The Escape Game – Pigeon Forge

 

If you like to do puzzles and are up for a challenge I would highly recomThe Escape Game - Pigeon Forge, TN, United Statesmend this game.  Groups all work together to figure out the clues.  The staff is very friendly and helpful.  Don’t be afraid to ask them questions during the game too.  You may be paired with other groups if you have a small group.  Make your reservations in advanced and early.  If you don’t want to be with a lot of other people, perhaps doing an early escape room would work.

There are times you have to think out of the box.  Don’t be shy, every recommendation should be considered.  Leave no rock unturned.

The Island in Pigeon Forge

http://theescapegamepigeonforge.com/

112 Reagan Drive, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

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Bluff Mountain Adventures ATV Rides

ATV rideATV Mountain Biking is probably something that you don’t normally do. Why not do it in the Smoky Mountains.  You may also choose to ride the Rhino if you don’t want to ride alone. There is also something called a side by side.

There are 6,000 acres of privately owned land with endless, challenging trails spread throughout. You will ride very nice ATVs over an array of challenging and fun terrain. You will go up hills so steep an ATV can’t make it up unless it’s in 4-wheel drive. You get to ride over very rough rocky patches, through creeks, through deep puddles. The lookouts give you an unbelievable view.

There are several rides to choose from.  Make sure you take the mountain View ride (1 1/2 hour – 2 overlooks) if you want to see some great views.  Ask at the check in about your options.  You will need to call for times.  Go on a clear day.  You will be stopping and taking pictures as well as riding through the wooded terrain.

You must be 16 to ride the ATVs unless you take the one hour tour (which doesn’t go to the overlooks).  The ride never goes over 15-20 MPH.  Most of the ride is about 10MPH.  So, may not be for the more experienced driver.  The guides are great and will help you with your equipment, safety, training, etc..

Don’t forget to wear closed toed shoes.  A scull rag or handkerchief might be nice to put under the helmets they give you. Also wear some old clothes.  Your clothes may get muddy.  You may want to put your camera and cell phone in a plastic bag.  There is a height requirement.  Go early in the morning or you may have to wait.  You may want to bring a bottle of water.

Website:  http://bluffmountainadventures.com/

Address to ticket office:  2186 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Phone:  865-428-7711

Little Pigeon River

 

The Little Pigeon River, which got its name because the birds seemed to favor the area, has long been at the center of Pigeon Forge’s beauty and history.  Little Pigeon River is located entirely within Sevier County, Tennessee and is made up of a series of streams which flow together on the dividing line between Tennessee and North Carolina inside the boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.   parksign

The river is subdivided with three separate tributaries: East, Middle, and West.  The East Prong is paralleled for most of its length by State Route 416, and the Middle Prong emerges from the Greenbrier  area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.   Six miles of mostly gravel road follow the river and its tributaries into the upper Greenbrier area.  The Greenbrier area of the park is renowned for its wildflowers.  Greenbrier-Mountain-Stream

The West Prong is far better known because it drains the major tourist towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.   The West Prong of the river has helped to provide the area with fresh ground corn and wheat from the Old Mill located along its banks. This is a central meeting place for the communOld-Mill-Pigeon-Forge-TNity and place to enjoy the scenic view that makes Pigeon Forge so special.

In the old days, the Mill was the heart of the community and served as a gathering spot for villagers. During the Civil War, looms were set up on the second floor to make woven articles for soldiers. The area around the Old Mill was first settled by pioneers in the early 1800s.  William Love dammed up the Little Pigeon River and began construction of the first building of the Old Mill.   The mill has been in continuous daily operation since its completion in 1830.  William Love utilized 40-foot-long, 14″-by-14″ Yellow Poplar logs, which are clearly visible even today. Huge river rocks serve as pillars to support the structure. This is one of the most photographed structures in Tennessee.smoky-mountain-outdoors-whitewater-raftingRiver_Romp_Tubes_and_Kayaks_Rentals_(002)

Besides the beauty and history of the Little Pigeon River, there are many activities on and in the river.  People can enjoy White Water Rafting, Gatlinburg’s Annual River Raft Regatta, Fly Fishing, Tubing and countless other activities.

