How many people associate country music with the one and only Dolly Parton? The answer is: a lot! Millions have in fact trooped to Ms. Dolly’s Tennessee hometown to experience what life was like growing up in this quiet setting. But there is more to Pigeon Forge than just country music. If vacation rentals could tell a story, it would be filled with the adventures and fun that can be experienced here. Curious?

What Is Pigeon Forge All About?

Named after the iron forge built in 1820 by Isaac Love, Pigeon Forge is best known for its majestic Smoky Mountains. For many centuries, the valley in which Pigeon Forge now sits was once a favorite hunting ground of the Cherokees. 

Situated just on the West Fork of Little Pigeon River, the city has a total land area of 11.6 square miles. And it occupies the narrow valley along the river that runs between Sevierville and Gatlinburg. Aside from the natural wonders Pigeon Forge has to offer, other popular attractions draw in close to 11 million visitors annually. Individuals interested in visiting should take note of the following things in order to make the most out of their trip.

Where to Stay 

In Pigeon Forge, there are many lodging options made available to travelers. Finding high-end hotels that are at the heart of the city and are within walking distance to many attractions and businesses is easy as pie. People looking to travel to the area can find the best hotels by conducting a quick search on the internet or by asking for referrals from travel agencies. 

Those who are looking to take a break from all the noise can relax and unwind in one of the many cabins and chalets for that much needed secluded getaway. Visitors can also pitch tents on designated campgrounds or try out some glamping options. 

Are you traveling in an RV? No worries—Pigeon Forge has several parks where visitors can stop, set up their mobile home, and enjoy the company of fellow RV travelers.

Large groups can opt to stay at vacation properties since there are countless available in the area. A quick search on Airbnb will generate accommodations like condos, tiny homes, cabins by the lake, etc. What makes vacation rentals popular is the freedom and flexibility it affords guests while still remaining within the traveler’s budget. 

What to Do

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, although known for its amazing mountains, has a diverse array of activities travelers of all ages can enjoy. There are thrill-seeking activities, fun family theme parks, tours, watersports, and so much more. Many of these are within close proximity to a vacation property traveler can book a stay at. Check out these top picks.


No visit to Pigeon Forge is complete without heading over to Dollywood. This one-of-a-kind theme park exudes a whole lot of southern charm. Park guests get to enjoy a variety of rides and dine at a huge selection of food establishments all while surrounded by the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Mountain Tours

A great way to see Pigeon Forge is by joining one of the many available tours that showcase the wonderful outdoors. Guests can try out Pink Jeep Tours, The Redneck Comedy Bus, guided ziplines, and even see the views aboard a helicopter. 

Rafting in the Smokies

With a wide selection of operators to choose from, visitors of Pigeon Forge can experience the exciting thrills water rafting brings. Not a fan of rafting? How about some tubing instead? There are also ziplines, nature walks, tram rides, fishing, and many more outdoor adventures to try out in Pigeon Forge. 

Outdoor Gravity Park

Travelers who have always been intrigued by Zorbing now have a chance to try it out at the Outdoor Gravity Park. Take family and friends along in this fast and adrenaline-packed activity. 

Go-Kart Racing

Are you feeling the need for speed? Pigeon Forge offers go-kart enthusiasts a selection of parks to enjoy a fun day of racing. There is no lack of options; tourists can choose from more than 10 different racetracks.


A favorite local pastime, leisure and business travelers in Pigeon Forge will surely appreciate the well-maintained putting greens. There’s no need to be a pro or a serious golfer to enjoy this sport. Everyone is welcome on the golf courses and the ultra-popular mini golf courses for some fun putting.

Where to Eat

Part of the fun of a vacation is discovering the best places to eat. Aside from finding great-tasting food and reasonable prices, many diners are also eager to find beautifully designed restaurants. At Pigeon Forge, there’s no shortage of unique eateries. Visitors need not look further than around the corner of their Airbnb rental to find a place to fill up. 

Pirates Voyage

Enjoy dinner and a show at Pirates Voyage. This one-of-a-kind destination offers diners a delicious four-course pirate feast accompanied by a swashbuckling spectacle of Blackbeard and his pirate cohorts. 

Long John Silvers

Find the best seafood in town at Long John Silvers. Located at Parkway in Pigeon Forge, this dining establishment has been feeding tourists and locals with the best tasting seafood at unbeatable prices. 

Old Mill Creamery

Are you looking for a cold treat? Look no further than the Old Mill Creamery as it continues to churn out traditional favorites that go well in a cone or sitting atop a variety of dessert options. There are cookies, cakes, and even sandwiches to satisfy a hungry belly. 

Golden Corral

Loved for the legendary endless buffet, visitors can enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Those who visit should be on the lookout for their aged USDA Sirloin that’s cut onsite by the restaurant butchers. 

Bennett’s Pit BBQ

Open from 8am-9pm daily, this local favorite is best known for what else but juicy smoked meats! Their delectable selection of tender and juicy briskets, pulled pork, and ribs are smoked for no less than 14hrs. Talk about dedication!

The Fudgery

Known for serving the best fudge for more than 25 years, the Fudgery is well known for its sumptuous treats. Their fudge is made in front of your eyes with only premium ingredients and zero shortcuts.