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What’s new in Pigeon Forge for 2021

by Susan and Simon Veness

Pigeon Forge, the family vacation destination in the foothills of Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, is celebrating its 60th year with new attractions, restaurants, shops, and campgrounds that make the most of the town’s stunning views.

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A visit to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. means reveling in outdoor adventures and the scenic beauty of the surrounding mountains, and while there were plenty of reasons to visit Pigeon Forge in 2020, a slew of new attractions, dining, and shopping will open in 2021 in honor of the area’s 60 years as a family vacation spot, along with the exciting debut of Camp Margaritaville resort and campground.

The Island at Pigeon Forge adds the indoor flying adventure attractions, SkyFly: Soar America, where riders “soar” over dozens of iconic U.S. destinations such as Alaska’s glaciers, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, and the majestic Great Smoky Mountains. The experience is enhanced by sounds, scents, and mist effects.

Pigeon Forge SkyFly Soar America

Rowdy Bear Mountain adventure park debuts Power Coaster, a two-seat throttle-powered coaster kart attraction that lets riders control their speed as they serpentine down a 2,000-foot steel track.

Toy Box Mini Golf is the first mini golf course themed to classic and nostalgic toys. It’s 18 holes of family fun, with plenty of photo-ops for those all-important selfies.

Pigeon Forge toy box mini golf

The Mountain Mile Mall retail and dining center welcomes The Listening Room live music and dining venue, opening Summer 2021 with indoor and outdoor seating; and Guy Fieri’s Downtown Flavortown restaurant and entertainment complex, opening in the fall. It will feature a 14-lane Duck Pin bowling alley, games arcade, a tiki bar, along with Fieri’s signature cuisine.

The Listening Room

Tower Shops at Mountain Mile brings on new retail tenants, BAAK Boutique, J&P Cycles, REI Co-op, Royal Bee, and restaurants Azul Cantina, Cinnaholic, Cream & Sugar, and Currahee Vineyard & Winery.

When the weather cooperates, visitors can also attend free Movies on the Lawn each Friday evening, while Dollywood’s new “Melodies of Spring” concert series (select days through June 7) joins the live entertainment lineup, along with “Harmonies of the Heart” and “A Brighter Day” shows.

The ultimate way to experience the city’s natural side is by staying in one of Pigeon Forge’s many campgrounds. The latest offering is Camp Margaritaville RV Resort & Lodge, opening in 2021 with two styles of accommodation, each with the brand’s signature attitude of “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.” Starting in June 2021, visitors can set up camp at the RV Resort, with nearly 180 sites featuring full hook-ups, pool, and Finn’s Bar. Or, in Fall, opt for luxury at The Lodge, brimming with upscale amenities.

Leon Downey, Pigeon Forge executive director of tourism says, “Our top-notch variety of attractions and close proximity to Great Smoky Mountains National Park has endeared Pigeon Forge to multiple generations of families. We take great pride in the 60 years of cherished memories that have been made in our city, and look forward to more.”

Download the 2021 Pigeon Forge Travel Planner, a 60th season commemorative guide filled with insight into all the area has to offer. For more information, visit MyPigeonForge.com.

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