Pigeon Forge Tennessee lies at the base of the Smoky Mountains in the eastern part of the state and is surrounded by the natural beauty of the outdoors. Action-packed entertainment, candid grace and old-fashion mountain hospitality make Pigeon Forge a great holiday destination. Every year 11 million tourists head to Pigeon Forge Tennessee to enjoy music, events, local attractions and the good old outdoors.
Pigeon Forge is the main gateway to the half million
acre wilderness preserve of the Great Smoky Mountains
National Park. It's roughly 5 miles from Gatlinburg and 35 miles southeast of Knoxville making Pigeon Forge Tennessee extremely accessible. Being
so conducive to a relaxing outdoor style Pigeon Forge
is visited by millions of outdoor enthusiast looking to camp, hike,
bike, fish and just breathe in the refreshing mountain
Things are hopping in Pigeon Forge all throughout the year and the locals sure do have an inherent celebratory nature about them! It seems there are Pigeon Forge events for every season with the city's Harvestfest, Winterfest and Springfest. In June there is a fun event for kids called the Dollywood Kidsfest and July hosts a July 4th celebration called the Annual Patriot Festival. A lot of Pigeon Forge events are featured over the summer months when there's an influx of traveler's to celebrate with!
Ronnie McDowell and The 'E' Connection in Concert happens every summer in July and is in tribute to Elvis Presley. Also in July is the Smoky Mountain Racing Collectibles Show and the Annual Southern Nationals Association and Open Car Show for car buffs. Pigeon Forge events in August include the very musically charged StringTime in the Smokies and the Annual Celebrate Freedom! Festival where Pigeon Forge salutes American veterans.
There are over 13 great Pigeon Forge campgrounds to stay at in the area. Some are closer to the highway than others and most offer pretty great amenities. KOA Kampground is just minutes from the Smoky Mountains and offers amenities such as free wi-fi access, hot showers, heated pool, hot tub, store and souvenir shop, playground courtesy phones and cabin rentals. This Pigeon Forge campgrounds close to many attractions such as Dollywood, the Dixie Stampede, Ripleys Aquarium and more.
Clabough's Campground and RV Resort has full hook-ups and shaded sites. Amenities include swimming pools, double laundry facilities, large on site shop, deli, arcade and a gas station. Clabough's is also close to many attractions yet is far enough off the parkway that the setting is quiet. The resort also provides log cabin and vacation home rentals that sleep up to 6 people.
Eagle's Nest Campground is open year-round and offers 250 sites to choose from. Amenities include full hook-ups, pool, a playground with horseshoes and volleyball, a rec room, laundry, bathhouses and partially furnished cabins. Stream fishing is close by as well as many other attractions.
Pigeon Forge campgrounds offer some of the best camping
spots in the area with lots of amenities to make your
stay as comfortable and convenient as possible. Camping
is a good alternative to hotels in the warm summer months
and the spring and fall are also great times of year to
camp albeit a little more chilly in the early mornings
and evenings. Camping is a great way to get the family
outdoors and explore the natural surroundings of the Pigeon
Forge and the Great Smoky Mountain Park.