Pigeon Forge Update 2020! – Episode 019

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At last most of the attractions and the restaurants are open so we can now have our Pigeon Forge Update 2020!

We hope you like axe throwing because that is the new rage in Pigeon Forge. Count them three different axe throwing hoses join our Pigeon Forge Update 2020.

Pigeon Forge Axe House

This is the ultimate adventure for those looking to step outside of your comfort zone. Axe throwing is a new popular sport to the United States and is growing rapidly. Like darts, axe throwing is a target sport focused on earning a number of points determined by where your axe sticks. In axe throwing, the bulls eye is the most important spot on the target. Once you get the hang of axe throwing, there are a number of games you and your party can play to ramp up the competitive spirit among your group.

Whether you are throwing axes or watching, everyone in your party must sign a waiver to enter the throwing area.  For each participant, a safety briefing demonstrated by one of our experienced axe coaches is required.  Additionally, every participant must wear closed toe shoes in order to throw. 

Pigeon Forge Axe House does not have an age requirement for participants.  Those under 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian and those under 16 must be accompanied by a legal guardian to participate.  If you are unsure about your child’s ability to throw, ask an axe coach about allowing them to throw in a test lane.  Our coaches can help you make the best decision.  

They also offer food from Pizza at the Cove.  The restaurant will offer customers with varieties of pizza, wings, sandwiches, appetizers, desserts, candy and much more.  Are you thirsty?  We offer Coke products with free refills. 

We are excited to offer customers with a variety of beers to choose from.  Get a beer, hang out with your friends, and throw some axes. 

Located at 2850 on the Parkway, by the PF Factory Outlet Mall, Lid’l Dolly’s, Across the street from PF Gem mine.


Second ax house in our Pigeon Forge update 2020 is Bowman’s Hachet House. They host group events or have walk-in axe throwing that range from 1 – 2 hours of axe throwing fun. Each event has dedicated axe throwing lane(s) and axe throwing coaches that will teach you how to throw an axe while playing fun games. If you’re looking for an awesome time, you came to the right place.

Located at 262 Old Mill Avenue, Over by Old Mill & Teaster Intersection.  Little Black Bear Café is up near that corner.


Our third chance to throw an axe on our Pigeon Forge Update 2020 is at Paula Deens. Channel your inner flannel! Lumberjack Feud is adding another fun activity for you to enjoy when you visit to see the show and try your hand at timber sports at the Adventure Park. Starting Friday February 21st, visitors can try to make a bullseye at a brand new Axe Throwing station. Head to Lumberjack Feud to test your skills soon. 

Located at 2530 on the Parkway, you cant miss that one.


In major cities around the world, you’ve more than likely seen large red double decker buses transporting tourists around to see the sights. The Smokies Double Decker Bus Tour will brings a similar experience to the area. Keep your eye open for these new double decker buses that are rolling through the Smokies. This mobile attraction is more than just a method of transportation. The double decker busses include knowledgeable tour guides with all kinds of insider information on where to eat, what to see, and things to do. Hop on and hop off with an all day pass or purchase a single one-way ride for just $5.00. In the upcoming months the attraction will begin offering specialty tours as well to places like Cades Cove and Harrahs Cherokee Casino

Departing Every 45 Minutes at Hard Rock Cafe, Pigeon Forge. (Starting at 10AM)

Tanger Outlet Mall > Apple Barn > Wonderworks > The Incredible Christmas Store > Lumber Jack Square > Gatlinburg Convention Center > Rowdy Bear Gatlinburg > Top Jump > Old Mill District > Crave Golf > Alcatraz East > Rowdy Bear Mountain Adventure Park Pigeon Forge

Both Double Decker Bus will depart at 10am.  Bus #1 will head to first stop at Tanger Outlet then proceed in order of route as noted.  Bus #2 will at 10am and proceed to first stop in Gatlinburg, and then will proceed on route as normal.

Hard Rock Café is located down near WonderWorks.


