Riverside Inn Steps from Family-Friendly Pigeon Forge Attractions
On US Route 441 in eastern Tennessee, there’s an old wooden sign at the entrance to the town of Pigeon Forge that touts the riverside city as a "family vacation hub." Indeed, though it’s secluded in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge does have some quirky destinations, including Dollywood, a giant children’s interactive museum with laser tag and magic shows, an aquarium, and a replica of the mighty Titanic. Right on Route 441, The Inn on the River is situated along a tranquil stretch of the Little Pigeon River, less than 5 miles from these lively attractions.
The inn's 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, a hot breakfast spread includes a waffle-making station, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, and sausage links.
Right along the river, the inn has laid out grills and picnic tables so you can enjoy a homemade dinner amid the picturesque wooded scenery.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee: Museums, Ripley’s Aquarium, and Outdoor Activities in the Smoky Mountains
Amid rolling Appalachian foothills, US Route 441 connects the towns of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg, forming a major entertainment trifecta. Each town boasts a wide range of dinner shows and theme parks, from mom-and-pop performances to nationally known acts. 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 this Getaway, you have the option of tickets to Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, located down the road in Gatlinburg. Here, exotic stingrays and four-eyed anableps swim among 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, slip into a wetsuit and swim alongside friendly stingrays.
And of course, anyone in the area should spend a least a day exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, America’s most popular national park. The park has cascading waterfalls, more than 1,500 types of wildflowers, and dozens of historical mills and barns in the southern Appalachians. While you’re exploring, keep an eye out for elk, black-bear cubs, eastern box turtles, and white-tailed deer.