Planning Your Trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Fly Fishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Where To Stay:
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Pigeon Forge is one of the primary gateways to the national park. It is the largest city
near the park.
It's southern city limits adjoins the Spur, which is a part of the national
park. The Spur has a direct, scenic by-pass route that takes you around Gatlinburg
directly to the park.
It is about six miles from Pigeon Forge via the Gatlinburg Bi-pass to
the main entrance to the park near Gatlinburg.

Pigeon Forge is close to many of the better fishing locations on the Tennessee side
of the park with direct access to the North Carolina side.
The beautiful drive through
the Spur from Pigeon Forge to the park takes you along  the West Prong of the Little
Pigeon River. The main entrance to the park at Sugarlands is located on highway #441,
the only road that crosses the park into North Carolina. This entrance to the park follows
along the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River the entire length of the Little Pigeon.
It is only five miles from the Sugarland Park Entrance to best trout fishing section of
the Little River in the Elkmont area.
Pigeon Forge also provides quick and easy access
to Metcalf Bottoms area of Little River, via Wears Valley.

Pigeon Forge offers far more family entertainment, places to stay, restaurants,
shopping, etc. than any location near the Smokies. It is home to Dollywood and many
other popular destinations.
It is where Angie and I choose to live.

If you are bringing younger children or teenagers along with you on your fly-fishing
trip, Pigeon Forge, or nearby Gatlinburg, would be our number one recommendation
as to where to stay.
There are hundreds of things for the family to do as well as choices
of places to stay, eat and shop. If your wife or others in your party  wanted to do some
shopping while you fished, then Pigeon Forge would also be our recommendation as
where to stay.

There are over 59,000 rooms in Pigeon Forge that start as low as $29.95.

Cabin/Condo/Chalet Rentals:
There are hundreds of cabins, condos, and chalets for rent in Pigeon Forge.

Pigeon Forge has several campgrounds and RV parks.

Restaurants/Fast Food:
There are a huge number of restaurants of every type.

Fly Shops/Stores:
Bass Pro Shops:
White River Fly Shop (Bass Pro Shop) has a huge store at the intersection of highway
#66 and I - 40 that is just a few miles from Pigeon Forge. The White River Fly Shop
department has any and everything you would need to fish the Smokies. If you have
never visited a Bass Pro Shop, then we recommend you stop by to see the store. It is
worth it just to see the huge collection of fishing, boating and hunting equipment and the

Orvis Company Store:
Orvis is a large fly-fishing company that has their own company store in Sevierville a few
blocks from Pigeon Forge. They are located on Apple Valley Road just off of highway

Walmart is located just a few blocks north of the city limits of Pigeon Forge in Sevierville.
They carry only a minimum of fly fishing gear. I am listing it because of the numerous
other things anglers use (like food, drinks, etc.) that is available.

Pigeon Forge has a trolley system that travels with numerous stops between Gatlinburg,
Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Cost is only 25 to 50 cents

Links that may be helpful:
Chamber of Commerce
Copyright 2011 James Marsh
One of the many churches in
Pigeon Forge.
All images are thumbnails,
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All images are thumbnails,
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There are hundreds of places to
eat in Pigeon Forge, from fast food
to fine dinning that rivals any.
One of hundreds of Halloween
arrangements on the streets of
Pigeon Forge each Fall. That's our
baby in the center posing.
Closeup of our one and only child,
The number one attraction in
Pigeon Forge is Dollywood. There
is a real train at Dollywood that will
take you for a ride.  This one is just
for a sign.
Dixie Stampede