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Hiker’s Paradise

No matter the season, Tennessee’s state parks offer visitors plenty of opportunities to explore the great outdoors and see how their landscapes change with those seasons. Whether it’s spring wildflowers, summer’s greenery, fall foliage or the starker but no less beautiful bare trees and icicles hanging from waterfalls in the winter, the parks are a feast for the senses.

Winter Hiking in the Smoky Mountains

It is easy to see why millions of sightseers, hikers, and campers flock to the Smoky Mountains during the summer and fall months each year. But what about during the colder winter months? Great Smoky Mountains National Park is open year-round, and each season boasts its own unique set of experiences. Winter offers many opportunities to get out and enjoy the beauty and splendor of nature, and a winter hike in the Smoky Mountains is one of the best ways to experience it. Pack warm clothes, winter hiking boots, and always check the conditions of the park and roads to be fully prepared before your visit!
Snow at Rainbow Falls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Incredible Winter Views of the Great Smoky Mountains
Winter is a beautiful time of year for a visit to the Smoky Mountains. The stunning colors of the fall season have vanished, but what comes next is just as amazing. Once all the leaves have fallen from the trees, views of the mountaintops are suddenly extended for miles. Snowcapped mountain peaks make for even more breathtaking views. You won’t find incredible views of the Smoky Mountains like this any other time of year.
Scenic winter mountain views from Newfound Gap in the Smoky Mountains
Does it Snow in the Smoky Mountains?
Lower elevations in Great Smoky Mountains National Park typically see several snowfalls each winter, while higher elevations tend to get more snow more frequently. Although many winter days see temperatures of 50 degrees or higher, the lows tend to range at or below freezing. It is important to check the conditions of the park and its roads any time you are planning a visit during the winter months. For the latest information on road conditions, check the Great Smoky Mountains National Park website or call (865) 436-1200.
If you have never seen snow in the Smokies, you are missing out on some beautiful scenery. Winter snowfalls, frozen waterfalls, and hanging icicles offer ample opportunities for capturing some amazing winter photos.
You also have an opportunity to spot wildlife during the winter in the Smoky Mountains. Watch for animal prints if there is snow as you venture down the trails. Just remember to maintain a safe distance from the animals. Check out some of our wildlife safety tips before you head out.
Spot deer and other wildlife during winter hikes in the Smoky Mountains
Can You Hike the Smoky Mountains in the Winter?
Hiking is a popular activity in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the winter season is no different. Roads and trails that are typically filled with visitors during the summer months are quieter and those willing to brave the cooler weather will enjoy a more tranquil experience on the hiking trails. Winter is the perfect time to find a little bit of peace within nature here in the Smokies.
There are a few winter road closures that take place seasonally in the Smoky Mountains. Clingmans Dome Road, Little Greenbrier Road, Parsons Branch Road, and Roaring Fork Mountain are closed to motor vehicles each year beginning in the fall and then reopening in the spring.
If weather conditions remain favorable, US-441 (Newfound Gap Road), Little River Road, and Cades Cove Loop Road remain open throughout the winter months. Because Newfound Gap typically sees several feet of snow each year, temporary road closures are frequently put in place, so checking road conditions prior to setting out is a must.
If you are planning a winter hike in the Smoky Mountains, remember that weather conditions can change quickly, so being prepared is of utmost importance. Temperatures will vary at different elevations and hypothermia can set in quickly, so hikers are encouraged to wear layers of non-cotton material to help prevent heat loss. Bringing a thermos filled with hot cocoa or coffee along with you is another great way to help keep you warm during your adventure. 
Best Winter Hikes in the Smoky Mountains
The winter months are one of the best times of year to enjoy the more popular Smoky Mountain hiking trails if you are looking for less congestion and more opportunities for sightseeing. While some of the park’s trails may remain snow free throughout most of the season, others may be icy or completely buried in snowdrifts. It’s a good idea to bring along a trekking pole, and for those planning on hitting the trails located in higher elevations, make sure to pack crampons for boots to make getting through the icy conditions a little easier.
Laurel Falls is one of the most popular hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during the summer and fall months. With its paved trail and spectacular waterfall, which often accumulates ice formations during the snowy winter months, Laurel Falls is also one of the top winter hiking trails in the Smokies.

