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Eli Goldfinger
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Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg are trashy AF
My kids wanted to ride roller coasters over fall break, so we were easily talked into joining a friend’s family to the Smokies for a few days.

It turns out that Pigeon Forge is basically a weird hodgepodge of beach, mountain, pirate, gocart, mini golf, t-shirt shops, and sh!tty restaurants which are ravenously devoured by fatties. Just pure empty calorie commercialsm.

I love the Smokies. I have backpacked the AT from one end of GSMNP to the other a few times. But this Pigeon Forge is just totally sh!t. It’s 100% of the very worst things about tourist traps.

I’m betting a good many locals here absolutely hate Dolly Parton for destroying this area.


GeauxTigers0107
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re: Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg are trashy AF
Cry more


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Auburn80
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re: Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg are trashy AF
Ever been to Panama City Beach? PF is the same for the mountains. Dollywood is nice and there are some good shows, but you need to go to Townsend or Bryson City for the quieter side of the Smokies.


DavidTheGnome
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re: Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg are trashy AF
Agreed we weren’t impressed and couldn’t wait to get out of there and into the park.


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Obtuse1
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re: Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg are trashy AF
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I’m betting a good many locals here absolutely hate Dolly Parton for destroying this area.


It was like that long before Dollywood got there. It was theme park before she bought it. It was Goldrush something when I was a young kid and the Silver Dollar City. While Dolly may have increased the traffic and more crap may have been built in the area the die was set well before her.


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redneck hippie
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re: Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg are trashy AF
Branson is the same


USMEagles
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re: Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg are trashy AF
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Branson is the same


You should see how they dress for dinner in Gstaad now. Absolutely appalling.


Cracker
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re: Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg are trashy AF
puss
someone got cold pancakes


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Eli Goldfinger
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re: Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg are trashy AF
The most shocking thing to me is that there are a bunch of RV parks full of permanent camper setups.

I guess those folks love pretending they live in a cheesy carnival.


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SpotCheckBilly
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re: Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg are trashy AF
I've talked to several workers at Dollywood and other places and never heard an unkind word about Dolly. Probably half were related to her in some way or else had a close friend who was. I heard several stories of her coming to weddings or helping out in some way.

But yeah, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are tourist traps, but there are other places to stay if you want to avoid that and still enjoy the mountains. We usually stay near Townsend.


TulaneUVA
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re: Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg are trashy AF
Agree with pigeon forge but Gatlinburg isn’t bad. Touristy a little? Yeah but not over the top.

I think the allure of those towns for some is the ability to do some activities for the kids and get out in nature. Sorry, not matter how much I like hiking, my kids are not gonna wanna do that all day.


farad
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Member since Dec 2013
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re: Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg are trashy AF
did the kids have a good time...

I mean you brought the kids to ride the rides correct?...


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redneck hippie
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re: Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg are trashy AF
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Dolly


Y’all know she has sleeve tattoos, right?


Aubie Spr96
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re: Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg are trashy AF
Went once. It was like Panama City Beach in the mountains. I’ll never go back.


LSUDAN1
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re: Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg are trashy AF
Why we stay in Bryson City


Eli Goldfinger
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re: Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg are trashy AF
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Went once. It was like Panama City Beach in the mountains. I’ll never go back.


It’s exactly that


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GreatLakesTiger24
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Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg are trashy AF
uhhh ya think


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Rekrul
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re: Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg are trashy AF
You should go to France next time with the rest of the queers


led robster
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re: Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg are trashy AF
No shite. It's Myrtle Beach in the woods. You're stupid as frick for thinking otherwise.


Eli Goldfinger
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Member since Sep 2016
26141 posts

re: Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg are trashy AF
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No shite. It's Myrtle Beach in the woods. You're stupid as frick for thinking otherwise.


I haven’t been in PF in about 30 years.
I usually access the Smokies through Townsend.


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