5 new attractions coming to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg fall 2020

SkyLift Park's SkyTrail is set to open this fall in Gatlinburg (photo courtesy of SkyLift Park)
SkyLift Park's SkyTrail is set to open this fall in Gatlinburg (photo courtesy of SkyLift Park)

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It seems like there’s so much going on in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, we thought we’d create this handy round-up of new attractions slated to open in the Smokies this upcoming fall season.

1. SkyLift Park’s SkyTrail

Gatlinburg’s SkyLift Park, home of the world-famous SkyBridge, recently announced a brand new addition for the park, which is set to be unveiled in the fall of 2020: The Gatlinburg SkyTrail.

The SkyTrail will give guests the chance to take a walk in the clouds via an interactive walking trail that connects both sides of the SkyBridge. The walking trail follows the contours and slope of Crockett Mountain. 

The SkyTrail is set to open this fall and will continue to undergo expansions throughout the season including covered rest areas, signage and historical information about the Gatlinburg fires of 2016. 

SkyLift Park is located at 765 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Read More: Gatlinburg’s SkyLift Park to add new SkyTrail in fall 2020

the all-new Smokehouse Restaurant is nearly complete and is officially set to open in September (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)
The all-new Smokehouse Restaurant is nearly complete and is officially set to open in September (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

2. Anakeesta’s Smokehouse Restaurant and Tap House

The long-awaited third and final phase of Anakeesta’s $6.5 million-dollar expansion, featuring the all-new Smokehouse BBQ Restaurant and Tap House, is nearly complete and is officially set to open this month. 

Guests will be able to enjoy spectacular sunsets from a climate-controlled indoor dining room as they enjoy classic southern cuisine such as pulled pork, smoked wings and craft beer. The addition of this new restaurant doubles Anakeesta’s current seating capacity.

Anakeesta is located at 576 Parkway Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Read More: Anakeesta announces schedule, details for ‘Autumn at Anakeesta’ 2020

Cinnaholic opens in Pigeon Forge fall 2020 (photo courtesy of Cinnaholic)
Cinnaholic opens in Pigeon Forge fall 2020 (photo courtesy of Cinnaholic)

3. Cinnaholic Pigeon Forge

Cinnaholic will soon be joining the Tower Shops at the Mountain Mile in Pigeon Forge!

Cinnaholic has 38 locations across the U.S. and Canada. The Pigeon Forge location will be only the second location in Tennessee (the first is located in Knoxville).

Cinnaholic specializes in baked goods including brownies, cookies and of course their claim-to-fame … decadent cinnamon rolls. All of Cinnaholic’s products are fresh-baked and 100% vegan, dairy & lactose-free, egg-free and conveniently – cholesterol-free. 

Cinnaholic is set to open this fall and will be located at 2655 Teaster Lane Ste 220 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Three new concepts are set to open this fall at the Shops of Pigeon Forge
Three new concepts are set to open this fall at the Shops of Pigeon Forge (photo courtesy of Gorjian Acquisitions)

4. Shops of Pigeon Forge revamp

The Shops of Pigeon Forge has a new landlord, Gorjian Acquisitions, and they have big plans for their newly acquired property including the addition of three all new businesses coming this fall. 

The new businesses will include an axe-throwing concept, a gaming cafe/arcade for the kids and a Christian counseling center. 

The yet-to-be-named axe-throwing concept will allow customers to try their hand at axe-throwing while enjoying craft beers and hot pizza from a pub-style bar.

The Shops of Pigeon Forge is located at 161 E. Old Wears Valley Road in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

The new greenway expansion is now open to the public (photo courtesy of CityOfPigeonForge.com)
The new greenway expansion is now open to the public (photo courtesy of CityOfPigeonForge.com)

5. Sevierville greenway expansion

The city of Sevierville recently completed a 600 lineal-foot section of a two-mile West Prong Greenway system around Little Pigeon River near downtown Sevierville.

The extension makes it possible for pedestrians to avoid traffic and access the city park and other popular areas on bike or on foot. This includes the ability to take the greenway system from Chapman Highway all the way to Dollywood. 

The new greenway expansion was completed in August and is now accessible to the public. 

Other new attractions coming soon to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg

Construction on Pigeon Forge’s first and only chairlift is set to begin soon. The attraction will feature a 3-seater chairlift, an observation tower, shops, arcades, fountains, fire pits, food trucks, a giant bar, a nature walk, lodging and a venue space.

The chairlift is expected to open fall 2021. 

Read More: SNEAK PEEK: Construction on Pigeon Forge’s first chairlift to begin soon

Blue Mist Mountain Resort will be a luxury resort that features over 300 hotel rooms and suites, 200 two-bedroom townhomes and 40 vacation residences (rendering courtesy of New Paradigm Development Partners)
Blue Mist Mountain Resort will be a luxury resort that features over 300 hotel rooms and suites, 200 two-bedroom townhomes and 40 vacation residences (rendering courtesy of New Paradigm Development Partners)

Blue Mist Mountain Resort will be a luxury resort that features over 300 hotel rooms and suites, 200 two-bedroom townhomes and 40 vacation residences. The resort will feature over 50,000 square feet of banquet and meeting facilities, 7 restaurants, rooftop bars, a whiskey distillery, artisan shops, an ice skating rink and a 2000-seat amphitheater.

The resort will also feature a sky carriage which will transport guests from the base of the mountain to a boardwalk that wraps around a 5-acre mountaintop lagoon complete with a sandy “beach” and cabanas. 

There has been no completion date announced for Blue Mist Mountain Resort.

An “experiential destination” is currently being planned for exit 407. The 200-acre attraction will feature entertainment, dining and shopping designed around a common, as yet unidentified, theme and serve as a gateway and “first stop” for visitors to the area. Planning currently remains in the very-early stages and no open date has been announced.

Read More: New 200-acre “experiential destination” announced for Sevier County

Do you know of any upcoming attractions coming soon to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg? Let us know and we will add them to the list!

Disclaimer: While we do our best to bring you the most up-to-date information, attractions or prices mentioned in this article may vary by season and are subject to change. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any mentioned business, and have not been reviewed or endorsed these entities. Contact us at [email protected] for questions or comments.

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