Snow covering the leaves at Laurel Falls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Grapeyard Ridge Trail in Greenbrier

With less foliage to camouflage old home sites and farmsteads, winter is a great time to take historical hikes. Prior to the creation of the national park in 1934 hundreds of families lived in the Smokies and many remnants of their legacies are still standing today. Old engine wrecks can be found from a time when railroads were one of the primary methods of transportation through the mountains. The Grapeyard Ridge trail in Greenbrier is an excellent place to see one of these wrecks as the old engine, which turned over in the creek, is still largely intact.
Another option that tops the list of best winter hiking trails is Alum Cave Trail. Alum Cave is a concaved bluff that towers nearly 80 feet above the trail. During the winter months, droplets coming off the ledges above the bluff form into large icicles.

Snow and icicles on Alum Cave Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Schoolhouse Gap is another family friendly winter hiking trail that is located near Cades Cove. The trail is relatively short and is one of the trails where hikers are most likely to spot wildlife. Cades Cove is also home to many cabins and historic sites, many of which have been restored to how they looked over 150 years ago.

Sunrise on a frosty landscape at Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Porters Creek is one of the easiest winter hiking trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, making it a popular option for families with children. Situated in lower elevations, this trail is easily accessible by car, with gentle climbs that lead to spectacular views of Fern Branch Falls.
Plan Your Winter Getaway in our Cozy Smoky Mountain Cabins
Make your fun winter hiking adventure even more memorable when you book your stay in one of our cozy Smoky Mountain cabins or chalets. Wake up each morning and have your coffee out on the deck while taking in the incredible mountain views. After a full day spent exploring your favorite winter hiking trails, spend your evenings cuddled up next to the fireplace sipping on hot chocolate, or relaxing in your own private hot tub. Our Smoky Mountain cabins offer all the comforts of home, so you can enjoy the perfect winter retreat!
Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over, it is time to relax and have a little fun. And if the thought of seeing snow and donning your favorite stocking hat and mittens gets you excited, then a fun winter getaway to the Smoky Mountains should be at the top of your to-do list. So, don’t wait…pack your bags, grab the kids, and make your way to the Great Smoky Mountains for a fun winter hiking adventure!

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Where to Stay in Pigeon Forge – Cabins vs Hotels

Last updated Dec 22, 2020

Deciding where to stay in Pigeon Forge during your visit can be difficult with all the great lodging options that are available. Whether you are planning a family vacation, romantic weekend, girlfriends’ getaway or winter break, Pigeon Forge offers more than 14,500 places to rest your head. So, when we say there is something for everyone, we mean it!
Pigeon Forge hotels and resorts are packed with tons of great amenities and plenty of room to stretch out and make yourself at home. Secluded cabins and chalets are also popular lodging options. With spacious accommodations, vacation is more like a slumber party nestled in the foothills. If you travel with a pet, there are also plenty of pet-friendly hotels and cabins from which to choose.
Here are a few things to consider when trying to decide where to stay in Pigeon Forge.

