Pigeon Forge, TN | Top Things to Do for the Most Memorable Trip

This post is sponsored by Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism, but all opinions are my own and of my own experience. For more information on Pigeon Forge, TN, click here!

Every year, I sit down and think about all of the trips I want to plan to take either with my husband, friends, or family. I think about different places that we can go to that will be fun, affordable, and easily accessible. Every single year Pigeon Forge, TN is on my list and although I don't make it there every year, it never leaves the list because I absolutely LOVE visiting Pigeon Forge! For me, it is more sentimental than anything. Growing up in Nashville, I can think of many memories spent in those great Smoky Mountains and each one holds a special place in my heart.

One of my very first trips to Pigeon Forge was when I was between 8-10 years old. I remember going and staying in a cabin with family. I was so young, but two memories of that particular trip that stand out the most would have to be my Aunt taking me mining for the first time. I'll never forget buying a bag of dirt and being so excited about all the pretty stones I found! The second memory would be being upstairs in the cabin (probably was supposed to be sleeping) and hearing the roaring sounds of laughter and jokes coming from downstairs as the adults in my family played cards and just had the best time. I remember thinking how great it would be if I were older.
My next favorite is a cousin's trip to Pigeon Forge when I was about 17 or 18. This one was fun because as the youngest cousin in the bunch, I always longed to feel as "adult" as everyone else. This trip made me feel like I was finally in with the in crowd! We went and rode Go-karts and my best memory is when we all went 'rafting in the Smokies'. I was SO scared to be honest because I had never done it, but it ended up being the best time! We got a TRUE experience because it rained extremely hard the entire time we were out there. I will never forget that.

I honestly could go on and on about my Pigeon Forge memories, but I will just share one more. Back in 2017, my husband celebrated his birthday in Pigeon Forge with a bunch of our friends and we had the BEST time! From staying in and playing games all night long in our beautiful cabin, to going to The Island and riding the tall Ferris Wheel and doing moonshine and wine tasting, to going shopping and snow tubing, the trip was definitely one to remember!
So, here’s my quick list of the top things you MUST do while you’re in Pigeon Forge (depending on the time of year you visit):

1. Stay in a Cabin for the Ultimate Experience
2. Visit the Island and Ride the Ferris Wheel
3. Go Go-Karting
4. Visit the Indoor Snow Tubing Park
5. Go White Water Rafting
6. Visit Dollywood
7. Go to a Moonshine and/or Wine Tasting
8. Attend a Dinner Show
9. Go Shopping
10. Ride the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

Visit here to get any and all information on where to go, eat, and stay on your visit! If you have never visited Pigeon Forge, TN, or even if you have and it has just been a few years, it’s time to add it to your travel list for the year. There’s so many amazing things to do for people of all ages! I guarantee you will make memories that you’ll remember forever, just like the ones I just spoke about above. It’s one place that is absolutely beautiful, no matter what time of year you visit. I can’t wait to plan my next trip!
A picture from my trip to Pigeon Forge with my cousins in 2008. We made S'mores in our cabin!
This picture is from the cabin trip with our friends for my husband's birthday. We were at the Island!
Thank you so much for reading! XO


  1. This sounds like a great place to visit! I'll have to check out everything on your list. Sounds like fun!


  2. Sounds like you have so many great memories there! It looks like a cute little town!


  3. Sounds like you have so many amazing memories of your visits of Pigeon Forge! I've never been, but it does sound like a perfect vacation spot!
    Chic on the Cheap

  4. YESSS!!!! We have been going to Gatlinburg since I was a child and love doing all of the Pigeon Forge things as well. Something so nostalgic and fun about it all. LOVE Dollywood, too of course.

    xx rebecca // thecrystalpress.com

  5. Looks like a great place to visit. Adding it to my list - Love your comfy look.

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  6. I've actually never heard of Pigeon Forge TN, in all honesty. I really appreciate you opening my eyes to the destination because it looks gorgeous and I really want to explore more of TN in general. It's amazing how many memories you have in that gorgeous area too!

  7. Pigeon Forge sounds like so much fun! Your sweet memories remind me a little of my fondness for Blackwater Falls in West Virginia. That involved staying in cabins and enjoying fun in nature too. Buuut I will admit there are no go-karts, and there certainly aren't any indoor tubing parks! It sounds like I need to plan a trip to TN sometime soon!

  8. Oh this is amazing! I have never been to TN, but this looks like a great place to start!

  9. I have yet to find myself in that part of the country but I love the lineup! Might have to make a trip out there! xoxo, Sarah

  10. This sounds like such a cool place to visit! I definitely want to check it out. Thanks for sharing!!

  11. How have I never heard of Pigeon Forge? I'm definitely adding it to my list for 2020, there's so many fun things to do in the area!


  12. I bet rafting was so fun! It looks gorgeous there. I have never been to TN, but it's on my bucket list. I'll keep this post in mind!

  13. That sounds like so much fun, would love to go on a ferris wheel ride!! Makes me want to take a trip out and visit!



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