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New Attractions Highlight Pigeon Forge’s 60th Year as Vacation Destination

Gateway city offers wide variety of experiences to safely stay, play and dine in the Great Smoky Mountains.

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (May 26, 2021) Pigeon Forge (Tennessee) celebrates 60 years as the top family-friendly vacation destination in the Great Smoky Mountains with a lineup of new attractions to mark the occasion and provide more reasons to visit.

Pigeon Forge continues to encourage responsible travel amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Visitors are encouraged to visit the travel resources page in advance to learn more about current safety measures to protect visitors, residents and employees.

“Our top-notch variety of attractions and close proximity to Great Smoky Mountains National Park has endeared Pigeon Forge to multiple generations of families,” said Pigeon Forge Executive Director of Tourism Leon Downey. “We take great pride in the 60 years of cherished memories that have been made in our city and look forward to more.” 

The Island at Pigeon Forge unleashes SkyFly: Soar America, an indoor flying adventure that takes passengers high above Alaska’s glaciers, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the Great Smoky Mountains, and a dozen more of the nation’s most beautiful natural wonders and iconic landmarks. Moving seats combined with sounds, scents, and mists are part of the picturesque journey that takes flight this spring.

Toy Box Mini Golf, the world’s first toy-themed mini golf course, is open and features an 18-hole course brought to life by 30-foot-tall recreations of some of the most popular and nostalgic toys from the past and present, each becoming a favorite photo op. A toy store and laser maze complete the experience. Another first in the world is the new Power Coaster at Rowdy Bear Mountain. The two-seat throttle-powered coaster karts travel an approximately 2,000-foot-long track that features s-turns.  

Camp Margaritaville RV Resort offers three distinctly different ways to kick back and relax combined with a unique “five o’clock somewhere” attitude. The 37-acre property is the first of its kind and includes nearly 180 RV sites along with upscale bath and laundry facilities. The centerpiece of the $40 million property is a 79-room lodge that features a restaurant, bar, camp store, putting green and pool. Camp Margaritaville RV Resort is conveniently close to the Pigeon Forge Parkway but elevated, providing guests with spectacular mountain views. The RV resort opens this June with the Lodge to follow in early fall.

The Mountain Mile adds two new food- and entertainment-focused venues. Guy Fieri’s Downtown Flavortown, opening this fall, is a 43,000-square-foot family entertainment center that includes a 300-seat restaurant featuring Fieri’s signature cuisine, a 14-lane Duck Pin bowling alley, over 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art arcade games and more to entertain diners and fun-lovers alike. The Listening Room will serve live music alongside a full menu of American cuisine when it opens in the summer of 2021 at the Mountain Mile. Like its sister property in East Nashville, the 10,000-square-foot venue will feature songwriters and vocalists on an expansive stage while guests enjoy indoor and outdoor dining.

Dollywood’s 36th season continues with the new Melodies of Spring concert series (select days through June 7) as well as the Harmonies of the Heart and A Brighter Day live shows.    

The Tower Shops at Mountain Mile welcomes new tenants including BAAK Boutique, J&P Cycles, REI Co-op and Royal Bee, while new restaurants include Azul Cantina, Cinnaholic, Cream & Sugar, Currahee Vineyard & Winery. Weather permitting, guests can catch a free Friday evening Movies on the Lawn, too.

Pigeon Forge visitors can take advantage of a 600-foot-long covered pedestrian bridge that connects the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge, a city-owned events center, to the new Mountain Lot, home to 2,148 free parking spaces. The walkway, at the intersection of Jake Thomas Road and Teaster Lane, is a few blocks from the city’s new Mass Transit headquarters in Patriot Park. Pigeon Forge’s Mass Transit trolley system operates year-round with one-day passes available for purchase offering visitors convenient, hassle-free transportation to popular attractions along the city’s six-mile Parkway. Visitors can also enjoy a new city-wide beautification project that features 24 “planter people” floral displays, several of which salute essential workers, along with expansive floral beds beaming with colorful blooms. 

Visitors can refer to the 60th season’s commemorative 2021 Pigeon Forge Travel Planner, available for download or by mail here. The Travel Planner is filled with city-wide visitor information, including Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

More information is available at or by calling 1-800-251-9100.


Images available for download here, courtesy of Pigeon Forge Dept. of Tourism.

Media Contact: Trish McGee at [email protected]