Pigeon Forge cabins and chalets allow you to enjoy an authentic Smoky Mountain experience. Surrounded by mountains, woods, wildlife and amazing views, our cabins offer a unique and fun way to enjoy your vacation. Pigeon Forge cabins are just a stone’s throw from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a 500,000-acre year-round playground, offering an abundance of opportunities to stay close to nature and enjoy long days spent exploring all that the park has to offer.
Cabins are also the perfect option for accommodating larger families and groups. With options ranging from one to five or more bedrooms, you are sure to find something to fit your needs.
Tons of incredible cabin amenities to choose from. From incredible views and full kitchens to washers and dryers, game rooms, WiFi and more, cabins in Pigeon Forge are fully equipped to make your stay as memorable as possible.
Enjoy some of the most amazing views of the Smoky Mountains. Sit in a rocker on the porch while drinking your morning coffee and breathing in the fresh mountain air. You will also be able to take in some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets you will find anywhere.
Keep the family entertained with game rooms and theater rooms. Some of our cabins are equipped with game rooms featuring pool tables and other indoor games, perfect for staying in and enjoying a family game night. You can also bring along any of your favorite games. Or curl up in one of the seats in the theater room to watch some of your favorite family flicks.
Enjoy a spectacular setting, perfect for exploring the great outdoors. Explore one of nature’s most spectacular settings with more than 800 miles of hiking trails available within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Take a scenic drive along the Cades Cove loop to see historic churches, log houses, a gristmill, barns, and other early-American structures. A short walk to Clingmans Dome reveals spectacular views during every season.
Get up-close with nature. Catch a glimpse of black bears, white tailed deer, turkeys and more that roam throughout the national park. Or marvel at more than 1,500 kinds of flowering plants, more than any other American national park.
Relax in a private hot tub or jacuzzi. After a long day spent exploring the park or nearby attractions in Pigeon Forge, relax in your own private hot tub and listen to the sounds of nature or rejuvenate yourself in one of our cabins with a jacuzzi.
Fully-equipped kitchens make your stay affordable and convenient. From quick meals to large family dinners, our cabins with fully-equipped kitchens make it easy to enjoy home cooked meals of any size. And it is a great way to save money during your stay and spend as much time with your loved ones as possible.
Snuggle up in front of the fireplace. Your family will stay warm and cozy with a cup of hot chocolate in front of the fireplace after playing in the snow.
Plenty of space to accommodate families small or large. Cabins in Pigeon Forge offer even more space than hotels, making it easy for even larger families to be together. Choose from fully furnished cabins offering up to 9 bedrooms.
Easy access to make getting around town a breeze. Cabins in Pigeon Forge are located just a short drive away from lots of great attractions, restaurants, and shopping. Plan to take Pigeon Forge Mass Transit to get around during your stay. Fares range from $1 to $3, and children under 3, ride for free. All trolley routes begin and end at the Trolley Station located at Patriot Park at Traffic Light #7. 
Cabin discounts and coupons help you save money. Book one of our cabins in Pigeon Forge offering discounted nightly rates, so you have more money to spend enjoying all the fun attractions and award-winning shows Pigeon Forge has to offer.

