How to Camp in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is located at the base of the beautiful Smoky Mountains. The city is home to popular attractions such as Dollywood and Wonderworks, while neighboring Gatlinburg boasts Ripley's Believe It or Not and Ripley's Aquarium. Pigeon Forge is not only an entertainment spot for tourists but, with plenty of campgrounds and RV parks, it also offers a variety of places to camp and enjoy the beauty of the Smoky Mountains.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
Clothes suitable for layering
Towels, shower toiletries and flip flops
- Sleeping bag
- Clothes suitable for layering
- Rain gear
- Towels, shower toiletries and flip flops
Decide what time of year you'd like to go camping. Tennessee summers can see days with temperatures in the upper 80s. Winter temperatures range anywhere from the mid 50s to the low 20s, with an average snowfall of about 2 inches. Spring and fall offer comfortable average daily highs in the 60s and 70s.
Choose the location of your campground according to the area attractions that you want to visit. Places like Dollywood, Dixie Stampede and the Comedy Barn are just a few of the spots that visitors to Pigeon Forge may want to see.
Pack for camping in a variety of temperatures. The high altitudes of the Smokies tend to have vastly colder temperatures than locations closer to sea level, so if you plan on hiking in the mountains during your stay, various layers of clothing will be essential. Be prepared for cooler overnight temperatures and for the possibility of rain.
Set up your campsite when you arrive. Your tent should be set up on a level, dry area, away from the area in which you will cook and build a fire.
Set up areas for dining and for a campfire. Your campsite will likely include a picnic table; put this in a location somewhere between your tent and you fire, making it an easy trip from either location. If you have a dining fly, set it up to cover the table. Again, make sure that the dining area is away from the fire to keep safety a priority.
Locate the bathroom facilities available at your site. Most campgrounds offer restrooms as well as shower facilities. Take towels and shower supplies with you to the shower, along with flip flops, as you may not want to stand on the shower floor in bare feet.
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