Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge Area Travel & Vacation Information

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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:


  • Dollywood

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  • Ripley's Aquarium

  • Dolly Parton's Stampede

  • Gatlinburg Sky Lift

  • Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre & Music Hall

  • Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway

  • Ober Gatlinburg

  • Christus Gardens

  • Fort Fun Family Entertainment Center

  • Space Needle

  • Craftsmen's Fair

  • Fourth of July Midnight Parade

  • Taste of Autumn

  • Springfest

  • Christmas Season & Gatlinburg Winterfest


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
I have been going to dollywood since i have been two! That was twenty years ago. Now i enjoy taking my kids there. It's a very friendly atmosphere there. Everyopne goes out of their way to make sure that their guests are happy! Thanks for being my favorite place ti go!
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-- Jeanie Fulk - Harrisonburg, Virginia
Dollywood Theme Park Tennessee
This was more than wee expected. Without a doubt, one of the cleanliness places we have ever been. One of us was in a wheelchair and it was easy to get around in the buldings, as well as the grounds. This was a beautiful place to spend an entire day with family members of different ages.
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-- Susan Adams - Parkersburg, West Virginia
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre
We have been going to this show for over 10 years. We see the show each time we are in the area. We always leave laughing and wanting more!!! Keep up the good work guys!!!!!!
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-- Dale Evans - Myrtle Beach, SC
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