Property at a Glance: Whispering Pines Pigeon Forge Condos
Situated on a grassy hill in Pigeon Forge, these modern condominiums are specially designed to make guests feel at home. Spacious living rooms open onto private balconies, and a gas fireplaces make evenings a little cozier. Each condo has a fully equipped kitchen where you can whip up meals to your liking. If you want to dine out, try the Southern cuisine at Huck Finn’s Catfish or the Old Mill Restaurant—both are less than a mile away.
- Relax in the whirlpool tub located in your condo’s master bedroom.
- Float down the lazy river that runs through the courtyard, or take a dip in the indoor or outdoor swimming pool.
- Play classic arcade games such as Big Buck Hunter and Cruisin’ USA in the onsite game room.
- Free entertainment: Guests get complimentary tickets to the Lumberjack Feud dinner show, Ripley’s Aquarium, and Country Tonite, plus free WiFi and DVD rentals.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee: Family-Friendly Attractions and Outdoor Activities in the Great Smoky Mountains
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 city as a “family vacation hub.” Though it’s secluded in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge is home to some quirky destinations, including Dollywood, a Titanic museum that looks just like the famed ocean liner from the outside, and WonderWorks—an interactive children’s museum housed in an upside-down three-story building.
In Pigeon Forge’s historical town center, a cluster of old-fashioned specialty shops and restaurants forms the Old Mill Square along the Little Pigeon River. Inside the mill, a pair of 4,600-pound granite stones has been grinding grain since the early 1800s. Another nearby attraction is Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, located a few miles down the road in Gatlinburg. Here, exotic stingrays and four-eyed anableps swim with other sea creatures beneath a backlit waterfall. At the shark lagoon, you can stand inside an enclosed glass tunnel to get an up-close view of green eels, sand tiger sharks, and sea turtles.
If you have the time, it’s worth it to spend a least a day exploring Great Smoky Mountains National Park, America’s most visited national park, located roughly 10 miles south of Pigeon Forge. Here, you can hike more than 800 miles of trails that wend past waterfalls and pioneer-era log cabins tucked deep within the densely forested mountains. Or, take a bicycle ride on the 11-mile loop through Cades Cove, a broad valley known for its ample wildlife-viewing opportunities; deer, black bears, wild turkeys, and vacationing college mascots are known to frequent the open meadows. One of the best places to catch a glowing sunset is Clingmans Dome, the park’s highest point of elevation at 6,600 feet.