If you like to be close to the action, then Pigeon Forge hotels are the perfect solution for your stay. Choose from a wide selection of hotels along the Parkway that put you just steps away from top attractions and an abundance of things to do.
Pigeon Forge hotels also offer some great amenities that make it easy to pamper yourself while on vacation. From daily housekeeping to pools and waterparks, fitness centers, and concierge services, you are sure to find the perfect hotel to suit both your needs and your budget.
Complimentary breakfast to start your day off right. Many hotels throughout the area offer a free daily hot breakfast, making it easy to grab a bite and head off for another fun-filled day of adventure with the family in Pigeon Forge.
Tons of great amenities to help you enjoy your stay. Relax and enjoy a stress-free vacation without all the work. From housekeeping service to fully-equipped kitchens to free high-speed Internet, choose a hotel that offers the perfect amenities to suit your needs.
Game rooms packed full of fun. Several of our hotels offer game rooms that are perfect for keeping kids of all ages entertained indoors or for having a little friendly family competition. Play a game of pool or air hockey or try your hand at some of the arcade games for a chance to win prizes.
Rooms with amazing views. Request a hotel room with a private balcony offering views of the Parkway to watch the activity that abounds along this famous road. Or for a more relaxing experience, opt for a private balcony that offers a view of the mountains or the Little Pigeon River so you can sit back and take in all the fresh mountain air.
Indoor and outdoor pools so you can splash around during any season. During the warmer months, spend lazy days poolside at the hotel while the kids splash and play in all the fun water attractions that range from slides to lazy rivers to waterparks. And during the cooler months, indoor pools and hot tubs offer plenty of ways to keep the entire family entertained for hours.
Great dining options only steps away. Several hotels throughout town offer on-site dining options. And there are dining options for foodies of all types to choose from just steps away from your hotel room. From signature Southern favorites to dishes with an international flair, you are sure to find your comfort food here.
Plenty of ways to pamper yourself. A few of our Pigeon Forge hotels and resorts come complete with spas that offer a variety of ways to relax and enjoy your time in the Smokies. From massages to manicures and more, make time to unwind during your visit.
Enjoy plenty of ways to cozy up and stay warm. From rooms with indoor fireplaces perfect for snuggling up with that special someone to outdoor fireplaces where the whole family can sit around and enjoy a night under the stars, you will be sure to stay warm and toasty.
Stay close to fun attractions. With more than 80 attractions in Pigeon Forge, your choices are seemingly endless. From go-carts and drop towers to indoor snow tubing, Alpine mountain coasters and so much more, you will find countless attractions within walking distance from our hotels.
Comfortable rooms with enough space for everyone. Hotels offer varying types of rooms that will each sleep a different number of people, so you can choose the option that best suits your needs. If you are planning a stay for a larger family, get rooms with adjoining doors and bunk beds that make it easy to keep the entire family together.
Hotel discounts and coupons to make your stay affordable. Certain hotels and resorts in Pigeon Forge offer discounts and coupons on hotel room nights. Or book a hotel vacation package offering savings on your hotel stay, as well as discounted tickets to top attractions and shows in Pigeon Forge.

Browse a complete list of hotels and cabins in Pigeon Forge, along with amenities and location, to find and reserve the lodging that fits your needs. Wherever you chose to stay in one of our cozy cabins or are looking for hotels packed with amenities, you are sure to have a great visit no matter where you stay in Pigeon Forge! Start planning your visit today!

5 Things to Do with Kids When it’s Raining in Pigeon Forge

My family and I love to visit Pigeon Forge. We always have the best time, no matter when we go or what the weather is like when we get there. Of course, when it is nice out, we enjoy outdoor activities like spending the day at Dollywood or climbing the ropes at Paula Deen’s Adventure Park. When it rains, however, we have to find other ways to keep the kids busy.
While we do tend to spend time in the cabins at Eagle’s Ridge Resorts, playing games, watching movies, or just talking, we also love to try to find new indoor adventures. Here are a few of our favorite things to do with kids when it’s raining in Pigeon Forge.
WonderWorks is such a wonderful place to visit rain or shine! This fun upside-down house is filled with things that will boggle your mind as you try to figure out how it could be! We explored each of the six different Wonder zones filled with physical challenges and fun activities. From fun riddles and world records to art exhibits that make you question what you see, WonderWorks offers a lot of great experiences for kids. There is also a glow-in-the-dark ropes course, a 4-D motion simulated thrill ride, a laser tag arena and an arcade.
Pigeon Forge Snow
If you are looking for adventurous things to do when it is raining in Pigeon Forge, a stop at Pigeon Forge Snow is a must. It is like having a snow day party every day of the year! From racing snow tubes down the enormous hill to building snowmen and having snowball fights in the snow room, the kids had a blast. We could not believe how much snow was inside and almost forgot we were indoors with such a comfortable temperature while playing in the snow.

Pirates Voyage & Show
If you want adventure, entertainment for the whole family, and dinner all in one place, then Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show is for you. The kids love going to the dinner shows in Pigeon Forge, so we always get tickets when we are there.
Pirates Voyage is an action-packed show filled with sword fighting, blazing cannons and pirates swinging from ship to ship as they fight to win the sunken treasure. The show also features Salty the sea lion and beautiful mermaids. I have to say… the sea lion at this one was a hit with the kids! And the food was just as amazing with pan-fried chicken, ham, biscuits, creamy vegetable soup and more.

TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena
TopJump is a great place for the kids to burn off a little energy. This indoor trampoline park is unique from others because it also includes a climbing center. The kids spent most of their time on the different rock-climbing walls… and so did we! They tried to beat their own records and each other. It was awesome… I took a ton of pictures and videos, of course!  (They are all right here on Instagram.)
The park also features a dodgeball area, ninja course and gladiator pit, as well as plenty of open jump spaces. There is also an arcade with plenty of games and prizes. And no visit would be complete without a stop for the kids at the candy store. It is a life-size version of Candyland with all the greatest candies you could ever want!

Titanic Museum Attraction
We have visited quite a few museums in Pigeon Forge, but one of our favorites is the Titanic Museum. It is filled with pictures, audio recordings from passengers, stories of passengers, and artifacts that have been collected from the legendary ship and its passengers. I could have spent hours and hours in the museum learning about the Titanic. You get to experience walking on an exact replica of the Grand Staircase, standing on sloping decks and even touching a real iceberg and 28-degree water. It was a wonderful visit and is definitely one of our favorite things to do with kids when it’s raining in Pigeon Forge!
Another museum that the kids love to visit is Beyond the Lens!, which focuses on pop culture. The kids had a lot of fun here too.

Pigeon Forge offers countless attractions and things to do with kids year-round, rain or shine. It’s easy to find something to please everyone in the family!

About the Author:
Becky Mansfield is a blogger at Your Modern Family.  She is a former teacher, an author, a child development therapist, and most importantly, a mom to four children.  Becky and her husband love to travel with their children, spending time together making memories.   Becky writes on her blog to share ideas that help bring families together to create experiences and conversations that will create lasting memories.

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How to Have the Perfect Girls Weekend Getaway in Pigeon Forge

Last updated Oct 22, 2020

If Pigeon Forge, Tennessee isn’t on your radar for your next girls getaway trip, it should be! This family friendly destination is also the perfect spot for a weekend away with just the ladies. Planning a girls weekend getaway to Pigeon Forge may seem overwhelming at first with a virtually endless list of activities and entertainment to choose from, but here are a few of our favorites to help you get started.

A luxurious massage is the perfect way to kick off the weekend, and there is no better place to do it than the St. Somewhere Spa at the Margaritaville Island Hotel. There is a menu of choices from light pressure to deep tissue, and even a volcanic hot massage. If a massage isn’t your thing, go for a facial, body wrap or mani/pedi. Whatever you choose will be a relaxing treat!

If there was ever a time to forget about calories and carbs, this is it! The menu at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is served up family style, so everyone gets a taste of everything ordered. Fried Chicken, Mac & Cheese and the Gooey Butter Cake are so good, it feels like Paula herself is in the kitchen.
Soak Up the Sun at the Margaritaville Hotel Pool

A girls weekend getaway just doesn’t feel complete without spending some quality time at the pool. The rooftop pool at the Margaritaville Hotel feels like a resort by the beach in the middle of the Smoky Mountains. With a full bar serving fruity frozen drinks, comfy cabanas with curtains swaying in the breeze, and cool splashes from the pool, you may just forget you AREN’T at a tropical resort somewhere far away.

After wandering in and out of the shops at Old Mill Square, be sure to pop into The Old Forge Distillery for a drink. Old Forge is famous for their small batch Tennessee spirits and award winning moonshine. Tastings inside the distillery always draw a crowd, but it’s the small bar next to the gift shop that’s extra special. The menu is full of fun, inventive cocktails using the moonshine, and spirits from Old Forge.
From relaxing at a luxurious spa and shopping for handmade crafts to sampling some of the best Southern cuisine from local restaurants and enjoying the great amenities found at area accommodations, a girls weekend getaway to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is the best way to get in a little quality time with the ladies. So start planning your trip today!

