n years past, Pigeon Forge has been dubbed the No. 1 shopping destination in the South by the likes of such publications as Southern Living magazine. In addition to the glowing reviews it has received as a shopper's paradise, Pigeon Forge is also becoming an outdoor lover's dream. This is primarily due to the diverse outdoor recreational opportunities one can take advantage of when they are within 800 square miles of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Some of these opportunities include camping, fishing, hiking, backpacking, and whitewater rafting.
Once known as Fanshiers, after Richard Fanshiers – one of the area's earliest settlers, the town was later renamed "Pigeon" due to the river and "Forge" from the Old Mill iron works that once operated on the river. The Old Mill (on the National Register of Historic Sites) takes you back to the community that once thrived here beside the Pigeon River. The peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains serve as a picturesque backdrop to this bustling town. Activities for the young, as well as the young at heart are aplenty: arcades, bumper cars, helicopter rides, live entertainment, miniature golf, and shopping.
Rustic stacked stone fireplaces make these condos stand out from the rest. Relax in your spacious living room, complete with cable TV, or spend the evening on the tree shaded deck conversing with friends and family while watching the sunset over Chilhowee Mountain. 1-800-992-0595
Twisted Vessel Gallery - 3335 Old Mill Street
Arrowmont – 556 Parkway; 436-5860
Carousel Fun Center - 2879 Parkway; 428-1988.
Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction - 3849 Parkway; 453-4400, 800-356-1676
Dollywood - 1020 Dollywood Lane; 428-9488, 800-DOLLYWOOD; Daily,
Memorial to Labor Day.
Five Oaks Stable - I650 Parkway; 428-9764.
The Old Mill - 453-4628, Mon. to Sat year-round, guided tours Apr.
Parkway Speedway - 3632 Parkway; 428-0555. March to Dec.
Smoky Mountain Tours - 436-347I, 428-3014.
Bennett's Pit Barbeque - 2910 Parkway; 429-2200.
Damon's at Five Oak - 1640 Parkway; 428-6200; 11:00 A.M. to 3:00
Eddie's Heart and Soul Cafe - 2251 Parkway; 453-0833.
Century 21 Four Seasons Realty - 2850 Parkway
Pigeon Forge 428-2121
Ely Leo Real Estate - 1055 Pinyon Circle Pigeon Forge 428-8590
Prudential Wise Associates Realty - 3230 Parkway Suite E-2 Pigeon