The name "Pigeon Forge" comes from an iron forge built by Isaac Love (1783-1854) sometime around 1820. The name of this forge referred to its location along the Little Pigeon River, in the vicinity of what is now the Old Mill. Today, Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park welcome over 9 million tourists and 11 million visitors.
Well known for its famous family attractions, Pigeon Forge offers a wide array of options for all sorts of budgets. When planning your vacation be sure to add these popular vacation hot spots to your itinerary: Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park, Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame, The Carbo's Police Museum, Zorb Smokey Mountains, and Flyaway Indoor Skydiving.
After a fun-filled day of attractions, you'll experience down home pickin' and grinnin' from award-winning shows like Country Tonight Theatre, the Comedy Barn, The Black Bear Jamboree Dinner Show, and the Miracle Theater.
Pigeon Forge has become the southeast mecca for car and truck enthusiasts. The calendar of car and truck show events runs from April through September and has included the following:
- Spring Grand Rod Run
- Chevy/GMC Truck Nationals
- Hooter's GMC/Chevy Truckin' Nationals
- Annual Smoky Mountain Classic Chevy Roundup
- Great Smoky Mountain Truck Show
- Silver Dollar Open Rod Run
- Pontiac Car Club Show
- Camaro, Chevelle, Nova Nationals
- Cobra Mustang Club
- Shades of the Past Rod Run Show
- Fall Grand Rod Run
- Smoky Mountain Model-A Car Rally