Welcome to the Smoky Mountains where the air is a little cleaner, the people are a little nicer, and time runs a little slower.
You might find yourself in Pigeon Forge for rest and relaxation or as a nature escape, or perhaps it’s an annual tradition for your family. Whether you’re a seasoned Pigeon Forge local or a first-time visitor, we’re here to help you uncover the best-kept secrets in Pigeon Forge and The Smoky Mountains.
1. Visit The Island website for the best deals.
You know—and love!—The Island. It’s the place you go when your family can’t agree on what to do or what to eat for dinner. The Island is your one-stop bet to satisfying everyone’s needs. But what you might not know is that the Island website is a great resource for online-only deals. (Psst, there might even be something for playing at The Escape Game! ?) Need a little help persuade someone in your family that escape rooms are fun? Here’s how to persuade a skeptic to try an escape room.
2. Avoid getting stuck in traffic on Parkway and take side roads.
Parkway is the most congested street in Pigeon Forge since the street runs through the entire town and is lined with stores and attractions. Avoid the bumper-to-bumper by exploring the numerous side streets that run parallel this main road, like Veterans Boulevard or Teaster Lane. Chances are, there’s a way to get to where you’re going for a fraction of the time.
3. Enjoy a more private experience of Smoky Mountains by using this hidden entrance only locals know about.
Most visitors drive through Gatlinburg to enter the national park, but there’s actually a better route that offers better views and less crowds. It is called the Wears Cove Entrance and is located in Wears Valley. If you’ve never heard of Wears Valley, you owe it to yourself to check it out: it is absolutely beautiful and offers clear views of Mt. LeConte.
4. See Dolly Parton herself.
We all know Dollywood is a big attraction, but chances are you won’t actually see Dolly herself at the theme park. But did you know that the city holds an annual Dolly Parton parade and Dolly Parton herself attends? Every year in early May, the Dolly Homecoming Parade marches down Parkway to welcome its grand marshal home. The parade is free and open to the public!
Did we miss any hidden gems? Let us know your best-kept secrets in Pigeon Forge and The Smoky Mountains!