 

 

 

 

Goats on the Roof

goatsonroofGoats on the Roof is a new addition to Pigeon Forge. It is a unique and different souvenir shop. There are goats on the roof that you can feed. You can buy food for the goats in the store and feed them by either peddling a stationery bike to get the feeding cup to the roof or cranking by hand.  You can not actually get onto the roof.  This is not a petting zoo.

Very cute souvenirs and friendly staff.  There is a gem mine too.  They also sell fudge, jam and ice cream…kids will love it!

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/GoatsOnTheRoofSmokies?rf=555678371144701

Address:  1341 Wears Valley Road, Pigeon Forge TN  37863

Weddings in the Great Smoky Mountains

Little log wedding chapel

The Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee are a top destination in the country for weddings due to the gorgeous scenery of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Peaks and valleys provide breathtaking views that mirror the promise of lifelong wedded bliss.

Every year, over 10,000 brides plan Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg weddings in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Smokies are considered “The wedding capital of the South,” and Sevier County offers everything you’ll want and need for your special Smoky Mountain wedding, including beautiful wedding chapels, local florists, bakers, salons, spas, catering services, photography, entertainment and much more. Local ministers will be happy to come to your cabin, condo or chalet to perform intimate Smoky Mountain weddings.

Whether you prefer a cabin, chapel or scenic outdoor wedding, Smoky Mountain wedding venues and packages are sure to please brides, grooms and wedding guests alike.

Getting married in the National Park: Persons planning to be married in the park need to obtain a Special Use Permit (SUP). A $50 nonrefundable application fee will be charged for wedding permits and all other special event-type permits.

For more information and to obtain an application package, contact the permit office at 865-436-1266.

More information  http://www.smokeymountainwedding.org/w_outdoor.htm

Chapels near the cabin http://www.logchapel.com/?page/80511/home  http://www.discoverachurchinthesmokies.com/OFB/seviervi/mcum.htm http://www.thebarnatchestnutsprings.com/index2.php?v=v1#!/Home

http://smokymountainweddingconnection.com

http://www.flowermountainwedding.com/aboutus/

This Inn is only 3 minutes from our cabin “Smoky Mountain Splendor”.  http://www.bluffmountaininn.com/index.html

Smoky Mountain Outdoors Whitewater Rafting

smoky-mountain-outdoors-whitewater-raftingThe Pigeon River, located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, offers breathtaking scenery and exciting whitewater rafting thrills! This magnificent river begins in North Carolina and continues through Tennessee. Experience white water rafting in Tennessee and raft through class 3 to 4 rapids.

I have heard good reviews about white water rafting in the Smokies form our guest book and from TripAdvisor.  I also have received an e mail from a past guest who said white water rafting was their favorite thing to do.  They said they would definitely recommend Smoky Mountain Outdoors.  I have not done white water rafting in the Smokies but I have in other areas.  Maybe I will take my kids next time.  I have heard that the views and the guides in this outfit are great.  This is about an hour from our cabin.

Reservations – 3435 Teaster Lane Pigeon Forge, TN 37863  1-800-771-7238

Website – http://www.smokymountainrafting.com/upper-river-rafting.php

Address – 3299 Hartford Road, Hartford, TN 37753

Dollywood

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Dollywood, the Smoky Mountain family adventure, is Tennessee’s number one attraction with more than 130 acres of incredible rides, spectacular shows, heritage crafts and fun for the whole family.

Enjoy the variety of rides, from thrilling roller coasters and daring water excursions to family rides and things for the little ones. Experience the Smoky Mountain way of life through heritage crafts made on site. You’ll love the award-winning entertainment and toe-tapping music.

There’s a new festival each season, so come back to enjoy them all. Dollywood’s Festival of Nations offers five weeks of international cultural events. Come hungry for Barbecue & Bluegrass in May and June, featuring the biggest names in bluegrass music and the country’s tastiest barbecue. The whole family will enjoy fun-filled days at Dollywood’s Great American Summer. Southern gospel music and master craftsmen demonstrate their skills at the National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration. Bring the entire family to make new memories at Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas.

I have heard that there is so much more to Dollywood than an amusement park. I have not made it there yet, but we plan on going to Dollywood to see the shows and entertainment. There is even a kennel for your dogs. I read somewhere that Dolly Parton wanted to give back to her home town by building this amusement park. I believe the park is closed January – March.

Address – 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd. Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Website – http://www.dollywood.com/