The Spring 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 Fall Grand Rod Run and Shades of the Past. This Pigeon Forge rod run is one of the largest in the nation as it draws thousands of visitors and classic hot rods for miles…literally! If you love muscle cars, you’ll need to pack a bib to catch all of your drool at the Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run. Just about every make, model, and color of every muscle car made can be found at this Pigeon Forge car show. Vendors are also setup selling hard-to-find parts and accessories for classic hot rods as well. The bottom line is, the Pigeon Forge Spring Grand Rod Run is one of the biggest and best car shows to attend in all of the nation!
When is the Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run?
The 2013 Spring Grand Rod Run Pigeon Forge takes place April 19-21, which is a Friday-Sunday. Many participants and visitors to the rod run arrive up to a week early…especially if hoping to enjoy various attractions, restaurants, etc in Pigeon Forge because everything stays packed during the Spring Grand Rod Run.
Where is this Pigeon Forge car show 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), you’re better off just walking the parkway. You’ll say way more vehicles cruising and parked all up and down the Pigeon Forge parkway.
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:
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How do I enter my hot rod in the Spring Grand Rod Run?
If you plan to participate and register your vehicle in the Pigeon Forge Spring Grand Run, you can visit the links below to get to the official website and entry form for this Pigeon Forge car show. However, if you just want to cruise your car into town and get in the mix without winning prizes and such you can just ride on in. You can cruise the parkway or find parking spots along the street to park your ride so others can ooh and awe over it. You’ll find that many people do just this and even place “for sale” signs in their windshields… after all, there are thousands of potential buyers walking by each day!
Official website for the Spring Grand Rod Run:
Official registration form for the 2013 Pigeon Forge Spring Grand Run:
Where should I sleep?
Sleep? What’s that? Okay, yes, sleep is good but you’ll find that many people at the Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run seem to stay awake all weekend long! You’ll hear burnouts and roaring engines well into the wee hours of the morning…and I guarantee it’s not the local newspaper delivery guy. So if you want to catch some sleep during your visit, the organizers of the Spring Rod Run typically have partnerships with local hotels and motels for discounted rates. Click here to visit the Pigeon Forge Spring Grand Rod Run flier to see a list of affiliated hotels and their contact information.
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 lodging:
- Do you want to sleep right in the middle of the action and possibly hear squealing tires, roaring engines, people partying, music blaring, etc while you try to sleep? If so, the show’s partner hotels and motels will probably work just fine for you. It’ll at least allow you to wake up and walk out your door and be right in the mix each day without fighting traffic to get to the action.
- Would you rather get more peaceful sleep away from the parkway and all the noise? If so, we’d strongly consider other Pigeon Forge lodging options such as a cabin available from numerous cabin rental companies in the area. A cabin would mean you likely won’t have many people nearby, which would cut down on noisy neighbors and such. Besides, who knows…maybe you plan on being the noisy neighbor! Either way, it’s typically more “peaceful”.
There’s not really a right or wrong choice on whether to sleep in a hotel on the parkway or a cabin a couple miles away. It just comes down to personal tastes…and actually wanting sleep!
Does it cost anything to attend as a spectator
If you would like to visit the official show location at the Grand Hotel to see the vehicles, vendors, etc we are told there will be a $10 fee that gives you access all weekend at the show location. This is your best opportunity to see the show cars that are typically towed and parked (not cruising the parkway). Parking will be available in the nearby Pigeon Forge municipal parking lot with shuttles running daily to and from the Grand Hotel.
However, if you simply want to see the vehicles cruising during the Spring Rod Run in Pigeon Forge, you can simply sit or walk along the sidewalk on the parkway to see tons of action. Many people setup lawn chairs along the parkway and just watch hot rods cruise by all day and night. If you plan on doing that, we highly suggest not leaving your lawn chairs unattended. Yes, you may lose your spot, but you may also lose your chairs if you leave them…it’s been known to happen. If you want to take that chance, then we suggest taking chairs that you don’t car to lose!
Also, if you plan to sit along the parkway then be aware that you’ll be exposed to the sun…and it burns. So take whatever is necessary to avoid that. Whether it’s sunscreen, hat, umbrella, etc just be prepared.
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 Spring 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. Visitors call it a car show parade. Locals call it gridlock. A person in a motorized wheelchair with the batteries dying will probably beat a car from one end of the parkway to the other. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but just know that the traffic flow…is…well…slow. But the scenery is spectacular..so relax and enjoy it!
What kind of vehicles will I see?
You can expect to see a wide variety of muscle cars at the Spring Grand Run in Pigeon Forge. If it has an engine and growls like a ticked-off grizzly, it’s probably cruising the strip during the Pigeon Forge Rod Run. Below is a video slideshow that a visitor created so you can get an idea of what types of vehicles roll into town.
Pigeon Forge Rod Run Video
The Pigeon Forge Spring 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. Also, charge those camera batteries as there are thousands of photo opportunities!
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 Spring 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!