Frankfort Resident Grayson Thurman Wins 2019 Pigeon Forge Path To Fame Grand Championship

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (June 26, 2019)—Frankfort, Kentucky, resident Grayson Thurman won the 2019 Pigeon Forge Path To Fame talent competition grand championship on Saturday, June 22. Thurman competed against 13 other performers at the Smoky Mountain Opry theater. Thurman, 18, was one of four semi-finalists selected from 34 Path To Fame contestants at the Lyric […]

National Park Hosts Women’s Work Festival

Release Date: June 10, 2019 Contact:          Dana Soehn, Dana_Soehn@nps.gov, 865-436-1207 Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host the annual Women’s Work Festival at the Mountain Farm Museum on Saturday, June 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The festival honors the vast contributions made by the women of Southern Appalachia. Park staff […]

DOLLYWOOD OFFICIALLY OPENS LARGEST EXPANSION IN PARK HISTORY Guests experience $37 million Wildwood Grove for the first time   PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (May 10, 2019)— Dollywood again solidified its place among the nation’s premier family destinations as Dolly Parton today officially opened Wildwood Grove, the largest expansion in park history. Parton opened the fascinating new […]

Festival of Nations Kicks Off Dollywood’s Biggest Season Ever!

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, March 11, 2019)- Dollywood’s thrilling 2019 season begins with one of the park’s greatest Festival of Nations lineups ever! The event, which runs March 16-April 14, features exhilarating new headline shows, the return of the Passport to Foods and special cooking demonstrations, including opportunities to see world-renowned Chef Pepin whip up […]

Full Artist Lineup Announced for Dollywood’s Rock The Smokies

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 8, 2019) — Families and church groups looking for an inspirational way to put an exclamation point at the end of summer should circle Aug. 24 on their calendars. Dollywood’s Rock the Smokies returns with headline performances in DP’s Celebrity Theater by For King & Country (“Fix My Eyes”) and Zach […]

New Smoky Mountain Adventure Opening This Spring To Showcase National Park in Unique Way

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 7, 2019) — A new adventure experience, unlike anything currently available, opens next month in the Great Smoky Mountains. PINK® Adventure Tours is a premier off-road adventure company founded more than 60 years ago. What started as America’s first Jeep® tour now offers signature excursions in Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Las […]

Icelandic Gymnasts Make 6,000-Mile First-time Journey to Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Feb. 11, 2019)—Competitive sports continues to prove their worth in Pigeon Forge (Tennessee) as nine gymnasts, two coaches and three chaperones will make a 3,000-plus-mile journey—one way—from Iceland to compete in the Make It Count Gymnastics Classic (Feb. 16-18) at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge. More than 1,000 gymnasts from 11 […]

The Island in Pigeon Forge Announces Plans for New Flying Theater Ride

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee  (Feb. 18, 2019)— The Island in Pigeon Forge, recently named the country’s sixth best amusement park by TripAdvisor, will soon soar to new heights with the addition of a world class flying theater experience. The $20 million investment will combine a state-of-the-art ride system and a custom film featuring some of the […]

The Ripken Experience Scores Winning Third Season in Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Nov. 28, 2018) – At the completion of its third year of operation in the Smoky Mountains, The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge scored yet another homerun with baseball fans and city officials alike. Research recently released by the city determined that The Ripken Experience was responsible for $33.8 million in visitor spending […]

Dolly Parton Selects Great Smoky Mountains for Second Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Oct. 4, 2018)–Keep an eye to the spyglass, mateys; Dolly’s pirates will be searching for treasure in the Great Smoky Mountains next summer! After nearly a decade of rave reviews and financial success on the Carolina coast, Dolly Parton’s newest Pirates Voyage dinner attraction is slated to open in the spring. “The […]