Pigeon Forge: Valuable facts & information

Pigeon Forge is a mountain resort city in Sevier County, Tennessee, located in the southeastern United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 5,083.
Situated just five miles north of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge is primarily a tourist resort. The city’s attractions include Dollywood and numerous outlet malls and music theaters.

Get to Pigeon Forge by taking I-40 East of Knoxville (I-75) to Exit 407.  Go Southbound approximately 13 miles until you reach the Pigeon Forge City Limits.  U.S. Route 441, known as “The Parkway,” runs through the middle of Pigeon Forge en route to Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where it crests at Newfound Gap before descending to Cherokee, North Carolina. The strip along 441 contains most of Pigeon Forge’s tourist attractions. U.S. Route 321 (known as Wears Valley Road in Pigeon Forge) connects the town with Wears Valley and Townsend to the west. Upper Middle Creek Road (a section of which is called Dollywood Lane) connects Pigeon Forge with Dollywood and the rural areas of eastern Sevier County.

The name “Pigeon Forge” comes from an iron forge built by Isaac Love (1783–1854) sometime around 1820. The name of this forge referred to its location along the Little Pigeon River, in the vicinity of what is now the Old Mill. The name of the river comes from the flocks of Passenger Pigeons that frequented its banks at the time of the first Euro-American settlers’ arrival.[4]
For centuries, the Cherokee used the valley where Pigeon Forge is now located as a hunting ground. A Cherokee footpath known as the Indian Gap Trail crossed the Great Smokies from North Carolina, and passed through the Pigeon Forge valley en route to its junction with the Great Indian Warpath in modern Sevierville (US-441 closely parallels this ancient trail, although it crests the mountains at Newfound Gap rather than Indian Gap). From Sevierville, the Warpath headed west toward the Overhill Cherokee towns along the Little Tennessee River.[5]
The Indian Gap Trail brought the first Europeans to the Pigeon Forge area in the early 18th century. Along with hunters and trappers from North Carolina, traders from Virginia had passed through the valley before 1750.[4] Sometime after 1783, Colonel Samuel Wear (1753–1817) became the first permanent Euro-American settler in the Pigeon Forge area. Wear, a veteran of the American Revolution, erected a small fort near the confluence of Walden Creek and the Little Pigeon River (what is now Pigeon Forge City Park). The fort provided a safe stopover for the early pioneers in the Sevier County area. Wear would later serve as a member of the committee that drafted Tennessee’s state constitution.

In 1982, hoping the capitalize on the publicity generated by the Knoxville World’s Fair, Pigeon Forge initiated an aggressive economic plan that centered around theme parks, outlet malls, and live music venues. The first outlet mall, Factory Merchants, opened that same year. By 1987, there were four outlet malls in Pigeon Forge, and by the early 1990s, outlet malls provided 44% of the town’s gross revenue.[20]
The increasing number of tourist attractions brought competition for Silver Dollar City and its chief competitor in Pigeon Forge, Magic World, which had constructed a theme park on the slopes of Pine Mountain in the city’s south section. In 1985, the Herschends approached entertainer Dolly Parton (who was born in nearby Sevierville) with a proposal for a partnership in the promotion and operation of Silver Dollar City. After lengthy negotiations, Parton became a minority partner in the enterprise, and Silver Dollar City was renamed Dollywood to kick off a major marketing campaign. The move proved successful as Dollywood continued expansion into the 21st century.[19] Magic World folded in 1994.
While the commercial boom in Pigeon Forge vastly increased the town’s revenue, it had several undesirable effects. As land value skyrocketed, many farmers could no longer afford the accompanying high property taxes and were forced to sell their land. The high cost of living in a resort town is difficult to offset with the low wage jobs that often accompany the tourist industry.[21]

Attractions and events in Pigeon Forge include the Dollywood theme park, Titanic Museum, The Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame, the award-winning Country Tonight Theatre, the Comedy Barn, The Black Bear Jamboree Dinner Show, the Miracle Theater, Dixie Stampede, Zorb, Flyaway Indoor Skydiving, other entertainment venues such as magician Terry Evanswood’s at Magic Beyond Belief theater where magic shows are presented, and seasonal events such as Winterfest. These attractions and the natural beauty of the area draw approximately 11 million visitors each year.  Pigeon Forge has become the southeast mecca for car and truck enthusiasts.

Information taken from Wikipedia

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Cabin Rental Owner’s Corner – Recommendations

There is so much to see and do in the Great Smoky Mountains region, it is difficult to know where to begin. Since we live in this area and regularly experience an abundance of activities, some of our favorites include: Hiking along Abram’s Falls Trail; Horseback riding; Renting a pontoon boat and spending a day on either Douglas or Norris Lakes; Visiting the Titanic Museum, Old Mill & General Store, Dollywood, Dixie Stampede, Blackbear Jamboree, Ripley’s Aquarium, and Clingman’s Dome. We also enjoy shopping in Gatlinburg, attending country music concerts, and shopping at the variety of antique stores in the area. There is so much more; however this is just a sampling what we enjoy the most.
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Improve your relationship with an Escape to the Mountains

Make sure you do a relationship check-up and see if you need to rejuvenate your connection with your significant other. Romance often fades away throughout the busy lives of Americans each year. Ward off the possibility of being another statistic, by doing something special for your spouse or loved one occassionally throughout the year.

Vacations are a great way to get the romance rekindled for a healthy relationship. Consider taking a vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains. Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, TN is a tremendous option for couples wanting to get away from their busy lives in the City or Suburbs. I highly recommend reserving a log cabin with such special amenities as a jacuzzi, hot tub, fireplace, beautiful mountain views, walking trails nearby, porch swing, or indoor swimming pool. Spending quality time in the mountains without all the everyday distractions could be the special boost you need to revitalize a tired or broken marriage. It will also create memories that will last forever. These types of memories create a special bond that may have been fading, or just needed to be rejuvenated. Use important dates like Valentine’s day, his/her birthday, or an Anniversary to set-up this romantic getaway to the mountains!

Use this time away to show your appreciation for your loved one. You could communicate about how great it is to get away & just focus on each other. Take time to talk about what you haven’t been able to because of time restraints, schedule with kids, or having other priorities. Take a short drive to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, or just take a quality walk on the mountain roads or trails surrounding your cabin. Making breakfast in the morning or grilling out a nice dinner is also a great way to take advantage of your in-cabin amenities. Simply, sharing coffee & conversation outide on the porch of your cabin rental can give you that relaxation or release you’ve been starving for in recent months. It’s amazing how a simple weekend away in nature can be just what the doctor ordered for your relationship or marriage. So escape to the Smoky Mountains today!

Gatlinburg offers Autumn events in 2010

“The Smoky Mountains are a great place to visit for the Fall with your family & friends. The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair, Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival, Annual Taste of Autumn, and Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament are just a few of the reasons to come experience Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge throughout the days of Fall.Old-fashioned hayrides, arts & crafts, country music, fall decorations, and exhibits are designed to entertain visitors to the Great Smoky Mountain area. So make your reservations today to book a cabin rental with Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals. They will set you up with a fantastic mountain cabin with fireplace, full kitchens, grills, hot tubs, gamerooms, and beautiful mountain views. Then, you will not only have time to relax & chill out with family & friends, but you’ll have daily activities to keep everyone busy during their mountain vacation.Autumn colors are a bit unpredictable, especially when you try to plan to view the leaves at their ‘peak’ beauty. However, it is easy to predict that the views will be breath-taking & fabulous. So make those plans now to visit the Smoky Mountains this Fall. I promise you won’t be disappointed.