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Favorite Picnic Spots in Pigeon Forge

One of the best ways to enjoy the spectacular scenery and beauty of the outdoors any time of year is by having a picnic in Pigeon Forge. From filling the picnic basket with everyone’s favorite foods to spending time hanging out and laughing together to exploring the beauty of nature after your meal, picnics are a truly memorable way to spend time together with the family. And Pigeon Forge has some of the best picnic spots around.

Whether you prefer one of the picnic areas found at local parks or find your own favorite picnic spot in the national park, the whole family will enjoy dining in the great outdoors while taking in the beautiful mountain scenery that abounds. Here are a few of our favorite family picnic spots in Pigeon Forge to check out on your next visit.

 

Find your own favorite picnic spot in the national park

Find your own favorite picnic spot in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

One of the unarguably best spots for a picnic in Pigeon Forge is Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You’ll find an abundance of options to choose from throughout the park. Grab your hiking gear, pack your picnic lunch and head out for a fun adventure along one of the many hiking trails.

As you’re taking in the beauty of nature, and the sights and sounds that surround, you’re sure to find the perfect spot to stop and set up your picnic. Find a spot along the hiking trail or sit alongside one of the many streams. No matter which picnic area you choose, your family is sure to have a picnic to remember.

 

Head for the picnic area in Cades Cove

Head for the picnic area in Cades Cove

Another great picnic spot in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located just before the entrance to Cades Cove Loop Road. The picnic area at Cades Cove has 80 tables, each with its own charcoal grill. It’s the perfect place to grab a bite to eat before strolling down Loop Road and exploring the old pioneer town. Enjoy incredible mountain views and watch for a chance to spot some of the wildlife that call the Smoky Mountains home.

The park has several designated picnic areas that offer picnic tables and grills. Picnic areas open year-round are: Cades Cove, Deep Creek, Greenbrier and Metcalf Bottoms. You can find these on the park maps in the Sugarlands Visitor Center or download one from the park website. Pavilions can be reserved for groups one year in advance by calling (877) 444-6777 or online at recreation.gov.

 

Make a day of it at Wear Farm City Park

Have a picnic at Wear Farm City Park

You can make a day of it at Wear Farm City Park! The park is a great spot for picnics in Pigeon Forge, especially if you have little kids or a large family. It’s also a great place to meet up with several other families for a day of fun.

There are covered pavilions with picnic tables that offer nice shade. And even a charcoal BBQ grill if you prefer to cook up burgers and hot dogs when you get there. The kids will be entertained for hours with the two large playgrounds, and there is a basketball court and several ball fields for those friendly family sports competitions. Enjoy the walking trail for a relaxing family walk after your meal.

 

Enjoy a fun family picnic at Patriot Park

Enjoy a fun family picnic at Patriot Park

Deep in the heart of Pigeon Forge is Patriot Park, which is another great place for a picnic in Pigeon Forge. This hidden gem in downtown Pigeon Forge boasts a large, open, grassy area with plenty of space to lay out your picnic blanket. Your family can eat some lunch and then afterwards, fly a kite or throw a frisbee or football around.

The park is located near Old Mill Square and is home to a replica Liberty Bell and a Patriot Missile that was used in the first Gulf War. Flags from the 50 states and the branches of the armed forces line the half-mile walking trail that connects to the Riverwalk Greenway. It’s a great place to enjoy an outdoor meal together while learning about the area’s history. You can also do a little shopping afterwards in Old Mill Square and even grab an ice cream cone for dessert!!

From the holiday lights that shine bright during Winterfest to fireworks that light up the sky for July 4th, Patriot Park offers many fun activities and events year-round. There is a gazebo and pavilion available for use at the park as well. The pavilion is available on a first-come, first-serve basis with no reservations. No reservations are required to use the gazebo, however, there is a small fee. Call (865) 429-7373 or email parksrec@cityofpigeonforgetn.gov.

 

Find a picnic spot alongside the Little Pigeon River

Find a picnic spot alongside the Little Pigeon River

One side of Patriot Park backs up to the Little Pigeon River which is another good place for a picnic with the family.  The river runs a course throughout the city so finding a quiet spot with lots of shade along its path won’t be hard! And most days, ducks and pigeons can be seen wandering around or floating in the river.

Make sure to save some sandwich crumbs from lunch so the kids can feed the ducks and pigeons. You can also buy duck feed at the Old Mill General Store or buy a handful out of the gumball-style machine that sits alongside the riverbank. The kids are sure to have a blast, and best of all, it’s free fun for the whole family!

 

Or find a quiet place to picnic along the Riverwalk Trail

Find a quiet place to picnic along the Riverwalk Trail

The Riverwalk Trail is a nice, paved path that runs along the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River and offers over 4 miles of trails. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic with the beautiful and peaceful scenery that surrounds the trail and park.

The Riverwalk Trail travels a mile around the old City Park loop behind the Pigeon Forge Community Center, then along the river for a mile through The Island in Pigeon Forge and another mile-and-a-half behind the LeConte Convention Center and along Butler St. before connecting to the half-mile trail at Patriot Park.

The Island in Pigeon Forge offers some great choices for grabbing a “to-go” lunch. Then, simply find a quiet spot to eat and watch the ducks swim by or just enjoy the peaceful sounds of the water.

Take the family for a walk along the Little Pigeon River after your meal is done and watch as they feed the ducks. The trail is a great spot to get outside, enjoy nature with the family and create more memories that will be cherished for a lifetime!

 

With all these great picnic spots in Pigeon Forge to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect one for you and your family.  No matter where you choose to throw out the picnic blanket, relax and take in the fresh mountain air while enjoying the incredible mountain views that surround this little Smoky Mountain town!

 

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Fun Events and Things to Do in April in Pigeon Forge https://www.perakendetek.com/blog/things-to-do-april-pigeon-forge Tue, 06 Apr 2021 22:30:17 +0000 https://www.perakendetek.com/?p=16043 From spring hikes to festivals at Dollywood to whitewater rafting and more, check out these fun events and things to do in April in Pigeon Forge!

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Spring has officially arrived! Pigeon Forge is glowing with color, new life and fresh mountain air. April is a great time to visit the Smoky Mountains and experience for yourself this beautiful and refreshing season. Check out this great lineup of spring events and things to do during April in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

  • Enjoy flowers, food and fun

    Dollywood Flower & Food Festival - Things to Do in April in Pigeon Forge

Experience the beauty, colors and flavors of spring at Dollywood during the annual Flower & Food Festival, taking place April 23 to June 7. See hundreds of thousands of blooming flowers throughout the Dollywood park. Gaze up at the larger-than-life blooming sculptures. Sample an array of tasty dishes being served up by Dollywood Chefs. Catch a live music performance with the all-new spring concert series. Get your heart pounding with more than 50 world-class rides to choose from at Dollywood. Come and enjoy a beautiful spring day with the family at Dollywood!

