“To provide Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Greenways for the enjoyment of our residents and visitors while focusing on Wellness and Fitness, Social Equity, Conservation, and Tourism.” – Pigeon Forge Parks and Rec Mission Statement
Known for loads of family-friendly attractions — like Dollywood, Crave Golf Club, and The Island — an array of Southern and foreign cuisine, plenty of souvenir shops, and a beautiful Smoky Mountain setting, Pigeon Forge is a fun Tennessee city with entertaining activities around every corner. It’s no wonder visitors of all ages flock to the area year after year to enjoy family vacations, large group trips, getaways with friends, and romantic escapes.
While planning for bustling attractions, eateries, and shops is great, spending time at a local park or the community center while in the area is also recommended while on vacation. The Department of Parks and Recreation puts in a lot of hard work and time to make sure Pigeon Forge provides quality places to get some fresh air, play games, swim, exercise safely, bowl, and even get wellness checks.
Winning awards — including the Tree City Growth Award — and offering locals and visitors 134 acres of parkland, a huge community center, plus over 6 miles of greenways, Pigeon Forge parks and rec are…let’s just say these outdoor spaces and indoor facilities are sure to get the Leslie Knope and (fingers crossed) Ron Swanson approval!
186 Old Mill Avenue | Pigeon Forge, TN
An homage to those who have served — past and present — Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge has wonderful features that honor the men and women of the Armed Forces. Along a ½-mile walking trail at Patriot Park, see flags from all 50 states and memorials to local Pigeon Forge veterans.
The park is also pet friendly, so grab the leash, a collar displaying up-to-date vaccinations, your fur baby, and a few waste bags and head to Patriot Park to spend time together! Year-round events keep the expansive park bustling at times, but you can also spend a peaceful day walking the trail, paying tribute to veterans, hanging out under the pavilion, or playing around in the park.
Special Events at Patriot Park
Put on by the Pigeon Forge Department of Specials Events and the Department of Parks and Recreation, Patriot Park hosts music festivals and bluegrass concerts throughout the year plus a 4th of July fireworks show.
It’s also home to Pigeon Forge’s annual Patriot Festival, which is yet another way to honor our veterans and active military. Enjoy live music, food and drink vendors, and a Kids’ Karnival with plenty of games and fun activities!
In wintertime, expect dazzling light displays to go along with the city’s participation in Smoky Mountain Winterfest, a super wintertime event that brings the city to life with dazzling light displays and holiday decorations.
Gazebo & Pavilion
Available for use from March through October, the gazebo and pavilion overlook the Little Pigeon River at Patriot Park and offer 2 nice spots for picnics and events. The pavilion features 6 picnic tables, lighting, and a grill. It is a first-come, first-serve space; reservations are not taken.
The gazebo is a favored wedding and special ceremony spot and does require reservations. On the bright side, there is no fee. Call Ann Ping at 865.429.7373 or email email@example.com for more information about gazebo reservations.
Wear Farm City Park
623 Wears Valley Road | Pigeon Forge, TN
Beautifully landscaped and offering lots of amenities, Wear Farm City Park is the primary park for the City of Pigeon Forge. And because it’s located on Wears Valley Road, you’ll get the scenery of lush trees and the Great Smoky Mountains in the distance.
For sporting events, Wear Farm City Park has 5 lighted softball/baseball fields, 1 lighted football field, and 1 multi-purpose field. Kids will love the 2 playgrounds — 1 is fully accessible for children with special needs — and 3 shelters offer nice places for picnics. The park also has some lovely walking trails, along with a basketball court, restrooms, and 2 concession stands during events.
Irrigation throughout the park keeps it lush and manicured, and ample parking means you won’t have to find downtown parking when you want to visit. Plus, areas that are not fenced in are considered pet friendly (service animals are welcome in all areas of the park). It’s a great outdoor place you don’t want to miss if you’re spending a week or so in the area.