Welcome a thrill ride like no other to our Pigeon Forge Update 2020! The Mountain Monster combines three distinct thrill rides into one amazing experience. Are you willing to conquer the Mountain Monster, tame the Monster Launch, and face the Monster Fall? This one of a kind attraction can only be found at the Mountain Mile in Pigeon Forge, 


is Pigeon Forge’s newest entertainment, dining and shopping destination. Includes Junction 35 Spirits & Restaurant, Tennessee’s first distillery and full-service restaurant, blends the tradition of distilling spirits with a contemporary railroad-themed atmosphere. The family-owned Currahee Vineyards expands from Georgia to East Tennessee with a new location. Cream & Sugar Sweet Shoppe offers ice cream and homemade treats while Mountain Rifle Coffee Company serves its custom-roasted Black Rifle coffee. Shoppers will enjoy the Appalachian Apparel Company, with clothing that bears designs by regional artists. The Lawn at the Tower Shops is a relaxing outdoor space centered around a fire pit with beautiful mountain vistas in each direction. The 200-foot-tall Mountain Monster three-rides-in-one coaster towers above it all, awaiting thrill seekers.

It is located along Teaster Lane and Jake Thomas Blvd in the heart of Pigeon Forge, surrounded by the Cal Ripken Experience baseball tournament park, the Leconte (convention) Center, and “The Island”.


Rowdy Bear Ridge Adventure Park located at 2155 Parkway Pigeon Forge, TN beside the Local Goat Restaurant and diagonal from The Titanic Museum is home to 2 of Pigeon Forge’s most exciting rides! Zip down Tennessee’s fastest outdoor tubing hill 500+ foot, year-round tubing hill or be a part of North America’s first Alpine Flyer and laser gun coaster!

Yeah you hear me right, Rowdy Bear Ridge is excited to announce an addition to their Alpine Flyer: the world’s first in-air Laser Gun Experience! See how many targets you can hit along the ride, and see if you can hold the high score. The Alpine Flyer coaster is a 2 seater and suitable for riders at least 40″ tall.  Don’t miss this action-packed attraction on your next trip to Pigeon Forge!

Dollywood 2020

We’d be remiss if we didn’t include Dollywood on our Pigeon Forge Update 2020. Children will love exploring Wildwood Grove – an entirely new section of the park opened in 2019.  From the Park’ Wildwood Grove features 11 themed attractions and was inspired by Parton’s life growing up in the Smoky Mountains. The new area is a 20% increase in the total size of Dollywood,

Discover the rest of the incredible festivals happening at Dollywood in 2020.

Flower and Food: May 8-June 14. It will have flower displays, visual elements and new food and drink options.

Summer Celebration: June 20-Aug. 2. The Gazillion Bubbles Show will make its return during this festival, and the park’s hours will be extended.

Rock the Smokies: 22. TobyMac and Crowder will return to Dollywood’s annual contemporary Christian concert event.

Harvest Festival: 25-Oct. 31. It will have Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights with thousands of carved pumpkins, fall foods and displays. The Southern Gospel Jubilee will also return with several concerts throughout the park.

Smoky Mountain Christmas: 7-Jan. 2. This event will have 5 million lights, performances, Christmas food menus and the Parade of Many Colors.

The Flying Ox at Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show

The Flying Ox, the world’s first cable-to-rail zipline coaster, soars above Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show and Adventure Park. Riders experience the thrills of a 1,000-foot-long zipline experience that travels a coaster track. The Flying Ox winds, drops and soars through the air at approximately 25 miles per hour.

Pink Adventure Tours

Pink Adventure Tours’ offers the first touring experience of its kind in the Great Smoky Mountains area. Pink Adventure Tours’ iconic pink Jeeps are the newest way to explore the nation’s most visited national park. All tours conclude with an off-road experience on private land as passengers travel in customized Wranglers fabricated in the Pink Adventure Tours’ eco-friendly service center.

VALLEYS & VIEWS SMOKY MOUNTAINS TOUR – Enjoy panoramic views from Wears Valley and Foothills Parkway with photo-op stops along the Little River Gorge

 ROARING FORK SMOKY MOUNTAINS TOUR – Roll through charming and lively Gatlinburg in a custom, open-air Pink® Jeep® See historic log cabins, mills and other structures from the pioneer days, See beautiful vistas from mountain outlooks with stops at natural waterfalls and along swiftly rolling streams.