Insider Tip: Get five different entrees to enjoy during the festival for one low price when you purchase the Dollywood Flower & Food Festival Dining Pass.

 

  • Look for wildflowers on a spring hike

    Spring Hike in the Smokies - Things to Do in April in Pigeon Forge

The blooming of millions of vibrant and colorful wildflowers in Great Smoky Mountain National Park marks the beginning of the spring season in East Tennessee. Grab the family and all your gear and head out for a fun spring hike in the Smoky Mountains. From white trillium to crested dwarf iris to showy orchis and many more, the spectacular display of spring wildflowers blanketing the mountains is truly a sight to behold!

 

  • Try new restaurants

    Try new restaurants - Things to Do in April in Pigeon Forge

    Pigeon Forge is home to some of the best Southern cooking you’ll find anywhere. From full-service family style restaurants to grab-and-go eateries, Pigeon Forge is filled with plenty of great dining options. And the list keeps growing! Check out some of the new restaurants in Pigeon Forge for even more tasty food options on your next visit!

 

  • Plan a whitewater rafting trip

    Whitewater rafting - Things to Do in April in Pigeon Forge

The Pigeon River, located just a short drive from Pigeon Forge, was recently named the #1 most rafted river in America! Get your spring vacation off to an extreme start with a thrilling run through class 3 and 4 whitewater rapids. For a more peaceful and relaxing afternoon with the family, enjoy a scenic floating trip. The 2021 whitewater rafting season opened March 1st and runs through mid-October.

 

  • See incredible show cars

    Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run

The Spring Rod Run is returning to the LeConte Center, from April 15th-17th. This is one of the largest automotive shows in the area and is a car enthusiast’s dream come true! There will be plenty of cars to see as well as vendors and fun entertainment. This 3-day event includes a $10,000 cash giveaway along with other great awards, so make your plans today!

 

  • Play a round or two of mini-golf

    Mini-golf - Things to Do in April in Pigeon Forge

Looking for ways to keep the kids busy and entertained? Take the kids for an afternoon of mini-golf in Pigeon Forge. Putt your way through a candy-coated wonderland or hit a hole-in-one to be serenaded by Blackbeard and his pirate friends. Several of the mini-golf courses also offer other rides and games, so you’re sure to find something for everyone in the family!

 

  • Check out a few free (or almost free) things to do

    Free (or almost free) things to do during April in Pigeon Forge

Looking for ways to still have fun without breaking the piggy bank? Check out these fun and free, or almost free, things to do in Pigeon Forge for kids. See homemade fudge being made at Old Mill, feed the ducks at Patriot Park or sit and relax in the rocking chairs and watch the fountain show at The Island. In Pigeon Forge, some of the best ways to make memories are the ones that don’t cost much at all!

 

  • Spot the new ‘planter people’ along the Parkway

    Spot the new ‘planter people’ - Things to Do in April in Pigeon Forge

If you didn’t get a chance to take selfies with the whimsical characters placed along the Parkway last year, here’s your chance! A whole new set of Planter People are arriving on the Parkway on April 23rd to honor frontline workers for their hard work and dedication to helping us all. Don’t miss out on these fun photo opportunities throughout town!

 

April is packed with exciting events and plenty of fun family things to do, so get yourself to Pigeon Forge!

 

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New Restaurants in Pigeon Forge with Even More Great Food Options https://www.perakendetek.com/blog/new-restaurants-pigeon-forge Tue, 30 Mar 2021 19:04:28 +0000 https://www.perakendetek.com/?p=15413 From fajitas to pizza to ice cream and more, check out these great new restaurants in Pigeon Forge on your next visit.

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Deciding where to eat while you’re in Pigeon Forge can be just about as difficult as deciding which attractions to see! With so many great food options and a large variety of cuisines to choose from, you’ll want to try them all.  And to top it off, there are always new restaurants in Pigeon Forge that  open throughout the year.

Check out these new restaurants in Pigeon Forge to see which ones tempt your taste buds the most!

 

Feaster’s on Teaster’s

2391 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 

For a delicious Native American themed dinner experience, head to Feaster’s on Teaster’s, located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. Choose from starters like the Indian Fry Bread or fried green tomatoes. Then sink your teeth into one of their tender and juicy Omaha Steaks. For lunch, try an Indian taco made with ground bison and signature prairie sauce or ask about their daily lunch specials. Enjoy a variety of mouth-watering menu choices at Feaster’s on Teaster’s!

Feaster’s on Teaster’s - New Restaurants in Pigeon Forge

 

Pizza at the Cove

2850 Parkway, Suite 13, Pigeon Forge, TN

Pizza at the Cove opened a second location in Pigeon Forge at the Axe House. Enjoy great pizza, wings, appetizers and desserts, along with a variety of ice-cold beer on draft. Pigeon Forge Axe House is one of Pigeon Forge’s newest attractions, offering a family fun experience guests won’t find elsewhere. Enjoy competitive axe throwing, food, drinks and a fun time at Pizza at the Cove and the Pigeon Forge Axe House!

New Pizza at the Cove Location at Pigeon Forge Axe House

 

Smoky Mountain Burritos & More

2250 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

Craving some south-of-the-border chow? Smoky Mountain Burritos offers an extensive menu filled with tasty Mexican fare. From sizzling fajitas and chimichangas to burritos, enchiladas and more, you’re sure to find something for everyone in the family. Enjoy a margarita or another specialty cocktail with your meal. For great food at a great price, make a stop at Smoky Mountain Burritos & More the next time you’re in town!

Smoky Mountain Burritos & More - New Restaurant in Pigeon Forge

 

Listening Room Café – Opening Summer 2021

The Tower Shops at Mountain Mile
7903 Teaster Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN

One of Nashville’s iconic music and dining venues, The Listening Room, is opening their first location outside of Nashville. Listening Room Café is set to open this summer at Pigeon Forge’s Mountain Mile on Teaster Lane. In addition to live music rounds each night on a large stage and a full menu of American cuisine, this spacious new restaurant will feature both indoor and outdoor seating and two full-service bars with a robust cocktail list. For a fun night out with great music, food and drinks, the Listening Room Café is one new restaurant in Pigeon Forge you won’t want to miss out on!

