Things to Do in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg

Things to Do in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg
The beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains along with the variety of attractions and activities available lure millions of visitors to the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg areas of Tennessee each year. Among these millions of visitors are many outdoor enthusiasts who vacation in the region to take advantage of all of the outdoor offerings.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Many visitors make their way to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This national park is home to approximately 800 miles of hiking trails. Trails range from short, easy-to-hike trails to long trails through rough terrain that may require experience and proper equipment. Additionally, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers anglers more than 700 miles of fishable waterways. Fishermen in the park are likely to catch brown or rainbow trout in the park's streams.


Whitewater Rafting

Pigeon Forge's location in the Smoky Mountains and in close proximity to the Pigeon Rivers gives visitors numerous opportunities to explore the area's waterways. Visitors can choose between routes that allow for relaxing rafting trips to rougher waters that make for exciting whitewater rafting. Outdoor Adventures provides visitors with guided river trips led by trained and certified guides. A variety of trips makes it possible for people of all ages and all skill levels to take part in rafting.

Outdoor Adventures
3635 Trail Hollow Road
Hartford, TN 37753


Dollywood is Pigeon Forge's most visited attraction. This Smoky Mountain theme park offers adventure to the entire family. Visitors can ride any of the adventure rides, including roller coasters, water rides and kiddie rides, see a show, and shop through the many hand-made arts and crafts all within the gates of the park. The park is open from early spring through December. Hours vary based on the season.

1198 McCarter Hollow Road
Pigeon Forge, TN 37862

Wilderness Wildlife Week

Since 1991, the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg region has hosted the annual Wilderness Wildlife Week. This weeklong celebration each January includes a variety of outdoor-themed activities centering on the Great Smoky Mountains. Activities include guided hikes and concerts by regional musicians in addition to classes and seminars on subjects such as nature photography, fly casting, using maps and compasses and backpacking in the Smokies.


Cyclists staying in the Gatlinburg area can take advantage of the opportunity to ride through Cades Cove within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cades Cove Loop Road is an 11-mile stretch of paved road that provides a safe area for cyclists to ride while enjoying the wildlife and scenic views in the area. Cyclists can also take advantage of the Gatlinburg Trail. This 1.9-mile trail stretches from the outer edge of Gatlinburg to the Sugarlands Visitors Center. This trail is shared by cyclists and pedestrians.


Article Written By Beth Culp

Based in New Orleans, Beth Culp has been a freelance writer and producer since 2004. She enjoys researching and writing about a variety of topics, including travel and outdoor adventure. Culp holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and sociology from Loyola University New Orleans.

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