NEWFOUND GAP SMOKY MOUNTAINS TOUR – here’s a lot planned for you on your Smoky Mountains tour to Newfound Gap. Sugarlands Visitor Center is your first stop. You’ll learn the history of the towns we pass along the way. From Sugarlands Visitor Center, you’ll ascend 3,000 feet on paved roads. You’ll pass through a diverse forest made up of a mix of trees Discover how the Smokies got their name, stop for amazing photo opportunities and hear about local geology and history. You’ll arrive at Newfound Gap, which is nearly one mile above sea level. You’ll see part of the mighty Appalachian Trail. Rockefeller Memorial is where U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt stood to dedicate the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Sept. 2, 1940. A short nature walk brings yet more discoveries.

The tours main attraction is its stunning viewpoint. It stretches as far as your imagination no matter the season. April and May bring wildflowers. The summer brings rolling and layered green hues. The fall features vibrant autumn colors. And, the winter reveals the true scale of the Great Smoky Mountains after its leaves have fallen.

FOOTHILLS PARKWAY SMOKY MOUNTAINS TOUR – This tour includes the breathtaking beauty along the Foothills Parkway. Your tour begins when your Certified Interpretive (CIG) Tour Guide heads toward Wears Valley and Townsend. A stop at Townsend Visitors Center highlights information about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Shop for souvenirs here, too.

Stops at overlooks make this tour a spectacular photo tour. With your guide taking care of every amenity, you can focus completely on the scenery ahead. Foothills Parkway, touted by many as “the prettiest drive in America,” leads to awe-inspiring panoramas. The Smoky Mountains’ highest points will be seen along this route.

Tours are between 2 ½ and 3 hours.

Located at 2611 on the Parkway, that’s the corner of Wears Valley Road and the Parkway.

Santa’s Haus at The Incredible Christmas Place

Santa’s Haus can be found at The Incredible Christmas Place, the South’s largest Christmas store, where it’s Christmas 365 days a year. The 2,000-square-foot attraction features cookie decorating, story time with Santa, milk and cookies, ornament making, the Elf Academy, a place to write letters to Santa and a photo opportunity with the jolly old elf.

Located at 2470 on the Parkway, It impossible to miss The Inn at Christmas Place is located right across the street.

Wallace Hartley’s Violin Exhibit at Titanic Museum Attraction

The single most requested and important artifact from the historic ship—bandleader Wallace Hartley’s violin—will be hosted by Titanic Museum Attraction. The artifact, which was played as the passenger ship sank in 1912, is on display in Pigeon Forge from July 1 through Dec. 30. The instrument sold at auction in 2013 for a record-breaking $1.7 million.

Impossible to miss at 2134 Parkway.  If you’ve never visited it looks like a large ship hitting an iceberg on the side of the road.

The Sunliner Diner

The Sunliner Diner offers guests a blast from the past in a classic 1950s-themed American diner. The vintage chrome and red neon exterior invites guests inside where classic collector cars, retro newspaper menus, hand-spun milkshakes, and nostalgic diner cuisine encourage everyone to leave their worries at the door.

This eatery has something for all ages, making it a perfect spot to take the whole family out. The kid’s menu boasts tons of options for little ones all the way up to age 12. And for visitors over 21, there’s plenty of breakfast and specialty cocktails, beer, and even wine.

You can get a delicious breakfast all day at the Sunliner Diner. Start your day off right with a steaming cup of coffee, a plate of seasonal, specialty pancakes with a side of eggs and candied bacon. The lunch and dinner menu features classics like fried green tomatoes, beer battered fish & chips, dozens of burger and sandwich options, and much more. Finish it all off with a slice of pie or a sundae!

Located at 2302 on the parkway, just a little north of Teaster Lane.  It’s on the corner of Henderson Chapel Road/Sugar Hollow Road and the Parkway.  Right next door to the Grand Majestic Theater.

Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant Pigeon Forge

Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant Pigeon Forge treats diners to entertainment, including singers/songwriters, alongside authentic Southern comfort food. The 7,000-square-foot restaurant serves three meals daily and highlights include slow-smoked barbeque, Southern sides and homemade cobblers.

They are located at 2480 on the Parkway. Over by Magiquest and the Inn at Christmas Place.