Pigeon Forge Community Center & City Park
170 Community Center Drive | Pigeon Forge, TN | 865-429-7373
An 86,000-square-foot recreation facility boasting a little bit of everything in the way of exercise and sports, the Pigeon Forge Community Center is a great option for locals and visitors to get moving. And it’s nestled in Pigeon Forge City Park that offers additional features — including tennis courts, a volleyball court, a lighted pavilion, a 1-mile lit walking trail, a preschool playground, and the public library — on the grounds.
Community Center Amenities
Whether you’re looking to get in those 10,000 steps on your Fitbit, burn off some calories after a stack of pancakes at Sawyer’s Farmhouse Restaurant, or just want to play a bit while you’re in town, the Pigeon Forge Community Center has plenty of options!
- 3 basketball courts
- Racquetball court
- Wallyball court
- 10-lane bowling alley
- Child care center
- Aquatics center with 6-lane, 25-yard pool + shallow baby pool
- Seasonal outdoor pool
- 2 aerobics rooms
- Meeting rooms
- Suspended walking track
- 5,000-square-foot wellness center
Memberships at the Pigeon Forge Community Center include use of the fitness center, swimming pools, indoor walking track, sporting courts, along with access to childcare and the wellness center. Members also get discounts at the bowling alley!
Annual passes are available, but guests can also get day, week, and month passes if they just want to visit during their stay in the Smokies. All you need is a valid driver’s license. For up-to-date membership prices, give them a call.
Community Center Hours
Hours at the Pigeon Forge Community Center can vary depending on holidays, maintenance work, or weather. Normal hours are below.
- Mon – Fri, 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Sat, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Sun, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Greenway System in Pigeon Forge
Featuring 6+ miles of trails leading around public parks, alongside the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River, and to neighboring Sevierville, the Pigeon Forge Greenway System is lovely and convenient to walk, ride a bicycle, or jog with your pet, with 4 main locations that connect one side of the city to the other.
This 1.1-mile trail along Veterans Boulevard joins the Sevierville Greenway System at Center View Road and ends at Goldrush Road, which just so happens to be across the way from Dollywood!
Wear Farm Greenway
Find this 1+ mile trail just off Wears Valley Road at Wear Farm City Park. It goes around the playgrounds, football field, and baseball complex and follows along Waldens Creek behind the park.
The central piece to the Pigeon Forge Greenway System, Riverwalk is a 4-mile trail that loops behind the Pigeon Forge Community Center, travels along the Little Pigeon River and through The Island, then continues along the river (Butler Street) to a final loop around Patriot Park.
Plaza at Butler & Ashley
This quaint community park features a memorial to English McCarter, a former City Commissioner, and offers visitors a great spot with benches and a water fountain to break on their walk, run, or cycle.
Pigeon Forge TN Cabins
After a day in the parks, at the community center, or along the greenways, head back to a cozy cabin set among the trees, perched high atop the mountains, or located just minutes from the Parkway. Pigeon Forge TN Cabins offers a variety of cabin rentals to meet your needs, and they feature amenities and space for any type of vacation.
If you’re planning a family vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains, check out our 3-6 bedroom cabins that offer plenty of space. We also have 1-bedroom cabins, perfect for anniversaries or honeymoons after a Smoky Mountain wedding. Want to bring Fido? Check out our pet-friendly cabins! We even have budget-friendly cabins when you’re looking to save, and large group lodges (sleeping 60+ guests) for great gatherings.
Each cabin is unique in amenities and décor, and some perks are quite irresistible…
- Outdoor hot tub with massaging jets
- Rocking chairs + porch swings
- River, mountain, or wooded views
- Gas/charcoal grill
- Private indoor pool
- Home theater with surround sound
- Rec room with game tables + arcade units
- FREE high speed Wi-Fi
- King suites
- Indoor jetted tub
- TV in every bedroom
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Dining area
- Gas/electric/wood burning fireplaces
Just browse our cabins online or give us a call at 1.866.513.7885 and let one of our knowledgeable Vacation Specialists help you find the perfect fit for your Pigeon Forge stay! And don’t forget to set aside some time to take advantage of Pigeon Forge Parks and Recreation while on your Smoky Mountain vacation!