pigeon Forge https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/your-perfect-pigeon-forge-spring-break Fri, 05 Feb 2021 20:42:38 +0000 https://www.mypigeonforge.com/?p=11519 From exploring the Great Smoky Mountains to racing go-karts to some of the best memories made at Dollywood, check out this list of some of the best spring break activities for kids in Pigeon Forge.

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Wondering what to do for Spring Break? Why, a trip to Pigeon Forge, of course!

As spring weather approaches, along with it comes the return of green leaves on the trees and the blooming of beautiful spring wildflowers. Pigeon Forge is truly magnificent during the spring months, making it an ideal choice for your spring break destination.

From exploring the Great Smoky Mountains to racing go-karts to some of the best memories made at Dollywood, check out this list of some of the best spring break activities for kids in Pigeon Forge. Use this 2021 spring break itinerary to start planning your family trip to the Great Smoky Mountains and enjoy a visit you will all cherish for years to come!

Best Pigeon Forge Spring Break Activities for Kids

Family spring hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Go hiking and explore the great outdoors

Spring is the perfect time of year for a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains. The transition of the seasons from winter to spring is one of the most beautiful times of year. Great Smoky Mountain National Park comes alive as the trees begin to dawn brilliant shades of green, wildflowers begin to blossom in an array of magnificent colors and wildlife begins to emerge from their months of hibernation.

The national park is home to over 800 miles of hiking trails for every age and ability, with some even leading to some of the most amazing waterfalls you will find anywhere. Check out some of the most popular spring hiking trails, as well as trails that are perfect for the kids.

Take a scenic drive and have a picnic

Cades Cove is known not only for its magnificent vistas, but also for having the largest variety of historic buildings in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A scenic drive on the 11-mile one-way Cades Cove Loop Road is one of the best ways to take in the beauty and splendor of Cades Cove. From restored churches to old grist mills to pioneer log cabins, you’ll find plenty of places to get out and enjoy the amazing mountain landscapes while learning about the area’s vast history. Pack a picnic lunch — it won’t be hard to find the perfect spot to enjoy it.

Go on an off-road adventure during spring break in Pigeon Forge

Go on an off-road adventure

Another great way to get out and see the beauty of the Smokies is with Pink Jeep Tours. Relax on a breathtaking guided tour of the Smoky Mountains in an iconic, open-air Pink Jeep. These guided trips last anywhere from 2 to 3 hours and offer the chance to see some of the most magnificent views the Smoky Mountains have to offer. It’s the perfect way to get great photos to share with family and friends, so make sure to bring your camera!

Family strolling the Riverwalk trail in Pigeon Forge during Spring Break

Go for a stroll and feed the ducks

The Riverwalk Greenway in Pigeon Forge runs along the Pigeon River, offering visitors and locals alike a spot to enjoy nature without ever leaving the city. You’ll find benches along the trail to stop and relax while the kids play. One of the entrances to the Riverwalk is at Patriot Park, which is another great spot to enjoy a beautiful spring day. Take some duck food with you as you are likely to see ducks swimming along in the Little Pigeon River at Patriot Park and as you continue your journey down the Riverwalk trail.

Race around the go-kart tracks

Get the kids away from their “screens” and spend an afternoon or evening at one of the go-kart tracks in Pigeon Forge. From go-kart tracks to bumper cars to a section filled with rides and activities for children, a variety of locations across the city offer plenty of fun ways to get out and enjoy time with the family, rain or shine. This realistic racing experience is offered on both indoor and outdoor tracks. Explore the best places to ride go-karts in Pigeon Forge.

Ride an alpine coaster during spring break in Pigeon Forge

Ride an alpine coaster or three

Pigeon Forge is known for its extensive selection of family fun attractions, and alpine coasters top the list! Enjoy incredible views as you twist and turn through tunnels and the mountain trees. If you’ve never been on an alpine coaster, this is definitely an experience you won’t soon forget! Learn more about the 3 best alpine coasters in Pigeon Forge.

Fun family dinner shows for Pigeon Forge spring break vacations

Enjoy a little horseplay at dinner

Scope out the schedules and book some family time together at one of the shows in Pigeon Forge. Younger kids will be delighted as they watch the famous pirate, Blackbeard, and his quarter master, Calico Jack, as an epic battle ensues at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show. From sword fighting to cannons blazing to pirates swinging from ship to ship, you’re sure to be amazed, all while enjoying a four-course feast fit for a pirate!

If you have animal lovers in your crew, an evening at Dolly Parton’s Stampede is a must. Come early to meet and greet the horses that perform in the show. Then, enjoy a classic four-course meal while being amazed at the main event featuring 32 horses and professional trick riders!

Find plenty of things to do during spring break at Dollywood

Spend a day at Dollywood

No spring break trip to Pigeon Forge would be complete without a day at Dollywood. And the park reopens just in time for spring on March 13th. Lovingly known as the only theme park with Southern charm, Dollywood offers rides, entertainment, handmade crafts and food that are sure to please visitors of all ages.

Enjoy thrill-rides like Lightning Rod, the world’s fastest wooden roller coaster, which are perfect for teenagers, to Dollywood’s Country Fair, an area designed especially for smaller children. And starting on April 23rd, the Dollywood Flower & Food Festival kicks off to delight guests with thousands of brilliant flowers and larger-than-life sculptures, including a butterfly umbrella.

Find fun family entertainment for spring break at The Island in Pigeon Forge

Get on island time

The Island in Pigeon Forge is ready to offer your family plenty of fun times too. With so many entertainment, food, and shopping options, you are sure to find something for everyone. The Island Fountains are a great spot for just hanging out as you watch the stunning presentation of water as it shoots 60 feet in the air to the sounds of music.

