7 Attractions You Didn’t Know About in Pigeon Forge
Alcatraz East Crime Museum 2757 Parkway | Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 | (865) 453-3278
We’ll start our list with one of the area’s newest attractions: the Alcatraz East Crime Museum located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. With “Alcatraz” in its name, you’ve probably guessed that this attraction includes artifacts from the famous prison off the coast of San Francisco—and you’re right! But those aren’t the only artifacts you’ll find at this chillingly fascinating museum. Divided into 5 galleries, the Alcatraz East Crime Museum features interactive exhibits with more than 500 artifacts on the history of crime, crime scene investigation, the consequence of crime, crime fighting, and pop culture. If you love CSI, can’t get enough of Forensic Files, are a history buff, or you’re simply looking for something different—don’t miss this brand-new museum in the Smokies.
Bear Country Fun Park 4061 Parkway | Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 | (865) 409-1077
Get the family together and plan for a full day of fun at the Bear Country Fun Park in Pigeon Forge. With the area’s newest go-kart track, plus rides and attractions for all ages, this is a must-see for families and groups of friends visiting the Smokies. Enjoy a 3-story racing adventure with single and double go-karts, bumper boats, a classic carousel for the kids, Cubs Country (for the little ones), and the Country Barn Arcade. You’ll have all this in one convenient location at Bear Country Fun Park on the Parkway.
Bluff Mountain Adventures 2186 Parkway | Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 | (865) 428-7711
Hiking on the more than 800 miles worth of trails in the national park continues to be a favorite pastime of Smoky Mountain guests. But did you also know you can plan an ATV trail ride with Bluff Mountain Adventures? This exciting Pigeon Forge attraction will take you through 6,000 acres of trails in the foothills of the Smokies. You’ll cross streams, climb mountains, and cruise over rugged terrain at this rugged outdoor attraction. This attraction is geared toward adults, though children ages 12 and older (must be at least 4’9”) can operate their own ATVs and younger children can ride with an adult. Choose between several different trail rides, including the Family Introductory Ride (1 hour), the Mountain Trail Adventures (1.5 hours), and Ridge Run (1.5 hours).
The Coaster at Goats on the Roof 1341 Wears Valley Rd. | Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 | (865) 366-7337
If you’re looking for a family-friendly attraction that has a little bit of everything, the Coaster at Goats on the Roof is a perfect choice. This is your one-stop shop for a gem-mining, coaster-riding, ice cream-licking, and goat-kicking good time! Plan to feed the goats, try homemade fudge, ride down the mountain at speeds just under 30 miles per hour, and more at the Coaster at Goats on the Roof.
Outdoor Gravity Park 203 Sugar Hollow Rd. | Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 | (865) 366-2687
Grab your bathing suit and a towel and get ready for a wet-n-wild time in Pigeon Forge. If it’s cold outside, try the “Rolling Jacuzzi.” If it’s fall, winter, or early spring, you can try “Dry Zorbing.” What are we talking about? Rolling down a 1,000-foot hill in a giant, see-through globe—welcome to the Outdoor Gravity Park! At this Smoky Mountain attraction, you’ll pay by the roll, and you can roll by yourself or with up to 2 other guests. In the summer, this is the perfect way to cool down, and it’s one Pigeon Forge attraction you won’t soon forget!
Parrot Mountain and Gardens 1471 McCarter Hollow Rd. | Pigeon Forge, TN 37862
They say “follow the rainbow to Parrot Mountain,” and they’re talking about Parrot Mountain and Gardens, a picturesque tropical oasis right in the heart of the Smokies. With a replica of Thomas Kinkade’s “Stairway to Paradise,” this attraction truly is a paradise in Pigeon Forge. Enjoy professionally manicured gardens, waterfalls, and hundreds of tropical birds in English-style cottages at Parrot Mountain and Gardens. They even have a baby bird nursery, where you can pet and purchase a parrot of your very own! If you’re needing an escape from the hectic pace of everyday life, Parrot Mountain is a beloved secret tucked away in Pigeon Forge.
Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd. | Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 | (865) 908-4040
Operated by the Southern Gospel Music Association, the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame is a unique Smoky Mountain exhibit located right inside the Dollywood theme park. At this one-of-a-kind museum, you’ll learn the roots of Gospel music in the South, including the names and stories of yesterday’s legends who paved the way for today’s top Gospel artists. Be sure to stop in for a tour during your next visit to Dolly Parton’s famous theme park in Pigeon Forge, Dollywood.