Things to Do in Pigeon Forge, Tenn

Things to Do in Pigeon Forge, Tenn
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is a great destination for those who love the outdoors. The Pigeon River is nearby, as is Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In addition to hiking, fishing and camping, the city itself also offers an interesting variety of outdoor adventures, including globe riding, class IV whitewater rapids and a bird's eye view of a national park from a helicopter.
 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America's most visited National Park, according to the National Park Service. The park offers over 800 miles of maintained trails for hiking on everything from easy to difficult terrain. Watch for wildlife as there are over 1,500 bears here. If you want to stay overnight in the park, try the LeConte Lodge (the only overnight lodging inside the park). It is accessible only by foot and is located at the top of Mount LeConte at an elevation of 6,593 ft. The lodge is open from March to November.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-1200
www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm

 
 

Wildwater Ltd's Pigeon Rafting Center

Wildwater Ltd. Rafting Pigeon River offers river tours on class III and class IV whitewater rapids. The river is dam-controlled, and release days are the best for rafting. The upper Pigeon is best for faster water; the lower Pigeon has many more placid spots that are ideal for families. Tours are available through the Rafting Center and can accommodate rafters of all ages and abilities.

Wildwater Ltd's Pigeon Rafting Center
PO Box 70
Hartford, TN 37753
423-487-3307
www.wildwaterrafting.com/pigeon.php

ZORB

Imported from New Zealand, globe riding is one of the most interesting ways to get to the bottom of the hill that you can find. Choose your ride (wet or dry), climb into a giant inflatable globe and roll down the hill. A great activity for a rainy day, ZORB is open rain or shine.

ZORB Smoky Mountains
203 Sugar Hollow Rd.
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865 428 2422
www.zorb.com/smoky

Scenic Helicopter Tours

Get an aerial view of Great Smoky Mountains National Park with a helicopter tour. Tour guides will give you a lesson on the park's history and tell you all about the flora and fauna in the park. Scenic Helicopter Tours also offers two eco tours.

Scenic Helicopter Tours
2174 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Phone: 865-453-6342
Toll Free: 1-877-428-6929
www.flyscenic.com

Dollywood

Pigeon Forge is home to the popular amusement park Dollywood, which boasts 125 acres of amusement park rides, musical entertainment and hosts four large festivals: Festival of Nations, KidsFest, National Harvest & Music Celebration and Smoky Mountain Christmas. A calendar of festival dates can be found at http://festivals.dollywood.com. Don't forget to check out the multiple zip lines at the park as well.

Dollywood
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd.
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
1-800-365-5996
www.dollywood.com

 

Article Written By Cate Rushton

Cate Rushton has been a freelance writer since 1999, specializing in wildlife and outdoor activities. Her published works also cover relationships, gardening and travel on various websites. Rushton holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah.

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