Keep the kids busy with a visit to The Island Ropes Course, a three-story adventure with thirty different elements, two zip lines and one simulated free fall. Enjoy a great meal at the Margaritaville Restaurant and spend some time browsing the many unique retail shops and local boutiques you’ll find throughout The Island.

 

Scenic beauty. Thrilling views. Unforgettable attractions. Mesmerizing shows. Pigeon Forge is the perfect recipe for an awesome family spring break vacation. The fun awaits you!

Check out even more fun and exciting things to do during Spring Break!

 

 

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Wilderness Wildlife Week Goes Virtual for 2021 https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/wilderness-wildlife-week-goes-virtual-for-2021 Thu, 21 Jan 2021 23:41:23 +0000 https://www.mypigeonforge.com/?p=22716 Join us February 2-4, 2021 as we celebrate the natural features, creatures and cultures of the Great Smoky Mountains during Pigeon Forge, Tennessee’s Virtual Wilderness Wildlife Week!

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Celebrate the Great Smoky Mountains during Wilderness Wildlife Week

Registration is now open for Pigeon Forge, Tennessee’s Virtual Wilderness Wildlife Week, taking place online this year!  Join us February 2-4, 2021 as we celebrate the natural features, creatures and cultures of the Great Smoky Mountains with an exciting lineup of online speakers, panels and lots of fun online content.

For many years, Wilderness Wildlife Week has offered a great way for families to share and experience the unique and wondrous aspects of nature that abound in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And this year will be no different! Whether you are young or just young at heart, if you have a love for the outdoors, then Wilderness Wildlife Week is for you!

Explore the Great Smoky Mountains during Wilderness Wildlife Week

The Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism has invited some of the leading wildlife experts to lead informative discussions and take you on an adventure into the great outdoors, all from the comfort of your home. If you are looking for some educational fun for students, Wilderness Wildlife Week is a great way to let students have fun and ask questions about nature, all while learning at the same time.

Learn about birds of prey during Wilderness Wildlife Week

Learn about birds of prey or everything you need to know about bears. Listen to stories of Appalachian history. See a live showcase of artisans and crafters. Take a virtual Smoky Mountain field trip. Register for as many individual Wilderness Wildlife Week program sessions as you want. Each program lasts 45 minutes and all programs are available free of charge! For any questions regarding this year’s event, email PigeonForgeVirtualEvents@gmail.com.

 

Wilderness Wildlife Week Programs

Tuesday Programs:

  • Though the Mountains Tremble, We Keep Looking Up: Celebrating the Treasures of the Smokies with Ken Jenkins
  • Fox Tails: Learn about the Red Fox’s Behaviors, Eating Habits and General Facts Up Close & Personal with Rhonda Goins & Gail Stout
  • Virtual Smoky Mountains Field Trip No. 1
  • Birds of Prey Showcase with the American Eagle Foundation
  • The Walker Sisters of Little Greenbrier with Robin Goddard
  • All About Bears with Joel & Kathy Zachry

Wednesday Programs:

  • The Wolves of Bays Mountain: The Lives & Behaviors of Wild, Captive Gray Wolves with Rhonda Goins & Gail Stout
  • Appalachian History and Stories with The Salt Maker Jim Bordwine
  • Live Showcase of Artisans & Crafters
  • The Miracle of Metamorphosis with Stephen Lyn Bales
  • Music of Our American Roots with the Lost Mill String Band
  • Kudzu: Examining Its Effect & Exploring Solutions with Kristine Johnson

Thursday Programs:

  • Let’s Talk Trash in Bear Country with Joey Holt
  • American Eagle Foundation’s Raptor Rehabilitation Program: What It Takes to Rehab and Release a Bird of Prey with Nancy Zagaya
  • Virtual Smoky Mountains Field Trip No. 2
  • Smoky Mountains Kinfolk: Stories & Songs with Mike & Kathy Gwinn
  • Bobcat Tails: Learn Bobcat Facts & Behaviors Up Close & Personal with Rhonda Goins & Gail Stout
  • Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring True Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail with Ben Montgomery & special guest Anne Van Curen (portraying Grandma Gatewood)

 

 

Don’t wait! Register now for the 2021 Virtual Wilderness Wildlife Week! We look forward to exploring with you!

 

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Top 10 Activities for a Couple’s Getaway to Pigeon Forge https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/top-10-activities-for-a-couples-getaway https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/top-10-activities-for-a-couples-getaway#comments Wed, 13 Jan 2021 19:25:08 +0000 http://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/?p=4117 Looking for things to do on your couple's getaway to Pigeon Forge? You’ll find plenty of activities and things to do for couples in Pigeon Forge to make it the perfect escape!

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Looking for things to do on your couple’s getaway to Pigeon Forge? You’ll find plenty of activities and things to do for couples in Pigeon Forge to make it the perfect escape! From strolls along the riverwalk to scenic drives in the Smoky Mountains to a romantic dinner for two, explore all there is to do and make memories with your special someone in Pigeon Forge.

1. Conquer the wine trail

Pigeon Forge and the surrounding Smoky Mountain towns offer a variety of locations for wine tours and tastings. Make plans to tour of one of the local wineries such as Mountain Valley Winery or Mill Bridge Winery, then hit the trail to sample over 70 unique varieties of wine.

2. Stroll along the Little Pigeon River

Sometimes it is nice to just avoid the busyness and crowds of places and stroll hand in hand down the quiet and peaceful Little Pigeon River that flows through town…maybe even feed the ducks along the way!

the Great Smoky Mountain Ferris wheel in Pigeon Forge TN

3. Enjoy the views from atop the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

Get a birds eye view of the amazing Smoky Mountains from atop the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge.  At night, the ferris wheel lights up the night with its brilliant colors. The Island also offers a great selection of shops to browse through. Grab a drink and a bite to eat at any one of the great restaurants you’ll find such as Dick’s Last Resort or Timberwood Grill.