Listening Room Café at Mountain Mile - New Restaurant Opening Summer 2021

 

Azul Cantina – Opening Summer 2021

The Tower Shops at Mountain Mile
2655 Teaster Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN

Another new restaurant in Pigeon Forge that is scheduled to open this summer is Azul Cantina. This Mexican cantina and brewery will be opening at Mountain Mile and will feature Pigeon Forge’s first rooftop bar! Patrons will enjoy the extensive menu selections, along with great drinks and beautiful views of the city from the rooftop bar.

Azul Cantina at Mountain Mile - New Restaurant Opening Summer 2021

 

Did someone say dessert? In addition to all the great new restaurants that are opening in Pigeon Forge, you’ll also find a few new places to grab some delicious, sweet treats.

 

Buzzed Bull Creamery

3239 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

Buzzed Bull Creamery is a new liquid nitrogen creamery in Pigeon Forge that specializes in buzzed, or alcohol infused, and non-buzzed ice creams and milkshakes.

Buzzed Bull Creamery - New Ice Cream Shop in Pigeon Forge

 

Dulce Nitrogen Ice Cream

2656 Parkway, Suite 3, Pigeon Forge, TN

Dulce Nitrogen is another new shop in Pigeon Forge serving freshly made ice cream and bubble teas made with the help of liquid nitrogen. From milk teas and milk coffee drinks to flavored teas and lemonades, if you haven’t tried one of their bubble teas yet, you’re in for a treat!

Dulce Nitrogen Ice Cream - New Ice Cream Shop in Pigeon Forge

 

Make sure to check out these great new restaurants in Pigeon Forge on your next visit! Or browse our complete list of Pigeon Forge restaurants.

 

 

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Best Spring Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains https://www.perakendetek.com/blog/spring-hiking Mon, 22 Mar 2021 22:00:29 +0000 http://blog.perakendetek.com/?p=7237 There is no better way to get outdoors and enjoy nature and its beauty than on a spring hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Spring is the perfect time of year to hike and explore as the spring wildflowers are starting to bloom and wildlife is beginning to emerge from the cold winter hibernation. […]

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There is no better way to get outdoors and enjoy nature and its beauty than on a spring hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Spring is the perfect time of year to hike and explore as the spring wildflowers are starting to bloom and wildlife is beginning to emerge from the cold winter hibernation.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to more than 800 miles of trails, so rest assured, you’ll find a hiking adventure to suit everyone’s taste and skill level. We’ve pulled together 5 of our most popular spring hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains as well as 5 spring hikes that are perfect for the whole family!

 

Most Popular Spring Hiking Trails in the Smoky Mountains

 

Abrams Falls Trail

Abrams Falls Trail - Best Spring Hikes in the Smoky Mountains
View of Abrams Falls

 

Abrams Falls is a must-see with its beautiful 20-foot-tall waterfall. It is 5.2 miles roundtrip and of moderate difficulty, primarily due to the slick rocks surrounding the waterfall. The Trailhead is located at the far western end of Cades Cove and can be reached along the Cades Cove Loop Road.

You will follow along Abrams Creek for most of the trail and may even need to jump some rocks along the way. Abrams Falls Trail is one of the most scenic hikes in the Smokies as hikers pass through pine-oak forest, rhododendron and hemlock forests. Once you reach the waterfall, you will be mesmerized by the sights and sounds of this beauty.

 

Alum Cave Trail

Alum Cave Trail - Best Spring Hikes in the Smoky Mountains
View from Alum Cave Trail

 

The hike to Alum Cave begins almost 9 miles south of the Sugarlands Visitor Center along Newfound Gap Road. From the Trailhead, Alum Cave is a 2.2-mile hike. There is a 1,200 feet elevation change and the trail can be steep along the way.

You will wander through the tunnel at Arch Rock and through a beautiful forest area. Alum Cave is actually a concave bluff that stands about 80-feet-tall. In the 1800s, epsom salt was mined from Alum Cave, then saltpeter was mined to make gunpowder during the Civil War. Hikers have the option to continue to the summit of Mount LeConte from this point.

 

Charles Bunion Trail

View from Charles Bunion - Spring Hikes in the Smokies
View from Charles Bunion

 

The Charles Bunion Trail is one for skilled hikers. This 8-mile roundtrip hike begins 13 miles south of the Sugarlands Visitor Center along Newfound Gap Road. Although the trail is challenging, it offers some of the best mountain and valley views, especially of Mt. LeConte and Myrtle Point.

Hikers will follow along the Appalachian Trail to reach the rock outcropping known as Charlies Bunion. Hikers will enjoy the scenic views of the North Carolina Smokies and prior to reaching the Sweat Heifer Creek Trail junction, the beautiful views of Mount LeConte and Myrtle Point. There is a 1,600-foot elevation change along the route and hikers will have to cross a few streams and negotiate some cliffs. The views at Charlies Bunion of Mt. Kephart to the north, the Jump Off to the west and Mount Guyot to the east are truly spectacular.

 

Chimney Tops Trail

Chimney Tops Trail overlooking Rock Mountain
Chimney Top Trail overlooking Rock Mountain; photo credit: Malachi Jacobs

 

The Chimney Tops Trailhead is located between the lower tunnel and “the loop” on Newfound Gap Road. The short length of this trail and its amazing panoramic views have always made this a popular trail. The hike is steep however, as hikers will have to climb nearly 1,400 feet within 2 miles.

The trail is 4 miles roundtrip, and you will cross several streams in addition to climbing the side of the mountain. Look for rhododendron, mountain laurel and many other beautiful spring wildflowers as you make your way along the trail. Chimney Tops Trail officially ends about a quarter of a mile below the pinnacles, but the views of Mt. Le Conte and the pinnacles are second to none. Make sure to snap a few pics along the way too!

 

Rich Mountain Loop

John Oliver cabin on Rich Mountain Loop in Cades Cove
John Oliver cabin in Cades Cove

 

Rich Mountain Loop is in the Cades Cove area. It is about 8.5 miles long and a more difficult hike. However, it is a great way to explore the Cades Cove area. The trail starts off in a meadow where wildflowers cover the ground. The trail gets more difficult and strenuous once you reach the Oliver Cabin at about 1.4 miles.

If you choose to continue, you will be amazed by even more wildflowers and an old campsite at the Indian Grave Gap trail junction. The area offers a great view of Cades Cove. Near the end of the loop trail, you can see Crooked Arm Falls which is a 25-foot waterfall. Although long and strenuous, this hike is well worth the time! 

 

Best Spring Hiking Trails for Kids in the Smoky Mountains

 

Gatlinburg Trail

Gatlinburg Trail - Spring Hikes for Kids in the Smoky Mountains
West Prong of Little Pigeon River that runs alongside the Gatlinburg Trail

 

If you have younger children, the Gatlinburg Trail is a great option. The trail begins near the Sugarlands Visitors Center and is a 3.9-mile round trip. Along the way, hikers will pass remnants of an old homestead, including a chimney and other rock structures.

