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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA

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Pigeon Forge Overview

Pigeon Forge, a city located on the Eastern side of Tennessee along the Pigeon River, is a breathtaking, popular tourist vacation spot to about 11 million visitors a year. And it’s no wonder; any guest can relax and enjoy from an array of activities, beautiful sites and calm environment found in Pigeon Forge.

A Bit of History
Passing through the Pigeon Forge Valley is a famous Cherokee footpath called the Indian Gap Trail, a trail that led the first Europeans to the area in the early 18th century. The first permanent Euro-American settler around 1783 was Colonel Samuel Wear, who has a monument marking his grave in Pigeon Forge City Park. More Euro-Americans began settling in the area, causing sporadic fighting among them and the Cherokees that had been there before.
Like other Appalachian communities, the Methodist church and religion played an important role in the early history of Pigeon Forge, and some of the first visitors, or “tourists,” to come into the area were those who came for the revivals held in the Middle Creek Area that would sometimes last weeks at a time.

When the Great Smoky Mountains National Park opened in 1934 and it was reported that there was no tourism oriented business in the Pigeon Forge, improvements began, but by the 1950’s there were still only a few campgrounds and lodges along the US-441. It wasn’t until the late 1960’s that more effort was put into tourist attraction, and by 1982, the town commenced an aggressive economic design that included theme parks, outlet malls, and live music areas.

Popular Attractions
Some of the most popular attractions that can be found today include four outlet malls, the Dollywood Theme Park (named after Dolly Parton), Zorb Smoky Mountains, the Miracle Theatre, the Comedy Barn, the prized Country Tonight Theatre, Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame, and Flyaway Indoor Skydiving. Also, car and truck lovers come to Pigeon Forge to enjoy a variety of different car and truck show events that run from April through September.

Parks and Recreation
In addition to all the natural beauty that surrounds the area, there are two large parks in the area. The first one, Pigeon Forge City Park, includes large areas for different sports, such as five lighted softball and baseball fields, six lighted tennis courts, one horseshoe pit, two playgrounds, one lighted volleyball court, one outdoor swimming pool, two basketball courts, a couple of concession stands, and over a mile walking trail. This park covers a total of 18 acres, whereas the other main park, Patriot Park, covers 16 acres. This park has more space for picnics and barbeques than Pigeon Forge City Park, and has a lighted pavilion, a less-than a mile walking trail, and a gazebo.

Come and travel through this unique and friendly little town on the buses, or “fun time trolleys,” that make up the mass transit system and look like 1900s trolleys! Enjoy the different sights and events, and relax for a truly tranquil time
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