Riverside Inn Steps from Famous Pigeon Forge Attractions
Although it's easy to miss along the wooded US 441 Parkway, an old wooden sign at Pigeon Forge's entrance touts the riverside city as a "family vacation hub." From its cozy niche in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, the once-sleepy hamlet has blossomed into a bustling vacation destination that is equal parts Smoky Mountain charm and quirky amusement. Right on the parkway, The Inn on the River is situated along a tranquil stretch of the Little Pigeon River, but lies less than 5 miles from lively attractions including Dollywood, Wonder Works, and Titanic Pigeon Forge.
The inn's cozy guest rooms are equipped with maple-wood furniture and come with a private balcony overlooking the Little Pigeon River and the Smoky Mountains. In the morning, chefs dole out a hot breakfast, and guests can fuel up for the day at the waffle-making station before heading downstairs to the indoor pool and two hot tubs. Along the river, grills and picnic tables offer a picturesque setting to chow down on homemade burgers during warmer months.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee: Family-Friendly Entertainment in Smoky Mountains
Amid rolling Appalachian foothills, US 441 connects the towns of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg, forming a major entertainment thoroughfare. Each town boasts a variety of dinner shows and theme parks, from mom-and-pop performances to nationally known acts. Though there's no shortage of dazzling attractions, Pigeon Forge stands out for its historical town center, where a cluster of old-fashioned shops form the Old Mill Square along the Little Pigeon River. Inside the mill, a pair of 4,600-pound granite stones has been grinding grain and juicy rumors since the early 1800s.
With passes in hand, guests can cruise south along a scenic stretch of US 441 to Ripley's Aquarium, where exotic stingrays and four-eyed anableps swim with a menagerie of marine life beneath a backlit waterfall. In the colorful, 750,000-gallon shark lagoon, green eels serenade sand tiger sharks with stirring renditions of "That's Amore." For the ultimate interactive experience, visitors can don wetsuits and swim alongside friendly stingrays.