The trail then follows along the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River, making it easy for families to access the river and dip their toes in. And about half-mile from the trailhead in Gatlinburg, you’ll cross over the river on one of the longest footbridges in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

 

Laurel Falls Trail

Laurel Creek upper falls
Laurel Creek upper falls

 

Laurel Falls are named for the mountain laurel that blooms along the trail in late spring. The Laurel Falls Trail is one of the most popular hikes in the park and it’s well suited for younger children. The trail is 2.6 miles round trip and considered easy to moderate in difficulty. The trail is paved the whole way, although rough and uneven in spots.

The moderately steep incline of this trail can also mean a bit of a workout, but the 80-foot-tall waterfall that awaits is truly a magnificent sight to behold. There is an upper and lower section of Laurel Falls with a walkway that crosses over the stream. You’ll have plenty of great opportunities for photos, so keep your camera ready!

 

Porters Creek Trail

Porters Creek Trailhead within Greenbrier area of Smoky Mountains
Spring wildflowers near Porters Creek trailhead

 

Porters Creek Trail is situated within the Greenbrier area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is a 2-mile round trip to Porters Flat and a perfect trail for the whole family. This trail is one of the best places to see the wildflowers that bloom during spring.

You will start off on a gravel road that will be surrounded by an abundance of beautiful wildflowers. As you proceed, you will pass through a wooded forest full of more natural beauty and even some historical features from the pioneer days including old homesites and stonewalls. Continuing along the narrow rocky trail leads you to Fern Branch Falls, which cascades down the moss-covered rocks.

 

Little River Trail

Little River Trail - Spring Hike in Elkmont area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Little River Trail

 

The Little River Trail is another easier level hike that is surrounded by wildflowers in the spring. Located in the Elkmont area of the park, the trail starts along the river and passes by a restored resort home originally built in the 1920’s. The trail is fairly level and flat, with peaceful streams along the way.

About 2 miles into the hike, you will see Huskey Branch Falls, a small 20 ft waterfall. A good turnaround point is shortly after at the Cumberland Gap Junction. If you wish to be adventurous, you can continue another couple of miles upstream.

 

Schoolhouse Gap Trail

Schoolhouse Gap Trail
Schoolhouse Gap Trail

 

Located between Townsend and Cades Cove is the Schoolhouse Gap Trail, an easier level trail that is about 3.8 miles long. This is another good trail for viewing wildflowers. You will get lost in the beauty that surrounds you and will want to stay all day! The trail will have you following along a small stream. Then, you will reach a point where you can turn off on a trail that will lead to the White Oaks Sinks area or just continue straight ahead towards the Schoolhouse Gap.

 

Kephart Prong Trail

Dancing waters along the Kephart Prong Trail
Dancing waters along the Kephart Prong Trail

 

The Kephart Prong Trail is 4 miles roundtrip and considered moderate difficulty. The Trailhead is nearly 22 miles from the Sugarlands Visitor Center along Newfound Gap Road. This area dates to the logging era and was a heavily logged area before becoming part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

You will see remnants of an old fish hatchery, walk over several log bridges, and even see pieces of the campsite used by the Civilian Conservation Corps back in the early 1930s. The Kephart Shelter at the junction of Sweat Heifer Creek Trail and Grassy Branch Trail marks the turnaround point of the hike.

 

Gear Up for Your Spring Hike in the Smoky Mountains

Before you set off on your spring hiking adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains, make sure your family is prepared. Proper hiking shoes are a must, and you may also want to carry along a backpack with a jacket, some water, and snacks depending on how long you plan to be out. If you are new to hiking, pace yourself. The change in elevation and the uneven terrain can be a challenge.

Get those hiking boots and backpacks ready and get out and enjoy the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains on one of these fun spring hiking adventures!

 

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Best Places to Play Mini-Golf in Pigeon Forge https://www.perakendetek.com/blog/best-places-to-play-mini-golf-in-pigeon-forge Thu, 18 Mar 2021 19:50:55 +0000 https://www.perakendetek.com/?p=23133 From fun candy-themed courses to courses filled with magical creatures, here are the best places to play mini-golf in Pigeon Forge.

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One of the most popular pastimes for our visitors in Pigeon Forge is mini-golf. Kids of all ages enjoy putting their way through uniquely designed courses. From fun candy-themed courses to courses filled with magical creatures, you can bet there will never be a dull moment during your vacation with so many exciting places to play mini-golf in Pigeon Forge. Here are a few of our favorites:

 

CRAVE GOLF CLUB

 Crave Golf Club - Best Places to Play Mini-Golf in Pigeon Forge

Crave Golf Club was ranked one of the top mini-golf courses in the country. You’ll find both a 19-hole indoor course and a 19-hole rooftop course. Make your game more fun by spinning the disc located at the beginning of each hole and follow the instructions. Collect 19 candies or ice creams and you can exchange your scorecard for a prize!

In addition to indoor and outdoor mini-golf courses, Crave Golf Club also offers a mini bowling alley, two escape rooms and a candy shop. The candy shop offers a great variety of sweet treats, as well as delicious soft-serve ice cream and milkshakes. For those that have a sweet tooth, this fun candy-themed course is for you!

 

MAGIQUEST

MagiQuest - Best Places to Play Mini-Golf in Pigeon Forge

Plan a visit to the Holy Grail of magical fun, MagiQuest in Pigeon Forge. MagiQuest is home to four great attractions including an interactive treasure game hunt where visitors advance through quests and adventures to become a Master Magi. Next, check out the black-light mini-golf course, arcade room with lots of great games and prizes or a mirror maze adventure.

Pirate Golf at MagiQuest is a black-light 18-hole mini-golf course set in a Caribbean pirate village. Be on the lookout for hidden treasure as you putt your way through the village and across the pirate ship. On the 18th hole, putters who hit a hole-in-one will be serenaded by Blackbeard and his pirate friends. With such an array of fun things to do at MagiQuest, you’re sure to find something for everyone!

 

PROFESSOR HACKER’S LOST TREASURE GOLF

Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf - Best Places to Play Mini-Golf in Pigeon Forge

Join Professor Hacker on his expedition in search of gold and diamonds at Lost Treasure Golf in Pigeon Forge. Board the mining train that takes you to the top of the mountain to begin your game of mini-golf. Play one or both 18-hole courses where you’ll putt your way through caves, waterfalls, a pirate ship and a volcano.

