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Fall Rod Run Favorite Colors

Pigeon Forge is the best place to find bright fall colors…on cars! Everyone knows the Smoky Mountains are the hot place for finding the best fall leaf colors, but now is the time to start making your game plan for the upcoming 2014 Fall Rod Run. Little known fact…Rod Run goers book hotel rooms and condos on the 2nd floor and higher. Why? For optimum car viewing.

Anyone who has attended this giant car event knows that early planning is crucial. Most visitors check in to their cabin or hotel located close to the main 4-lane Pigeon Forge Parkway, then prepare to stay put. At the height of the weekend, the main Parkway is seized in a state of gridlock…not a bad gridlock but a fun gridlock where folks get to know each other by conversing between car windows.

VENUE CHANGE: Most official Rod Run events now take place at LeConte Center of Pigeon Forge…the official hub of all things Rod Run.  If you have questions about the Fall Rod Run, you can always call the main event organizers at (865) 687-3976.

Many car clubs travel to Pigeon Forge in caravans. Lots of specialized car clubs host their own events that are separate from the main car show. These break-out groups have their own events, promotions, and dinners.

We are currently in the middle of summer, but it is not too early to start thinking about fall in in Pigeon Forge. Now is the best time to start planning to discover the best yellows, oranges, reds and purples…not only on trees but on cars!


Posted: 7/24/2014 3:54:57 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments


The Rod Run season here in Pigeon Forge is officially underway. The season’s first run was last weekend, and was held at a new location for the first time in its nearly 30-year history!

Here’s what a few of our Facebook fans had to say about the rod run’s new location at the new LeConte Center on Teaster Lane:

chevy-in-pigeon-forge.jpg“Thought it was great. I've been going for approximately 20 years and really enjoyed it. Just keep the prices down and it should last forever.”Matt Wilson

“We had lots of fun, can’t wait to come back…  All-in-all awesome! And we got to meet Horny Mike from Counting Cars.”Tracey and Cathie Pannell

“Terrific as always!” Rebecca Smith

“I think it worked out very well”Randy Riddle

“I LOVED the new location! So much more space! I loved the vendors and concessions inside the center, and the other cars and booths in the parking lot seemed so expansive! We got to see so much MORE at the LeConte Center, and even though the event was shorter, we didn’t feel like we missed out on anything. Can’t wait to come back for more shows later on in the season. We love Pigeon Forge and always have an amazing time here!” Beth and Paul Kippers

You’ll have a few chances to experience a Pigeon Forge rod run for yourself in coming days. Upcoming Spring car shows in the Smokies include:
  • May 1-4: Yellow Mustang Car Show - located at The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge.
  • May 3-4: Circle Yer Wagens - Volkswagen Show and Swap Meet at Sevier County Fairgrounds. For more information, call (865) 453-0770.
  • May 14-17: Smoky Mountain Antique Toy and Pedal Car Show -  Smoky Mountain Antique Toy & Pedal Car Show,  9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily,Country Cascades Hotel Between red lights 3 & 4 (behind TGI Fridays. 204 Sharon Dr.)
  • May 15-17: Annual F-100 Supernationals & All Ford Show -   Located in the city municipal parking lot on Teaster Lane in Pigeon Forge
  • June 6-7: Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge - Classic Car Show at Music Road Convention Center in Pigeon Forge.

The fall season revs up again in September. Fall rod runs include:
  • September 5-6: Shades of the Past Rod Run - For more information call Dan Draper at (865) 995-2009 or visit
  • September 12-16: Fall Pigeon Forge Rod Run - in Pigeon Forge, TN at LeConte Center of Pigeon Forge.
  • September 26-27: Fast Cars & Mason Jars Moonshine Festival-Live music, fast cars, and moonshine combine for this unique event at popular Ole Smoky Moonshine in Downtown Gatlinburg.
  • October 4-5: Circle Yer Wagens - Volkswagen Show and Swap Meet at Sevier County Fairgrounds.
  • October 12: 16th Annual Smoky Bear Open Car/Motorcycle Show & Silent Auction - Located at Sevier County High School.
  • October 17-18: Fall Corvette Expo - over 4,000 visitors flock to this expo at the Sevierville Convention Center and Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort.
  • October 23-26: 25th Annual Hudsons In The Heartland - This meet by Hudson car enthusiasts' Smoky Mountain Heartland Chapter will once again be held at the Vacation Lodge in Pigeon Forge.

There’s still plenty of time to plan your trip to Pigeon Forge in time for a spring or fall rod run. Springtime visitors will enjoy mild tempatures and have a chance to see beautiful flowers in bloom; Fall visitors will be able to bask in the seasonal color changes and see brilliant hues! You can browse Pigeon Forge lodging options like hotels, cabins and condos  to help make your vacation planning simple!

See a few of our trips for attending a Pigeon Forge car show:
Posted: 4/17/2014 12:33:05 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments


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

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