2022 Guide to Spring Break in Pigeon Forge: Where to Go & Things to Do

February 5, 2022

Acres and acres of hemlock forests, the towering majesty of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and boatloads of theme park amusement make Pigeon Forge a family friendly oasis anytime of year.

From world-class thrills on the Lightning Rod roller coaster at Dollywood to reveling in the wildlife and Southern Appalachian history at Cades Cove, there are untold ways to spend a family vacation in Pigeon Forge.

However, come the spring weather of March and April, this mountain resort city in Sevier County, TN, transforms into an ideal spring break getaway.

The temperatures are mild, the crowds have thinned, and families from all over the U.S. can enjoy the timeless appeal of Appalachian-style living.

Follow along with our hand Pigeon Forge Travel Guide to learn everything you need to know about Spring Break in the Great Smoky Mountains:

Spring Break in Pigeon Forge

Skip out on lengthy and costly flights when you book spring break in Pigeon! Convenient and cost-effective, the Smoky Mountains are less than a day's drive from most major U.S cities. 

Pigeon Forge Hotels

Whether you are eyeing a roomy Gatlinburg condo or a luxurious resort complete with a lazy river, we have you covered with a wide variety of Pigeon Forge Hotels

Even better, score some seriously budget-friendly accommodations when you reserve your lodgings during the 'low' season of Spring Break.

Outdoor Activities

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

America's most visited National Park for a reason, the Smoky Mountains are chock full of over 800 miles of hiking trails, waterfalls, and diverse flora and fauna. Witness the cascading beauty of Rainbow Falls, soak in the scent of spring wildflowers, or attempt to catch a glimpse of the elusive Black bear. 

Cades Cove

It is a go-to stop on any Smoky Mountain Visit, and it's not hard to see why! Visitors of all ages will be charmed and challenged by this 11-mile loop which features unparalleled wildlife viewing, historic homes and churches, and awe-inspiring mountain scenery.

Keep your eyes peeled for coyote, groundhog, turkey, raccoon, and skunk, and don't forget to pick up a self-guided tour pamphlet to learn all about the intriguing Native American history and European settlements that pepper this trail.

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View of the smoky mountains in the spring at sunset with white flowers close to the camera near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USASpring Wildflowers

Lady slipper orchids, bleeding hearts, and violets, oh my! Lush fields of blooming wildflowers are a sure sign that Spring has sprung in the mountains. Come April. It is easy to see how the park has earned its moniker, the 'Wildflower National Park.'

With over 1,500 species of flowering plants to discover, budding botanists will have a field day. They can even opt to participate in the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, a week-long festival of guided walks and hikes. 


Zip-a-dee-doo-dah! Soar hundreds of feet in the air as you soak in searing Smoky Mountain Views, Pigeon River, and more. Then, test your mettle as you traverse miles of Ziplines, sky bridges, and even cruise through class 3 and 4 rapids.

Entertainment, Amusement Parks, & Attractions

Alpine Coasters

Embrace that fresh mountain air when you take an exhilarating ride on an Alpine Coaster. Instead of being located in a traditional amusement park like a roller coaster, this popular thrill ride is set atop a mountain so riders can revel in sensational views, hairpin turns and control their own speed with individual brake handles.

Zoom through tree-topped forests at speeds up to 35 mph as you brace yourself for a rowdy, rollicking good time. 


All hail the queen of country! Round up the family for roller coasters, live musical performances, world-class festivals, and delicious theme park eats when you head to Dollywood.

Soar to new heights on the Wild Eagle, the country's first wing coaster, discover larger than life blooming sculptures at the Flower & Food Festival, or just eat your weight in cinnamon bread at the Grist Mill. 

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Dollywood visitors ride the Wild Eagle coaster in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA in the Spring

Head to Dollywood during the spring to ride Wild Eagle, if you dare!


Searing 360 degree panoramic Smoky Mountain views, over 800ft of treetop sky bridges, and a first-of-its-kind single rail mountain coaster make Anakeesta a unique attraction like no other.

This award-winning outdoor adventure park features zip lines, scenic Chondola rides, a BearVenture challenge course, and more. Climb AnaVista tower to observe Gatlinburg's tallest point or partake in some first-class retail therapy at the magical Firefly Village. 

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night view of The Island with lights and fountains in Pigeon Forge, Tennesee, USAThe Island in Pigeon Forge

Arcades, escape rooms, and the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel makes the Island in Pigeon Forge a can't miss attraction any time of year. Curious kiddos will have a ball building their own bear.

Or conquering the island's vibrant ropes course. Then, put the pedal to the metal at bumper cars. Meanwhile, adults can cheer to happy hour (somewhere) with an ice-cold cocktail at Margaritaville.

Titanic Museum

Iceberg ahead! Determine your fate as a passenger on the world’s most ‘Unsinkable Ship’ when you visit the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge. Discover a recreated world of wonder, history, and over 400 real artifacts.

Upon entering this masterfully crafted museum, you will receive your very own Titanic Boarding Pass. Touch chilling 28-degree water, waltz down the Grand Staircase, and even attempt to shovel coal into a furnace!

Gaze upon a sumptuous first-class suite, interact with the cabin crew adorned in period dress, and stroke the keys of the Baby Grand Piano.

Conclude your immersive visit by uncovering the fate of your chosen Titanic passenger identity. 

Dinner shows

Hatfield McCoy Dinner Show

Feudin, feastin, and a whole lot of fun are what's on the menu at the Hatfield McCoy Dinner Show. So brace yourself for a night of hootin and hollerin as you witness these two families sing, dance, and wrestle away their differences.

This 2-hour action-packed dinner show is full of outrageous comedy, jaw-dropping stunts, and mountain-style music. So come hungry and prepare to tuck into unlimited fried chicken, pulled pork BBQ, smashed taters, creamy coleslaw, and more. 

Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction

Take it back to the good old days of the Wild West when you reserve your seat at the most fun place to eat in the Smokies, Dolly's Stampede Dinner Attraction! With a dazzling mix of equestrian acts, country music, and spectacular special effects. Guests of all ages will be on their feet clapping for the entirety of this high-spirited adventure.

Devour a four-course feast featuring creamy vegetable soup, flaky buttermilk biscuits, tender rotisserie chicken, and more. But save room for Dolly's favorite hot baked apple turnover. 

Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show 

Argh, matey! Prepare to pledge your allegiance to a pirate crew of yore or walk the plank at this pirate-themed dining experience. Adults and kids alike will be caught under the sea-worthy spell. Watch aerial and acrobatic acts animal performances and be wowed by a full-size pirate ship.

Marvel at the mystical mermaids and cheer for the battling crews. Meanwhile, chow down on biscuits, ham, corn on the cob, and unlimited soft drinks, coffee, or tea. 

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Just five miles north of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park lies a nirvana of lush forests. Along with live theater shows and award-winning amusement parks.

Once the chilly winter frost has dissipated, and the wildflowers begin to emerge, the quaint city of Pigeon Forge awakens. Converting into a veritable treasure trove of outdoor activity and entertainment.

Seek out log bridges and old-growth hardwood forest as you hike Alum Cave. Or dive into the fascinating Appalachian history of the Grist Mill. Meanwhile, adrenaline seekers will be satisfied as they zipline, white water raft, or scream the day away on bracing Alpine Coasters.

However you choose to Spring Break, from full-on BBQ feasting with Dolly to soaking in the views at Anakeesta. We just know the mountain magic of Pigeon Forge'll enchant you.

Which is Your Favorite Spring Break Activity in Pigeon Forge?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Written By Isis Maya

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