Where Are They Now? Ogle’s Waterpark Became Walden’s Landing

Young woman with shopping bagsOnce a prime tourist mecca in the Smokies., Ogle’s Waterpark closed ten years ago and was replaced by Walden’s Landing, a popular destination for shopping in Pigeon Forge. Just outside of Knoxville, Ogle’s Water Park couldn’t quite swim against the currents made by Dolly’s Splash Country water park as well as rising real estate values, but all is well as the outlet has replaced the park with shopping, restaurants, movies and even a miniature golf course. Walden’s Landing has been well-received and promises to provide great shopping and dining on the Great Smoky Mountains Parkway.

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The Colors of Spring

Yellow and red cars at a car showThe colors of spring, in Pigeon Forge, TN, can be quite dramatic. There is ,of course, all of the blooming flowers, plants and, trees. But, on the weekend of April 19th there is The Spring Rod Run which, brings every size, shape and, color of vehicle imaginable. If the engine roars and the tires squeal, then, you can find it here.

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Greetings from the Smokies!  Most people enjoy coming to the Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg area for its beauty, family vacation memories, and activity.  Others tend to come around Thanksgiving or thereafter for the amazing shopping & deals available to locals & tourists alike.  With access to so many different brands, types of gifts, as well as arts and crafts…why would you go anywhere else for your Christmas shopping?  Also the 10 million plus Winterfest Lights throughout our area are just another reason to drop in, for a weekend or maybe more!  We’ll leave the light(s) on, so make plans to come see us this Season.

Shop ’till you drop in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville. For those who like outlet shopping and great deals you’ve come to the right place.
Pigeon Forge features numerous outlet shopping malls and centers, most within walking distance from the Holiday Terrace Inn! Belz Factory Outlet Mall, Walden’s Landing, and Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall offer unlimited shopping! From clothing to books, appliances to home decor, everything a shopper desires may be located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
In Sevierville, there’s  Governor’s Crossing shopping area and Belk department store (opened in 2004).
Gatlinburg has many unique novelty shops, candy stores, and the Smoky Mountain Mall which is filled with different stores.
Find a cabin or chalet stay for a week, so you can do all the outlet shopping you want.

Why Come to the Smoky Mountains?
Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Townsend, Cosby and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee are wonderful destinations for your next family vacation, reunion, wedding or honeymoon. Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, Ripley’s Aquarium, Ober Gatlinburg, outlet shopping, theme parks, golf and exciting special events are just a few of the exciting things to do for entertainment while you are in the area.
Accommodation and lodging choices also abound with the wide selection of hotels, motels, log cabins and condo rentals and even campgrounds featured here. Don’t forget to check out our discount coupons to attractions, restaurants, music theaters and lodging Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville, TN and be sure to register to win a FREE getaway to the Smokies!!






When considering a place to travel with friends or family, it seems like Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge always seems to pop up at the top of the list.  The beautiful scenery, attractions, shopping, & good food are all things to look forward to when planning a visit to the Smokies!  The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited national park in the US.  So, it’s natural to schedule a picnic, hike, or photography tour of the Park when I schedule vacation activities.

Dollywood is the most popular amusement park in the South.  The kids enjoy the water rides, the teenagers enjoy the rollercoasters, and the adults love the live entertainment.  The zipline rides throughout the area are also popular.  During the Summer, most tourists & locals enjoy tubing or water rafting throughout East Tennessee.  During the Winter, feel free to experience Ober Gatlinburg’s tram ride over the City of Gatlinburg, a wonderful indoor skating rink, or skiing the slopes at the very top.

Winterfest lights also provide visual delights for your entire family during the Holidays.  Outlet shopping is perfect for pre-Christmas gift seekers.  Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are home to some of the most popular outlet malls in the US.  Gatlinburg’s Arts & Crafts Community is fantastic for people looking for a gift that is truly unique.  Paintings, pottery, glass art, & special crafts await you there.

Log cabin rentals are a staple for families & friends looking for the best in accommodations!  The NY Times featured Gatlinburg, TN in their travel section for travelers looking for a mountain cabin experience.  Most log cabins offer full kitchens, fireplaces, deluxe bedding, rocking chairs, outdoor hot tubs, swimming pool access, and mountain views.  Truly unique cabins might offer indoor private swimming pools, saunas, pool tables, home theaters, or creekside views.  Either way you are sure to have a fun, amazing vacation experience on your trip to the Smoky Mountains!

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

Woman in a nail salon getting a manicure in Pigeon Forge
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Fun day of Shopping & Fun with Misty. Pamper Yourself in Pigeon Forge.

Well it has always been tradition for me and my mother to do a day of fun together once a week so I decided to let you in on some of the local hot spots for a great girls day out.  To start out we do a wonderul lunch at a great Japanese hibachi restaurant located right here in town off Teaster Lane not far from the Aunt Bug’s Cabin Office called Little Tokyo.   I always have the chicken hibachi & highly recommend it. Next stop is always popular on a girls’ day out- the nail salon.  Justin at Saigon nails, which is located off Dolly Parton Parkway in Sevierville, definitely does the best Pedi in town.  Last ,but definitely not least, our area has great outlet malls located off the main pigeon forge parkway in Sevierville.  They have everything a girl could possibly ask for from journeys to find your perfect pair of shoes to Coach for the perfect purse or American eagle for your favorite summer clothes. That’s my fun day in a nutshell & I hope it was helpful.