Perhaps the biggest claim to fame for Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is that it is close enough to the birthplace of Dolly Parton that she built her famous amusement park – Dollywood – here. But this little town is about more than kitschy theme parks, it also claims the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as its next door neighbor, so it is a really popular tourist destination. This means you will find plenty of cheap hotels in Pigeon Forge.
The natural beauty in this area is undeniable, and many people who vacation here choose to stay in one of the many campgrounds or even rent a log cabin for an extended break. But for those of you who are not interested in sleeping in a tent, and who want housekeeping to make your bed every day, cheap hotels in Pigeon Forge are a good alternative. They also make a great base from which to explore the many things to see and do in the area.
While having a car in this part of the world makes life a little easier (especially for those day trips you want to take), do note that Pigeon Forge has a public transit system that is designed to appeal to the kid in all of us – it is the “Fun Time Trolley.” You can get from many of the cheap hotels in Pigeon Forge to places like Dollywood, the outlet malls, and lots of other stops on the route, all without getting behind the wheel. It does not run year-round, but goes from roughly March through October.
A few of the cheap hotels in Pigeon Forge to look at are Maples Motor Inn (family-run since 1972, outdoor pool, free WiFi, near shopping & restaurants), River Bend Inn (near outlet malls, heated indoor pool, free breakfast, some rooms with mountain view), Colonial House Motel (5 minutes from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, free breakfast, some rooms with jacuzzis and private balconies, indoor and outdoor pools) Econo Lodge Riverside Pigeon Forge (right on the Parkway and Little Pigeon River, free WiFi, free continental breakfast, kids stay free, indoor pool and hot tub), and Willow Brook Lodge (standard hotel rooms or family suites/condos with kitchens and more space, WiFi, free breakfast, indoor and outdoor pools, laundry service available).