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From tranquil mountain streams and majestic scenery to thrilling attractions and exciting shows, the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area has it all.  Sevier County, TN offers amazing vacations, one-of-a-kind weddings and a chance to get in touch with nature. Though two separate and unique areas, the cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in Sevier County come together to form one of the greatest tourist destinations in TN.

Sevier County Info:

  • Land Area: 2000 sq. miles
  • Parks: Smoky Mountain National Park, 4 local parks
  • Number of local radio stations: 1 AM; 3 FM
  • Number of television stations: 1

Sevier County Weather and Climate:

  • Average daily temperature — Jan: 35.4° F; July: 76.1° F
  • Average annual rainfall — 44.7 inches
  • Average annual snowfall — 5.1 inches

Distances to other Metropolitan Areas from Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge:

  • Atlanta, GA — 197 miles
  • Charleston, SC — 344 miles
  • Charlotte, NC — 215 miles
  • Chicago, IL — 582 miles
  • Dallas, TX — 885 miles
  • Memphis, TN — 433 miles
  • Miami, FL — 870 miles
  • Nashville, TN — 221 miles
  • New Orleans, LA — 644 miles
  • Raleigh, NC — 335 miles
  • Washington, DC - 489 miles

Sevier County Safety Phone # and Major Hospitals:

  • Ambulance: 911; Police: 911; Fire: 911
  • Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center: 709 Middle Creek Rd., TN, United States, 37864
    Phone: 865-429-6100

Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge Top Tourism Draws and Seasons:

Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge Major Shopping Areas:

  • Great Smokies Craft Fair and Flea Market in Sevierville
  • Flea Traders Paradise in Sevierville
  • Governor's Crossing Outlet Center in Sevierville
  • Riverside Antique & Collectors Mall in Sevierville
  • The Village in Gatlinburg
  • Mountain Mall in Gatlinburg
  • Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway Mall in Gatlinburg
  • Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall in Pigeon Forge
  • Tanger Outlet Center in Pigeon Forge
  • Belz Factory Outlet World in Pigeon Forge
  • The Old Mill Village in Pigeon Forge
  • Riverview Outlet Mall in Pigeon Forge

Sevier County  Major Dining Areas:

  • Downtown Sevierville
  • Downtown Pigeon Forge
  • Downtown Gatlinburg
  • Governor's Crossing

Sevier County Famous Landmarks & Historic Places:

  • Cades Cove
  • Clingman's Dome
  • Pigeon Forge Old Mill
  • Forbidden Caverns
  • Dolly Parton Statue

Sevier County Famous Natives and Residents:

  • Dolly Parton

Interesting facts about Sevier County:

  • The Forbidden Caverns in Sevierville contains the largest wall of Cave Onyx in the world
  • Sevierville is home to The McMahan Indian Mound — discovered in 1881, the mound excavations have revealed artifacts from the Woodland Indians and Cherokee Indians dating from 200 A.D.
  • The Sevier County area is home to many ghost stories and alleged hauntings
  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited park in the country with almost ten million visitors each year.
  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to the world's most diverse collection of plants, animals, birds and other creatures.
  • There are more species of plants in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park than in any other area of North America
  • There are 11 waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Sevier County Population and Demographics:

  • Sevier County Population — 71,170 (as of the 2000 census)
  • Male — 34,839 (49.0%)
  • Female — 36,331 (51.0%)
  • White — 69,230 (97.3%)
  • Black - 396 (0.6%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native - 229 (0.3%)
  • Asian - 394 (0.6%)
  • Other race - 299 (0.4%)
  • Two or more races - 608 (0.9%)
  • Hispanic/Latino - 884 (1.2%)
  • 65 and over — 12.6%
  • Median Age — 37.2
  • Median household income - $34,719

Sevier County Colleges and Universities:

  • Walter's State Community College Sevierville Campus
Reviews
Dollywood - Pigeon Forge, TN
We had a wonderful time at dollywood. It is a lot more slow paced than disney! I brought my 3 year old grandson and his parents for a vacation this past june. He talked for weeks that mamaw and ethan were going to ride the train, wooo, wooo! He was so excited and it was everything he had hoped for. The guys were awesome with him and we got pictures. As they are going back in september i got them season passes. I just wish i could be there to see him and his parents have another great time.
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-- Linda - Bowling Green, KY
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We have been going to pigeon forge since i was a child & i'm now 43 years old. I now take my grandchildren as my parents took my children all these years. It is the best environment for kids my yougest daughter is now 21 & she will tell you dollywood & pigeon forge is her favor vacation spot. If you haven't gone take your family you will enjoy the atmosphere.
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-- Tracy Paves - Port Huron Mi
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My husband and i have been to pigeon forge for our honeymoon and our 1st anniversary. We decided to come down for our 2nd anniversary this july and go to dollywood. It was our first visit to dollywood and we had a great time. We really enjoyed the different shows we attended including the kingdom heirs quartet. They had a young man who is 15 years old playing the piano and he was great along with the quartet. It was just great! We both needed to use the powerwheel chair's to get around such a big place and they we fantastic for transportation around the park. The staff we talked with were all great too! Thanks for making our 1st trip to dollywood so nice!
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-- Kelly Simpson - Huntington, WV
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