Travel Tips

Explore these helpful planning tips and information that will help introduce you to Pigeon Forge and East Tennessee.



Throughout the year, Pigeon Forge, Tenn. is the site of a number of car shows and parades. Expect to experience traffic delays during these events. We suggest, that you note the dates of these events and plan your travel plans accordingly. All events are subject to rescheduling or cancellation. To confirm event dates and times contact us at the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism.


Seat Belt Laws

The state of Tennessee has a mandatory seat belt law requiring all vehicle passengers to wear seat belts. There is also a mandatory child restraint law, that requires children (infant to 12 years of age) be secured in a child safety seat and/or in the back seat of the vehicle.


Cell Phone Use

Making and receiving calls while driving in Tennessee is allowed, unless you have a learner’s permit. Also please be aware that it is against the law to text and drive in Tennessee.


Traveling with Pets

Before planning your trip to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Check with your veterinarian to ensure that all required vaccinations are up to date and have proof of rabies vaccination and a current health certificate with you when you travel. Make sure your pet has proper identification with a current tag or microchip. Your pet’s collar should also include a travel tag with information on where you are staying while away from home.


Tennessee Non-Smokers Protection Act

In the state of Tennessee smoking is prohibited in all enclosed public places. With a few exceptions, the smoking ban applies but is not limited to:

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels and motels
  • Retail stores and shopping malls
  • Sports arenas, including enclosed public areas in outdoor arenas
  • Restrooms, lobbies, reception areas, hallways and other common-use areas
  • Health care facilities