Parks & Recreational Facilities in Pigeon Forge
Public Parks and recreation facilities are plentiful in the Pigeon Forge area. You may enjoy tennis, bowling, racquetball, swimming, weight training, baseball, soccer and football at Pigeon Forge area parks and public recreation facilities.
Patriot Park – is a large open space ideal for festivals. A walking trail lined with flagpoles featuring flags from all 50 states surrounds the park, which also features an historic missile, a large model of the Liberty Bell, and in the winter, Winterfest displays. Adjacent to Patriot Park is the historic Old Mill built in 1830. A pavillion with 14 picnic tables and four electrical outlets and a large gazebo overlooking the Little Pigeon River may be reserved.
Pigeon Forge City Park – is a beautiful park featuring two children’s playgrounds, four softball fields, a walking trail, tennis and basketball courts, a soccer area and easy access to the Pigeon Forge Community Center, where an indoor and outdoor pool as well as the Pigeon Forge Public Library are located. This city park has numerous pavillions which can be reserved for large gatherings.
Pigeon Forge Community Center – This 86,000 square foot facility includes basketball and racquetball courts as well as a 5,000 square foot fitness center and indoor jogging circuit. The center is home to both an indoor and outdoor pool, and also a bowling center. Childcare is available for guests of the Pigeon Forge Community Center.
Hiking in the Smokies
Visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park can enjoy hiking on more than 800 miles of trails that lead to destinations like cascading waterfalls, beautiful vistas and quiet meadows. Miles and miles of trails wind their way through deep forests, high ridges, mountain tops and along rushing streams. Meanwhile, quiet walkways serve as the perfect avenue for families to get out of the car and take an easy stroll into the wilderness.
All National Park trails are ranked according to their difficulty— strenuous, medium and easy. Park officials advise hiking during daylight hours only and caution hikers to always stay on designated trails. During summer months, be sure to take along plenty of water, and in any season, a sturdy pair of hiking shoes is helpful. And never try to interact with the bears.
Self-guided nature trails are ideal places to explore the Smokie’s forests and learn about the area’s rich natural and cultural heritage. Waterfalls are popular destinations for day hikes, especially on hot summer days, while balds (unique treeless areas high in the mountains) always make for a great photo opt. Backcountry trails are for the more experienced, adventurous hiker and offer an in-depth, backwoods experience.
Camping in the Smokies
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers several different types of camp sites:
• Back country – for backpackers. It requires hiking for several miles to a site located in the park’s back country.
• Front country – for camping near your car in a developed campground that has restrooms with cold running water and flush toilets. Each individual campsite has a fire grate and picnic table. Most front country campsites in the park are wooded.
• Group Campgrounds – has large campsites which are suitable for groups of eight people or more. These are located in front country campgrounds.
• Horse Camps – for small campgrounds, are accessible by vehicle and offer hitch racks for horses and primitive camping facilities.
Stay at James Manor hotel in Pigeon Forge and enjoy all of these outdoor facilities.