 

FANTASY GOLF

Fantasy Golf - Best Places to Play Mini-Golf in Pigeon Forge

For those who love fantasy and adventure, Fantasy Golf is the perfect choice. Located along the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, Fantasy Golf features two 18-hole miniature golf courses that are sure to test your putting skills. Surrounded by fantasy animals, castles and more, you’ll also find plenty of photo opportunities as you putt your way around these courses.

 

THE TRACK

The Track - Best Places to Play Mini-Golf in Pigeon Forge

The Track in Pigeon Forge is a family fun park featuring four go-kart tracks, mini golf, blaster boats, bumper cars, kid’s rides, the high-flying SkyFlyer and an arcade. Golfers of all ages will enjoy hitting the greens at Surfin’ Safari Golf. This putt-putt course features a variety of jungle animals, tunnels and waterfalls throughout.

Once you’ve finished your game of mini-golf, you’ll find plenty more things to do throughout the park. Ride the bumper cars, cool off in the blaster boats or feel the thrills of skydiving on the SkyFlyer. Head for Kids Country and explore even more rides including the carousel, kiddie carts, ferris wheel, red baron airplanes, the train, spin tops and more.

 

Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of mini-golf in Pigeon Forge during your family vacation. It’s a great way to spend time together!

Pigeon Forge is home to lots of great attractions and things to do with the family, both indoors and out. For action-packed family fun, there’s no place better than Pigeon Forge. Come discover all that the Smoky Mountains have to offer and make some memories of your own!

 

 

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Must-try Foods in Pigeon Forge https://www.perakendetek.com/blog/must-try-foods-in-pigeon-forge Thu, 11 Mar 2021 19:40:26 +0000 https://www.perakendetek.com/?p=23069 There is no better way to bring the family together, than with some delicious food. Here are some of the must-try foods in Pigeon Forge to sample on your next visit. 

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It’s no secret that I love Pigeon Forge, Tennessee — and with good reason. Located at the foot of the Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge is the perfect vacation spot for adventure-seekers, families, and foodies like myself!

There is no better way to bring the family together, than with some delicious food. From family-style dinners to hearty breakfasts and everything in between, Pigeon Forge offers Southern hospitality and comfort food.

Here are some of the must-try foods in Pigeon Forge to sample on your next visit.

 

Old Mill Corn Chowder

The historic Old Mill was built in 1830 and is still running today; needless to say, it is a Pigeon Forge landmark. Visitors can watch flour being ground at the iconic mill, then head over to Old Mill Restaurant to enjoy all of their favorite southern food dishes.

That said, the dish that you’ll want to start with – and what keeps diners coming back year after year – is the corn chowder. As I like to say on the blog, “It’s Write Your MeeMaw Good”!

Old Mill Corn Chowder

The best part? After you return home from your vacation, you can make Old Mill’s corn chowder at home. Here’s the recipe.

 

All the Fried Foods

Y’all — I was taught to cook in the country on the family farm. As such, fried food has a very special place in my heart. It reminds me of my childhood. Luckily for you, Pigeon Forge is chock-full of fantastic fried foods that you must try.

Start your trip off with a stop at Huck Finn’s Catfish, famous for both their all-you-can-eat catfish and chicken dinners. Yes, you read that correctly. The best part? They’ve won the title of “Best Catfish in East Tennessee” multiple times!

Huck Finn's Catfish

There’s nothing quite like dinner and a show at the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud. It’s a must-visit when in Pigeon Forge. While the show is a great source of entertainment, a fabulous southern dinner comes with it as well.

With heaps of fried chicken and country pulled pork barbecue and sides including smashed taters, creamy coleslaw, creamy vegetable soup and more, you’ll clean your plate, without question. It gets two thumbs up from this Kentucky boy!

Fabulous Southern Dinner at Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud

 

Pancakes

If you’ve been to the Smoky Mountains, you know that the pancakes are iconic! From Flapjack’s, which has been in business for over 50 years, Reagan’s House of Pancakes (classic buttermilk or fruit pancakes… get them with some country ham, y’all), to Smoky’s Pancake Cabin (famous for the pineapple upside down pancake) — the pancakes are a’plenty in Pigeon Forge!

Must-try Pancakes in Pigeon Forge

Find even more places to eat pancakes in Pigeon Forge.

 

Local Sweet Treats

I think the food that I associate most with Pigeon Forge is dessert. Options are seemingly at every corner – which, for a foodie like me, is heaven on earth.

Ice cream fanatic? Look no further than the Old Mill Creamery, which is famous for making ice cream the old fashion way. It’s fabulous.

Old Mill Creamery in Pigeon Forge

Looking for a shop that has a flavor for everyone? Buzzed Bull Creamery is a newer ice cream shop in Pigeon Forge with over 30 flavors to choose from. The ice cream and milkshakes are hand-crafted using liquid nitrogen, making it almost as much fun to watch as it is to eat!

Lastly, The Fudgery needs no introduction; just by typing the name I can taste (and smell!) the peanut butter fudge.

 

These are just a few of the must-try foods in Pigeon Forge to start with when planning your culinary adventure. From some of the best Southern food dishes to tasty, sweet treats, Pigeon Forge restaurants are ready to welcome to your family ‘round the table. Come ready for adventure and with a large appetite — you’ll leave satiated in more ways than one.

 

About the Author: JC is a consultant by day and a content creator by night. On his blog, JCP Eats, he likes to share glimpses into his kitchen and his life in the south.

 

 

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Free (or Almost Free) Things to Do on Spring Break in Pigeon Forge https://www.perakendetek.com/blog/free-or-almost-free-things-to-do-on-spring-break-in-pigeon-forge Mon, 01 Mar 2021 16:22:12 +0000 http://blog.perakendetek.com/?p=7284 Spring break fun doesn’t have to cost a fortune. However, with the kids being out of school for a whole week, finding entertainment options that fit the budget can be a challenge. Don’t worry though, Pigeon Forge has plenty of free or almost free activities that are sure to entertain your family. After all, it is called […]

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Spring break fun doesn’t have to cost a fortune. However, with the kids being out of school for a whole week, finding entertainment options that fit the budget can be a challenge. Don’t worry though, Pigeon Forge has plenty of free or almost free activities that are sure to entertain your family. After all, it is called the “Center of Fun” in the Smokies for a reason!

Explore this list of free, or almost free, things to do during spring break in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

  1. Hang out at Mountain Mile & Tower Shops.

Hang out at Mountain Mile & Tower Shops - Free things to do during spring break in Pigeon Forge

Mountain Mile & Tower Shops is one of the newest developments in Pigeon Forge. The multi-purpose retail, dining and family entertainment complex spans 174 acres. Spend some time with the family exploring the wide variety of shopping and dining options. The Lawn at the Tower Shops is a large outdoor space that offers a seating area, fire pits and play structures. It’s a great spot to let the kids run and play while you sit back and take in the majestic mountain views.