Buzzed Bull Creamery

The may be my favorite add to our Pigeon Forge Update 2020. An ice cream shop perfect for adults is opening in Pigeon Forge in 2020! Buzzed Bull Creamery offers liquid nitrogen ice cream with boozy options. Everything is made to order, and you can even watch as it’s being made! See your treat start as a liquid, then transform into a frozen state in a matter of seconds. While the shop does offer frozen treats for all ages, guests 21 and over can choose from alcohol-infused made-to-order ice cream, milkshakes and coffee.

Death By Chocolate [chocolate ice cream or milkshake, brownie bites, chocolate chips, chocolate sauce on top with suggested buzz: chocolate vodka] •

Tiger Stripes [chocolate peanut butter ice cream or milkshake, peanut butter cups, peanut butter sauce on top with suggested buzz: spiced rum] •

Dreamsicle [orange cake batter ice cream or milkshake, waffle cone pieces, whipped cream with suggested buzz: orange vodka]

Located at 3239 on the Parkway, right near Fantasy Golf. Across the street from Cheddars.

Knox Dough

If you’re looking for a sweet treat, Knox Dough delivers just that! Newly opened in Sevierville, this shop offers a wide variety of flavors of egg-free, edible cookie dough. Pick from a classic chocolate chip or branch out and try something unique like the Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake or Fruity Pebbles. Another popular option is the Rocky Top Special, which boasts 8 scoops of whatever flavor you want to mix and match!

Knox Dough also sells rolled ice cream. So whether you’re out and about in hot, summer weather or dropping by on a crisp, autumn day, there’s a tasty dessert for any season! With a great location right along the Parkway in Sevierville, this new addition to the area will be a hit with your family.

Located at 1548 on the Parkway, over by Dave and Busters.

Byrd’s Famous Cookies at The Island in Pigeon Forge

The family-owned Byrd’s Famous Cookies has landed at The Island in Pigeon Forge. From the complimentary Cookie Bar filled with free samples to the helpful Cookie Crew, Byrd’s Famous Cookies is the latest place to satisfy a sweet tooth in Pigeon Forge.

Located in the Island


Dulce Nitrogen is the first shop in Pigeon Forge to serve Nitrogen ice cream, bubble tea and bubble waffles. Nitrogen ice cream is a mix of fresh cream and mix-ins of your choice, stirred together with liquid nitrogen to create a creamy ice cream while you watch. Bubble tea can be milk based or non milk based and comes with “boba” or black pearls made from tapioca. Bubble waffles are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and make the perfect cone for your nitrogen ice cream.

Located at 2656 on the Parkway, near Mels Diner.


Gibbys Candy Coop is a family owned sweet shop on the Pigeon Forge Parkway. Visitors can enjoy fudge, caramel apples, ice cream, sundaes, banana splits, milkshakes, chocolate strawberries, truffles and more. There are a variety of chocolate dipped sweets and treats to choose from as well.

Located at 3526 Parkway just south of Ogle drive on the parkway.

Ogle Bros General Store

The Ogle Bros General Store is a must for tourists and locals alike. Stop by for some authentic Southern hospitality, delicious snacks, souvenirs, and products crafted by Tennessee artisans. This general store has so many amazing items to browse through, you won’t want to leave. Check out the clothing, toys, or unique décor for your home. Or head over to see what delicious candy is being crafted in the kitchen. They’ve even got you covered for mealtimes with their soup mixes, sauces and dips, and more!

Located behind Five Oaks farm Kitchen at 1640 Parkway.

There you have it, this completes my Pigeon Forge update 2020.

For information regarding businesses in the Smoky Mountains Area Reopening please visit: https://www.pigeonforge.com/coronavirus-updates

I’m going to be doing podcast updates every Thursday from this point on. I apologize if I got some things wrong here on this current podcast but there is a lot of information to sift through and not every business is updating their websites or Facebook pages.

Are you planning a visit to the Smokies and are wondering how to fit it all in?  Check out our sample itineraries:  https://dancingbearfoot.blog/2018/08/30/smoky-mountains-vacation-itinerary-day-1/

If this is your fist time coming to the Smokies and renting a cabin check out out blog post in what to look for when renting a log cabin.

Thank you for reading.  If you’d like to learn more about our cabin or other great things to see while visiting the Smoky Mountains please visit us at Dancing Bearfoot.com.

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