4. Go for a scenic drive in the Smokies

Great Smoky Mountains National Park not only has plenty of fun and free activities, it is also a great place to spend quality time together. Pack a picnic lunch and head for Cades Cove, one of the most scenic spots in the National Park. Or hop in the car and take a scenic drive along the 11-mile Cades Cove Loop Road where you’ll find historic cabins, stunning views and even a chance to spot wildlife along the way.

Explore the Smoky Mountains on Your Couples Getaway to PIgeon Forge

5. Go horseback riding

The national park offers so much to explore that one day is often not enough to fit everything in. If you’re planning on staying in Pigeon Forge for a few days, it may be fun to see the sights from a different perspective. Horseback riding is a great way to explore the trails and take in even more amazing views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

6. Indulge in a couple’s spa day

Pigeon Forge offers an amazing mix of both relaxation and entertainment. Spend a day with that special someone at one of our Pigeon Forge spas. The Spa at RiverStone Resort and St. Somewhere Spa offer a wide variety of tranquil treatments that can be customized to your needs. A couple’s massage is the perfect way to  relax and enjoy some quality time together.

7. Have a romantic dinner for two

Your couples getaway to Pigeon Forge just wouldn’t be complete without a romantic dinner for two! Wine and dine your sweetheart at one of our romantic restaurants. Alamo Steakhouse offers an intimate environment as well as great food, making it the perfect spot for an incredible date night! Explore more fun date night ideas in Pigeon Forge.

Pigeon Forge Shows - Country Tonite Theatre

8. Enjoy an evening of laughter and entertainment

Shows in Pigeon Forge offer the perfect spot for an evening of non-stop laughter and entertainment! Not to mention, many of the Pigeon Forge dinner shows serve multi-course meals during the show. Enjoy singing and dancing, feats of strengh, jaw-dropping stunts and side-splitting comedy at Hatfield & McCoy’s Dinner Feud or enjoy hilarious comedy acts and music from some of the best country music artists in the country at Country Tonite Theatre.

9. Go head-to-head, or sit back and enjoy the view

Many of Pigeon Forge’s attractions are open year-round, and Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to challenge your loved one to some competitive fun at Crave Golf Club, or any of Pigeon Forge’s other miniature golf courses. Or, if you’re in the need for speed, challenge your sweetheart to some racing action at Xtreme Racing Center. If you’re both up for something a little less competitive, enjoy the scenic 360° Smoky Mountain views as you ride along one of our alpine coasters.

Rent a cabin for a couples getaway in Pigeon Forge TN

10. Plan a romantic stay in a cabin or chalet

If you are a city dweller, it is nice to get away for a change of pace and scenery. Pigeon Forge is the perfect place for a couple’s getaway in the Great Smoky Mountains and experiencing it from the comforts of a cozy cabin is a great bonus after spending a fun-filled day exploring all there is to see and do in Pigeon Forge.

 

Whether you’re looking for plenty of ways to relax or if you’re ready to head out on an incredible adventure, you’ll find plenty of ways to enjoy your couple’s getaway to Pigeon Forge. Start planning your trip to Pigeon Forge and make lasting memories with your special someone that will be remembered for years to come!

 

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Winter Hiking in the Smoky Mountains https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/winter-hiking-pigeon-forge Fri, 08 Jan 2021 19:54:10 +0000 http://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/?p=6553 Winter offers many opportunities to get out and enjoy the beauty and splendor of nature, and a winter hike in the Smoky Mountains is one of the best ways to experience it.

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It is easy to see why millions of sightseers, hikers, and campers flock to the Smoky Mountains during the summer and fall months each year. But what about during the colder winter months? Great Smoky Mountains National Park is open year-round, and each season boasts its own unique set of experiences. Winter offers many opportunities to get out and enjoy the beauty and splendor of nature, and a winter hike in the Smoky Mountains is one of the best ways to experience it. Pack warm clothes, winter hiking boots, and always check the conditions of the park and roads to be fully prepared before your visit!

Snow at Rainbow Falls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Snow at Rainbow Falls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Incredible Winter Views of the Great Smoky Mountains

Winter is a beautiful time of year for a visit to the Smoky Mountains. The stunning colors of the fall season have vanished, but what comes next is just as amazing. Once all the leaves have fallen from the trees, views of the mountaintops are suddenly extended for miles. Snowcapped mountain peaks make for even more breathtaking views. You won’t find incredible views of the Smoky Mountains like this any other time of year.

Scenic winter mountain views from Newfound Gap in the Smoky Mountains
Scenic winter mountain views from Newfound Gap in the Smoky Mountains

Does it Snow in the Smoky Mountains?

Lower elevations in Great Smoky Mountains National Park typically see several snowfalls each winter, while higher elevations tend to get more snow more frequently. Although many winter days see temperatures of 50 degrees or higher, the lows tend to range at or below freezing. It is important to check the conditions of the park and its roads any time you are planning a visit during the winter months. For the latest information on road conditions, check the Great Smoky Mountains National Park website or call (865) 436-1200.

If you have never seen snow in the Smokies, you are missing out on some beautiful scenery. Winter snowfalls, frozen waterfalls, and hanging icicles offer ample opportunities for capturing some amazing winter photos.

You also have an opportunity to spot wildlife during the winter in the Smoky Mountains. Watch for animal prints if there is snow as you venture down the trails. Just remember to maintain a safe distance from the animals. Check out some of our wildlife safety tips before you head out.

Spot deer and other wildlife during winter hikes in the Smoky Mountains
Spot deer and other wildlife during winter hikes in the Smoky Mountains

Can You Hike the Smoky Mountains in the Winter?