  1. Watch candy being made at Old Mill Square.

Watch candy being made in Old Mill Square - Free things to do during spring break in Pigeon Forge

It’s easy to spend hours at shops at the Old Mill! Start your visit by spending some time watching the potters at Pigeon River Pottery. It is fun to try to guess what beautiful pottery piece they are creating as they slowly and carefully form the clay with their hands over the spinning wheel.

Afterwards, head next door to the Old Mill Candy Kitchen. You can watch them pulling and cutting taffy or maybe even making their homemade fudge. Although watching may be free, you will probably not be able to leave the store without buying a delicious snack!

If your family is ready for even more fun, walk across the street and watch the blacksmith at work at Iron Metal Mountain Craft shop. You can watch as they heat and sculpt a piece of metal into a unique knife or ornamental décor.

  1. Feed the ducks at Patriot Park.

Feed the ducks - Free things to do during spring break in Pigeon Forge

Bring some duck food with you or buy some from the Old Mill General Store. The kids will love feeding them and watching them swim along in the Little Pigeon River. You may also find some ducks to watch along the Riverwalk Trail.

  1. Take a hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Family Spring Hiking in the Smoky Mountains - Free things to do during spring break in Pigeon Forge

Go on a spring hiking adventure with the family in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. See who can find the most of different leaves, trees, flowers or wildlife. There are also several great hiking trails for kids in the national park.

Spend another day touring Cades Cove. You can grab a map for a small fee/donation at the entrance that will give you the history of the area. As you travel along the 11-mile loop, stop to explore the historic structures like pioneer log cabins, restored churches and old grist mills.

Another free activity is to browse the natural history exhibits at Sugarlands Visitor Center. They also have a 20-minute video you can watch that offers information about the national park itself.

  1. Have a picnic at one of the parks.

Kids at Park

While the food may not be free, your family must eat anyways, so why not make it a fun adventure. Wears Farm City Park has several covered pavilions with picnic tables for your picnic pleasure. There is also a basketball court, a football field, and two playgrounds, so you can spend the afternoon playing in the park after your picnic.

Patriot Park has plenty of open grass areas if you would rather throw down a blanket for your picnic. Here you can throw around a frisbee or fly a kite when you are finished eating.

  1. Watch the fountain show at The Island.

See the fountain show at The Island - Free things to do during spring break in Pigeon Forge

One of the highlights of a visit to The Island in Pigeon Forge are the dancing water fountains. The whole family will enjoy sitting in the rocking chairs and taking in this magnificent water show. The fountains come to life about every half hour with a choreographed music and light show. You can also do a little window shopping at more than 60 retail and specialty shops.

  1. Use the Pigeon Forge Trolley to get around.

Ride the trolley - Save during spring break in Pigeon Forge

An all-day pass on Pigeon Forge Mass Transit trolleys costs only $3 per person, and children 3 and younger ride free. It’s the perfect way to get around town without having to worry about the traffic or parking. Just sit back and enjoy the ride! You can get off at the different stops and explore or just hang out for a long ride.

Don’t break the piggy bank this spring break! Take advantage of these free or nearly free things to do in Pigeon Forge, the “Center of Fun” in the Smokies!

 

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Where to See Spring Wildflowers in the Smoky Mountains https://www.perakendetek.com/blog/spring-will-soon-bloom-smokies Thu, 18 Feb 2021 17:00:22 +0000 https://www.perakendetek.com/?p=11440 If you're planning on coming to Pigeon Forge over the next few months, taking a trip up to the Smoky Mountains to see the spring wildflowers is a must.

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Springtime is a time of renewal. The spring wildflowers begin to bloom, the trees begin to fill with green foliage again, and the fields of green grass return. For the Great Smoky Mountains, this is a beautiful sight to see! Spring in the Smoky Mountains offers beautiful scenery and refreshing weather, making Pigeon Forge the perfect location for a spring family vacation.

Spring Wildflowers at Clingman's Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Spring Wildflowers at Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 

If you’re planning on coming to Pigeon Forge over the next few months, taking a trip to see spring wildflowers that bloom in the Smoky Mountains is a must.

 

Wildflowers that bloom during spring in the Great Smoky Mountains

Some of the earliest spring wildflowers to bloom in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) don’t even wait for spring. Ephemerals like daffodils, jonquils, chickweed and violets start blooming in late winter, sometimes as early as February.

  • Wild daffodils are some of the most common wildflowers you’ll see in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Daffodils have distinct white/pale yellowish petals and a yellow trumpet. These flowers are unique because once planted they tend to come back every year in bigger numbers than before. 
  • Jonquils are another common type of wildflower that are closely related to the daffodils. Jonquils have bright yellow petals and a matching yellow trumpet. Both jonquils and daffodils were very common around households in the pre-park days. If you come across a patch today, you’re likely standing where an old home site once stood.

In addition to names like “daffodils” and “jonquils”, these flowers were also referred to as “Easter flowers” by inhabitants of the Smokies. This is because the blooming period peaks around the same timeframe as the Christian holiday Easter.

Jonquils and Daffodils - Spring Wildflowers in the Smoky Mountains

Greenbrier, and specifically the Porters Creek area, is famous for its wildflowers. Trilliums, lady slippers, and the famous fringed phacelia will begin to sparkle throughout the Greenbrier area sometime in March or April.

  • White trillium are beautiful wildflowers typically found in the mid to lower elevations of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The large bell-shaped flower has three white leaves that surround a yellow center and turn pink with age.
  • White fringed phacelia are tiny delicate flowers that grow in large colonies throughout the park, typically in mid to high elevation areas. In the Porters Creek area of Greenbrier, these wildflowers blanket the ground during peak bloom. 

White Trillium Wildflowers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park  White fringed phacelia - wildflowers in Porters Creek area of Greenbrier in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

You’ve heard the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, that saying is certainly true in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Higher levels of precipitation mean even more rainfall accumulation at higher elevations up in the mountains. The additional rainfall results in even more spectacular wildflower displays during spring in the Smoky Mountains.

Several species of wildflowers that typically reach their peak during May include foam flower, rue anemone, yellow trillium, painted trillium, catesby trillium and little brown jugs.

