What is Open and Closed in the Smokies during Coronavirus COVID-19
With many vacation destination businesses closing around the country throughout March due to coronavirus COVID-19, we have received numerous questions about what is open and closed in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN.
Please note that we are an independent site (not affiliated with the city of Pigeon Forge, nor do we own any of these businesses). We are simply sharing what is closed/open in and around Pigeon Forge. We absolutely recommend following advice and protocols as advised by federal, local, and state governments. The decision for visitors to visit and for business to open/close is entirely up to them.
The Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism also has a resource available with open/closed attractions, shows, restaurants, grocery stores, etc available at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/planning/travel-resources .
What is Closed in Pigeon Forge
In compliance with our city leaders’ request that non-essential businesses close to limit exposure, most, if not all, of our local attractions are closed. The city has requested this closure last until April 6th (unless otherwise noted). Essential businesses offering groceries, pharmacy, lodging, gas, and more are permitted to remain open to provide essential services. The businesses and areas that have closed includes but is not limited to:
- Dollywood (Closed most likely until May according to their press release)
- Dolly Parton’s Stampede (Closed until May 9th)
- Pirate’s Voyage (Closed until May 9th)
- Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud (Closed until May 9th)
- Comedy Barn (Closed until May 9th)
- Smoky Mountain Opry (Closed until May 9th)
- The Ripken Experience
- Stores at Tanger Outlets Sevierville (Five Oaks) have modified hours. Most stores have closed. Contact the stores directly for current status during your visit.
- Country Tonite (Closed until Mid-April)
- Ripley’s Attractions which includes Aquarium of the Smokies, Believe It Or Not, Haunted Adventure,Mirror Maze, 5D Moving Theater, Guinness World Records Adventure, Super Fun Zone, Davy Crockett Mini-Golf, and Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini-Golf until further notice.
- CLIMB Works (Closed until further notice)
- Gatlinburg SkyLift Park and SkyBridge
- The Escape Game (Closed until March 22)
- Titanic Museum (Closed until further notice)
- Pigeon Forge Snow (Closed until further notice)
- Buttonwillow Civil War Theater (Show closed until May 10…gift shop and museum remains open)
- The Track (Closed until possibly May 1st)
- Mysterious Mansion (Closed until further notice)
- Biblical Times Theater (Closed until April 3)
- NASCAR Speedpark (Closed until further notice)
- Grand Majestic Dinner Theater (Closed until further notice)
- Anakeesta (Closing Saturday, March 21st until further notice)
- WonderWorks (Closed until further notice)
- The Coaster at Goats on the Roof (Closed until further notice)
- Crave Golf Club (Closing Sunday March 22nd until at least April 6th)
- TopJump (Closing Sunday March 22nd until at least April 6th)
- Ober Gatlinburg (Closing Monday March 23rd until further notice)
- Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show (Closed until further notice, but taking reservations for summer)
- Lumberjack Feud (Closed until at least April 6th)
- Beyond The Lens (Closed until May 9)
- Rocky Top Mountain Coaster (Closed until further notice)
- Alcatraz East (Closed until further notice)
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park – All areas of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, excluding the Foothills Parkway and the Spur, are closed through April 30, 2020. This includes trail and road closures.
- Gatlinburg Space Needle (Closed until further notice)
- Smoky Mountain Ziplines (Closed until further notice)
Here are some of the events that have been reported as postponed:
- Spring Rod Run – Rescheduled for May 7-9
- The Groove Dance Nationals event scheduled from March 13 – March 15 at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge has been postponed. Please visit https://www.varsity.com/grv/ for more information.
- The Corvette Expo has been rescheduled from March 20 – March 21 to May 29 – May 30.
- Chevelles in the Smokies has been rescheduled for May 29 & 30
- The Women of Joy: Rise Up 2020 Tour has be rescheduled for June 5-7
- Smoky Mountain Antique Toy & Pedal Car show has been rescheduled for August 19-21, 2020
The Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism has provided a travel advisory as well in the link below with details on business/event updates:
Available Lodging during Coronavirus COVID-19
Many Smoky Mountain lodging accommodations remain open along with strengthened sanitization measures. Visit our list of cabin rental providers, our list of hotels, and our list of condo rentals to find many great choices of places to stay in the Smokies!
Cabin rentals are currently a very popular option due to their many great amenities such as game rooms, hot tubs, theater rooms, indoor pools, etc that offer so many great things to do without having to leave the cabin!
We are Here For You
While the Smoky Mountains have survived and thrived through fires, floods, and more over the years, we have continued to grow and strengthen after every adversity…not because of us, but because of you. You have continued to relax and make memories in the mountains and valleys of our peaceful part of this great country. We have loved providing a place for you and your family to visit & enjoy throughout multiple generations, and while we know this is a time like no other in recent history, we simply want to continue being a place that relieves your stress and fills your heart.