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Once little more than a rural farming community alongside US Highway 441 to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge has become a tourist destination in its own right. In 1907, population records show Pigeon Forge with a mere 154 residents. For an excellent detailed history of Pigeon Forge, please view the city’s website. In fact, Pigeon Forge now has nearly the same name recognition as Gatlinburg and offers a wide variety of tourist attractions for its guests. The attraction that has more visitors than any other business in all of Sevier County (and possibly all of Tennessee) is the Dollywood Theme Park and adjoining Splash Country Water Park located in Pigeon Forge. With 125 acres of entertainment, Dollywood entertains nearly 3 million guests annually and is now open most of the year with just a short break during the winter months. Pigeon Forge with its miles of arcades, go cart tracks, and laser tag arenas is more tuned to children’s attractions in contrast to Gatlinburg which is more focused on attracting adults. Pigeon Forge has many activities annually and has built its tourism base by attracting well known performers for free concerts several times a year as well as the huge arts and crafts exhibits held annually. Both cities continue to thrive and actually most guests to Sevier County visit both communities while they are here.
Arguably the best financed city within Sevier County, Pigeon Forge has very ambitious growth plans. The Pigeon Forge water utility has extended water lines to many communities outside of the Pigeon Forge city limits including Wears Valley and the area around Caton’s Chapel School which is well east of Pigeon Forge. In fact, it is often hard to distinguish exactly where Pigeon Forge ends and Sevierville begins when you are driving along the Parkway. Basically the line is where the Little Pigeon River crosses the highway just before you get to the Apple Barn restaurant (which is actually in Sevierville). Many folks believe incorrectly that the Tanger Outlets (one of my wife’s favorite shopping options in Sevier County) are in Pigeon Forge when actually they too are located in Sevierville.
Besides shopping and amusements the other major attraction type that Pigeon Forge is known for is the music theatre industry. With nearly a dozen music theatres there are choices for everyone from the larger venues like the Country Tonight Theater, the Hatfield & McCoy and The Smoky Mountain Opry or the smaller Comedy Barn Theater, The Lumberjack Feud Dinner Show as well as many others.
Some people do live in Pigeon Forge and the area does have its own schools all the way from K-12. For more information about Sevier County schools, please visit their website.
|All information provided by Jeff Schoenfield, Broker/Owner, All Pro, Realtors, Inc.|