Hiking is a popular activity in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the winter season is no different. Roads and trails that are typically filled with visitors during the summer months are quieter and those willing to brave the cooler weather will enjoy a more tranquil experience on the hiking trails. Winter is the perfect time to find a little bit of peace within nature here in the Smokies.

There are a few winter road closures that take place seasonally in the Smoky Mountains. Clingmans Dome Road, Little Greenbrier Road, Parsons Branch Road, and Roaring Fork Mountain are closed to motor vehicles each year beginning in the fall and then reopening in the spring.

If weather conditions remain favorable, US-441 (Newfound Gap Road), Little River Road, and Cades Cove Loop Road remain open throughout the winter months. Because Newfound Gap typically sees several feet of snow each year, temporary road closures are frequently put in place, so checking road conditions prior to setting out is a must.

If you are planning a winter hike in the Smoky Mountains, remember that weather conditions can change quickly, so being prepared is of utmost importance. Temperatures will vary at different elevations and hypothermia can set in quickly, so hikers are encouraged to wear layers of non-cotton material to help prevent heat loss. Bringing a thermos filled with hot cocoa or coffee along with you is another great way to help keep you warm during your adventure. 

Best Winter Hikes in the Smoky Mountains

The winter months are one of the best times of year to enjoy the more popular Smoky Mountain hiking trails if you are looking for less congestion and more opportunities for sightseeing. While some of the park’s trails may remain snow free throughout most of the season, others may be icy or completely buried in snowdrifts. It’s a good idea to bring along a trekking pole, and for those planning on hitting the trails located in higher elevations, make sure to pack crampons for boots to make getting through the icy conditions a little easier.

Laurel Falls is one of the most popular hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during the summer and fall months. With its paved trail and spectacular waterfall, which often accumulates ice formations during the snowy winter months, Laurel Falls is also one of the top winter hiking trails in the Smokies.

Snow covering the leaves at Laurel Falls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Snow covering the leaves at Laurel Falls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  • Grapeyard Ridge Trail in Greenbrier

With less foliage to camouflage old home sites and farmsteads, winter is a great time to take historical hikes. Prior to the creation of the national park in 1934 hundreds of families lived in the Smokies and many remnants of their legacies are still standing today. Old engine wrecks can be found from a time when railroads were one of the primary methods of transportation through the mountains. The Grapeyard Ridge trail in Greenbrier is an excellent place to see one of these wrecks as the old engine, which turned over in the creek, is still largely intact.

Another option that tops the list of best winter hiking trails is Alum Cave Trail. Alum Cave is a concaved bluff that towers nearly 80 feet above the trail. During the winter months, droplets coming off the ledges above the bluff form into large icicles.

Snow and icicles on Alum Cave Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Snow and icicles on Alum Cave Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Schoolhouse Gap is another family friendly winter hiking trail that is located near Cades Cove. The trail is relatively short and is one of the trails where hikers are most likely to spot wildlife. Cades Cove is also home to many cabins and historic sites, many of which have been restored to how they looked over 150 years ago.

Sunrise on a frosty landscape at Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Sunrise on a frosty landscape at Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Porters Creek is one of the easiest winter hiking trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, making it a popular option for families with children. Situated in lower elevations, this trail is easily accessible by car, with gentle climbs that lead to spectacular views of Fern Branch Falls.

Plan Your Winter Getaway in our Cozy Smoky Mountain Cabins

Make your fun winter hiking adventure even more memorable when you book your stay in one of our cozy Smoky Mountain cabins or chalets. Wake up each morning and have your coffee out on the deck while taking in the incredible mountain views. After a full day spent exploring your favorite winter hiking trails, spend your evenings cuddled up next to the fireplace sipping on hot chocolate, or relaxing in your own private hot tub. Our Smoky Mountain cabins offer all the comforts of home, so you can enjoy the perfect winter retreat!

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over, it is time to relax and have a little fun. And if the thought of seeing snow and donning your favorite stocking hat and mittens gets you excited, then a fun winter getaway to the Smoky Mountains should be at the top of your to-do list. So, don’t wait…pack your bags, grab the kids, and make your way to the Great Smoky Mountains for a fun winter hiking adventure!

 

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Where to See Holiday Lights in Pigeon Forge https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/where-to-see-holiday-lights-in-pigeon-forge Thu, 07 Jan 2021 17:07:26 +0000 https://www.mypigeonforge.com/?p=22598 If you haven’t yet made it to see the spectacular lights of Smoky Mountain Winterfest, you still have time. Here are a few of the holiday lights in Pigeon Forge you won’t want to miss out on!

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Winterfest holiday lights bring a sparkle to Pigeon Forge from early November through the middle of February. To get ready for the magical moment when the light displays are first turned on, we start working in mid-summer, checking millions of light bulbs to ensure all are ready to glow for Winterfest. Once everything is ready to go, it takes approximately two months to put the displays up and about a month to take them down when Winterfest ends.

Locals and guests alike are delighted each year to see the twinkling holiday lights in Pigeon Forge, that literally set the town aglow. If you haven’t yet made it to see the spectacular lights of Smoky Mountain Winterfest, you still have time. Here are a few of the holiday lights in Pigeon Forge you won’t want to miss out on!

  1. Winter Wonderland Bridges

Travel through the bridges of Pigeon Forge, located on Jake Thomas Road and East Wears Valley Road. Twinkling icicles “drip” from the top of the bridges, which are surrounded by towering 35-foot-tall trees.

Winterfest Winter Wonderland Bridges in Pigeon Forge

  1. Old Mill Scene

With more than 6,000 sparkling lights, a spinning waterwheel and a flowing river, it’s easy to see why this display is a long-time favorite of our Winterfest guests. The scene was designed to reflect the city’s own Old Mill, one of Pigeon Forge’s earliest and most iconic businesses.

