The fires are over and we returned to the Smokies to view the aftermath, from Pigeon Forge to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park- here’s what we discovered.
Our rubber rafts hit the rapids- churning through the Class III Vegamatic, rocking the Class IV Double Reactionary and surfing the Super Glue. It was a hot summer’s day in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and we were whitewater rafting on the Big Pigeon River.
Many visitors use the nearby Pigeon Forge, located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, just 9.5 miles from National Park entrance, as a base from which to launch their Great Smoky Mountains explorations. This Tennessee town may be small, but it offers big family fun. Here 8 top family fun adventures you can try in Pigeon Forge.
Summer vacay is looming to a close, but there still is time for a last minute escape. Instead of driving here and there, how about a destination city, where there are many family activities to choose from in a close vicinity. Here’s a list of the best family friendly destinations of the Southeast for that last minute break:
The shopping choices in Pigeon Forge can be overwhelming: Outlet malls and the customary photo & souvenir shops at every attraction, and rows of t-shirt shops and gift boutiques lining the Parkway. Now, I do not pretend to be a shopping expert, but I do know where to steer a family towards fun, and luckily enough, we DID find the perfect one-stop shopping hub for the family: The Old Mill District.
When we spotted the big plastic balls of Outdoor Gravity Park rolling down the hill, the first thing I thought of was that adorable gerbil-powered ball rolling into my kids 4-H meeting, and I had to laugh. We had just hopped off the Parkway in Pigeon Forge for an alternative family adventure: who knew that riding down a hilly slope in a giant plastic sphere could be so much fun!
Riding down the winding loops, and curves of the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, the only sound I heard was my own breath- I imagine it was like skiing (I haven’t tried that yet) becoming one with the mountain- something you can only experience for yourself. It wasn’t at all like the screeching and screaming rollercoaster rides I had taken in the past, though I probably was responsible for most of the screaming myself; this was an absolutely unique experience.