Pigeon Forge Tennessee is only 5 miles from Gatlinburg. The only appreciable difference between the two is Dolly Parton’s Dollywood. The country music star’s theme park draws an incredible 11 million visitors a year. Dollywood has all the rides and attractions one might expect at a major theme park. It also features 1st class live country, gospel and bluegrass music. Guests love to get wet at Dollywood’s Splash Country water park. Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and dinner show offers dinner, a show and a rodeo.
Dollywood isn’t all of Pigeon Forge, just most of it. There are plenty of other places to enjoy miniature golf and bumper boats, and at least one indoor skydiving simulator. The Black Bear Jamboree is a 10 million dollar musical revue with gigantic stage shows. The Comedy Barn is a family-friendly variety show in the Hee Haw tradition. Celebrity impersonators sing your favorites as your favorites at the Celebrity Theater.