Family in front of Winterfest Old Mill Scene

  1. Patriot Park

Patriot Park is home to the largest collection of Winterfest light displays, all with a distinctly Americana theme. This grouping includes a paddlewheel-driven riverboat, the rolling waves From Sea to Shining Sea, and a multi-display salute to America’s Armed Forces. The display depicting the flag being raised at Iwo Jima stands 40 feet tall.

Holiday Lights at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge

  1. Old Mill Square Bridge

Pigeon Forge welcomes you to Old Mill Square, with its own version of a covered bridge, one made of thousands of twinkling lights that lead to one of the most historic areas of Pigeon Forge. Old Mill Square is home to one of the oldest businesses in Pigeon Forge. The Mill, built in 1830, still grinds corn and wheat used in today’s recipes at Old Mill Restaurant and Pottery House Café & Grille.

Old Mill Square Bridge Winterfest Holiday Lights in Pigeon Forge

  1. Fairytale Characters Along the Parkway

Nothing stirs up precious childhood memories like the magic of a fairytale, so look for some of your favorite characters as they light up the Pigeon Forge Parkway. You’ll find Mother Goose, the giant clock from Hickory Dickory Dock, the cat and fiddle of Hey Diddle Diddle fame, and Humpty Dumpty, complete with all the king’s horses and all the king’s men. Animation adds to the charm of these displays, so take a moment to watch the stories come to life.

Fantasy Lane Holiday Lights in Pigeon Forge

  1. Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Dolly Parton’s Stampede pulls out all the stops when it comes to decorating for the holidays. One of the highlights is their 60-foot-tall tree, adorned with colorful lights, ribbons and sparkling ornaments from the very bottom to the twinkling star on top. Add this heartwarming holiday show to your to-do list for the 2021 holidays!

Holiday Lights at Dolly Partons Stampede in Pigeon Forge

  1. The Island in Pigeon Forge

Sparkling lights, giant ornaments, and tall, tall trees are seen on Island Drive and throughout the Island in Pigeon Forge. Even the 200-foot-tall Great Smoky Mountain Wheel shows off the holiday spirit with red, green and white lights. You will find restaurants, attractions, shopping and entertainment for the whole family at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

Family Enjoying Christmas at The Island in Pigeon Forge

  1. Winterfest Express

This delightful and colorful Winterfest train is ready to leave its three-dimensional station for a scenic winter excursion through the Smoky Mountains. Nothing beats the scenic drive through town to see all the magical holiday lights that abound in Pigeon Forge.

Winterfest Train Holiday Lights in Pigeon Forge

  1. Inn at Christmas Place & Christmas Place

No place takes Christmas as seriously as they do at the Incredible Christmas Place and the Inn at Christmas Place. At these unique places, visitors can celebrate Christmas every day! From shopping for your favorite Christmas collectibles at the Christmas Place to visits from Santa when you stay in one of the beautifully decorated suites at the Inn at Christmas Place, the memories you make here will last a lifetime!

Holiday Lights at Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge

  1. Welcome to Pigeon Forge Winterfest

The welcome sign is always out in Pigeon Forge, and Winterfest is no exception. This display welcomes friends, neighbors and guests to our celebration of winter in the Smokies. Just download the Winterfest Driving Tour Map and you’re ready to get started!

Winterfest Holiday Lights in Pigeon Forge

 

Winterfest offers the perfect occasion to make precious memories with your family and friends. The fun only continues for a few more weeks, so make plans now to come see all of the amazing holiday lights in Pigeon Forge!

 

 

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Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Lights Up the Winter Night Sky https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/dollywoods-smoky-mountain-christmas https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/dollywoods-smoky-mountain-christmas#respond Mon, 28 Dec 2020 20:00:14 +0000 http://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/?p=4411 Take in the experience of a traditional Christmas in the Smoky Mountains with Dollywood’s award-winning festival, named the best in America for over a decade. Gaze in awe at over 5 million glistening lights during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, and for the first time ever, fireworks that light up the sky. Here are just a […]

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Take in the experience of a traditional Christmas in the Smoky Mountains with Dollywood’s award-winning festival, named the best in America for over a decade. Gaze in awe at over 5 million glistening lights during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, and for the first time ever, fireworks that light up the sky.

Here are just a few of the ways Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas is lighting up the winter night sky this holiday season.

 

Stroll through a winter wonderland at Glacier Ridge

Glacier Ridge is Dollywood’s largest Christmas expansion since the festival began in 1990! The area stretches from Timber Canyon to the top of Craftsman’s Valley (it mirrors the footsteps of Great Pumpkin LumiNights). This amazing winter experience is sure to inspire and delight guests both young and old alike.

 

See a dazzling Christmas tree light show

One of the highlights of Glacier Ridge is the Wonderful Christmas! tree show located in The Plaza at Wilderness Pass. The tree stands 50-feet tall (even taller if you count the star on top) and is much different from any Christmas tree you will ever come across. Beginning at 6 p.m. every night (and every half hour after that), the tree sparkles to life to present a fully-synchronized, dazzling light show! Everything about this tree is far more than you can imagine: the animation, twinkling lights, the music. Even snow begins to fall during the performance to create a winter wonderland experience you’ll never forget.

 

Experience the Northern Lights

Dollywood Northern Lights

One of the must-see displays at Dollywood is the Northern Lights! It’s Tennessee’s take on aurora and it’s absolutely breathtaking. Situated between the Tennessee Tornado and Blazing Fury ride, take a leisurely stroll through this area with a hot chocolate in hand. You will be left in complete awe!

 

Soar above the lights on night rides at Dollywood

Dollywood Christmas Mystery Mine

Roller coasters are fun during the day, but even better at night. Pick your favorite rides and soar above Dollywood, getting a glimpse of the 5 million lights throughout the park. As always, guests can experience Dollywood’s world-class rides amidst the hustle and bustle of the park during the holidays, as most rides are operational during the Christmas season. Nothing compares to racing quickly through the night sky with millions of lights twinkling below.

