City of Pigeon Forge Named One of the Best Places to Retire in the U.S.

Scenic photo of the mountains and the city of Pigeon Forge.

Everyone knows that Pigeon Forge, TN is one of the country’s most popular vacation destinations. Increasingly, many of those vacationers are deciding that they don’t want to leave! An article in the May/June issue of Where to Retire magazine names the city of Pigeon Forge one of the nation’s best places to retire. Read on to find out why Pigeon Forge is such an attractive location for starting the next chapter of your life.

At the Doorstep of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Laurel Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

According to Where to Retire magazine, about 700,000 recent retirees relocate to new towns each year. People move for a variety of reasons, but a common trend among retirees is the search for a location with natural beauty that is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

When it comes to breathtaking scenery, it’s hard to compete with Pigeon Forge. Located just a short drive from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge offers some of the most stunning views in the entire country. Whether it’s the technicolor leaves in the fall or the gorgeous wildflowers in the spring, each season has something special to see.

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Living close to the the most visited national park in the U.S also means that residents will have plenty of activities to fill their retirement with. Avid hikers will find over 800 miles of trails to discover in the GSMNP. Animal lovers will enjoy the park’s incredible wildlife viewing, with white-tailed deer, turkeys, pileated woodpeckers, river otters, and black bears all in abundance. Other popular activities in the national park include fishing, camping, bicycling, picnicking, auto touring, and even horseback riding. Many retirees also spend their free time doing much needed volunteer work with the National Park Service.

Beautiful photo of The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge.Vacation Fun When You Want It

Moving to the city of Pigeon Forge gives retirees the option of indulging in vacation-style fun whenever they choose. The area is filled with excellent shopping, award winning restaurants, and a huge variety of entertainment options. However, if you would prefer to avoid all of the activity of the Parkway, you can simply stick to the quieter areas of Sevier County.

Having all of the excitement of Pigeon Forge at your fingertips is particularly attractive to retirees with grandchildren. Your family will love being able to combine their visit with a vacation in the Smokies. Taking your grandkids to Dollywood, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, or one of the area’s popular dinner shows is a wonderful bonding experience that the little ones will remember forever. Additionally, finding lodging for visiting relatives will never be a problem, since there are hundreds upon hundreds of wonderful places to stay in Pigeon Forge.    

We Want to Hear from YouAerial view of the downtown Parkway in Pigeon Forge.

As always, Visit My Smokies wants to hear from you! Would you ever consider retiring to the city of Pigeon Forge? Or would you rather just vacation here? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts!

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  • Gregory L. Sakata

    Our family has enjoyed vacations to the Pigeon Forge area for quite some time. We have spent many weeks there over the years – visiting at various times of the year, from Christmas, to Spring and Fall. We decided last year we would no longer vacation there… We would move there.

    We now have a realtor working with us (long-distance) as we search for a piece of heaven to call our own. We will be moving the first of July from Lake Placid, New York; another beautiful area of this country, but much colder and snowier than P.F. We cannot wait for this new part of our life to begin.

    • Jason Fishman

      That’s great! We can’t wait to have you as our neighbor, Gregory!