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 PigeonForge.com.
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!
Traffic lights along the Pigeon Forge Parkway are numbered. Memorize the traffic light number closest to your hotel
. This will help you understand your location and distance in relation to attractions and restaurants.
2. 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!
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!
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 PigeonForge.com’s lists of Smoky Mountain attractions
for fun things to do between stops at the car shows!
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 PigeonForge.com Facebook page!
Rod Run folks love to book hotels and condos that are on the 2nd floor or higher. Why? …for optimum car viewing. Our advice at PigeonForge.com can be summed up in two words:
1. Be mentally prepared for terrible traffic. Let your cares go, and make friends with the people in the car next to you.
2. Make the effort to park somewhere and walk. No matter where you park, you are guaranteed to see hundreds of great cars, and you will find yourself swimming in a sea of great restaurants.
3. Folks are in a fun place on vacation, so be prepared to see just about anything!
If you like to cruise, your best shot is early in the mornings- think Wears Valley Rd, Townsend, Foothills Parkway. If you prefer a sporty cruise, head out at first light of day and run the Dragon. An early morning jaunt to Cherokee, NC is beautiful as you slice through the mountain mist. Visitors love Pigeon Forge for its central location and car show excitement.
Book early! That is the key phrase you often hear about the Fall Pigeon Forge Rod Run. Many participants book for the next years’ show while they are in Pigeon Forge for this years' Rod Run. Keep in mind that condo places typically have a minimum 3 night stay.