Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg sit nearly side by side and complement each other perfectly. From Pigeon Forge, it is so easy to go to Gatlinburg. Drivers can take one of the most beautiful drives in the Smokies. From the end of the Pigeon Forge Parkway, drivers just continue on 441 into the mountains. The scenery turns from a tourist venue into an undisturbed forest. In spring and fall, it may be awash in color. In the summer, it is green and lush, with a stream running along the roadway on one side between mountains. The distance from Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg is short, just five miles.
For a different, but equally scenic route, drivers can take the Gatlinburg Bypass and, when it ends, take a left on 321/441. The Bypass is a beautiful road and offers even more views of the landscape. It is a mere four miles before drivers turn back toward Gatlinburg, entering from the quieter end of town.
Pigeon Forge drivers may prefer a longer scenic route through the foothills and mountains. It is a great way to see more of the natural area, even as you head toward the fun, food and beauty of Gatlinburg. To take this route, turn on Wears Gap Road toward Townsend. Before Townsend, turn on TN337. This is a winding road that takes visitors alongside the Little River and through mountainous terrain. For a slightly shorter route on Wears Gap Road, about halfway to Townsend, turn on Little Greenbrier Road. This scenic drive ends with a left on Little River Road, which is also called TN337 and/or Old TN 73. When it intersects TN441, take a left into Gatlinburg. These routes are under 30 miles, but the winding terrain may take an hour.
Any where you come from, Gatlinburg offers plenty of ways to entertain you. Unlike Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg is a walking city, and you may want to park your car and enjoy the stroll. Adults find plenty to do amid the shops and fine restaurants. Teens will love the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium or the Hard Rock Cafe. Kids and people of all ages love the candy shops, a tram ride up the mountain, or the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. At the end of the day, or even at the end of the night, it’s just a few miles back to Pigeon Forge.