The Fall Grand Rod Run in Pigeon Forge, TN is one of the “big 3″ car shows that takes place in Pigeon Forge each year….the other two being the Spring Grand Rod Run and Shades of the Past. This Pigeon Forge Fall rod run 2013 is one of the most popular car shows in Pigeon Forge simply because of the cooler weather, lack of summertime visitors, and the slight chance of seeing some fall colors start to show! This Pigeon Forge rod run features thousands of hot rods and muscle cars of a years, makes, models, colors, and sizes. It’s eye-candy for car lovers!
When is the Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run?
The 2013 Fall Grand Rod Run Pigeon Forge takes place September 12-15, which is a Thursday-Sunday. Many participants and visitors to the fall rod run roll into town earlier in the week to “claim” parking spots along the strip and enjoy some of the restaurants and attractions before the majority of the crowd arrives on the weekend. If you have a vehicle you do not want entered into the actual car show, but want to park then we highly suggest arriving early in the week to get a spot on or near the parkway.
Where is this Pigeon Forge Rod Run 2013 located?
The Pigeon Forge Grand Rod Run is “headquartered” at the Grand Resort Hotel & Convention Center located about halfway down the Pigeon Forge parkway. We say “headquartered” because that’s where the judging, prizes, vendors, etc are located. If you just want to see cars (and not participate), then just plan on sitting along the parkway or take a stroll down the sidewalk to see the thousands of vehicles that will be in town. If you want to head to the Grand Hotel, we’ve provided the address below if you need to put it in a GPS.
The address for the Grand Resort Hotel is:
Grand Resort Hotel
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-3397
Here is a map where you can get directions to the Pigeon Forge Grand Fall Rod Run:
View Larger Map
How do I enter my hot rod in the Fall Grand Rod Run?
If you plan to enter your vehicle in the Pigeon Forge Fall Grand Run, click the links below to find the official website and registration form for this popular Pigeon Forge car show. Of course, you don’t have to “enter” your vehicle in the actual rod run to be a part of the fun…you can simply cruise the parkway or find parking spots along the street to show off your ride. You’ll find that many people do just this and even place “for sale” signs in their windshields! There are always some incredible vehicles available for purchase.
Official website for the Fall Grand Rod Run:
Where should I sleep?
The Fall Rod Run typically partners with Pigeon Forge hotels and motels that are close to the action. Click here to visit the Pigeon Forge Fall Grand Rod Run flier to see a list of the affiliated hotels and their contact information for reservation inquiries.
Another option is to stay off the parkway in a private cabin and enjoy things like hot tubs, fireplace, multiple rooms, etc. It’s a great option especially when with traveling with other people to split the cost for a great cabin rental! We have a guide on some of the best cabin rental companies in Pigeon Forge to help you pick the perfect place to stay.
A word of advice about lodging:
There are a couple of things to take into consideration when choosing where to stay in Pigeon Forge during a car show:
- Choosing lodging along the parkway is definitely convenient to the action, restaurants, attractions, etc. During a rod run weekend, though, it can also be loud. Throughout the wee hours of the morning you can hear engines rumbling, tires squealing, people talking/drinking/partying/etc. If this is your thing, then you’ll love staying just about anywhere along the parkway.
- If you prefer a more peaceful stay and don’t mind being slightly further from the action, then there are plenty of options as well from motels to cabins that are available just a short drive away from the parkway…close enough to get to but far enough away to muffle the noise.
There’s not really a right or wrong choice on whether to stay along the parkway or off of it. It just comes down to personal tastes…and actually wanting sleep!
Does it cost anything to attend as a spectator
There’s absolutely no cost to be at the Fall Grand Rod Run in Pigeon Forge. Many people setup lawn chairs along the parkway and just watch hot rods cruise by all day and night. Most vehicles park in front of hotels and motels so be sure to walk the parking lots to see everything. There’s a video below that shows a bit of what you can expect to see.
The official rod run is held at the Grand Hotel in the middle of Pigeon Forge. Parking will be available in the nearby Pigeon Forge municipal parking lot with shuttles running daily to and from the Grand Hotel.
What about food?
Many visitors of the Pigeon Forge Rod Run bring their own food and snacks…especially the repeat visitors, because they know how busy the restaurants can get. If you plan to eat out, either plan to get fast food or try to call ahead to a restaurant to see if their either take reservations or call-ahead seating. Wait times during lunch and dinner at many restaurants throughout the weekend average over an hour. Again, just be prepared.
How is the traffic?
The weekend of the 2013 Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run (or any Pigeon Forge car show) is not a good time to “be in a hurry”. If you visit Pigeon Forge during a car show weekend, then do not plan to be anywhere at a certain time…unless you’re walking and know how fast you can walk. Seriously. But the scenery is spectacular..so relax and enjoy it!
Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run Video
The Pigeon Forge Fall Grand Rod Run is one of the largest events to take place in Pigeon Forge, TN all year long. It’s definitely something to witness if you have any interest in muscle cars. Just be sure to plan for travel time, lodging, eating, and weather to make your visit as enjoyable as possible.
If there is any info that we haven’t covered, let us know in the comment section below. We want this to be the ultimate guide to the 2013 Fall Grand Rod Run in Pigeon Forge TN as we’ve covered the most asked questions that locals tend to get about this Pigeon Forge car show!