3 Off the Beaten Path Pigeon Forge Attractions
Pigeon Forge, TN, is a quaint little town full of unique things to do. Named in part for the now extinct passenger pigeon which used to roost along the banks of the Little Pigeon River, this town takes the other half of its name from an iron forge built along the river in the early 1800’s. An area steeped in history, Pigeon Forge has something for everyone: shopping, dining, attractions, and fresh mountain air. In fact, there are so many Pigeon Forge attractions to see that you might want to schedule a two-week vacation here instead of the standard one week that most people plan for.
Smoky Mountain Charm
All this history provides the backdrop for some really unique vacation experiences. Pigeon Forge is known for its many popular attractions, one of them being Dolly Parton’s Dollywood. But there are lots of other lesser known attractions that are worth checking out. Take a look at these unique Pigeon Forge attractions just waiting for you.
Goats on the Roof: This shop’s website says it best. “It’s the goat-feeding-est, gem-mining-est, fudge-eating-est, ice-cream-licking-est, cool-gift-shopping-est attraction in Pigeon Forge!” This place truly does have live goats on the roof, and who doesn’t love goats? Send some goat chow up to the roof and get some good pictures of them from the 2nd level of the gift shop. If goats aren’t your thing, maybe a ride on the Goat Coaster will suit you better. Strap yourself into this mountain coaster and go for a ride. Shop in the store, eat some fudge, or pan for rare gemstones. A trip to Pigeon Forge isn’t complete without a visit to Goats on the Roof!
Forbidden Caverns: Tennessee is home to over 8,355 known caves. Forbidden Caverns is an incredible cave open to the public since the 1960s. Although this cave is now a popular tourist attraction, complete with lights, handrails, and a guide who walks you through and tells you its story, from the 1920s to the 1940s, this cave reportedly housed the stills of several local moonshiners. Today a crystal clear stream still flows through it, and you’ll enjoy amazingly beautiful mineral formations including a large wall of flowstone, also known as cave onyx. Bring your camera; you’re welcome to take pictures, but no flash photography is allowed.
Parrot Mountain and Gardens: If you love birds, you’ll enjoy Parrot Mountain and Gardens. Hundreds of tropical birds await you in a gorgeous park-like setting. Stroll beautiful paths as you admire the many colors of birds; the flowers are spectacular, too! Enjoy feeding birds by hand, and make sure you take time to visit the baby bird nursery, where you’ll learn what it takes to raise a baby to adulthood. The photo opportunities are outstanding, and you’ll have some amazing pictures to share with friends and family when you get back home.
There’s Even More!
We haven’t even mentioned Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Although it’s not exactly off the beaten path, the hiking trails, waterfalls, streams, wildlife, and beautiful mountain scenery are definitely worth exploring!
Visit Pigeon Forge Today
If you’re planning a trip to Pigeon Forge this spring, Mountain Air Cabin Rentals has lots of great cabins in Pigeon Forge that would be a perfect “home base” for you while you’re here. Give them a call today or visit them online to make reservations for your stay in Pigeon Forge. And get ready to experience the unique attractions that this amazing town has to offer!
Mountain Air Cabin Rentals vacation homes are located throughout the Smoky Mountains: Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Wears Valley. We are close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood, Ripley's Aquarium, many dinner shows and theaters, local arts and crafts, and a variety of other activities.