Located in the Smoky Mountain area, between Gatlinburg and Sevierville, you’ll find the fast-paced, action-packed town of Pigeon Forge. Close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is the perfect destination for people of all ages. But Pigeon Forge hasn’t always been the destination for vacations.

The history of Pigeon Forge played a major part in making the area what it is today–there’s even a reason behind the Pigeon Forge name!

Pigeon Forge used to be nothing but solid farmland and greenery. It was named after the Little Pigeon River which was named for the passenger pigeons that were all over the area. Unfortunately, these pigeons are extinct now. The “Forge” of Pigeon Forge comes from the iron forge that was built by Isaac Love in the early 1800s. Since, the forge has been taken down.

Over the course of the history of Pigeon Forge, settlers began making their way to the town. It is assumed that the first settlers were probably traders and soldiers from the Revolution since the Little Pigeon River was a refuge place.

Today, there’s so much to do in Pigeon Forge that you’ll have just as much fun planning your vacation as you will experiencing all of the fun things to do when you arrive.

Here’s a few of the popular things to do throughout the area:

  • Shopping malls
  • Theme parks
  • Helicopter rides
  • Flea markets
  • Car shows
  • Dinner theaters and live entertainment
  • Horseback riding
  • Arts and crafts
  • Skiing and other winter sports
  • White water rafting and tubing on the river
  • Fly fishing
  • Museums

Want to explore the history of Pigeon Forge yourself? Want to see what Pigeon Forge is all about? With everything from cabins, chalets, hotels, bed and breakfasts, mountain lodges and more, there’s a destination that’s perfect for everyone right here in the Smokies. And to top it all off, every time you step outside, you’ll fall in the love with the beauty of the Smoky Mountains all over again.