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Old 05-16-2014, 06:50 PM   #1
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Planning a trip to the Pigeon Forge area in mid June. Plan to visit Dollywood and day trip to Cade's Cove. Any suggestions on routes, places too stay and things to see would be appreciated. Planning on making one stop on the way. Like to keep driving time between 3 and 4 hours.
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Old 05-16-2014, 07:02 PM   #2
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Just came back from there yesterday. Stayed at Pine Mountain RV park in Pigeon Forge. Very convenient location and really nice park. I went up from Huntsville Hwy 72 to I24 to Chattanooga then I75/40 to Knoxville then Hwy 66 to Pigeon Forge. Park is about 3/4 mile off the Parkway. Super clean restrooms, relatively new park. Only knock is would have liked more trees.
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Old 05-16-2014, 07:44 PM   #3
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Hi DyerGrampy,
My favorites are:
Something To Do:
1. Smoky Mountain Opry – 2-hour variety show. Broadway quality without going to New York City.
a. 2046 Parkway Pigeon Forge
b. 865- 428-7469
c. Directions from The Dell:
1. Right turn onto Apple Valley Road
2. Right turn at traffic light 12.6 (at the Parkway)
3. Go ¼ mile and the Opry will be on your right
2. The Wonders Of Magic (at WonderWorks) Terry Evanswood – Las Vegas quality & one of only four in the USA
a. 100 Music Road (Next to the Smokey Mountain Opry)
b. 865-868-1800
c. Directions from The Dell
i. Follow the directions to the Smoky Mountain Opry
d. This is an outstanding combination of illusions and sleight of hand magic.
3. Lumberjack Feud (Real lumberjacks competing in real lumberjack events.)
a. 2713 Parkway Pigeon Forge
b. 865-428-8668
c. Dinner show
d. Directions from The Dell:
i. Right turn onto Apple Valley Road
ii. Right turn at traffic light 12.6 (at the Parkway)
iii. Go about 1.8 miles. The Lumberjack Feud will be on your left.
iv. This show is recommended because the performers are actually professional lumberjacks who participate in the lumberjack professional tour.
4. Smoky Mountain National Park (SMNP)
a. The SMNP has a variety of activities. East of Gatlinburg is the Sugar Land Visitors Center. Make this your first stop to get maps and advice. Some things to consider are:
b. Cades Cove - A driving tour through buildings of the 1800's. This is a day trip. Take water and snacks. The only place to eat is at the end of the tour at the campground store. The exit will be a left turn, to go to the restaurant make a right turn.
c. Clingmans Dome - A paved trail leads to the overlook. It is a steep trail.
d. Newfound Gap Overlook - This is right along the only main road (Rt. 441)
e. Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail - The turn to get to the trail is in downtown Gatlinburg. Nice single one way paved road. Overlooks and period buildings to see. Take water and snacks.
f. There are many hiking trails that are of different difficulties.
Places To Eat:
1. Bullfish Restaurant
a. 2441 Parkway Pigeon Forge
b. 865-868-1000
c. General menu with a focus on steak and seafood.
d. Directions from The Dell:
i. Right turn onto Apple Valley Road
ii. Right turn at the traffic light (12.6 at the Parkway)
iii. Go about 1.2 miles
iv. Bullfish will be on your left
2. Carinos Italian Restaurant
a. 2425 Parkway Pigeon Forge
b. 865-868-0790
c. General menu with a focus on Italian food
d. Directions from The Dell:
i. Follow the directions to Bullfish Restaurant. When facing Bullfish, Carinos is to the left.

