Pigeon Forge

the entrance at dollywood vs ole smoky and the wheel at the island side by side

The Island vs Dollywood: Which Is Better? A Brutally Honest Opinion

Dollywood’s only real local competition for an all-day attraction is The Island in Pigeon Forge. But how does the Island stack up to the reigning champ? As someone who has been prioritizing our family’s vacation budget for nearly 20 years, I understand the equation. You only have so much allotted and gas and food are going to take a portion

storefronts for jurassic jungle boat ride and smoky mountain canopy tours

The 3 Best and Worst Reviewed Attractions in Pigeon Forge (2024)

We analyzed over 200 local Google business listings to come up with this list of the best, and worst, reviewed attractions in Pigeon Forge I have lived in the area for more than 30 years and first visited almost 40 years ago. So I felt like I had a pretty good handle on the best and worst attractions in Pigeon

boneless wings at smoky mountain brewery

We Taste Tested Dozens of Wings in Pigeon Forge, These 3 Were the Best

A local reveals his picks for the best wings in Pigeon Forge, TN I’ve dined in Pigeon Forge eateries for nearly 40 years. I certainly know the nature of the beast. Change is the buzzword in the mountains. Except for the rare few, popular restaurants come and go. One day, a restaurant can be in high demand, it’s impossible to

AI generated fan art of one Dollywood goer's imagining of a new indoor coaster at the famous theme park

Is Dollywood Debuting a New Indoor Coaster in 2026?

Dollywood recently announced a “game-changing” attraction will debut in 2026 – does this mean a new indoor coaster is on the horizon? If you’ve watched the park grow at all from the days of Silver Dollar City, you know there is one immutable fact at Dollywood: Change is coming. As someone who remembers the days before Dolly partnered with the

entrance sign to dollywood at dusk in pigeon forge, tennessee

3 Surprising Things I Learned From My First Time at Dollywood

Now I live in the Smokies. But my first trip to Dolly Parton’s theme park surprised me My first visit to Gatlinburg was in 2011. With every trip, my family and I always vowed to go to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. However, we would change our minds, or something would happen causing us to put it to the side yet

exterior building of truth traveler VR experience buliding

13 New Attractions, Restaurants in the Smoky Mountains (2024)

New tastes and experiences to expect in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville TN in 2024 I think there’s something for just about everyone in the Great Smoky Mountains. For instance, outdoor enthusiasts can explore the majestic beauty of the National Park. Kids love Gatlinburg’s candy shops and Ripley’s attractions. Foodies also appreciate the restaurant scene. In Pigeon Forge, runners also

Channing Tatum at a gas station on I-40 in Newport

13 Celebrity Sightings in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains

These are a few famous faces that have been known to make an appearance in and around the Smoky Mountains When you live near a popular tourist destination like the Smoky Mountains, you must keep your head on a swivel. You never know when the person behind you in line at the Salt and Pepper Museum might be a famous

dolly parthen at the frizzle chicken farmhouse cafe

See the Tennessee Restaurant Where Guests Dine With Singing Robot Chickens

Come for the food, stay for the … singing animatronic chickens? I’ve been around these mountains for a long time. I’ve seen the hooks, the gimmicks, businesses use to entice tourists to spend their dollars with them. Usually, I get it. Our go-karts are faster. We’ve got Pirates. Hey, remember the infamous Kentucky family feud that caught national attention 160

the welcome to pigeon forge sign and douglas lake

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is Running Out of Water

How the tourist town of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is running out of water and what the city is going to do about it When you think of infrastructure issues in the Smokies Mountains you think about backed-up traffic clogging the arteries of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. But what if I told you city leaders are facing another challenge that

dolly parton speaks at a media event at dollywood in pigeon forge, tennessee

Dolly Parton Reveals Carl Dean’s Surprising Nicknames for Her

Carl Dean has more than one cute nickname for his famous wife Dolly Parton is known by a myriad of nicknames. Some nicknames reference her incredible career in country music, like the Leading Lady of Country and the Queen of Nashville. Other names refer to her East Tennessee roots, such as Smoky Mountain Songbird, Backwoods Barbie and Appalachian Queen. Additionally,