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The hidden gem of East Tennessee Father

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: For the Pigeon Forge attractions and businesses mentioned in this blog, visit their websites for information on COVID-19 operational updates.

For those of you who are not familiar, Pigeon Forge is a mountain town and vacation area in Eastern Tennessee. It lies at the foot of the Great Smokies, not far from Gatlinburg. Many people will recognize it as the home of Dollywood, country singer Dolly Parton’s Appalachian theme park, which consists of rides, a water park, and more.

More information about Pigeon Forge can be found at official website.

Our first visit was in early summer 2019 and after a long weekend my wife and I commented on each other that we felt we didn’t have enough time to see and do everything we wanted to do. It definitely made our “return visit” list.

There are so many wonderful places in and around Pigeon Forge. On this first visit, we decided to book a cabin off the tourist trail of the Pigeon Forge Parkway. With 4 children under the age of 10, we felt that a bit more space (plus a hot tub, deck, and arcade machine) could make the couple of days a bit more manageable. However, we found that although we were quiet in the hills, we had no quick access to the NashVegas strip.

There are certainly countless options along the parkway that will keep you close to the action – each with its own additional benefits. I have compiled a short list of the most discussed hotels:

Econo Lodge Riverside: You will be pleasantly surprised by this three-time platinum award winner located on the Little Pigeon River. It has an incredible indoor pool and hot tub, a river, a picnic area, a covered gazebo and a fire pit. Don’t forget that the children visit the playroom!

Music Road Resort Hotel: With 163 spacious guest rooms and suites with private balconies, this resort is ideal for a romantic getaway, honeymoon or family vacation, as well as weekend getaways. The coolest advantage here is that you can choose a scenic view of the Little Pigeon River and the Great Smoky Mountains, or grab one with a view of the fantastic outdoor water park and the Music Road Resort Inn.

Park Grove Inn: This 3-star hotel is located right in the heart of Pigeon Forge and at the foot of the scenic Smoky Mountains. This seven-story structure with breathtaking balcony views of the mountains and the city center has beautiful, spacious rooms. Outside of opening hours, while not exploring Pigeon Forge, kids can have adventures in a well-equipped arcade room while you relax in the indoor pool and hot tub. Or you can sit back next to the outdoor pool and the mushroom waterfall!

Holiday Inn Express & Suites: This Holiday Inn is located in the heart of Pigeon Forge. With a modern vibe and a pool, this place is affordable and super family friendly!

The Pigeon Forge River Inn: This 3-star hotel has hiking trails, picnic tables, grills and an outdoor pool right on the river. They are family-friendly with fresh popcorn that is served every evening and sweet tea that is freshly brewed every day. Did I mention that most of the best restaurants along the Parkway are within walking distance?

These are just a few of the great hotel options along the Pigeon Forge Parkway – all with quick access to the hundreds of things that will keep you busy during your stay.

Some of the highlights of our trip are gemstone mining …

Tear the race track in Kid’s Country …

Visit the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel…

And of course Dollywood!

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This was a sponsored contribution on behalf of the Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Tourism Association. For more information on visiting this hidden gem, click on HERE.

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