Jody Goes To Pigeon Forge

If you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet, why not take a long weekend and combine your shopping with some great relaxation!  If you have never been to Pigeon Forge, you are in for a treat.

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is one of the fastest growing tourist cities in the South.  It is one of the primary gateways to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a half-million-acre wilderness preserve, is the most visited National Park in the United States.  Over half of the nearly 11 million visitors to the Smokies pass through Pigeon Forge, located on US Highway 441, within a day’s drive of two thirds of the nation’s population. Pigeon Forge is five miles from Gatlinburg, 35 miles southeast of Knoxville, and is easily accessible from Interstate 40.

Pigeon Forge offers ample hotels, motels, cabins and campgrounds for guests. The city is filled with action-packed entertainment, natural beauty, and lots of old-fashioned mountain hospitality. Area restaurants feature everything from fast food to home-cooked family-style meals as well as popular steak and seafood specialties.

Major attractions include Dollywood, Dixie Stampede, Old Mill Restaurant, museums, plenty of theaters, comedy shows, mint-golf courses, and much more.

The name Pigeon Forge was derived in 1820 when Isaac Love built an iron forge on the Little Pigeon River.  Although the forge was dismantled in 1885, a mill was built around the same time and still operates today using the same machinery. The Old Mill, a national historic site, is more than 150 years old.

And, Oh, did I forget to mention shopping? Shopping is a popular pastime in Pigeon Forge featuring a unique style of souvenir, craft and specialty shops. It is fast becoming known as the outlet shopping capital of the Southeast  – Pigeon Forge Outlet Malls feature name brand, high quality goods sold at factory direct prices. You’ll be glad you went and you’ll want to go back!

Victor Crew