The Great Smoky Mountains
National Park is a major tourist attraction in the region; over
9 million tourists and 11 million non-recreational visitors
traveled to the park were recorded
in 2003, double that of any other national park. Surrounding
towns, notably Gatlinburg,
Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville, Tennessee receive a significant
portion of their income
from tourism associated with the park.
located just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is
year-round resort community offering indoor and outdoor
activities for all ages. Gatlinburg
is the second most popular place in America for honeymooners.
Romantic getaways, family vacations, corporate meetings, and
honeymoons can be easily accommodated in Gatlinburg.
Forge is one of the primary gateways to the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park. Over half of the nearly 11 million
visitors to the Smokies pass through Pigeon Forge, located on
U.S. Highway 441, within a day's drive of two thirds of the
nation's population. The name Pigeon Forge was derived in 1820
when Isaac Love built an iron forge on the Little Pigeon River.
Although the forge was dismantled in 1885, a mill was built
around the same time and still operates today using the same