Pigeon Forge

17 May

PF_IMG_0767What a weird name for a town, right? I got so used to it over the years, I forgot how unusual a name it was. Not that I had ever been there before, I just knew it was close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). And home to Dollywood, the amusement park Dolly Parton financed and built in/near the town.

I never did see Dollywood. The last time I was in the area, I stayed in nearby Gatlinburg. And that’s how I missed the particular attraction that drew me to Pigeon Forge this time around.

But I am getting ahead of myself…

About an hour after leaving Gate City, VA and entering Tennessee, the weather got MUCH better.

Town in Tennessee

Town in Tennessee

I was glad the rain had left the area, but it actually got a bit warmer than I would’ve liked.

An old bit of Americana.

An old bit of Americana.

 

Goats on a Roof!

Goats On The Roof!

It was around 3:00 PM when I finally reached my destination. This fun souvenir/gift shop called Goats on the Roof. Why?

Because they have goats on the roof.

Goats on the Roof

Goats on the Roof

 

Real goats, hanging out on the roof.

Real goats, hanging out on the roof.

I’m glad I finally saw it, but it wasn’t nearly as fun as I thought it would be. They did have lots of fun t-shirts, though.

Goats

Goats

My friend, Tracey, has much cuter goats.

From there, it was on to the town of Pigeon Forge. “Town” may be a stretch for the bit of geography I visited while there. It was all a bit over-the-top if you ask me.

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The Pigeon Forge strip.

Like most national park gateway towns, it was chock-full of retail stores, attractions, souvenir shops, restaurants, hotels, etc. And all of them try very hard to grab folks’ attention.

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They did have very nice giant chickens.

It seemed rude not to grab a selfie while there. I mean, they’d gone to great lengths to make their cocks attractive.

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I scoped-out the lodging options as I drove through Pigeon Forge on my way to GSMNP.

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I’d much rather hang out here any day.

 

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It was significantly cooler among the trees.

 

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The stream beside the road helped.

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Lovely Scene

There was a tiny stream gurgling loudly through those big, moss- and lichen-covered boulders. I sat and listened for a while, disturbed only occasionally by a passing vehicle.

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A few small remnants of fires.

 

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My favorite boulder/stream again.

Below is a larger reminder of forest fires in the not too distant past.

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Fire Damage

I was going to ride further into the park, but it was getting colder. So I decided to head back to the visitor’s center where I could use the free wifi and my phone to book a hotel room. I chose a place close to the park, on the edge of all the touristy madness.

Once I’d checked in and unpacked, I realized I didn’t feel like walking anywhere, or riding, to get dinner. So I ordered a pizza from a place the lady at the front desk recommended. It was actually delicious.

Shortly after that, I retired for the evening, and slept like a rock.

4 Replies to “Pigeon Forge

  1. “I mean, they’d gone to great lengths to make their cocks attractive.” 😀 😀 😀

    With text like that, you’re gonna end up with a lot of disappointed newcomers on your blog…

  2. Haja, i had already copied this text when i saw Ry’s comment…great minds! 🤓

    Best lines of the post: “It seemed rude not to grab a selfie while there. I mean, they’d gone to great lengths to make their cocks attractive.” You’ll have a whole new audience lol!

    And yes, Pigeon Forge is touristy gross. But it’s near a lot of great stuff, especially riding!

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