  • Yellow trillium has a single yellow flower with petals that are narrow and stand erect. Yellow trillium is most often found in lower elevations of the park.
  • Painted trillium has three white leaves around a yellow center, with a maroon “v” painted near the bottom. These wildflowers are most often seen in higher elevations of the park. 
  • Crested dwarf iris is a unique wildflower with its blue/purple colors and petal-like sepals each dawning a yellow crest. These wildflowers often grow in large clumps in mid to low elevations and are especially beautiful after a recent rain when there are still drops on the petals. It’s the perfect opportunity to grab great photos!
  • Showy orchis has two long egg-shaped basal leaves and each flower has a pink or lilac-colored hood with a white lip. These unique flowers are typically seen in mid to lower elevations of the national park during the early part of May.
  • Dutchman’s britches has an appearance like that of a pair of pantaloons hung on the line to dry. This white flower hangs over a leafless stalk and is commonly seen throughout many different areas of the national park.

Dutchman’s Britches - Spring Wildflowers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 

Best places to see spring wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains

With more than 1,500 different kinds of flowering plants growing throughout Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you won’t have to go far to enjoy an amazing wildflower experience. Here are a few of the best places to see spring wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains.

  • Cades Cove is one of the best places to see daffodils and jonquils. After you enter the “loop” in Cades Cove, you’ll pass one of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps that were active in the 1930s. The flowers were planted in a pattern that spelled out “CO 5427”- the official name of the CCC camp. Today, these jonquils have multiplied and spread across the field, but if you look closely, you can still see the name of the camp spelled out by the patches of bright yellow flowers.
  • Schoolhouse Gap Trail features many early blooming spring and summer wildflowers. This scenic 2.2-mile trail starts at Laurel Creek Road and gradually inclines in elevation to School House Gap. You’ll see Virginia bluebells along the lower portions of this trail. And then pink lady’s slippers, golden aster, trillium and many more beautiful wildflowers as you proceed higher.
  • Little River Trail is a wide and flat graveled trail in the historical district of Elkmont that parallels the Little River. Along the lower portions of the trail are patches of rhododendron. And during spring, from mid-March through May, you’ll also see spring beauties and trailing arbutus.
  • Porters Creek in the Greenbrier area of the park has some of the most beautiful displays of spring wildflowers in the world. Just after you cross the large foot-log spanning Porter’s Creek, you’ll see fringed phacelia covering the ground during peak bloom. The terrain is covered with it all the way up to Walking Fern Falls. And purple dwarf irises grow in large clumps throughout the area. White trilliums begin to bloom in this area, but typically don’t peak until May. The same goes for the little white squirrel corn and Dutchman’s breeches. Mayapples, which are large umbrella-like plants, are plentiful here. And you’ll see the tall skinny bishop’s cap pretty much everywhere.
  • Gregory Bald, accessed via Gregory Ridge Trail in Cades Cove, is known for its incredible views any time of year. But a visit to Gregory Bald when the spectacular flame azaleas reach peak bloom around mid-to-late June is truly a sight to behold. The trailhead is located at the end of Forge Creek Road.
  • Middle Prong Trail, located in the Tremont area, near Townsend, is an amazing waterfall hike. This trail passes three major waterfalls, in addition to smaller falls and cascades. During spring and early summer, you’ll see violets, crested dwarf iris, wood sorrel and trilliums on the first two miles of this trail.

Make plans now to visit Pigeon Forge and discover the beauty of spring wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains!

 

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Your 2021 Guide to Spring Break in Pigeon Forge https://www.perakendetek.com/blog/your-perfect-pigeon-forge-spring-break Fri, 05 Feb 2021 20:42:38 +0000 https://www.perakendetek.com/?p=11519 From exploring the Great Smoky Mountains to racing go-karts to some of the best memories made at Dollywood, check out this list of some of the best spring break activities for kids in Pigeon Forge.

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Wondering what to do for Spring Break? Why, a trip to Pigeon Forge, of course!

As spring weather approaches, along with it comes the return of green leaves on the trees and the blooming of beautiful spring wildflowers. Pigeon Forge is truly magnificent during the spring months, making it an ideal choice for your spring break destination.

From exploring the Great Smoky Mountains to racing go-karts to some of the best memories made at Dollywood, check out this list of some of the best spring break activities for kids in Pigeon Forge. Use this 2021 spring break itinerary to start planning your family trip to the Great Smoky Mountains and enjoy a visit you will all cherish for years to come!

Best Pigeon Forge Spring Break Activities for Kids

Family spring hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Go hiking and explore the great outdoors

Spring is the perfect time of year for a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains. The transition of the seasons from winter to spring is one of the most beautiful times of year. Great Smoky Mountain National Park comes alive as the trees begin to dawn brilliant shades of green, wildflowers begin to blossom in an array of magnificent colors and wildlife begins to emerge from their months of hibernation.

The national park is home to over 800 miles of hiking trails for every age and ability, with some even leading to some of the most amazing waterfalls you will find anywhere. Check out some of the most popular spring hiking trails, as well as trails that are perfect for the kids.

Take a scenic drive and have a picnic

Cades Cove is known not only for its magnificent vistas, but also for having the largest variety of historic buildings in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A scenic drive on the 11-mile one-way Cades Cove Loop Road is one of the best ways to take in the beauty and splendor of Cades Cove. From restored churches to old grist mills to pioneer log cabins, you’ll find plenty of places to get out and enjoy the amazing mountain landscapes while learning about the area’s vast history. Pack a picnic lunch — it won’t be hard to find the perfect spot to enjoy it.

Go on an off-road adventure during spring break in Pigeon Forge

Go on an off-road adventure

Another great way to get out and see the beauty of the Smokies is with Pink Jeep Tours. Relax on a breathtaking guided tour of the Smoky Mountains in an iconic, open-air Pink Jeep. These guided trips last anywhere from 2 to 3 hours and offer the chance to see some of the most magnificent views the Smoky Mountains have to offer. It’s the perfect way to get great photos to share with family and friends, so make sure to bring your camera!

Family strolling the Riverwalk trail in Pigeon Forge during Spring Break

Go for a stroll and feed the ducks

The Riverwalk Greenway in Pigeon Forge runs along the Pigeon River, offering visitors and locals alike a spot to enjoy nature without ever leaving the city. You’ll find benches along the trail to stop and relax while the kids play. One of the entrances to the Riverwalk is at Patriot Park, which is another great spot to enjoy a beautiful spring day. Take some duck food with you as you are likely to see ducks swimming along in the Little Pigeon River at Patriot Park and as you continue your journey down the Riverwalk trail.