Note: For guests’ safety, some attractions may not be operating due to low temperatures. 

 

Stay at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa for an even more special holiday experience

Make your visit to Pigeon Forge even more special by staying at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa. This 300-room resort is the perfect location for a Smoky Mountain holiday vacation with its luxurious accommodations, indoor and outdoor pools, unique restaurant experience and full-service spa.

In addition to being loaded with amenities, the entire resort is exquisitely decorated for the holiday season. Watch the video above to get the inside scoop from the team that decorates Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa each year.

 

Make Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas your family tradition

Dollywood Christmas Sign

Continue your family’s favorite holiday traditions this year at Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas with award-winning shows, culinary delights, seasonal shopping and, most importantly, the light that brings us all closer together. Wrap your family in the light of the season this Christmas at Dollywood through January 3rd!

*Season Pass reservations are full for the remainder of the 2020 Season. Limited availability at the gate will be made as capacity allows. For more information, visit Dollywood’s official website here

 

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Where to Stay in Pigeon Forge – Cabins vs Hotels https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/cabins-vs-hotels-where-to-stay-in-pigeon-forge Tue, 22 Dec 2020 22:54:31 +0000 https://www.mypigeonforge.com/?p=14249 Wherever you chose to stay in one of our cozy cabins or are looking for hotels packed with amenities, you are sure to have a great visit no matter where you stay in Pigeon Forge!

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Deciding where to stay in Pigeon Forge during your visit can be difficult with all the great lodging options that are available. Whether you are planning a family vacation, romantic weekend, girlfriends’ getaway or winter break, Pigeon Forge offers more than 14,500 places to rest your head. So, when we say there is something for everyone, we mean it!

Pigeon Forge hotels and resorts are packed with tons of great amenities and plenty of room to stretch out and make yourself at home. Secluded cabins and chalets are also popular lodging options. With spacious accommodations, vacation is more like a slumber party nestled in the foothills. If you travel with a pet, there are also plenty of pet-friendly hotels and cabins from which to choose.

Here are a few things to consider when trying to decide where to stay in Pigeon Forge.

 

11 Reasons to Stay at Cabins in Pigeon Forge

Amazing mountain views at Pigeon Forge cabins

Pigeon Forge cabins and chalets allow you to enjoy an authentic Smoky Mountain experience. Surrounded by mountains, woods, wildlife and amazing views, our cabins offer a unique and fun way to enjoy your vacation. Pigeon Forge cabins are just a stone’s throw from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a 500,000-acre year-round playground, offering an abundance of opportunities to stay close to nature and enjoy long days spent exploring all that the park has to offer.

Cabins are also the perfect option for accommodating larger families and groups. With options ranging from one to five or more bedrooms, you are sure to find something to fit your needs.

  1. Tons of incredible cabin amenities to choose from. From incredible views and full kitchens to washers and dryers, game rooms, WiFi and more, cabins in Pigeon Forge are fully equipped to make your stay as memorable as possible.
  2. Enjoy some of the most amazing views of the Smoky Mountains. Sit in a rocker on the porch while drinking your morning coffee and breathing in the fresh mountain air. You will also be able to take in some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets you will find anywhere.
  3. Keep the family entertained with game rooms and theater rooms. Some of our cabins are equipped with game rooms featuring pool tables and other indoor games, perfect for staying in and enjoying a family game night. You can also bring along any of your favorite games. Or curl up in one of the seats in the theater room to watch some of your favorite family flicks.
  4. Enjoy a spectacular setting, perfect for exploring the great outdoors. Explore one of nature’s most spectacular settings with more than 800 miles of hiking trails available within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Take a scenic drive along the Cades Cove loop to see historic churches, log houses, a gristmill, barns, and other early-American structures. A short walk to Clingmans Dome reveals spectacular views during every season.
  5. Get up-close with nature. Catch a glimpse of black bears, white tailed deer, turkeys and more that roam throughout the national park. Or marvel at more than 1,500 kinds of flowering plants, more than any other American national park.Pigeon Forge cabins with game rooms
  6. Relax in a private hot tub or jacuzzi. After a long day spent exploring the park or nearby attractions in Pigeon Forge, relax in your own private hot tub and listen to the sounds of nature or rejuvenate yourself in one of our cabins with a jacuzzi.
  7. Fully-equipped kitchens make your stay affordable and convenient. From quick meals to large family dinners, our cabins with fully-equipped kitchens make it easy to enjoy home cooked meals of any size. And it is a great way to save money during your stay and spend as much time with your loved ones as possible.
  8. Snuggle up in front of the fireplace. Your family will stay warm and cozy with a cup of hot chocolate in front of the fireplace after playing in the snow.
  9. Plenty of space to accommodate families small or large. Cabins in Pigeon Forge offer even more space than hotels, making it easy for even larger families to be together. Choose from fully furnished cabins offering up to 9 bedrooms.
  10. Easy access to make getting around town a breeze. Cabins in Pigeon Forge are located just a short drive away from lots of great attractions, restaurants, and shopping. Plan to take Pigeon Forge Mass Transit to get around during your stay. Fares range from $1 to $3, and children under 3, ride for free. All trolley routes begin and end at the Trolley Station located at Patriot Park at Traffic Light #7. 
  11. Cabin discounts and coupons help you save money. Book one of our cabins in Pigeon Forge offering discounted nightly rates, so you have more money to spend enjoying all the fun attractions and award-winning shows Pigeon Forge has to offer.

 

11 Reasons to Stay at Hotels in Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge hotels are just steps away from top attractions and restaurants

If you like to be close to the action, then Pigeon Forge hotels are the perfect solution for your stay. Choose from a wide selection of hotels along the Parkway that put you just steps away from top attractions and an abundance of things to do.

