mountain resort city in Sevier County, Tennessee, United States

Pigeon Forge is a mountain resort city in Sevier County, Tennessee, 5 miles (8 km) north of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Pigeon Forge is a tourist destination that caters primarily to Southern culture and country music fans. The city's attractions include Dollywood, Dollywood's Splash Country, gift shops, outlet malls, amusement rides, and musical theaters. In 2019, it was home to 6,300 people.

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1 McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS IATA), about 10 mi (16 km) south of Knoxville.

2 Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge Airport (KGKT) (7 mi. North of Pigeon Forge), +18654538393. General aviation airport serving the Sevierville - Pigeon Forge - Gatlinburg area.  

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From Knoxville, US Route 441 connects directly to Pigeon Forge.

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The Fun Time Trolley is a public transportation system serving Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Fares range from $0.50 to $0.75, and it has over 100 trolley stops throughout the city. Trolley stops include places such as Dollywood, Dolly's Splash Country, Tanger Outlets, and many other stops along the parkway and other points of interest. The Fun Time Trolleys run daily 8:30AM to midnight during the months of early March to October and daily 10AM to 10PM in November and December but close on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

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After the Treaty of Dumplin Creek in 1785, Robert Shields and Samuel Wear took advantage of lands ceded by the Cherokees to build forts in the area. Wear's fort came under attack, but the site is where Pigeon Forge City Park is located today.

Later, around 1820, a fellow named Isaac Love built an iron forge and gristmill along the Little Pigeon River, hence the name of the town. Even though the forge was dismantled, the mill was restored and is like the centerpiece of the town, with tourists flocking to eat at the restaurant there.

When Great Smoky Mountains National Park opened up in 1934, entrepreneurs started toying with the idea of tourism on this stretch en route to the park. First there was a Rebel Railroad attraction, then a Silver City Amusement Park, and finally what Pigeon Forge is seemingly synonymous with today - Dollywood. Only it is chock full of other tourist attractions and resorts, so you may have to plan your time carefully.

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  • 1 Great Smoky Mountains National Park.    
  • 2 Alcatraz East Crime Museum, 2757 Parkway, +1 865 453-3278. Daily 10AM-9PM. Formerly the National Museum of Crime & Punishment from Washington DC, a glimpse into the world of crime and forensics, with such artifacts as vehicles belonging to Ted Bundy, John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, and OJ Simpson; forensics labs; jail cell replicas; and moonshine stills. $27 adult, $20 senior/military, $15 child.    

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This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under $45
Mid-range $45 - $60
Splurge Over $60

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Routes through Pigeon Forge
Lenoir CityMaryville  S   N  GatlinburgNewport
KnoxvilleSevierville  N   S  GatlinburgAthens

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