3. Gigi’s Cupcakes
a. Directly behind Carinos Italian Restaurant
b. Amazing specialty cupcakes. You wil not believe it until you see it.
4. Big Daddy’s Pizza
a. 1820 Parkway Sevierville
b.
Get directions
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b. 865-908-1123
c. Outstanding Pizza, Sandwiches, Salads
d. Directions from The Dell:
a. Right turn onto Apple Valley Road
b. As you approach the traffic light there will be an entrance to Walgreen’s Pharmacy parking lot on your left
c. Enter the parking lot and go straight, behind the pharmacy, behind Wendy’s, etc.
i. Big Daddy’s is a couple of businesses on your right just past Wendy’s.
6. Holston’s
a. 639 Dolly Parton Parkway (Route 411, Main Street) Sevierville
b. 865-365-4205
c. General Menu with a focus on meat entries. Do not get the pasta. Everything else is very good.
d. Directions from The Dell:
i. Right turn onto Apple Valley Road
ii. Left turn at traffic light 12.6 (at the Parkway)
iii. Go straight about 3 miles to Main Street (Dolly Parton Parkway) (route 411)
iv. Turn right and go ½ mile on Route 411 north.
v. Holston’s will be on the right
7. The Peddler Steakhouse (Serving Dinner Only)
a. 820 River Road Gatlinburg
b. 865-436-5794
c. General menu with a focus on meat entries.
d. Directions from The Dell:
i. Right turn onto Apple Valley Road
ii. Right turn at traffic light 12.6 (The Parkway)
iii. Drive through Pigeon Forge and continue toward Gatlinburg
iv. You will see a sign for the Gatlinburg bypass.
v. Take the bypass.
vi. When the bypass rejoins Route 441 turn left to return to Gatlinburg.
vii. Go one block past the first traffic light and turn left.
viii. The Peddler will be at the end of the street.
8. The Park Grill (Serving Dinner Only)
a. 1110 Parkway Gatlinburg
b. (865) 436-2300
c. General menu restaurant
d. Directions from The Dell:
i. Right turn onto Apple Valley Road
ii. Right turn at traffic light 12.6 (The Parkway)
iii. Drive through Pigeon Forge and continue toward Gatlinburg
iv. You will see a sign for the Gatlinburg bypass.
v. Take the bypass.
vi. When the bypass rejoins Route 441 turn left to return to Gatlinburg.
vii. One block past the first traffic light The Park Grill will be on your right.
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I can't top GaryKD. That's good info-- the Aquarium downtown Gatlinburg great day trip.
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Wife has a time share in Pidegon Fordge. We go for a week every year. x2 on the Aquarium. Stars cars in Gatlinburg and the old smokey moonshine distillery are great also. Free moonshine samples! then go across the street to Bubba Gump Shrimp. In Pidegon Fordge I always take the kids to nascar speed park to ride the go carts. All day pass it think 20 bucks. Worth every penny. GO eat viddles and catfish at Huck Finns catfish restraunt. If you dont leave full its your own fault. Its reasonable and very good. The wax museum is pretty cool as well as the forbidden caverns just outside of town. Have not been to the Wonder works or the Titanic yet. They are pricey. Dollywood is a great time. Things to do for all ages. Ive seenyoung shildren up to elderly having a great time. Just depends on what part you go to.
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Old 05-17-2014, 08:44 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the great info. Taking the daughter, son-in-law and 10 year old granddaughter with us so fun for ALL ages is really appreciated. This 65 year old will probably be riding some of the more exciting rides with the granddaughter as long as my old bones hold out
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Mystery mine ride was my favorite along with the Tennessee tornado. The wild Eagle scared the ever living heck outta me. Rode it 4 times in a row.

Helpful hint. Go on a week day. Shorter lines. closer parking. We went on a saturday once. Never again. Also if you go after 3pm you get the whole next day free.
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Thanks for the tip about going on a week day. That is now in my plan. Will probably get the 3 day pass for both parks - regular park and water park. Also have added the Aquarium to the list. The lumberjack feud and wonderworks also sound great. I think joining this site was one of my better decisions. Thanks again
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Hey, don't forget to eat lunch at the Apple Barn in Pigeon Forge. Great food and they apple you to death with Apple/peach nectar, apple fritters with fresh apple butter and incredible apple pie for dessert. It's one of our favorite restaurants.

I always drive into the National Park and up to the top of the mountain to overlook the NC side of the mountain. Vistas are nothing like you have in West Tennessee. We usually take a circle drive west through the National Park to Townsend and back into Pigeon Forge.

You've never seen so many go carts, putt putt golf courses and tourist sights in your life. It's a premier vacation spot--and much cheaper place to go than anywhere else in the U.S.

I just warn you about the shopping. It's simply incredible with wall to wall factory outlet malls.
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