$1.5 Million Investment To Expand Pigeon Forge Winterfest with 20 New Light Displays

New Winterfest Wonders of Light Walking Trail will feature nature-themed outdoor light displays along the city’s Riverwalk.  PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee—(Sept. 27, 2022)—Pigeon Forge Winterfest will be bigger and brighter this year as city officials announced plans today to add 20 new larger-than-life nature-themed outdoor lights displays. Upon completion this year, the displays will add one […]

New Aerial Act Adds Even More to Dolly Parton’s Stampede This Summer 

PIGEON FORGE, TENN. (June 27, 2022) – For guests taking in Dolly Parton’s Stampede during its 35th season this year, an all-new thrilling and moving performance segment has been added to this dinner show – combining the show’s equestrian stars, breathtaking aerial acrobatics and original new music from Dolly herself.  This addition truly multiplies the excitement […]

Dolly Parton Shares Her “Heartsong” about Dollywood’s Newest Resort

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (June 24, 2022) — Dolly Parton today visited the construction site of Dollywood’s HeartSong Lodge & Resort, marking her first media appearance at the property which is slated to open in late 2023. During the media-only event, Parton also accepted an award from the American Chestnut Foundation on behalf of her late uncle, Bill […]

DOLLYWOOD’S SMOKY MOUNTAIN SUMMER CELEBRATION  

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (June 15, 2022) — With a wide range of new experiences and returning favorites occurring throughout the day and into the night—and with its new recognition as Tripadvisor’s number one park in the nation—Dollywood finds itself atop the list for best family road trips this summer. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration presented by Bush’s® […]

Pigeon Forge Named No. 3* Top RV Getaway for 2022

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (May 19, 2022)—When RV travelers take to the open road, one of their favorite destinations is Pigeon Forge (Tennessee) in the Great Smoky Mountains.  Pigeon Forge ranked No. 3 in a list* of top RV getaways that features some of the most scenic and convenient camping locations across the country.  The 16 Pigeon Forge RV […]

DOLLYWOOD NAMED A FAVORITE THEME PARK BY NATIONAL AMUSEMENT PARK HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, May 16, 2022) — Dollywood again has earned a top honor from the National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA), being named as one of the association’s favorite theme parks in the country.  Dollywood finished in a three-way tie for the NAPHA Favorite Theme Park of 2021. Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Busch […]

Park Launches Science Communications Podcast Smoky Signal 

“Storytelling is a time-honored human tradition, and a key part of how park rangers engage with visitors when they come to Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” said Stephanie Kyriazis, Chief of Resource Education. “Launching a podcast allows us to share Smokies stories about science and culture with a broader audience, even when they are far […]

Cades Cove Vehicle-Free Wednesdays Begin May 4

Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites the public to enjoy the Cades Cove Loop Road on Vehicle-free Wednesdays beginning May 4 through September 28, 2022.  Participants are encouraged to visit in the afternoons and early evenings to spread use out throughout the day. Parking on-site is limited, with parking lots often filling to capacity during […]

Spring Showers Bring More Than a Million Blooms to Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival Beginning April 22

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, April 18, 2022) – For a third year, Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival presented by Covenant Health (April 22 – June 5) blossoms against a Smoky Mountain backdrop to deliver brilliant floral hues to guests. During this year’s installment of the festival, guests can appreciate the vibrant beauty of more than […]