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Everything You Need to Know About Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge

Although the holiday season is almost over, there are still a lot of great winter events going in Pigeon Forge! This January, Wilderness Wildlife Week returns to the Smoky Mountains for its 25th year of free activities and fun. Featuring guided hikes through the national park, Appalachian music performances, art workshops, and so much more, this East Tennessee tradition is the perfect way to start your new year. Read on for a complete guide to Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge.

When and where is Wilderness Wildlife Week?

This year’s Wilderness Wildlife Week runs from Saturday, January 24 – Saturday, January 31, 2015. All of the indoor activities will take place at the LeConte Center, located at 2986 Teaster Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868. Hikes and field trips will take guests through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Programs being at 8 p.m. and last until around 7:30 p.m., when the day’s keynote event starts.

What hikes and field trips are part of Wilderness Wildlife Week?

Hikers of every ability can enjoy an outdoor excursion with a member of the Wilderness Parents hiking with son in Pigeon ForgeWildlife Week team! All of the hikes are categorized as Easy, Moderate, or Strenuous, making it simple to pick an adventure that is appropriate for your group’s skill level. Many of the hikes visit some of the most famous areas in the Smoky Mountains including:

  • Little River
  • Elkmont Historic District
  • Chimney Tops
  • Sugarlands Mountain
  • Laurel Falls
  • The Walker Sisters Place


In addition to hikes, Wilderness Wildlife Week also offers bus tours that visit Cades Cove, locations from Dolly Parton’s childhood, the Bush Beans Visitors Center, and more excellent spots.

What workshops and presentations are part of Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge?

Wilderness Wildlife Week hosts around 50 different workshops each day! With so much going on, you are guaranteed to find something you are interested in. Here are just a few of the things you can learn about:

  • Nature photography
  • Bird watching
  • Fly fishing
  • Dulcimer playing
  • Whittling
  • Mountain music
  • Appalachian clogging
  • Cherokee history
  • Jewelry making
  • Nature writing
  • Banjo playing
  • Smoky Mountain wildlife
  • The Civil War


Woman bird watching in Pigeon ForgeHow do I sign up for Wilderness Wildlife Week events?

Most workshops don’t require you to register in advance. Wilderness Wildlife Week is run on a first come, first served basis, so if there is a particular class you don’t want to miss, be sure to arrive early!

Certain workshops are designated as “limited,” meaning that there are only a fixed number of spots available. For these programs, guests can pre-register at the LeConte Center during the morning of that day’s event.

All of the hikes and field trips require participants to sign up early. For outdoor events scheduled from Monday, January 26 –  Saturday, January 31, guests must register at 6 p.m. in the LeConte Center’s Greenbrier Hall A two days before the event is scheduled. So, if you want to attend a hike on Wednesday, you need to sign up on Monday evening. Registration for hikes and field trips held on Sunday, January 25 will be held at 11:30 a.m. in Greenbrier Hall A.

Where should I stay close to the Wilderness Wildlife Week events?

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