About the Author:
Hailey Householder is a travel writer and creator of the blog, America My Beautiful. She has traveled all over the United States searching for the best and most unique experiences to share with her readers.

Top 5 Things to Do This Fall in Pigeon Forge

It’s officially fall in Pigeon Forge and great things will be happening throughout town. Pumpkins, mums, scarecrows, and all-things fall will be everywhere you look. It is the perfect time of year for a couples’ getaway or even for a quick weekend trip with the family.
You will find an abundance of fun things to do year-round in Pigeon Forge. But the cooler temperatures, crisp mountain air and majestic mountain scenery during the fall season offer the perfect setting for memorable fall vacations in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains.

Take photos with fall décor around town

You will find many great photo spots in Pigeon Forge featuring fall décor. Businesses in the area step it up and showcase some fun and creative fall displays this time of year. Stroll the Parkway and you’re sure to spot scarecrows, pumpkins, and lots of orange, yellow, and red. Be sure to check out The Island, Old Mill Square, and of course Dollywood, for some spectacular displays that make great backdrops for family photos. A drive out Wears Valley Road is another great spot to catch a glimpse of some natural fall décor.

See live concerts and glowing pumpkins at Dollywood

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights take place throughout the month of October. Dollywood will be filled with the sights and sounds of fall. There will be many unique craftsmen showcasing their work as well as more than 800 live music performances by top names in gospel and bluegrass music, all of which are included with your admission to the Dollywood park. The fall season is also the perfect time of year for a ride on the Dollywood Express steam engine.
New this season, guests can purchase a reduced-price ticket which provides entry after 5 p.m. for those who want to make a quick trip to the park to experience Great Pumpkin LumiNights presented by Covenant Health. The limited-time offer, which is just $35 plus tax, is available online only; blackout dates apply.

Ride a zipline coaster at Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud

Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show and Adventure Park is an outdoor amphitheater featuring an authentic lumberjack competition. Watch as the Dawson and McGraw families compete at over a dozen lumberjack events including axe throwing, chopping, sawing, log rolling and more. Then compete in your very own lumberjack competition at the adventure park. Try your hand at some of the same events you saw in the show!

See the beautiful fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains

Fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains is a definite must see. The fall color changing of the leaves to beautiful colors of red, orange and yellow start at higher elevations and work their way down. The higher elevations start to change in late September and normally peak by late October in the lower elevations. This beauty happens throughout the area but the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the best place to see it. Whether you decide to take a scenic drive or go for a hike, you will be delighted by the show nature puts on for you.

Get your favorite fall comfort foods to-go

Several Pigeon Forge restaurants make it easy to dine outdoors with special to-go packs. For authentic comfort food classics like meat and three specials or slow-smoked BBQ, try one of the Puckett’s To Go Packs! Get 2 pounds of meat, 2 quart-size sides and your choice of bread; available for delivery or pickup. Mama’s Farmhouse offers some of the best Southern country cookin’ in customizable to-go packs. Order a fried chicken bucket with Mama’s award-winning biscuits and add homemade sides such as mash potatoes with country gravy, veggie soup and more. The Old Mill Restaurant and The Pottery House Café are also offering family style meals to-go. Choose from entrees featuring meatloaf, fried or grilled chicken, country fried steak, pot roast and more. Meals come with quarts of corn chowder, mashed potatoes and green beans, and a whole pecan pie for dessert.

Fall in Pigeon Forge is filled with fun and adventure for the whole family! From beautiful fall décor and thousands of pumpkins to incredible views of the changing foliage and scrumptious fall fare, immerse yourself in the beauty of Pigeon Forge this season. Start planning your fall family vacation today!

