The low hums grow louder and the rumbling of engines lightly shake the ground beneath your feet – it’s that time of year again… the 2018 Spring Rod Run classic car show! Aisles upon aisles of the most iconic automobiles from the past century park and pop the hoods to show off shiny rebuilt engines to match their glistening body paint and smooth upholstery. From Chevy to Ford, all the classic favorites line the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge for 3 days along with industry vendors and experts for visitors to mingle and converse over shared automotive passions and nights of beautiful views and cabin fun in the Smoky Mountains!
The pristine, newly renovated LeConte Center will house over 100 classic automobiles from April 19 through the 21 for car enthusiasts of every degree! The stakes are high, making the competition quality; the winner of the best rod receives a cash prize of $8,000! Other awards and drawings are given out during the event for the top 25, the “coolest Camaro,” Promoters’ Choice, and Long Distance. From a 1966 blue Corvette to a 1933 Red Ford, cars you will recognize from the big screen come to life and cars you long forgot were ever made grace the showroom floor. Spend hours perusing the aisles of shiny beauties on wheels!
Along with gorgeous, rumbling stunners, you can converse with industry experts representing area shops. Tasty treats and savory eats are available among the numerous food trucks parked along the lot! Be sure to pick up your awesome souvenir t-shirt on your way to enjoy surrounding Pigeon Forge attractions!
The 2018 Spring Rod Run is the perfect day trip, or make a weekend of it with a Pigeon Forge cabin tucked quietly away into the peaceful forests of the Great Smoky Mountains! Pigeon Forge, TN Cabins offers an extensive list of cabins ranging in size and location. Stay close to all the action for 3 full days of cars, or get a little quiet time with mountain views in a cabin tucked high on the mountain ridge.
If you own a classic or impressive rod, Pigeon Forge is the perfect choice for a quiet escape in between days of crowds and excitement. After hours of walking around on your feet talking to auto experts, classical car fans, and curious visitors, slip into the outdoor hot tub, your personal sauna, or indoor jetted tub back at the cabin.
Other April Happenings
April is a busy time in Pigeon Forge, so if you can’t make it out for the weekend of the 19th and the Rod Run, there are plenty of other reasons to head to the Smokies this Spring!
April 7-8, 2018
Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
Not only are you fishing in some of the most beautiful, serene streams winding through Smoky Mountain forestry, but you’ll also enjoy the 10,000 trout that have just been released the previous day – stocking the rivers with tons of prospective catches! The young and old can compete in their own competitions for both largest and smallest trout catches while enjoying drawings and other prizes at Patriot Park in downtown Pigeon Forge for the weigh-ins and entertainment.
April 13-14, 2018
Smoky Mountain Winefest
Tour wine country in the Smokies on Friday, April 13 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on a shuttle before attending the food and wine extravaganza at the Arrowmont School of Arts in Gatlinburg on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a whole weekend of adult fun! The area’s top wineries, sommeliers, and chefs will be present for tons of great information and best food pairings. Register early for a $5 discount off the $30 ticket at the gates! Hundreds of wines to sample and food to taste, this event is a great deal for couples or a group of friends!
April 13-15, 2018
Hands on Gatlinburg
With the majestic Great Smoky Mountains National Park scenery at the forefront of the allure of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, the nation’s largest and oldest community of artisans often falls to the wayside of visitors’ itineraries! For one weekend, visitors to the Arts and Crafts Community in downtown can tour the shops and studios of the artisans while they demonstrate the processes of their handmade creations.
On top of watching artisans display their talents, Hands On Gatlinburg offers festival-goers the chance to learn and participate with plenty of classes to choose from! Make a gift with your own hands to bring home for a truly special souvenir from your Smoky Mountain adventure from hand-blown glass to acrylic painting on turkey feathers to advanced quilting.
April 24-28, 2018
Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
See the Smokies in breathtaking, beautiful form during the peak wildflower blooming season while taking informational hikes with wildlife experts! For 5 days, over 100 different sessions pair you with experts in an array of fields, from birding and botany to photography and beyond. Participating registered pilgrims can partake in this incredible opportunity to experience the Smokies to the fullest! Guest lecturers discuss conservation and preservation while professional writers share their stories and methods. The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is an excellent way to get in touch with the great outdoors while escaping to the mountains in a Pigeon Forge, TN Cabin!