Religious Attractions in the Smokies

Pigeon Forge has always been a favorite vacation site because it has something to offer for everyone. With family-friendly events and activities, you’ll never have to hunt for fun things to do. Even for those who come to East Tennessee with religious ties, there are plenty of activities to choose from during your stay. Consider the following church-related shows and exhibits near Pigeon Forge to make your visit to the Smokies truly unforgettable.

Biblical Times Dinner Theater and Show

The Biblical Times Dinner Theater currently features “Moses Mountain of God” as its premier biblical times show. The award-winning cast begins the performance with Southern gospel hymns and worship songs, as well as personal testimonies and Bible trivia. Then you’re in for a tasty treat with traditional down-home cooking—choose from pulled pork, jumbo chicken, and roast beef, all served with tasty Southern sides, cheddar cheese biscuits, and caramel cream cake for dessert. After you eat, enjoy the second half of the show with music and entertainment of epic proportions! Telling the miraculous story of Moses and Joshua as they led the people of God to the Promised Land, this Bible-based show will teach, entertain, and inspire all at the same time.

Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens

Take a journey 2,000 years into the past, and explore the world of Christ at the Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens right in the heart of Gatlinburg. With life-size figures, dramatic lighting, music, and special effects, you’ll view realistic scenes that tell the inspirational story of Jesus Christ throughout the exhibit. Museum guests will also view an extraordinary sculpture of Christ, ancient coins, and precious gems. You’ll feel like you’re part of the exhibit with the large, lifelike figurines, and people of all ages will enjoy seeing their favorite biblical stories come to life!

Cades Cove Historic Churches

One of the most visited areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is Cades Cove, where European settlers established a thriving community in the 1820s. Many of their early structures are still standing—including two churches that are more than a century old—and maintained by the National Park Service to look the way they did when they were first built. Make plans to visit Cades Cove today so you can explore these churches for yourself.

    Methodist Church – Believed to have begun through the efforts of circuit riders like George Eakin, the Cades Cove Methodist Church began as a log structure with a fire pit and dirt floor. The building was reconstructed in 1902, which is the church that still stands today. The church features early architectural traits, including separate doors for the men and women, and the second-oldest cemetery in the cove.

    Primitive Baptist Church – This Baptist denomination was introduced to Cades Cove in 1825 by John and Lucretia Oliver. Meeting in a log structure until 1887, the congregation eventually built the white frame church building that can be seen while driving the Cades Cove loop road today.