Why Now is the Time to Camp in Pigeon Forge

Whether 2020 brings visitors to Pigeon Forge for the first time or the fiftieth time, one thing is certain: families are getting creative when it comes to traveling. For many (my family included), this means getting closer with nature.
RVs have become a hot commodity this year and campground reservations can be hard to come by. But, there’s great news for Pigeon Forge visitors! The city has an abundance of campgrounds in the area that offer tent camping, RV sites, and in some cases, free-standing cabins to rent.
If you are looking to bring your recreational vehicle to Pigeon Forge, plan to enjoy the beauty of the Smoky Mountains, the kindness of the locals, the delicious southern food, as well as plenty of things to see and do in and around town.
Why Go Camping in Pigeon Forge?

Besides the fun of camping in general, Pigeon Forge is a great destination with an abundance of opportunities for outdoor recreation such as hiking, fishing or boating, all set within a relaxing mountain atmosphere.
Camping in Pigeon Forge is a great way to get up close with nature, but still have easy access to entertainment and dining options nearby. For moms like me, part of the fun of a vacation is being able to alternate between home cooked meals and dining out on local fare.
While we prepare most meals ourselves in our trailer, it’s nice to grab take-out, enjoy a dinner show, grab some ice cream for the kids, or even just take a walk through the shops at The Island.
Best Places to Camp in Pigeon Forge
There is something for everyone when it comes to camping in Pigeon Forge.
Enjoy an authentic camping experience at Up the Creek RV Camp. Nestled between Walden Creek and Cove Creek and surrounded by hardwoods, these spacious camping sites make it easy to just relax and enjoy the peaceful sounds of the creek.
Foothills RV Park & Cabins is located just minutes from attractions around Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The camp is directly on the trolley route, providing easy access to all the shopping, dining and entertainment options Pigeon Forge has to offer.

If being close to the action is important, you will also find plenty of great campground options in the heart of Pigeon Forge; many with campsites right on the Little Pigeon River.
The Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg KOA Campground offers beautiful sites for RVs as well as cabins and tent sites. And the campground offers an abundance of entertainment options that the whole family will enjoy such as a gravity rail, gem mine, playground, pool and dog park.
The camping sites at Camp RiversLanding offer a quiet, secluded stay, as they are tucked away on the banks of Little Pigeon River. Enjoy a relaxing vacation with the river as your backyard, making it easy to enjoy fun activities like fishing and tubing.
These campgrounds and the amenities they offer bring campers back to Pigeon Forge year after year. For even more great options, browse a full list of campgrounds in Pigeon Forge.
I love that in just a few hours of driving, we can be fully immersed in a fun, safe and relaxing vacation, while enjoying the comfort of our travel trailer.
Pigeon Forge really has it all!

Please note: While Pigeon Forge campgrounds are open and ready for you to camp, there may be some restrictions on amenities, so make sure to check the official websites for complete information.

About the Author:

Andrea Updyke is the mom behind Just is a Four Letter Word. She is a travel-loving boymom with a cooking habit who lives in Raleigh, NC. Andrea celebrates everyday mom magic by sharing ways to make life a little easier and a lot more fun!


