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It’s official: The Smoky Mountain car show season kicks off Friday and Saturday with the Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run!

This year’s event is a new-and-improved version of past Spring rod runs! Not only is it at a new location, but the format has been changed to pack in even more excitement into the fun-filled weekend. This year’s event will take place at the new LeConte Center at 2986 Teaster Lane in Pigeon Forge. The event has been condensed into two jam-packed days, instead of the usual three day affair.

Are you planning to check out this year’s Spring Rod Run? You’ll be in for a treat! According to event organizers, you can expect to see 40 cars and about 100 vendors inside the center, selling everything an automotive lover will appreciate from parts and accessories to knickknacks and models! You’ll also to be able to gaze upon close to 300 glossed-up hot rods and about 50 vendors’ booths outside the center! Ladies won’t be left out at this years’ event: In addition to the car-themed stuff, you’ll find all kinds of jewelry and accessories for sale at the show, too!



Event hours for the 2014 Spring Rod Run are:
  •  9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 11
  •  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 12
Adult admission is $10 per day; kids 12 and under get in free. All kinds of concessions will be available to the event, no outside food and drinks are allowed. For additional information, call event organizer MCS Productions at (865) 687-3976!

There’s still time to plan a Pigeon Forge getaway in time for the show! Browse Smoky Mountain cabins and chalets, hotels and condos to find a last-minute deal just in time for the weekend! You can also find additional information about Pigeon Forge attractions and things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains at!


 There’s still time to enter the Kids’ Contest! By telling us about your Spring Break in the Smoky Mountains, you could win a free family vacation including a stay at the beautiful Oak Tree Lodge, a family pass to Titanic Pigeon Forgeand admission to the Lumberjack Feud! Learn more at! 

And, while you’re at it, see how one kid planned his spring break adventure and what’s on his agenda when his family visits the Smokies!

Posted: 4/7/2014 4:48:02 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

It is almost time for the Spring Pigeon Forge Rod Run!  Prepare to experience beautiful blooming dogwood trees,and of course, the brightest, most exquisite automobiles in every color. See how many colors, makes, and models you can discover.

bright colors of the Pigeon Forge Rod Runbright yellow hot rod

Take a scenic drive. Spring buds are bursting from every branch, yet you still have the perfect view of every detail of the forest floor. When you’re cruising through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, large growth forest envelopes your senses as you glide though the mountain mist.

fog and mist in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

One of my favorite activities is riding through the mountains searching for patches of daffodils. These little yellow flowers are not native to the Smoky Mountains. When you spot the yellow gems deep in the woods, it means that you’re probably looking at a place in the mountains where someone used to live; a human being planted that daffodil bulb.  Let your imagination transport you back to a time when these historic sites and homesteads were filled with families who etched out a living tucked away in these enchanting misty mountains.

daffodils in the forest

Posted: 3/25/2014 3:12:47 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments


Folks from all over flock to Smokies each spring and fall for car shows and the famous Pigeon Forge rod runs. The 2014 season revs up soon and we can’t wait!

Are you planning a trip to Pigeon Forge for a rod run this spring?  From a schedule of Pigeon Forge rod runs to hotel and lodging information, you can find all the information you need to make this year’s events memorable at


No matter if you’re a first-time rod run attendee or a seasoned car show pro, you might find the following tips helpful when navigating the sea of chrome and classic cars that you’ll find in lining the Parkway during a Pigeon Forge rod run!

Four Tips for Getting Around During a Pigeon Forge Rod Run

1. Stay on the Parkway.

Traffic can be very heavy during a Pigeon Forge car show. Make getting around easy by chosing a hotel, condo or cabin right on the Parkway, the main drag that connects most Smoky Mountain attractions. This way, you can walk to the car show, to dinner and to any other activity!

*Bonus tip* Traffic lights along the Pigeon Forge Parkway are numbered. Memorize the traffic light number closest to your hotel or cabin. This will help you understand your location and distance in relation to attractions and restaurants.

Pigeon-Forge-Car-Shows-(1).jpg2. Bring comfortable shoes.

The easiest way to avoid the gridlocked traffic that often comes with a rod run is to walk! The Parkway sidewalks make it easy to get around and see the sights! Bring comfortable walking shoes and count on hoofing it around Pigeon Forge! It’s a great way to see the cars and attractions up close and get a little exercise at the sametime!

*Bonus tip* Prefer wheeled transportation? Consider renting a bike from Knucklebusters Speed Shop while you’re in town!

3. Make the most of each morning.

Our experience proves that its easiest to get around early in the morning on car show weekends. Make the most of the reduced traffic by taking a scenic drive through the Smokies! We love cruising down Wears Valley Road, through Townsend and more! Learn more about scenic drives in the Smoky Mountains and plan your route!

*Bonus tip* Feeling adventurous? Considering following “The Tail of the Dragon” down U.S. 129 into North Carolina. This path isn’t for the faint of heart: Driving the 11-mile road is very curvy, difficult and challenging for most people.  There are 318 curves in the 11 mile journey!

4. Have fun!

Even if you’re just in Pigeon Forge for the day of the show, remember that you’re here for fun! Treat it like a vacation! Kick back and let the good times roll! Check out’s lists of Smoky Mountain attractions for fun things to do between stops at the car shows!

*Bonus tip* You'll find all kinds of activities on tap during SpringFest in the Great Smoky Mountains! See events, festivals, happenings and more at the Pigeon Forge events calendar!

Are you planning to check out any of the upcoming Pigeon Forge rod runs? Let us know at the Facebook page!
Posted: 3/3/2014 4:14:15 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

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