Anyone familiar with Pigeon Forge?

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  1. MuggleBug

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    DH and I are stopping over in Pigeon Forge, TN, on our way to visit his parents this summer. We're only going to be there for a couple days, but want to see some neat stuff. We most likely won't be doing the amusement park...but what else would be good to check out??

    Thanks in advance :)
     
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    I agree with SG the Apple...they also have a winery that you can taste the wines YUMMY!!! They also have a lot of shops in that area.

    The Christmas Store is fun to go around!!
     
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    My favorite thing in P.G is the shopping area across from Patriot Park. It is also across from the Old Mill Restaurant. It contains pottery, arts and crafts type stores. Try to drive through Cades Cove. If you go across the mountain there is a big casino (Harrah's?) in Cherokee that I have never been to, so I can't tell you what it is like, but my friends have and like it.
    Like the above posters said, The Apple Barn. I just go for the apple pies they are delicious!
    I hope you have a great time. I live close enough that I go about once every couple of months...I love it!
     
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    I've been to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg at least once a year my entire life. I'm close enough that I can make a day trip if I want.

    I like Pigeon Forge if I'm going to shop since they have lots and logs of outlet malls. We always stay in Gatlinburg. Everything there is walkable, and there are trolleys to Piegon Forge. We park at the motel and never move the car until we're ready to leave.

    I've never been to the casino in Cherokee, but we do always go to Cherokee. I like to browse the shops, and they have a Cherokee village and museum that are nice. The outdoor drama is also good. I always wade in the river.

    You can send for vacation guides from each area. They're really helpful. Many websites also have vacation planners.

    That area is one of my favorite vacation spots. There is entertainment for all ages, and there is everything from "touristy" activities to nature activities. We usually go during the week since it's cheaper, and we never stay more than three days at a time since we've been there so many times.

    Here are some of my favorites:
    Forbidden Caverns
    Tangier & Five Oaks Outlet Malls
    Ripley's Aquarium
    Lineberger's Seafood
    Smokey Mountain Trout House
    Old Smokey Candy Kitchen
    Arts & Crafts Community
    Unto These Hills drama in Cherokee

    Be prepared for TRAFFIC, especially if you do on a weekend.

    The views are worth it.

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    We have seen deer, elk, and bear the last couple of times we've visited.
     
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    Great advice and a great photo! I'm about 90 mins away from PF. We had a camper on the Little River when I was a kid. PF has changed so much since then. We have a time share there now and my parents still have a camper on Wears Valley Rd.

    I love to make the drive from PF down Wear's Valley Rd to Townsend and then up through the park into Gatlinburg ,right turn at the "Wye" or left and go to Cades Cove. They had closed the road through Cades Cove to make improvements, hopefully it has reopened.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions!! It's a big help!
     
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    I don't know what to tell you to check out, but we went several times as a kid. I loved Dollywood.
     
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    There's also a Texas something restruarant my hubby had a steak & said my burger was better. I'll have to ask him the name of it.
    I will also vote for the Olde Mill. It is fun & yummy!!!
     
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    Also-go into Gatlinburg to pick up the Roaring Forks road-it takes you (one way) thru the beautiful woods, along the river. There are plenty of places to pull over and it never seems to be very crowded. We seem to always see bears or deer. It is nice and peaceful after Pigeon Forge. My stepdaughter and her family live in Sevierville and last time we went to visit her, we were tickled because on Saturday night, locals brought lawn chairs to sit along the parkway to watch all the traffic! :lol:
     
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    Having lived in Knoxville (less than 1 hour from P Forge) I've spent quite a lot of time there! Drive through the mountains, pull over and check out the view. Drive through Cade's Cove. The TV show Christy was filmed there, as well as several movies. There are lots of great outlet stores in P Forge and Sevierville, as well as lots of good pancake restaurants! Plenty of chances to buy affordable souvenirs! Be ready for traffic; depending on the date, the traffic into Sevierville, which leads to P Forge, can be backed up on to I-40. Also lots of great miniature golf places! Walk in a mountain stream. Have a picnic. Catch a country music show--even if you don't like country music, it's worth the experience. You can also walk the "strip" in Gatlinburg and see 100 different kinds of shops. **Watching them pull the taffy, form blown glass objects, and dip candles is a MUST SEE!** Enjoy, and let us know how you like it!
     
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    Warning...Thread High Jack!

    Hi Scholarteacher. I will have to agree that there are lots of great things in that area of Tennessee. I have been a time or two and you mention some neat things to do. But, you do have to admit that one of the best things to come out of Sevierville, Tennessee :thumb: is a guy named James Bates who played linebacker for the University of Florida. :woot: He was a member of that graduating class of seniors who were four and oh against Peyton and his Volunteers! :lol: Hope you are doing well! Finished up my class for this semester and have two weeks to enjoy doing nothing!

    The Doctor!:D
     
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    I went to college in Knoxville(GO VOLS) which is not far from Pigeon Forge. One of my bestfriends got married in Gatlainburg/Pigeon Forge Area. I was one of his groomsmen and yes, I was "that guy". But yea, its really pretty. Ive been hiking there with friends a few times.
     
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    I preferred the "old" Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area.... that is before it became a giant parking lot. I'm not a shopper....:p

    Back packing in the mountains, sleeping by a stream was enough entertainment for me......:)
     
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    GO VOLS!!:lol:
     
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    I love Pigeon Forge, we vacation there a lot.

    --If you need somewhere to stay, I recommend Hidden Mountain Cabins ( located on the same road as the Apple Barn that many previous posters have mentioned.)

    -- I'm not a big fan of the shows, but I really like "The Miracle Theater" which tells the story of Christ through theater.

    --Tanger Outlet has good shopping.

    --The Old Mill is my FAVORITE place to eat.

    --I haven't been to it yet, but they've added a Titanic Museum that looks really neat.
     
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    We stay in cabins in the mountains. We had our private pool in the last one we stayed in...so much fun!!!
     
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    I enjoy the quirky Ripley's museums. Great for rainy days.
     

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