Best Places to Ride Go-Karts in Pigeon Forge

There are so many things to see and do in Pigeon Forge, with a variety of ways to entertain yourself and the whole family. One of the best ways to get a rush of adrenaline is through go-karting. It is a great way to experience a thrilling ride while also having some friendly racing competition. There are a variety of unique go-kart tracks in Pigeon Forge, so you’re sure to find one that suits your taste. Check out some of the best go-kart tracks in Pigeon Forge to add to your to-do list!
Blake Jones Racing Center
The Blake Jones Racing Center offers fast karts whether it rains or shines. They have the Indoor Oval Slick Track and the outdoor Figure 8 Track. Both tracks offer riders a realistic racing experience. Blake Jones offers two types of carts: the single cart and the double cart. The double cart can carry up to 2 people and will double the fun! Both types of carts are eco-friendly, with no fumes or odors. This location also offers bumper cars as an option.
Photo credit: Blake Jones Racing Center
The Track & Super Track
The Track & Super Track can be enjoyed by the whole family. The Track Family Fun Parks offer an array of things to do from splashing Blaster Boats to arcade games and prizes. Their signature attraction, the Wild Woody, is especially popular! The Wild Woody is a multi-level go-kart track, where the drivers race as high as three-and-a-half stories.
There are three other tracks that the kids will love: The Family Track, Kiddie Karts, and the Rookie Track. Enjoy some friendly competition and set up challenges for yourself and your family!
The rides vary depending on the park that you visit as there are two locations, one near The Island and the other near Dolly Parton’s Stampede.
Photo credit: The Track & Super Track
Adventure Raceway
The Adventure Raceway in Pigeon Forge has a ton of fun things to experience. There are Water Blaster bumper boats and excellent go-kart tracks for those who want a thrill. One track is wooden, three levels high and called “The Hump.” Once you reach the top, you spiral back down quickly and have so much fun, you will be ready to do it all over again! Adventure Raceway is open year-round, however, in the off season the hours change, so make sure to check their schedule ahead of your visit.
Photo credit: Adventure Raceway
Lazerport Fun Center
Lazerport Fun Center is a huge arena filled with excitement for the whole family. The go-kart track towers over the arena, standing at 50 feet tall! It is one of the tallest in Pigeon Forge. This roller-coaster style go-kart track drops, twists and turns throughout spirals on the track, before plunging straight down a 40-foot hill. This is one ride you won’t want to miss!
Photo credit: Lazerport Fun Center
Xtreme Racing Center
Xtreme Racing Center is known for having some of the fastest go-karts in Pigeon Forge, thanks to the “Sodi” European Styled Racing Karts. Look no further when it comes to your need for speed! There are three tracks and each one includes thrilling turns and curves that will keep you on your toes. After the race, you receive a track report, complete with recorded laps and time. This really adds to the fun and the competitiveness.
For the Sodi karts, the drivers must be no younger than 11 years old, however the Shaller karts offer the same thrilling rides but are designed more for the younger children.
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Rockin’ Raceway
At Rockin’ Raceway there’s plenty of excitement! With one of the best arcades in the Smokies, there is no way you can get bored. After you enjoy the arcade filled with over 150 games, step outside and enjoy the fast tracks! You’ll want to rev up your engines with these go-karts as they take you through all sorts of curves and turns in this fun-filled attraction.
Photo credit: Rockin’ Raceway
Speedzone Fun Park
Speedzone Fun Park offers 4 unique and custom-built kart tracks all in one place. Each track offers a thrilling ride with challenging corners. The Slick Track is perfect for testing speed, while the Coaster Track is great for racing up and down, and the Tennessee Twister is ideal for testing out tight turns. There is even a track specifically for the kids — the Kids Track. Whatever your age or skill level with go-karting, Speedzone Fun Park has something for you!
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Fast Tracks
Fast Tracks is an amusement park that will give you a wild ride! They offer a three-story elevated racetrack, some CAN-AM racing, and so much more. Enjoy three different go-kart tracks: Elevated Track, Pro Track, and Junior Track. The Elevated Track will bring riders to lightning speed, while their other two tracks can help you leave your competitors in the dirt.
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So, there you have it! There are a variety of go-kart tracks in Pigeon Forge to suit everyone’s taste, from indoor tracks to roller-coaster inspired tracks. Pigeon Forge has so many fun-filled family-friendly activities and go-karting is just the start of everything you can do on the Pigeon Forge Parkway. So, what are you waiting for? Round up the family and explore all that Pigeon Forge has to offer! 
Note: Regarding the Pigeon Forge attractions & businesses mentioned in this blog, please check their respective websites for an update on their COVID-19 operational updates.

Author Bio:
Amber Dickison is a travel blogger based in Kentucky. When she isn’t writing for her blog, she can be found focusing on her health journey or traveling the world.

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