Pigeon Forge hotels also offer some great amenities that make it easy to pamper yourself while on vacation. From daily housekeeping to pools and waterparks, fitness centers, and concierge services, you are sure to find the perfect hotel to suit both your needs and your budget.

  1. Complimentary breakfast to start your day off right. Many hotels throughout the area offer a free daily hot breakfast, making it easy to grab a bite and head off for another fun-filled day of adventure with the family in Pigeon Forge.
  2. Tons of great amenities to help you enjoy your stay. Relax and enjoy a stress-free vacation without all the work. From housekeeping service to fully-equipped kitchens to free high-speed Internet, choose a hotel that offers the perfect amenities to suit your needs.
  3. Game rooms packed full of fun. Several of our hotels offer game rooms that are perfect for keeping kids of all ages entertained indoors or for having a little friendly family competition. Play a game of pool or air hockey or try your hand at some of the arcade games for a chance to win prizes.
  4. Rooms with amazing views. Request a hotel room with a private balcony offering views of the Parkway to watch the activity that abounds along this famous road. Or for a more relaxing experience, opt for a private balcony that offers a view of the mountains or the Little Pigeon River so you can sit back and take in all the fresh mountain air.
  5. Indoor and outdoor pools so you can splash around during any season. During the warmer months, spend lazy days poolside at the hotel while the kids splash and play in all the fun water attractions that range from slides to lazy rivers to waterparks. And during the cooler months, indoor pools and hot tubs offer plenty of ways to keep the entire family entertained for hours.Pigeon Forge hotels with indoor and outdoor pools
  6. Great dining options only steps away. Several hotels throughout town offer on-site dining options. And there are dining options for foodies of all types to choose from just steps away from your hotel room. From signature Southern favorites to dishes with an international flair, you are sure to find your comfort food here.
  7. Plenty of ways to pamper yourself. A few of our Pigeon Forge hotels and resorts come complete with spas that offer a variety of ways to relax and enjoy your time in the Smokies. From massages to manicures and more, make time to unwind during your visit.
  8. Enjoy plenty of ways to cozy up and stay warm. From rooms with indoor fireplaces perfect for snuggling up with that special someone to outdoor fireplaces where the whole family can sit around and enjoy a night under the stars, you will be sure to stay warm and toasty.
  9. Stay close to fun attractions. With more than 80 attractions in Pigeon Forge, your choices are seemingly endless. From go-carts and drop towers to indoor snow tubing, Alpine mountain coasters and so much more, you will find countless attractions within walking distance from our hotels.
  10. Comfortable rooms with enough space for everyone. Hotels offer varying types of rooms that will each sleep a different number of people, so you can choose the option that best suits your needs. If you are planning a stay for a larger family, get rooms with adjoining doors and bunk beds that make it easy to keep the entire family together.
  11. Hotel discounts and coupons to make your stay affordable. Certain hotels and resorts in Pigeon Forge offer discounts and coupons on hotel room nights. Or book a hotel vacation package offering savings on your hotel stay, as well as discounted tickets to top attractions and shows in Pigeon Forge.

 

Browse a complete list of hotels and cabins in Pigeon Forge, along with amenities and location, to find and reserve the lodging that fits your needs. Whether you choose to stay in one of our cozy cabins or are looking for hotels packed with amenities, you are sure to have a great visit no matter where you stay in Pigeon Forge! Start planning your visit today!

 

 

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Top 5 Things To Do in December in Pigeon Forge https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/top-5-things-to-do-in-december Thu, 10 Dec 2020 17:05:05 +0000 http://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/?p=6519 From Winterfest holiday lights to Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas and lots of great holiday shows, discover the top 5 things to do in December in Pigeon Forge.

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If you are planning on visiting Pigeon Forge during the month of December, there are definitely some things that you just don’t want to miss out on. From new and exciting holiday shows to decked out attractions, plenty of shopping, and the glowing lights of Winterfest, the Smoky Mountains offer plenty of ways to entertain your family during the holiday season.

To make your visit as enjoyable and memorable as possible, add these top 5 things to do in Pigeon Forge in December to your to-do list.

 

  1. See Millions of Holiday Lights on the Winterfest Lights Driving Tour

Winterfest Pigeon Forge Holiday Light Display

Pigeon Forge is decked out with over 5 million twinkling Winterfest lights that can be seen throughout the city this time of year. Whether you prefer to enjoy the holiday lights and décor while strolling through town visiting shops and attractions or go on the Winterfest Lights Driving Tour, you will feel the spirit of the season all around. The driving tour is a great way to spend some quality time with the family while taking in the splendor of all the holiday light displays. Simply download the Winterfest Driving Tour Map and enjoy the drive! If you are not able to visit during December, don’t worry, the Winterfest lights shine bright from mid-November through mid-February each year.

 

  1. Celebrate the Holiday Season at Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

Celebrate the holiday season at Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas

In addition to Pigeon Forge’s Winterfest lights, Dollywood strings up another 5 million lights throughout the inside of the park. If you’ve never seen Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, this will truly be a special treat for your family. You are sure to be delighted by the holiday lights, spectacular holiday performances and special visitors roaming the park. Enjoy a hot wassail while admiring trees with every branch glowing with lights. Take the kids to get a peek inside Santa’s cabin to see if their names are on the naughty or nice list, and have their photo taken while peering inside. It is a special time of year at the theme park and you will feel it everywhere you turn.  The kids are sure to love the magic feel of the season and the adults will love watching them soak it all in.

 

  1. Wrap Up Your Holiday Shopping at The Incredible Christmas Place

Wrap up your holiday shopping at Incredible Christmas Place

For most of us, December is spent counting down the days until Christmas, and no place will get you more excited for the holidays than The Incredible Christmas Place. Whether you are looking for a special gift, an addition to your family Christmas tree, or just wanting to bask in all things Christmas-related, this is the place! There is something for all ages, boys and girls, kids and adults.   You will love the look on their faces on Christmas morning as they open their Smoky Mountain treasures.

