the LaConte Center
has already catered to
cheerleading events and
a 96-team basketball
tournament, plus gymnastics and volleyball
events. Its first wrestling
tournament is scheduled for this upcoming
Christmas season. The
Smoky Mountain Jeep
Invasion recently attracted some 4,200
Jeeps and nearly 10,000 attendees.
Meanwhile, if a group only requires,
Most of all, with the Great Smoky
Mountains right next door, groups can
quickly bail from their indoor business
and experience the wondrous land-
scape, either for outdoor meetings or
for nature-themed pursuits. Everything
becomes part of the destination, part of
the Pigeon Forge experience.
“It’s interesting to be in the car with people that haven’t been here,” Campbell said.
“They get overwhelmed and say, ‘I didn’t
know there was this much stuff here to do,’
and it surprises them, on their first visit,
with what’s actually here.” m
PIGEON FORGE DEPARTMENT
Pigeon Forge is 47 miles from Knoxville’s
McGhee Tyson Airport, which is served by six
airlines, including American, Delta and United.
If one arrives by car, the town is situated
within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the U.S.
population east of the Mississippi. Atlanta is a
three-hour drive; Cincinnati is 4. 5 hours away.
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