Introduction to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in Sevier county, is 23 miles SE of Knoxville, Tennessee and 148 miles N of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is included in the Knoxville metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 5,083 people lived in Pigeon Forge.
Pigeon Forge History
The area now known as Pigeon Forge was originally inhabited by Cherokee Indians. The first white settlers came to this area in 1783. Colonel Samuel Wear was the first permanent settler in the area. The city was named after the iron forge built by Isaac Love in 1820. Since the 1950s, the city has experienced rapid development due to commercial boom brought on by the establishment of railroads and highways.
Pigeon Forge and nearby Attractions
- Dinosaur Walk Museum
- Smoky Mountain Zoological Park
- Elvis Presley Museum
- Carbo’s Police Museum
- Smoky Mountain Car Museum
- Gatlinberg Golf Course
Things To Do In Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. One can enjoy family outings at Dollywood or the Dolly’s Splash Country amusement park. The Smith Family Theater and the Country Tonite Theater offer entertainment to visitors. Local festivals include the Appalachia Festival, Dollywood’s Festival of Nations and the Saddle Up Celebrations.
Pigeon Forge Transportation
Flights are available from McGhee Tyson Airport.
Pigeon Forge Higher Education
One can pursue higher education at Carson-Newman College, The University of Tennessee, Pellissippi State Technical Community College and Walters State Community College.