Under guidelines outlined in the Tennessee Pledge (available here), various Pigeon Forge businesses are open with limited capacity and strict adherence to the guidelines specified in the Tennessee Pledge. As part of our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, we must ask all Pigeon Forge guests to comply with the Tennessee Pledge. As our guest, we ask that you please practice social distancing, wear a face covering, thoroughly and frequently wash your hands, and closely follow other safety practices as implemented at individual businesses. If you are a member of a vulnerable population, our federal government strongly discourages travel at this time.
Under guidelines outlined in the Tennessee Pledge (available here), some local businesses have re-opened. We will continue to update re-openings here:
- For Pigeon Forge hotels & motels, view here
- For Pigeon Forge attractions, view here
- For Pigeon Forge theaters, view here
- For Pigeon Forge restaurants, view here
- For Pigeon Forge retail, view here
- For Pigeon Forge grocery stores and pharmacies, view here
*Updated as of June 4th as of 5:30PM ET
Pigeon Forge Trolley System
Pigeon Forge Mass Transit will resume operation on Thursday, May 21, on a modified schedule from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Three routes will be available: North/South Parkway, Wears Valley and Gatlinburg Welcome Center. Please note, as we begin this modified service, there could be longer delays between stops.
For questions regarding trolley schedules or routes please contact the Trolley Office at 865-453-6444.
Our neighbor, Great Smoky Mountains National Park continues to increase recreational access and services across the park in alignment with guidance provided by the states of Tennessee and North Carolina, White House, CDC, and public health authorities.
The park began restoring access to the park on May 9 as part of a phased reopening plan with the following objectives: 1) support state health restrictions and local efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19; 2) allow the park, partners, and concession operators time to implement and improve mitigation actions with lighter levels of visitation; and 3) allow for an assessment of how returning visitors affect COVID-19 curves within surrounding communities.
The following areas are currently open to visitors:
- Clingmans Dome
- Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
- Big Creek Road and Big Creek Picnic Area
- Cosby Road and Cosby Picnic Area
- Greenbrier Road (to Ramsey Cascades Trailhead only)
- Tremont Road
- All park trails
Visitors are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines and to wear facial coverings in busy areas like the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower when other visitors are present. Visitor centers and campgrounds will remain closed. These facilities will open when safe and appropriate mitigation measures are in place.
Park officials also announced the implementation of vehicle-free access along the Cades Cove Loop Road each Wednesday, from June 17 through September 30, as part of a pilot study to improve the visitor experience. The results of the pilot study will be evaluated by park management to inform future planning. Vehicle access will continue to be provided seven days a week, October through April, and six days a week during the trial period, June through September, providing ample opportunities for park descendants and visitors to enjoy Cades Cove
- The Women of Joy: Rise Up 2020 Tour: Event scheduled at the The Leconte Center has been postponed from April 24-26 to June 5-7
- The Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run: Pigeon Forge city leaders and car show event organizers have mutually agreed to cancel the 2020 Spring Rod Run. We are working diligently to plan and coordinate the fall Rod Run currently scheduled to take place Sept. 17-19 at the LeConte Center.
- The 22nd Annual Spring Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament: Event scheduled April 4-5 has been postponed to June 13-14
- Corvette Expo: Event has been postponed to August 7-8
- Grand National F-100 Reunion: Event has been postponed to August 12-15
- Pentecostal Fire Youth Conference: Event scheduled for April 2 – 3 at The LeConte Center has been cancelled. Please visit their website for any updates
- Pigeon Forge’s Chuck Wagon Cookoff: All event activities, including lunch, the Saturday evening concert, Sunday’s breakfast and Cowboy Church, on April 4 and 5 has been cancelled
- Wilderness Wildlife Week: In the best interest of our Wildlife Wilderness Week family, this year’s event (previously scheduled for May 5-9, 2020) is cancelled. While we will most definitely miss seeing everyone this year, we are pleased to announce that next year’s event will take place Feb. 2-4, 2021, at the Ramsey Hotel & Convention Center. Expect to see a complete lineup soon as we prepare to celebrate the great outdoors here in the Great Smoky Mountains!
- The Music in the Mountains Parade: The 2020 Music in the Mountains Spring Parade (scheduled for May 1, 2020) has been cancelled. The planning and coordination of a future parade is ongoing and we will provide additional information once available.
As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation continues to unfold, it is important to understand the facts and rely on credible sources for news and information. For more information about COVID-19, please visit these sites:
- Centers for Disease Control’s Coronavirus
- Tennessee Dept. of Health Coronavirus
- World Health Organization
- National Institutes of Health
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. It is recommended that everyone take the following precautions:
- Stay home when sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Current recommendations limit group sizes to no more than 10.
- Cover coughs or sneezes with tissues and discard tissues in the trash;
- Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Clean frequently-touched surfaces with a disinfectant;
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.