Pigeon Forge, Tennessee was founded in the late 1700s and officially settled in 1830 when Isaac Love established an iron forge here. That iron forge helped to establish the name for the town now known as Pigeon Forge. Love’s son, William, also built a tub mill ten years later. That mill is now a National Historic Site called the Old Mill.
Pigeon Forge, TN remained a small community until the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established on September 2, 1940 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The largest growth of the area came in 1982 when tourism began to really take hold and continued to make Pigeon Forge Tennessee the popular destination it is now.
The scenic Great Smoky Mountains, friendly people, down home hospitality and dining, patriotism, and a nostalgic air of yesteryear’s simpler times and family values truly make Pigeon Forge, TN the “All American Get-Away” for over 60 percent of the U.S. population within a day’s drive.
Things to Do in Pigeon Forge
There are so many things to do in Pigeon Forge, including some of the best attractions in the entire Smoky Mountain area. You can browse through all of our favorite things to do in Pigeon Forge to start planning your vacation.