Pigeon Forge Sightseeing: 6 Can’t-Miss Landmarks in Town

The historic Old Mill in the Smoky Mountains.

Pigeon Forge, TN is unlike anywhere else in the world! When you drive down the Parkway, the main road in the Smoky Mountains, you will see a seemingly endless variety of whimsical buildings and fun attractions. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together the ultimate Pigeon Forge sightseeing guide. Read on to learn about the top six landmarks in town:

1. Pigeon Forge Mill (a.k.a. The Old Mill)The Old Mill on the Little Pigeon River in Pigeon Forge.

The Old Mill is the most iconic destination in Pigeon Forge. Constructed in 1830 along the Little Pigeon River, this historic gristmill has been in operation for over 185 years! When you visit The Old Mill Square, you will find a number of popular shops and restaurants that make use of the mill’s freshly ground products. The Pottery House Cafe & Grille and The Old Mill Restaurant both use flour from the gristmill in their mouthwatering baked goods. Similarly, the Old Forge Distillery uses the gristmill’s grains to make its moonshine and bourbon.

2. Titanic Museum Attraction (a.k.a. The Ship)The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge TN.

Although Pigeon Forge isn’t anywhere near the sea, the Parkway is home to its very own ocean liner! The Titanic Museum Attraction is a half-scale replica of the RMS Titanic, the doomed passenger liner that sank in the Atlantic Ocean in 1912. Inside the museum, guests will find over 400 artifacts that were on the actual Titanic, a collection that is valued at $4 million. The “ship” also features full-scale re-creations of the Titanic’s rooms, including the breathtaking Grand Staircase.

3. Great Smoky Mountain Wheel (a.k.a. The Ferris Wheel)The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel is a beautiful Ferris wheel located at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Standing at 200 feet tall, this towering wheel offers breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains and the city of Pigeon Forge. Guests will enjoy the sights from inside climate controlled all-glass gondolas that can sit up to 8 people. If you are on a romantic retreat, we recommend riding The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at night, when both the wheel and the city of Pigeon Forge are aglow with twinkling lights.

WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge.4. WonderWorks (a.k.a. The Upside Down Building)

No Pigeon Forge sightseeing trip is complete without a visit to WonderWorks. This eye-catching building on the Parkway is completely upside down! According to the official WonderWorks lore, the building was a secret laboratory in the Bermuda triangle that was dropped in Pigeon Forge by a man-made tornado. When you visit WonderWorks, you will step through a fun inversion tunnel that will have you walking right-side up again. Featuring over 100 interactive exhibits that are both fun and educational, this awesome attraction is guaranteed to be a hit with your family.

5. Hollywood Wax Museum (a.k.a. King Kong)King Kong scaling the Hollywood Wax Museum in Pigeon Forge.

The Hollywood Wax Museum is sure to grab your attention when you drive by! This popular destination is being climbed by King Kong, in a scene reminiscent of the original 1933 monster movie starring the giant ape. The outside of the museum also features a Mount Rushmore-inspired carving with the faces of John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Charlie Chaplin. Inside the museum, guests will have the chance to take selfies with realistic wax replicas of celebrities like Vin Diesel, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, and many others.

The MagiQuest castle in Pigeon Forge TN.6. MagiQuest (a.k.a. The Castle)

The enormous medieval castle on the Parkway is home to MagiQuest, one of Pigeon Forge’s most unique attractions. The signature MagiQuest adventure is a fantasy roleplaying game where guests use magic wands to cast spells, fight dragons, and solve puzzles. The castle also features three other amazing attractions: the world’s largest mirror maze, a heist-themed laser challenge, and a blacklight mini golf course.

Where to Stay in Pigeon ForgeBeautiful log cabin rental with views of the Smoky Mountains.

When you stay with Hearthside Cabin Rentals, you will be minutes away from all of these wonderful Pigeon Forge sightseeing destinations. Our cabins offer your choice of fantastic amenities, including breathtaking mountain views, hot tubs, fully furnished kitchens, theater rooms, pool tables, and even more great features. With everything from 1 bedroom cabins to 18 bedroom lodges, we are sure to have the perfect property for your getaway. To start planning your escape, browse our selection of cabins in Pigeon Forge!