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20 New Reasons to Explore Family-Friendly Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.–First-time visitors and returning guests alike have 20 new reasons to explore family-friendly Pigeon Forge this year.

REI Pigeon Forge is designed to be a gateway to outdoor adventures in neighboring Great Smoky Mountains National Park, located just six miles from Pigeon Forge.The Flying Ox, the world’s first cable-to-rail zipline coaster, soars above Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show and Adventure Park. Riders experience the thrills of a 1,000-foot-long zipline experience that travels a coaster track. The Flying Ox winds, drops and soars through the air at approximately 25 miles per hour.Appalachian Springs Outdoor Resort & Trout Farm was designed for guests in search of a comfortable basecamp. Opening summer 2020, Appalachian Springs offers various camping options, including large camper and recreational vehicle sites, custom-built tiny homes and luxury glamping lodges along with an onsite trout farm, theater room, swimming, playgrounds, arcade, guided hikes, gym and live music.

The Tower Shops at Mountain Mile is Pigeon Forge’s newest entertainment, dining and shopping destination. Junction 35 Spirits & Restaurant, Tennessee’s first distillery and full-service restaurant, blends the tradition of distilling spirits with a contemporary railroad-themed atmosphere. The family-owned Currahee Vineyards expands from Georgia to East Tennessee with a new location. Cream & Sugar Sweet Shoppe offers ice cream and homemade treats while Mountain Rifle Coffee Company serves its custom-roasted Black Rifle coffee. Shoppers will enjoy the Appalachian Apparel Company, with clothing that bears designs by regional artists. The Lawn at the Tower Shops is a relaxing outdoor space centered around a fire pit with beautiful mountain vistas in each direction. The 200-foot-tall Mountain Monster three-rides-in-one coaster towers above it all, awaiting thrill seekers.

The family-owned Byrd’s Famous Cookies has landed at The Island in Pigeon Forge. From the complimentary Cookie Bar filled with free samples to the helpful Cookie Crew, Byrd’s Famous Cookies is the latest place to satisfy a sweet tooth in Pigeon Forge.The first touring experience of its kind in the Great Smoky Mountains area, Pink Adventure Tours’ iconic pink Jeeps are the newest way to explore the nation’s most visited national park. All tours conclude with an off-road experience on private land as passengers travel in customized Wranglers fabricated in the Pink Adventure Tours’ eco-friendly service center.It is Christmas 365 days a year at The Incredible Christmas Place, the South’s largest Christmas store, where Santa’s Haus is located. The 2,000-square-foot attraction features cookie decorating, story time with Santa, milk and cookies, ornament making, the Elf Academy, a place to write letters to Santa and a photo opportunity with the jolly old elf.Pigeon Forge hosts a slate of award-winning special events throughout the year. A Mountain Quiltfest (March 4-7), Chuck Wagon Cookoff (April 4), Music in the Mountains Spring Parade (May 1), Wilderness Wildlife Week (May 5-9), Patriot Festival featuring a free concert by country superstar Clint Black (July 4), Celebrate Freedom (Aug. 1-31), Veterans Homecoming Parade (Aug. 8), and Winterfest (Nov. 13-Feb. 15, 2021).



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