New $50 Million LeConte Center Opens in Pigeon Forge


LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge is now open and has booked an exciting new event: a gymnastics competition. The competition, Make it Count Gymnastics Classic, will take place from February 14-16 and will bring 600-800 gymnasts and their families to the area. As The Mountain Press said in a recent article, “The LeConte Center aims […]

New Theater Show Opens in Pigeon Forge

A new show is open in The Bob Nelson Theater: The Big Rock Show, according to a press release. The Big Rock Show features live and loud classic rock from the 80′s. Musicians will recreate hits from bands such as Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi, Journey, Van Halen, […]

Island Attraction Opens in Pigeon Forge

The Island in Pigeon Forge had its grand opening on Friday, according to Hundreds showed up to ride the new Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, shop, eat, or play. According to The massive Ferris wheel can hold up to 250 people at a time in air conditioned gondolas. At 200 feet tall, it’s the […]

Bluff Mountain ATV Review


Let me start this out by saying this: ATVing is NOT something I’ve ever wanted to do. Ever. It seems like a terrible idea to put me on my own four-wheel vehicle and let me ride up and down mountains and across streams. Here’s the back story: My brother-in-law really wanted to go ATVing. So, […]

Party like Shaq in Pigeon Forge!

The Hatfield and McCoy dinner show in Pigeon Forge.

Did you know that Shaquille O’Neal and his girlfriend, Nicole “Hoopz” Alexander, were partying in Pigeon Forge last week? According to, they were out celebrating Shaq’s 41st birthday. (Follow that link to see a great photo of Shaq and Alexander at the show.) So what were this golden couple doing in Pigeon Forge? Shaq […]

11 Websites for Smoky Mountain Information

The High on LeConte blog. I love it.

I’m so glad you’re here, reading my blog! However, I can’t tell you EVERYTHING about the area — there’s just too much to tell! So I’m happy to share. Here are 11 pretty great sites for information about the Smoky Mountain area. Some of these are where I go to get information, too. If you […]

Travel Channel Features Zorb Pigeon Forge

I LOVE this new video on the Travel Channel website featuring Zorb Pigeon Forge. It shows Kevin, a brave man who has no legs, riding a Zorb down the hill in Pigeon Forge. And it’s great. Seriously, if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to Zorb, this video is for you. And though Kevin is […]

Pigeon Forge Has Record Tourism Profits for 2012

The city of Pigeon Forge had record tourism profits in 2012, according to WATE. From Gross receipts from last year totaled more than $905 million, a gain of nearly $75 million from 2011. … Amusements were up 14 percent, while lodging was up 11 percent.

5 Pigeon Forge Businesses Cited for Selling Beer to Minors

According to WATE, Pigeon Forge detectives conducted a sting last Thursday that resulted in five Pigeon Forge businesses being cited for selling alcohol to a minor. The stores that were cited are: Exxon Power Pumper, 206 Wears Valley Road Discount Tobacco and Beer, 3152 Parkway Patriot Park Mart, 265 Old Mill Ave. Tienda Latin San […]

Pigeon Forge Police to Wear Body Cameras

According to WATE, the Pigeon Forge police department was given approval on Monday to wear body cameras. Officers will wear cameras on their uniform while out on patrol. They will capture both audio and video. City leaders approved funding for eight new cameras, with each one costing around $900. The department hopes to be wearing […]