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Pigeon Forge vacation guide on how to avoid crowds and traffic in the Smoky Mountains

The Ultimate Pigeon Forge Vacation Guide On How To Avoid Crowds

Love coming to the Smoky Mountains but hate getting stuck in traffic? Let us help. Follow our latest Pigeon Forge vacation guide on how to avoid crowds, and you will be navigating in and out of traffic like a local in no time!

Our Pigeon Forge Vacation Guide On How To Avoid Crowds

Leave Early

Whether you are arriving for your Pigeon Forge vacation or getting ready to return home, it is always a good idea to consider getting an early start to avoid the crowds. Peak traffic times usually correlate early morning in Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountainswith check in and check out times, 3 p.m. and 10 a.m. respectively.

This means that if you are arriving for your vacation, you may want to consider arriving in the area a few hours before your scheduled check in time. Not only will this help you avoid traffic, it will also mean that you will be ready to arrive at your Pigeon Forge cabin as soon as possible.

To pass the time between when you arrive and when it is time to check in, you can always grab lunch at a local restaurant, get your grocery shopping out of the way, or get a head start on tackling all of the attractions on your travel to-do list.

Take Back Roads

You may not realize it, but there are quite a few of back roads located in and around Pigeon Forge to help you avoid the traffic on the Parkway. These roads are mostly used by the locals and are some of our best-hidden secrets, but we don’t mind to let you in on a few.

The Old Mill attraction in Pigeon Forge-To avoid the Parkway: Take Veterans’ Boulevard. Running all the way from Dolly Parton Parkway to Traffic Light #8. The Old Mill, and The Island in Pigeon Forge. (This is the same road you take to get to our office when you check in to your Pigeon Forge cabin.)

-To avoid the traffic into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Take Wears Valley Roads towards Townsend. This is a longer drive, but the beautiful scenic views are well worth the trip. Wears Valley Road begins at Traffic Light # 3.

If you find yourself stuck and unable to remember some of these alternative routes, you can always open up your GPS or maps application on your smartphone or tablet. In just a few minutes, you will be able to find a new route to follow and avoid any traffic on the roads. Who knows, maybe you will discover your new favorite attraction or restaurant during your driving adventure!

Lose the Crowd

We’ve already outlined our Pigeon Forge vacation guide on how to avoid crowds while you are driving, now it is time to explain how to lose the crowd when you are on foot.

Kid standing on ride at DollywoodThe trick is simple—go left! Most of the time when people enter a busy area like Dollywood, Splash Country, a museum, the national park, or any other crowded venue, they have a tendency to stay to the right. This means you can easily maneuver around the crowd by simply going in the opposite direction.

We also recommend that you try to go as far into the attraction or amusement park as possible because most people stop at the first thing they see. This does not mean you won’t be able to see the same exhibits or ride the same rides as everyone else, it just means that you will see them at the end of your trip instead of the beginning.

For more vacation planning tips, like Auntie Belham’s Cabin Rentals’ Facebook page. There, not only will you stay up to date on all of our latest vacation tips, but you will also be able to connect with fellow Pigeon Forge travelers.