Pigeon Forge is more than just full-family fun, there’s plenty for adults to do too – especially couples – from dancing and shows, romantic lunches and dinners, evening walks to daytime adventures such as mountain hikes, ziplining, kayaking, walks along the river and fishing.
Get the blood pumping with a little exercise
Go for a romantic walk or an invigorating run along the Pigeon Forge Greenway
Start your day with a romantic walk, bike or run along scenic Riverwalk Greenway – a beautiful multi-use trail that runs 4 miles along Little Pigeon River.
The paved trail begins by looping behind the Pigeon Creek Community Center, before it meets the West Prong of the river. Staying close to the river, the trail stretches south to The Island entertainment complex and then continues down to Patriot Park where it closes with a 1/2-mile loop around the park.
The trail is open for use 24 hours a day, thanks to the lighting provided. Benches are placed at intervals along the route. Pedestrians, cyclists, inline skaters, and users with leashed dogs are ALL welcome to enjoy.
For some afternoon romance, there are many options: a romantic lunch (perhaps a picnic), a lazy afternoon by the water for reading and napping or floating or a wine tasting tour through the mountains. For more of an adventure, try a hike in the national park, a helicopter tour, some fun and games at The Island, a guided fishing trip, zip lining kayaking or white water rafting or some moonshine tasting!
Take a hike!
Established in 1934, Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains 522,419 acres. On a guided hike in the park, there is so much to explore: wildlife, trees and wildflowers. You’ll hear the stories of native Americans, loggers, explorers and the history of the park.
Picnic and wine tasting
Going for a hike or a drive through beautiful, wildlife filled Cades Cove? Why not pack up a picnic – or let someone else pack it for you – and find a peaceful spot for a romantic lunch – at a park, along a stream, by a waterfall.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for its waterfalls and streams. In the summertime when air temperatures are in the high 80s and 90s with 90% humidity, the cool 65-degree mountain waters are a refreshing.
Lots of places in town will make up something for you to pick up:
*The Old Mill
*Fudge at Pop Pop’s
*Boxed Lunches – Old Mill Pottery House
Or, head to a grocery store and put together your own fun lunch of cheeses, wine, fruit and snacks – making it in your fully-equipped Smoky Mountain cabin kitchen.
Wine & Moonshine Tastings
Speaking of wine, check out the Rocky Top Wine Trail – five local Smoky Mountain wineries within 12 miles of each other. With 70 unique wines to taste, you might want to make a couple days of the trail.
What to try a true local concoction? How about some moonshine – or white lightening?
Moonshine – known as white lightning, corn liquor, wildcat, cat daddy, skull cracker and a host of other names – can now be made legally in Tennessee with a proper license. It is still illegal to own a still in your home for making alcohol, but distilleries have popped up so everyone can have a taste and even take some home. The first legal moonshine distillery opened In Tennessee in 2010.
The clear liquor is made by fermenting a sugar source to produce ethanol. Unlike bourbon and whiskey, it is not aged. So, the resulting spirit has a high alcohol content – often greater than 100 proof. Traditionally, moonshine is made from a mash of corn and sugar. The alcohol is separated from the mash by a distillation process.
Ole Smoky has several unique distilleries in the Smoky Mountains – in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
Tennessee Shine Company, located at 519 Parkway Gatlinburg, 1 (800) 398-5132, uses old family recipes. Putting in authenticity from generations gone by sets their moonshine apart. Their traditions pay homage to their Appalachian Roots from the first drop to the last. Stop by any of their four locations for a tasting!
Want more excitement? Pigeon Forge has it!
Scenic Helicopter Tours
What could be more romantic than seeing the Smoky Mountains from the air with your honey? Take a Smoky Mountain helicopter ride and see the beautiful national park from on high while holding your partner’s hand and enjoying the exhilaration of being high above the treetops.
Scenic Helicopter Tours in Sevierville offers a variety of tours and prices – from $29 for an 8-mile for a “birds-eye” view of the surrounding area to $1,200 for the 100-mile Smoky Mt. Spectacular tour.
A little closer to the ground but still sky high is Flyaway Indoor Skydiving in Pigeon Forge, where visitors get the experience of flying without having to jump from a plane. Break the bonds of gravity and body fly at America’s first vertical wind tunnel.
Located at 3108 Parkway, Pigeon Forge. Reservations required by calling 1-877-293-0639
Do you want to fly right above the treetops – so close that it looks like you could reach out and touch them? You’ll be able to get a unique view of the Smoky Mountains. Plus, ziplining gives you the perfect amount of adrenaline – just enough to get your heart racing, but not so much that you’re terrified the entire time. A great first with your partner. Check out our blog post on Ziplining in the Smokies.
The Smoky Mountain Wheel
Another high-flying adventure is The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island – where 23 acres of activities, attractions, shops and restaurants also await.
The Wheel is the centerpiece of The Island, and at 200-feet, the Ferris Wheel is one of the tallest features in the entire Southeast. It features stunning bird-eye views of the Smoky Mountains.
Adult tickets run for $14.00 and children 3-11 years old get in for $9.
Visitors can get an unlimited ride pass for all The Island rides for 48 hours for $30 or add another $10 and include the Ropes Course – a three-story explorer ropes course complete with suspension bridges, zip lines, and a free-fall jump! The course costs $15 on its own.
Enjoy the Island
The Island is free to enter, sit by the fountains and watch the water/music show, window shop and people watch. Located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, five miles north of the Great Smoky National Park.
The Island Fountain Show is a state-of-the-art, multi-tiered show fountain featuring a stunning presentation of water dance and light, all perfectly choreographed to 14 pieces of music. “More than 89 nozzles help to create the show’s performance. You’ll even get to see a nozzle located in the center of the fountain that projects water 60 feet into the air. Be sure to watch the show at night to see an array of color added to the presentation.
The show is free for all guests to enjoy so find a rocking chair or a bench and watch all day if you want.
Check out our blog post on a perfect day at The Island.
If you’re already at The Island, stay for dinner and the evening fountains and Wheel – or head over just for the nighttime fun.
How about some dinner theater – laughter and good food await you at any number of shows in the area including the evening shows at Dollywood that are well worth the price of admission.
- COUNTRY TONITE THEATER
- THE COMEDY BARN THEATER
- THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN OPRY
- GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN MURDER MYSTERY DINNER SHOW
See our blog post on Summer at Dollywood.
Your idea of a romantic dining experience might be dinner out or picked up by you and served in your mountain cabin next to a fire or outside on a covered porch followed by a starlit sink into your hot tub.
Try these Pigeon Forge spots for eating in or taking out:
Guacho Urbano, Brazilian steakhouse
The Casual Pint – where beer lovers meet.
Like to get messy? How about Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Cue for some succulent, finger lickin’ hickory and mesquite-grilled meats.
Ready to book from APG’s many Romantic Cabins with fireplaces, cozy couches and hot tubs?
There is so much to look forward to in Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains! When you book one of our Pigeon Forge cabins , you’ll be close to all the action, excitement, and new attractions the area has to offer. Amazing hiking, generous fishing, delicious food are just some of the reasons why so many people love Pigeon Forge so much and choose it frequently as their vacation destination.
Give American Patriot Getaways a call at (800) 204-5169. Let our experts help you find the right cabin and all the right fun, food and entertainment for an adult vacation that will have you wanting to come back as soon as possible!
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