 

  1. Enjoy Spectacular Holiday Shows at Local Theaters

See the amazing Christmas show at Dolly Parton's Stampede

Many of the theaters in Pigeon Forge transform their shows just for the holiday season, beginning around the first of November, and continuing through Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Get into the spirit of the season by taking the family to see a different holiday show each day during your stay in Pigeon Forge. From holiday twists on sporting competitions at Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Christmas Show to crazy Christmas fun at the Comedy Barn Christmas Show to a battle between the North and South Pole at Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede, holiday shows in Pigeon Forge are ready to entertain you with their best. And most are offering several shows a day so it will be easy to fit into your daily itinerary.

 

  1. Plan a visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Visit Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the best things to do in December in Pigeon Forge. The leaves have all fallen which makes for some incredible mountain views. Who knows, you may even get to see a little snow! So be sure to bring your camera for those photo opportunities. Experience the winter season and all the natural beauty it brings with a winter hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is also the perfect way to spend a relaxing day away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy some quiet time with the family to reflect on what the year has brought.

 

The holiday season is such a fun and exciting time of year and a visit to Pigeon Forge is the perfect addition to your celebration.  Spending quality time with family and friends and sharing gifts, all while celebrating the true meaning of the season, will be easy and memorable.

Explore even more fun and exciting things to do with your family during the holidays in Pigeon Forge.

 

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5 Things to Do with Kids When it’s Raining in Pigeon Forge https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/5-fun-things-to-do-in-the-rain Fri, 04 Dec 2020 10:42:33 +0000 http://blog.mypigeonforge.com/?p=7340 My family and I love to visit Pigeon Forge. We always have the best time, no matter when we go or what the weather is like when we get there. Of course, when it is nice out, we enjoy outdoor activities like spending the day at Dollywood or climbing the ropes at Paula Deen’s Adventure […]

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My family and I love to visit Pigeon Forge. We always have the best time, no matter when we go or what the weather is like when we get there. Of course, when it is nice out, we enjoy outdoor activities like spending the day at Dollywood or climbing the ropes at Paula Deen’s Adventure Park. When it rains, however, we have to find other ways to keep the kids busy.

While we do tend to spend time in the cabins at Eagle’s Ridge Resort, playing games, watching movies, or just talking, we also love to try to find new indoor adventures. Here are a few of our favorite things to do with kids when it’s raining in Pigeon Forge.

WonderWorks

WonderWorks is such a wonderful place to visit rain or shine! This fun upside-down house is filled with things that will boggle your mind as you try to figure out how it could be! We explored each of the six different Wonder zones filled with physical challenges and fun activities. From fun riddles and world records to art exhibits that make you question what you see, WonderWorks offers a lot of great experiences for kids. There is also a glow-in-the-dark ropes course, a 4-D motion simulated thrill ride, a laser tag arena and an arcade.

Pigeon Forge Snow

If you are looking for adventurous things to do when it is raining in Pigeon Forge, a stop at Pigeon Forge Snow is a must. It is like having a snow day party every day of the year! From racing snow tubes down the enormous hill to building snowmen and having snowball fights in the snow room, the kids had a blast. We could not believe how much snow was inside and almost forgot we were indoors with such a comfortable temperature while playing in the snow.

Family Playing at Pigeon Forge Snow

Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show

If you want adventure, entertainment for the whole family, and dinner all in one place, then Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show is for you. The kids love going to the dinner shows in Pigeon Forge, so we always get tickets when we are there.

Pirates Voyage is an action-packed show filled with sword fighting, blazing cannons and pirates swinging from ship to ship as they fight to win the sunken treasure. The show also features Salty the sea lion and beautiful mermaids. I have to say… the sea lion at this one was a hit with the kids! And the food was just as amazing with pan-fried chicken, ham, biscuits, creamy vegetable soup and more.

Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show

TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena

TopJump is a great place for the kids to burn off a little energy. This indoor trampoline park is unique from others because it also includes a climbing center. The kids spent most of their time on the different rock-climbing walls… and so did we! They tried to beat their own records and each other. It was awesome… I took a ton of pictures and videos, of course!  (They are all right here on Instagram.)

The park also features a dodgeball area, ninja course and gladiator pit, as well as plenty of open jump spaces. There is also an arcade with plenty of games and prizes. And no visit would be complete without a stop for the kids at the candy store. It is a life-size version of Candyland with all the greatest candies you could ever want!

Kids Playing at TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena

Titanic Museum Attraction

We have visited quite a few museums in Pigeon Forge, but one of our favorites is the Titanic Museum. It is filled with pictures, audio recordings from passengers, stories of passengers, and artifacts that have been collected from the legendary ship and its passengers. I could have spent hours and hours in the museum learning about the Titanic. You get to experience walking on an exact replica of the Grand Staircase, standing on sloping decks and even touching a real iceberg and 28-degree water. It was a wonderful visit and is definitely one of our favorite things to do with kids when it’s raining in Pigeon Forge!

Another museum that the kids love to visit is Beyond the Lens!, which focuses on pop culture. The kids had a lot of fun here too.

 

Pigeon Forge offers countless attractions and things to do with kids year-round, rain or shine. It’s easy to find something to please everyone in the family!

 

About the Author:

Becky MansfieldBecky Mansfield is a blogger at Your Modern Family.  She is a former teacher, an author, a child development therapist, and most importantly, a mom to four children.  Becky and her husband love to travel with their children, spending time together making memories.   Becky writes on her blog to share ideas that help bring families together to create experiences and conversations that will create lasting memories.

 

 

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