What’s New in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

What's new in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge? There's over 14 new and exciting additions to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge including attractions, restaurants and breweries. Be sure to visit these new hot spots on your next vacation getaway!

Ole Red Gatlinburg

With a planned opening in spring 2019, Ole Red Gatlinburg will be a $9 million, multi-level 16,000-square-foot entertainment venue with a two-story bar and restaurant, retail area, performance space, dance floor and exterior terrace. Its chef-driven, Blake Shelton-inspired menu will feature a few Nashville classics like Hot Chicken & Waffles as well as BBQ, burgers and additional Southern favorites.

Gatlinburg Pinball Museum

The history of a museum meets the fun of an arcade at the new Gatlinburg Pinball Museum, featuring the largest collection of pinballs & retro games in the Smoky Mountains. The museum's goal is to give guests a fun, informative experience by sharing their love and passion for pinball. Admission for an all-day pass to view and play our entire pinball collection is $15 for adults and $12 for children age 10 & under.


Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show

After nearly a decade of rave reviews in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, A Dolly Parton Company, is slated to open in Pigeon Forge in late spring 2019. The dinner show will be the stage for Crimson and Sapphire pirates to battle on deck, in the water and in the sky above their full-sized pirate ships in a 15-foot-deep indoor lagoon.


SkyBridge at Gatlinburg SkyLift

Are you ready? Gatlinburg SkyLift presents SkyBridge: the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America, right here in Gatlinburg! SkyBridge has plans to open by the spring of 2019.

August Moon Drive-In

August Moon Drive-In is a fully immersive indoor drive-in movie experience. Experience a drive-in with a modern twist. The dome will include over 40 classic cars, dozens of full size trees, grass, gravel pathways, a panoramic starry sky overhead, fireflies and a stunning sailor's moon glowing orange and red. It features the largest non-imax movie screen in North America, and will open in 2019.

Foothills Parkway Extension

The “missing link” of the Foothills Parkway has finally opened to the public. It allows the public to drive the road straight through from Walland to Wears Valley. Plans to extend Foothills Parkway have been underway for some time. The Parkway is a 72 mile long road traversing the western and northern perimeters of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and extends from Interstate 40 east of Cosby to its western terminus in Chilhowee.

5. The Village: 27 Unique Shops

The Village Shops in Gatlinburg, Tennessee have been regarded and widely acclaimed as “Gatlinburg Shopping at Its Best” or “An amazing success story in village-themed shopping and exploration.” Ultimately, the Village Shops in Gatlinburg feature one of the most memorable shopping experiences in the region and, perhaps, in the Tennessee area! Just past traffic light #6 lies The Village were visitors can indulge themselves in a collection of 27 unique shops and eateries set in a quaint European village-themed atmosphere. The village’s ornamentation most literally transports visitors back in time whilst still shopping for a beautiful assortment of items and clothing, ensuring that shoppers experience the utter joy of shopping and the atmosphere. Whether visitors or shoppers are looking for a remembrance of their visit to Gatlinburg or something refreshing to eat or drink, The Village will exceed their expectations.

Where to Stay in Gatlinburg

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Rocky Top Mountain Coaster

Rocky Top Mountain Coaster, on Veteran's Blvd., is the largest coaster of its kind on the east coast. It uses four lifts, four 360 degree turns, tunnels and other exciting passageways.

National Enquirer Attraction

Construction has begun on The National Enquirer Museum right across from the Titanic Museum. The 18,000 square foot building would have visitors "entering through a camera lens", and features what looks like another building that's fallen on top of it. Among the plans for the attraction is an interactive exhibit that will allow visitors to create their own Enquirer-style headlines and share them on social media.


Dave and Buster’s

Dave and Buster's combines the latest and greatest games, ultimate sports-viewing, extraordinary food and remarkable drinks in a fun atmosphere. With activities including virtual reality, dance dance revolution, bowling and billiards, everyone will have fun. A new location will be opening in Sevierville in May, behind Olive Garden.


Five Oaks Farm Kitchen

You'll find smiles as warm as a sunrise and service as sweet as honey at Five Oaks Farm Kitchen. Their delicious menu is filled with griddle cakes, casseroles, fresh greens, hearty soups, fried chicken, and so much more. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.


Gaucho Urbano Brazilian Steakhouse

Gaucho Urbano, a traditional Brazilian steakhouse, is celebrating an “Urban Cowboy” approach to churrasco-style dining. Inspired by provincial dishes, yet rich in the cultural and culinary influences that make Brazil unique, the menu at Gaucho Urbano will highlight fresh, authentic ingredients prepared with care.


Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Adventure

Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud is the first permanent outdoor lumberjack show venue in the state of Tennessee. The high energy show features lumberjacks from all over the nation competing in challenging events, and the area also includes a multi-level lumberjack-themed adventure park for guests to enjoy.


Yee-Haw Brewing Company

Yee-Haw Brewing Company is now open at the Island in Pigeon Forge! The taproom brings its southern beer, ales and lagers to the Pigeon Forge area in a convenient location. Stop by sometime; you'll find it adjacent to Ole Smoky Distillery.


Dollywood’s Wildwood Grove

Wildwood Grove, which is slated to open in 2019, represents the largest investment in Dollywood’s 32-year history. Wildwood Grove will feature 11 new experiences for guests, including a new restaurant, climbing structure and roller coaster called the Dragonflier.