May 24, 2020 / Travel

Pigeon Forge Travel Guide

After tons of requests, I finally put together a Pigeon Forge travel guide! Whether you are looking for a place to stay or for fun activities to do, I’ve got you covered! Below you can find tons of my favorite places here in Pigeon Forge, TN along with a quick little description about each recommendation (: Hope this is helpful for any of you visiting the area!! xx Heather

Also! I went ahead and added a * next to all of our businesses for those that have asked which ones are ours here! We would absolutely love for any of you visiting to stop on by and check them out (:


Eat

  • Junction 35 – an elevated restaurant & distillery with yummy food, a fun atmosphere, and a picture worthy interior. GET THE BRUSSEL SPROUTS!

  • Local Goat – local eatery with really good food, cocktails, and craft beers. Great place to watch the game or hang with your friends!

  • Timberwood Grill – located in The Island in Pigeon Forge. Super cozy inside + they have an all weather patio!

  • Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen – Couldn’t have done a Pigeon Forge travel guide without including Paula Deen’s restaurant. GO HUNGRY because this restaurant is family style and you’ll be leaving with a full belly.

  • The Old Mill – A great breakfast spot. From quiche to pancakes, you can’t go wrong. The Old Mill has been around Pigeon Forge for a long time and as the name says, the restaurant is actually inside an old mill!

  • The Pottery House Cafe – Right across from the old mill, the pottery house is my favorite lunch spot!! If it isn’t cold, I like to sit outside by the pond. Great salads and gluten free options + they have mimosas!

  • Applewood Farmhouse – I know i’ve mentioned a lot of southern comfort food but I’m OBSESSED with this place. A great staple in pigeon forge for a southern breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Be sure to get an apple fritter and an orange julep.

  • Bullfish – My favorite dinner spot! If you’re looking for a little bit more upscale dining while you’re in town definitely have a dinner here. You can get a nice steak or fish and sit by their fire while enjoying a cocktail.

  • Blue Moose – Burgers and wings are a must from here. They have a dozen tvs where you can enjoy a game that’s on tv and chill with your friends or family!

  • Brick & Spoon – A great breakfast spot! Plus they have tons of different mimosa options.


Play

  • *Crave Golf Club – Indoor/outdoor mini golf with bowling, escape rooms, and a candy store. Such a fun place to go with your entire family, on a date night, or with a group of friends!

  • *Top Jump Trampoline Park – Great place for kids and adults, alike. They have tons of obstacles, rock walls, and trampolines to keep everyone entertained. You’ll also find an arcade, virtual reality, and candy store inside!

  • The Island in Pigeon Forge – From shops to rides to restaurants, The Island has literally everything and has to be on your list of things to do. You can park and walk around from shop to shop, watch the fountains, ride the Ferris wheel and other rides, have a meal, etc. There’s always something to do!

  • *Lumberjack Square – Another shopping center that also has a really family friendly, fun Lumberjack show called the Lumberjack Feud Show & Adventure Park (which is one of our businesses as well!).

  • Mountain Mile – One of the newer attractions in Pigeon Forge, not all stores in this plaza are open but they have a great restaurant (Junction 35) and two cool rides!

  • Wonderworks – I’m sure you’ll pass the upside down house when you’re pulling up the parkway. If you are with younger kids, they would love this place! There are a bunch of interactive science exhibits that you can explore.

  • Dollywood and Dollywood Splash Country – Need I say more? So many people come from all over to visit these parks and I highly recommend at least going once! The rides and slides in both parks are unlike any other. You can spend all day in both parks. Eat, catch a show at Dollywood, and ride their amazing rides!


Stay

  • Margaritaville Resort or Hotel – I love love love these hotels in Pigeon Forge. They’re a little beachy vibe with a mountain style. The rooms are all so nice and the hotel has a pool!

  • The Inn on the River – Super cute hotel right along the river in the middle of Pigeon Forge. I love their fire pit out back. It’s so cozy on a chilly night. Their rooms are casual but so nice.

  • The Inn at the Christmas Place – I loveeee this Christmas themed hotel because it feels like Christmas year round. Elegant rooms with beautiful views. Be sure to stop by guest services and see if they have any coupons or deals for local stuff around town!

  • Dollywood Dreammore – A gorgeous resort connected to Dollywood. I recommend staying here whether you’re visiting the park or not, just to experience! It’s so beautiful on the inside and I love their spa.

  • Riverstone Resort and Spa – From their spa to their lazy river, I love this resort! It’s a cute rustic resort tucked away in Pigeon Forge but still close to all of the attractions.


Shop

  • The Island in Pigeon Forge – As I mentioned above, the Island has a bunch of places to eat and shop. They literally have something for everyone. From women’s boutiques to Tervis to (my favorite) Sweet! candy store, you have so many one of a kind places in one area.

  • *Sweet! Candy Store – such a fun place for people of all ages to grab their favorite candy! This is one of our stores & we have a location in Gatlinburg as well!

  • *Big Rock Candy Kitchen – Another one of our candy stores located on the Island! This is a more old fashioned candy kitchen, where we make tons of our candy in house!

  • *Smoky Mountain Sunshades – if you need a new pair of sunglasses, we have tons of name brands here such as RayBans, Maui Jims, and Costas. This is located on the Island as well.

  • *Kapop! – Probably Chris’s favorite store because of his popcorn obsession 😂 We offer the traditional popcorn flavors here + are always adding it some really exciting, different flavors as well for those that are more adventurous!

  • Tanger Outlets Mall – Who doesn’t love an outlet?! Tanger is right before you enter Pigeon Forge and you can’t pass it up. They have tons of stores like Aerie and Tory Burch, among many others. Definitely get ready to shop till you drop!

  • The Old Mill – If you’re over near The Old Mill restaurant or Pottery House Cafe, definitely pop into their little boutiques or pottery stores. They have a lot of locally sourced products so you can leave with a great souvenir!


Shows

  • Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud – Love love love this outdoor lumberjack show. The lumberjacks compete and do crazy stunts right in front of you. It’s really interactive and right in the middle of the lumberjack square. They also have a really fun Zip Coaster and adventure park!

  • Dolly’s Stampede – One of Pigeon Forge’s longest running shows, the Stampede is a must see. It’s a dinner show so GO HUNGRY and get ready for some southern favorites. Their Christmas show is my fav so I highly recommend going if you’re in town around then!

  • Smoky Mountain Opry –  A must see! Their music, dancing, and laser lit performance will have you feeling like you’re watching a show in Vegas. It’s an amazing show!