Pigeon Forge Tennessee
Our next stop was Walden’s Creek Campground in Pigeon Forge after Bristol. The campground is small, but nice. They called in the morning to let us know our site number, which was nice as we were right inside the entrance so we could just park. Then our packet was left for us at the office. We never did see anyone who works at the park. The park was small but easy to drive in/through and park. No pool, laundry, etc. It had wifi but it didn’t work at all, so ended up using my hotspot.
This town is a huge tourist area, with tons of attractions, including Dollywood. The traffic was horrible, and it was hard to get into anything because parking was hard to get, especially in the dually. I would highly suggest not going to this area during summer or normal vacation time if you can avoid it. We did enjoy a couple of places – the best gift store is 3 Bears General Store. We had no idea the store was so huge when we decided to stop – they have so many neat things and a great place for gifts and souvenirs. We ate at Sawyers Farmhouse Breakfast and it was good.
Another great stop was to do some Moonshine Tasting – a first for me. We stopped at Tennessee Legend Distillery, and it was fun! First of all, no charge to taste. They give you 8 wooden coins to choose from their huge selection, along with some great advice on what to try, and other uses for using what you buy. As you can see, I choose the Orange Creamsicle, not only good on its own, but also with vanilla ice cream. It was a tough choice as I also really liked the Salted Caramel Whisky, which would also be good for baking.
Pigeon Forge, a mountain town and vacation area in eastern Tennessee, is the home of Dollywood, country singer Dolly Parton’s Appalachian-themed park consisting of rides, an adjoining water park, and a museum of her costumes and memorabilia. The city’s other attractions include country music revues like the Smoky Mountain Opry, dinner theaters such as Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, and lots of outlet malls.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is a great place to explore and have fun! There are SO MANY things to see and do! Raft the Pigeon River. NASCAR SpeedPark for go-kart racing. Visit the iconic Great Smoky Mountains National Park for picturesque trails and breathtaking views, or take on Thrill Air Canyon at Dollywood for some high-octane roller coaster rides. Spend some time in the unique island setting of The Island in Pigeon Forge for family fun and entertainment, or enjoy an old-fashioned carousel and a relaxing stroll along the Riverwalk. You’ll also find plenty of live music venues and theaters if you want to get your groove on. From outdoor adventures to heart-pumping thrills, there’s something for everyone in Pigeon Forge!
We drove one day to Gatlinburg, where we were not even able to stop, as there was no parking anywhere with so many people. So we drove on to see Smoky Mountain National Park, which was a very pretty drive. We drove to the summit, where there is a big parking lot to stop and see the view.