Race around the go-kart tracks

Get the kids away from their “screens” and spend an afternoon or evening at one of the go-kart tracks in Pigeon Forge. From go-kart tracks to bumper cars to a section filled with rides and activities for children, a variety of locations across the city offer plenty of fun ways to get out and enjoy time with the family, rain or shine. This realistic racing experience is offered on both indoor and outdoor tracks. Explore the best places to ride go-karts in Pigeon Forge.

Ride an alpine coaster during spring break in Pigeon Forge

Ride an alpine coaster or three

Pigeon Forge is known for its extensive selection of family fun attractions, and alpine coasters top the list! Enjoy incredible views as you twist and turn through tunnels and the mountain trees. If you’ve never been on an alpine coaster, this is definitely an experience you won’t soon forget! Learn more about the 3 best alpine coasters in Pigeon Forge.

Fun family dinner shows for Pigeon Forge spring break vacations

Enjoy a little horseplay at dinner

Scope out the schedules and book some family time together at one of the shows in Pigeon Forge. Younger kids will be delighted as they watch the famous pirate, Blackbeard, and his quarter master, Calico Jack, as an epic battle ensues at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show. From sword fighting to cannons blazing to pirates swinging from ship to ship, you’re sure to be amazed, all while enjoying a four-course feast fit for a pirate!

If you have animal lovers in your crew, an evening at Dolly Parton’s Stampede is a must. Come early to meet and greet the horses that perform in the show. Then, enjoy a classic four-course meal while being amazed at the main event featuring 32 horses and professional trick riders!

Find plenty of things to do during spring break at Dollywood

Spend a day at Dollywood

No spring break trip to Pigeon Forge would be complete without a day at Dollywood. And the park reopens just in time for spring on March 13th. Lovingly known as the only theme park with Southern charm, Dollywood offers rides, entertainment, handmade crafts and food that are sure to please visitors of all ages.

Enjoy thrill-rides like Lightning Rod, the world’s fastest wooden roller coaster, which are perfect for teenagers, to Dollywood’s Country Fair, an area designed especially for smaller children. And starting on April 23rd, the Dollywood Flower & Food Festival kicks off to delight guests with thousands of brilliant flowers and larger-than-life sculptures, including a butterfly umbrella.

Find fun family entertainment for spring break at The Island in Pigeon Forge

Get on island time

The Island in Pigeon Forge is ready to offer your family plenty of fun times too. With so many entertainment, food, and shopping options, you are sure to find something for everyone. The Island Fountains are a great spot for just hanging out as you watch the stunning presentation of water as it shoots 60 feet in the air to the sounds of music.

Keep the kids busy with a visit to The Island Ropes Course, a three-story adventure with thirty different elements, two zip lines and one simulated free fall. Enjoy a great meal at the Margaritaville Restaurant and spend some time browsing the many unique retail shops and local boutiques you’ll find throughout The Island.

 

Scenic beauty. Thrilling views. Unforgettable attractions. Mesmerizing shows. Pigeon Forge is the perfect recipe for an awesome family spring break vacation. The fun awaits you!

Check out even more fun and exciting things to do during Spring Break!

 

 

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Wilderness Wildlife Week Goes Virtual for 2021 https://www.perakendetek.com/blog/wilderness-wildlife-week-goes-virtual-for-2021 Thu, 21 Jan 2021 23:41:23 +0000 https://www.perakendetek.com/?p=22716 Join us February 2-4, 2021 as we celebrate the natural features, creatures and cultures of the Great Smoky Mountains during Pigeon Forge, Tennessee’s Virtual Wilderness Wildlife Week!

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Celebrate the Great Smoky Mountains during Wilderness Wildlife Week

Registration is now open for Pigeon Forge, Tennessee’s Virtual Wilderness Wildlife Week, taking place online this year!  Join us February 2-4, 2021 as we celebrate the natural features, creatures and cultures of the Great Smoky Mountains with an exciting lineup of online speakers, panels and lots of fun online content.

For many years, Wilderness Wildlife Week has offered a great way for families to share and experience the unique and wondrous aspects of nature that abound in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And this year will be no different! Whether you are young or just young at heart, if you have a love for the outdoors, then Wilderness Wildlife Week is for you!

Explore the Great Smoky Mountains during Wilderness Wildlife Week

The Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism has invited some of the leading wildlife experts to lead informative discussions and take you on an adventure into the great outdoors, all from the comfort of your home. If you are looking for some educational fun for students, Wilderness Wildlife Week is a great way to let students have fun and ask questions about nature, all while learning at the same time.

Learn about birds of prey during Wilderness Wildlife Week

Learn about birds of prey or everything you need to know about bears. Listen to stories of Appalachian history. See a live showcase of artisans and crafters. Take a virtual Smoky Mountain field trip. Register for as many individual Wilderness Wildlife Week program sessions as you want. Each program lasts 45 minutes and all programs are available free of charge! For any questions regarding this year’s event, email PigeonForgeVirtualEvents@gmail.com.

 

Wilderness Wildlife Week Programs

Tuesday Programs:

  • Though the Mountains Tremble, We Keep Looking Up: Celebrating the Treasures of the Smokies with Ken Jenkins
  • Fox Tails: Learn about the Red Fox’s Behaviors, Eating Habits and General Facts Up Close & Personal with Rhonda Goins & Gail Stout
  • Virtual Smoky Mountains Field Trip No. 1
  • Birds of Prey Showcase with the American Eagle Foundation
  • The Walker Sisters of Little Greenbrier with Robin Goddard
  • All About Bears with Joel & Kathy Zachry

Wednesday Programs:

  • The Wolves of Bays Mountain: The Lives & Behaviors of Wild, Captive Gray Wolves with Rhonda Goins & Gail Stout
  • Appalachian History and Stories with The Salt Maker Jim Bordwine
  • Live Showcase of Artisans & Crafters
  • The Miracle of Metamorphosis with Stephen Lyn Bales
  • Music of Our American Roots with the Lost Mill String Band
  • Kudzu: Examining Its Effect & Exploring Solutions with Kristine Johnson

Thursday Programs:

  • Let’s Talk Trash in Bear Country with Joey Holt
  • American Eagle Foundation’s Raptor Rehabilitation Program: What It Takes to Rehab and Release a Bird of Prey with Nancy Zagaya
  • Virtual Smoky Mountains Field Trip No. 2
  • Smoky Mountains Kinfolk: Stories & Songs with Mike & Kathy Gwinn
  • Bobcat Tails: Learn Bobcat Facts & Behaviors Up Close & Personal with Rhonda Goins & Gail Stout
  • Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring True Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail with Ben Montgomery & special guest Anne Van Curen (portraying Grandma Gatewood)

 

 

Don’t wait! Register now for the 2021 Virtual Wilderness Wildlife Week! We look forward to exploring with you!

 

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