More than a Theme Park: Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Posted by Darryl Payne in Pigeon Forge Attractions

Dollywood Fall Scenery

When people think of Dollywood they come to think primarily of rides at an amusement park, but Dollywood is much more than fun-loving rides; it is the destination in the South for Exploration, Entertainment, and Education.

As you enter the gates of Dollywood you will begin your Exploration through the “Craftsmen's Valley” that offers a shady walk through a genuine hollow past all sorts of working craftspeople, chefs cooking in huge cast iron skillets over open fires, and a winding brook. A steam train takes you on an exploration of time gone by with over 5 miles of track. You will explore the high ridges of the Smokies and back again on this unique visit in the Smokies.

Around the bend you will be Entertained by gospel groups, musicals of the 50's, shows featuring the heritage of The Great Smoky Mountains, and more. The many shows are some of the best entertainment at Dollywood. You can even meet some of Dolly's relatives that are performers.

Allow your children to be Educated as they see where “Challenger” the Bald Eagle lives, since Dollywood is the place that houses the Eagle Foundation. You will see demonstrations of how eagles, owls, hawks, and other endangered species are cared for and rehabilitated. You may have seen Challenger fly at National Football games, The World Series, or at national events in Washington D.C. when we celebrate our nation's Independence Day. It all happens at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Throughout the year there are several festivals inside the park, including a Fall Harvest Festival complete with bluegrass and country music. The Smoky Mountain Christmas Celebration includes millions of lights throughout the park and many Christmas-themed live shows. Spring offers Festival of Nations and the Summer Celebration features extended hours and nightly fireworks. With all these exciting events comes some of the best food in the South, with home cooking, bar-b-que, roast chicken and more.

Arrive by 3, next Day Free! That's the policy at Dollywood: to offer your family a great vacation at an affordable price. Make the most of your arrival day by visiting Dollywood in the late afternoon or evening and have a great dinner in the park. Then enjoy entertainment, exploration, and education until the park closes. Retreat to your Pigeon Forge cabin or hotel for a night of sleep, and then return the next morning FREE!

For Admission Pricing and information call (865) 428-9488. Visit the website at

Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas Lights



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