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Old 10-02-2014, 01:19 PM   #11
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Don't understand the dialog here, if you don't like PF or Gat. why do you go there? I don't like to hike, but I don't badmouth the hiking trails, etc. PF & Gat have been for the tourists for as far back as I can remember as Branson has been and is. Just because you don't like those particular venues is no reason to rant and rave about how bad they are. Don't like the area? Don't go there. If you were expecting something different, simply say I was disappointed in what I thought it was all about and leave it at that. Just don't badmouth the area. It's not on my favorites list either, but I don't have to go there.
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Old 10-02-2014, 01:29 PM   #12
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DPF & Gat have been for the tourists for as far back as I can remember as Branson has been and is. Just because you don't like those particular venues is no reason to rant and rave about how bad they are. Don't like the area? Don't go there.
Yep, PF and Gatlinburg haven't changed all that much in 30 years.
By that I mean it's always been a tourist trap.
We go there one time each trip to the Smokies. The rest of the time
we're in Townsend and or Cades Cove walking biking and hiking.

Mountaindream-- If you're a hiker and don't want the crowds stay in
Townsend. We've been to Treemont Outdoor Resort 3 times.
A bit pricey but worth it. Full hookups and decent shower house. (Our
trailer shower is tiny too!) Pay the extra and get a creek side lot.

Some folks want to be right in the middle of the action, souvenir wise
and that's when you go to Gatlinburg. Just like some folks want to be
right in Destin FL or Daytona beach. We drive thru and move on! Maybe we crawl thru most days!!
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Old 10-02-2014, 04:15 PM   #13
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My point is yes PF and Gburg are tourist traps. THAT'S OK! But, for those that spend the time and hard earned money to go there make it worth their wile. Is any Disney Park a tourist trap? Absolutely! But they are so well done people can't wait to go back before they even leave. We did not go to Dollyworld as time did not allow, but I'd still like to go there to see if it is worth it too. Pigeon Forge and to a lesser degree Gatlinburg have taken the preverbal pile of black bear doo and flung it against the wall and went with whatever stuck. People go to touristy areas to be "tourist" themselves. To escape the doldrums of work and for some everyday life. All I'm saying is if people are coming and spending money, some have posted 30 years and more and re-invest that money to the "tourist" attraction in a planned manner the represents the area and region of this country.
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Old 10-02-2014, 04:59 PM   #14
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Old Coot, the only reason I am complaining about Pigeon Forge is because i was told there was a place to buy Awning poles there I figured that was what caused all the traffic
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Old 10-02-2014, 05:05 PM   #15
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One man's trash is another man's treasure I guess. Been to both PF and Gatlinburg and like them both. We went to the Titanic exhibit and the entire family enjoyed it, very educational. They give you a boarding pass with one of the passenger's name on it and at the end, you get to see if you made it or not. Gatlinburg had the tram to top of a mountain, Bubba Gumps and Smokey Mtn. moonshine. We didn't camp but rented a cabin and had trout fishing right behind us in the river. There are several roads that take you around both towns and spares you the traffic headache. We also spent time in the GSMNP. I didn't see it as a festering cesspool you described at all.
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Old 10-02-2014, 05:24 PM   #16
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We just returned from our trip to Western Kentucky, Thanks again KyDan for all the info. Anyways a guy camping next to us wouldn't shut up about how great Pigeon Forge is, glad to hear more about the area before I plan a trip there.
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Old 10-02-2014, 09:04 PM   #17
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We tent camped in the KOA in Townsend 2 years ago. Did the Cades cove loop road twice. Lots of deer. We saw a coyote chasing a deer the first night and lots of black bear the second. Went to the Dollywood water park our last day there. That was expensive, but the kids liked it. When I saw pigeon forge, I knew we had made the right choice staying in Townsend.

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Old 10-02-2014, 09:11 PM   #18
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If you are wanting to see mountains, go to the Breaks Interstate Park on the borders of Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia. It has good hiking, beautiful mountains, rushing river, nice campground in the state park with water park and very little in the way of tourist traps.


http://www.breakspark.com/
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Old 10-02-2014, 09:26 PM   #19
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Sure hope you did not drink any of the water because it makes you want to stay and we really don't want that do we. Agree with Old Coot, don't like it don't go. PS: PF & Gatlinburg are the highest grossing tourist locations in the country that do not have gambling according to USA Today and Newsweek for many years.
Yes I am from and in Tennessee, no I don't go to PF or Gatlinburg and I live hour away.
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Old 10-02-2014, 09:37 PM   #20
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well said OldCoot. That area is advertised as exactly what it is, a tourist attraction. It's like going to the beach and complaining they had sand. We spent the week of July 4th there this year and had a blast. Enjoyed many of the attractions and dinners. Traffic was heavy, but not to bad getting around.
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