Pigeon Forge wouldn't exist as a tourist destination if it were not for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. So, take advantage of it's easy accessibility. There is no shortage of great hikes, but the 2.3 miles to Alum Cave Bluffs is particularly worthwhile. When you get to the vantage point, you'll see great views (you'll understand the term "Blue Ridge" in a new way) from beneath a protected bluff.
Pigeon Forge lives up to its quirky name; it’s a destination like no other. Part Branson, part Las Vegas, part Orlando, it is a strip of manufactured tourist attractions in a location surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty.
The town, which has a population of less than 7,000, welcomes nearly 10 million people annually, due to its proximity to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The focus is on family-friendly fun; think amusement parks, theme hotels, corny dinner theater restaurants, arcades and the like. For the most part, if you're looking for subtle, this ain't your vacation destination. Pigeon Forge is about neon and kitsch. Of course, you're just a few minutes to the entrance to the national park, where solitude, beautiful scenery and bears await.