From the bloggers at The Lady is a Tramp.
Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is at the base of The Great Smoky Mountains, just a few miles from the entrance to the national park, along with the Sevier County towns of Sevierville and Gatlinburg. Driving south along Parkway (yes, its uninspired name really is just “Parkway”), you’ll hit Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and GSM National Park, in that order.
The distance from Sevierville to the park entrance is only 15 miles, but be prepared for long drive times; Parkway is backed up in both directions at most any time of the day or night.
Tourist traps abound. Buy a T-shirt and pet an alligator, or see a shark. Wedding ring sets: $19.95.
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