Attractions

Weddings in the Great Smoky Mountains

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The Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee are a top destination in the country for weddings due to the gorgeous scenery of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Peaks and valleys provide breathtaking views that mirror the promise of lifelong wedded bliss.

Every year, over 10,000 brides plan Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg weddings in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Smokies are considered “The wedding capital of the South,” and Sevier County offers everything you’ll want and need for your special Smoky Mountain wedding, including beautiful wedding chapels, local florists, bakers, salons, spas, catering services, photography, entertainment and much more. Local ministers will be happy to come to your cabin, condo or chalet to perform intimate Smoky Mountain weddings.

Whether you prefer a cabin, chapel or scenic outdoor wedding, Smoky Mountain wedding venues and packages are sure to please brides, grooms and wedding guests alike.

Getting married in the National Park: Persons planning to be married in the park need to obtain a Special Use Permit (SUP). A $50 nonrefundable application fee will be charged for wedding permits and all other special event-type permits.

For more information and to obtain an application package, contact the permit office at 865-436-1266.

More information  http://www.smokeymountainwedding.org/w_outdoor.htm

Chapels near the cabin http://www.logchapel.com/?page/80511/home  http://www.discoverachurchinthesmokies.com/OFB/seviervi/mcum.htm http://www.thebarnatchestnutsprings.com/index2.php?v=v1#!/Home

http://smokymountainweddingconnection.com

http://www.flowermountainwedding.com/aboutus/

This Inn is only 3 minutes from our cabin “Smoky Mountain Splendor”.  http://www.bluffmountaininn.com/index.html

Entertainment

Blackwoods Morning Variety Show

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The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show is located at the state of the art Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN! This is the ultimate way to jump start your morning! The Blackwood Singers have won 8 Grammy awards, 27 Dove Awards and 5 All American Music Awards. Sit back, relax and enjoy the incredible harmonies of these vocal masters as they take you on a journey or inspiration, laughter and remembrance! Throw in some side-splitting comedy and you have yourself a sure fire way to start off on the right foot. The group does more than just gospel songs and covers several different genres. Geared more towards adults.

Address – 2046 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Website – http://www.smokymtnopry.com/shows/blackwoods-morning-variety-show

Entertainment

Smoky Mountain Opry

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Exciting performances you won’t see anywhere else in the Great Smoky Mountains! The Smoky Mountain Opry is a family theater/show/attraction in Pigeon Forge. There are Singers, dancers, magic, juggling, comedy, lions and tigers. The show crosses many types of music… country, pop, broadway, gospel, etc.

Address – 2046 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Website – http://www.smokymtnopry.com/

Attractions

Zorb Smoky Mountains

149_Zorb_Triple_Hydro_ZSM_LogoZorb – Its 12 feet high, 12 feet fat, it’s round and bouncy. You can jump inside and roll down a 700 foot long hill in a Zorb just along the Smoky Mountains.  Zorb in Pigeon Forge,  Tennessee is a TOTALLY cool and fun way to get a serious adrenaline rush!!

Choose one of 4 track options and 8 ride variations!

Hop in with a few of your friends to jet down the straight fast track or slip and slide though the Hydro Zorb that some describe as a cross between a water fall and a roller coaster. For the true adrenaline junkie there is the Harnessed Zorb that pushes you through maximum G-force as you rotate head over heels.

Most complaints on reviews are that it is pricy and quick.  http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g55270-d932854-Reviews-or10-Zorb_Smoky_Mountains-Pigeon_Forge_Tennessee.html#REVIEWS

260 lbs weight limit.

Address – 203 Sugar Hollow Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Web address – http://www.zorb.com/zorb/locations/zorb-smokies-usa/  http://www.outdoorgravitypark.com/

Staying Active

Pigeon Forge Community Center

I am an everyday exerciser, but I am afraid to go for an early morning jog with all the bears around.  I may be paranoid, but I feel better exercising indoors.  This is a center where you can go to exercise while staying in Pigeon Forge.  pigeon-forge-community-center

Experience everything the Pigeon Forge Community Center has to offer! This 86,000-square foot facility has it all, including basketball courts, jogging circuits, a walking track, aerobic rooms and a 10-lane bowling center. The community center also includes the Aquatic Center, which features an indoor and outdoor pool.

This facility is open to both visitors and residents. Daily, weekly or monthly passes are available for purchase.

Address – 170 Community Center Drive. Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Web information – http://www.cityofpigeonforge.com/community-center.aspx

Attractions

The First 5D Attraction in the World – Castle of Chaos

castle of chaosWhere can you find the first 5D attraction in the world? At the Castle of Chaos, part of the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center! This brand new haunted attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN, combines the experiences of a 3D film, a ride, and a video game in one scary fun adventure. The mission: explore a mysterious Pigeon Forge castle to discover the potential outbreak of paranormal activity. Buckle into your armchair and pick up your pistol as you prepare to see, hear, feel and smell the chaos while shooting for the highest score. Winners are shown on-screen at the end of every haunted ride. The Castle of Chaos in Pigeon Forge was called one the best new attractions in the world by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions.

This attraction has mixed reviews.  http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g55270-d4553109-Reviews-Castle_of_Chaos-Pigeon_Forge_Tennessee.html

Address – 106 Showplace Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Website – http://hollywoodwaxentertainment.com/attractions/castle-of-chaos-pigeon-forge-tn/

History

The Old Mill Square History

Old-Mill-Pigeon-Forge-TNHistory of The Old Mill, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

In the early 1800’s, a water-powered gristmill on the banks of the Little Pigeon River became one of the main hubs of activity in the small mountain community of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. In those days, the mill faithfully produced the meals and flours that were crucial for the day-to-day existence of the Smokies’ early settlers. In fact, The Old Mill even furnished electricity for the town until 1935.

One of The Old Mill’s most distinctive features is the giant water wheel that harnesses the flow of the Little Pigeon River. Inside the structure, an antiquated yet reliable system of shafts, belts, and pulleys still gets the job done, working to turn the 4600-pound stones and grain elevators.

Weighing one ton each, the massive flint granite stones, called French Buhrs, are only the second set ever used in The Old Mill’s 178-year history. When they’re in action, the stones convert grain into about 1000 pounds of product each day, six days a week. Resident millers then hand-fill, weigh and tie each bag of stone ground grain.

Products ground at The Old Mill are used in many of the dishes at The Old Mill Restaurant including biscuits, corn bread, pancakes, hush puppies, muffins and grits. We also use our own grains for the homemade artisan style breads that are prepared each day at The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille .

The area’s heritage is also being preserved through a variety of crafts that are practiced at the nearby shops of The Old Mill Square. Our Pigeon River Pottery has been home to pottery making for over 50 years, and the best of time-tested recipes are prepared by our confectioners (with decades of experience among them) in The Old Mill Candy Kitchen. The entire Square is a working tribute to the Smokies’ pioneer days.

Today, The Old Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and just as in the 19th century, it’s still one of the most popular places in the Smokies and one of the most photographed mills in the country.

http://www.oldmillsquare.com/history.htm