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Weather in Pigeon Forge

Weather in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in Tennessee can be quite unpredictable.  Often unseen changes in overall climate, temperature, and moisture levels can take place within a 24 hour time-span.  The elevation ranges between 800 feet to 6,643 feet and topography affects local weather, especially with Eastern moving systems coming over the plateau in Middle Tennessee.  These systems strengthen there, and are then blocked by the ridge along the valley.

What this means for potential travelers is that you must come prepared to weather out severe thunder storms and freezing situations.  Weather during the Spring months can produce pretty severe thunder storms, including high winds and hail at higher elevations.  There is even the rare tornado that spawns within the valley.  Also during the winter it is not uncommon to have heavy snows and icy conditions on the roads at higher elevations.

The Great Smokey Mountains are a wonderful and beautiful place to visit year ‘round.  Just have your family prepared if the weather takes a turn for the worst for a couple of days if you intend on staying during the Winter or Spring months.

Alcohol Sales in Pigeon Forge and surrounding cities

Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg are all located in Sevier County, TN.  Sevier County is technically a dry county, though it includes a city option for the sale and service of liquor and/or beer with regard to state law.

Sevierville restaurants may serve liquor by the drink and beer sales. Sevierville offers no package liquor sales. 

 Pigeon Forge restaurants may serve liquor by the drink and beer sales. In Pigeon Forge you may also purchase beer with alcohol content of 6.2% in restaurants at most major rest stops, gas stations, and grocers.  Pigeon Forge offers no package liquor sales.  You must travel to Gatlinburg proper to purchase package liquor.   The nearest liquor store to Pigeon Forge and Sevierville is the Gatlinburg Package Store. They are located just as you enter the city at 132 Parkway, before traffic light 1, the second building on the left. They offer one of the areas largest selections of Imported and Domestic Liquors, Wines and specialty Beers. Contact them at 865-436-7806.

In Gatlinburg, restaurants may serve liquor by the drink and beer.

Getting Around in Pigeon Forge

Although you can spend the day walking around Main Street, you may wish to relax and let someone else do the driving!  Pigeon Forge offers affordable public transportation on the Fun Time Trolley, thusly named for its resemblance to old-time trolley cars! 

The safe and courteous drivers will pick you up at over 100 stops through the cities of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville. Just look for the bear and we will be there shortly. See the city of Pigeon Forge in a safe and unique way.

Hunting and Fishing Licensing

Hunting and fishing licenses go on sale February 18 each year, the beginning of prime fishing, and are valid until the last day of February the following year. Seasons are subject to change & license fees are subject to change. Migratory bird seasons are determined by federal regulations. Most licenses, except the Lifetime Sportsman License and specialty licenses, such as Wheelchair, Disabled Veteran, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), and Blind Fishing licenses, are available from most county clerks, sporting goods stores, hardware stores, boat docks, this website, and from all TWRA offices.

Please note! License paper will remain orange for the next 5 years (until 2016), instead of changing color each year as it has in the past. Please don't be alarmed when your new license is the same color as your old one!

The TWRA is funded by two primary sources: license/permit sales and federal excise taxes (Pittman-Robertson and Wallop-Breaux). Tennessee's allocation of these federal taxes is based in part, on the number of hunters and fishermen in the state. The TWRA does not receive any funding from the State's general fund (i.e. state sales tax). Thank you for buying a license. Without your support, Tennessee would not have fish and wildlife management programs.
-taken from www.tn.gov – Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Places to obtain Fishing/hunting licenses locally in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg:

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee Fishing License Locations

Claboughs Market
405 Wears Valley Rd.
Pigeon Forge, TN. 37863
(865)-453-0729

J & B Market
4520 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN. 37863
(865)-453-1807

Pigeon Forge Hardware
2519 McGill St.
Pigeon Forge, TN. 37863
(865)-428-8898

Rocky Top Outfitters
3361 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN. 37863
(865)-429-3474

SEVIERVILLE, Tennessee Fishing License Locations

K-Mart
217 Forks of The River Pkwy.
Sevierville, TN. 37862
(865)-428-0014

Seymour Bait and Tackle
1019 Boyds Creek Rd.
Seymour, TN 37865
(865)-573-9337

Wal-Mart
1414 Parkway
Sevierville, TN. 37862
(865)-429-0029

Wishing I Was Fishin
1405 Douglas Dam Rd.
Sevierville, TN. 37862
(865)-774-7011

Gatlinburg, Tennessee Fishing License Locations

Gatlinburg City Hall
1230 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN. 37738
(865)-436-1400

Ace Hardware of Gatlinburg
1025 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN. 37738
(865)-436-5173

Old Smoky Outfitters
511 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN. 37738
(865)-430-1936

Smoky Mountain Angler
376 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN. 37738
(865)-436-8746 

 

 

Things to Know About Pigeon Forge

Weather in Pigeon Forge

Weather in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in Tennessee can be quite unpredictable.  Often unseen changes in overall climate, temperature, and moisture levels can take place within a 24 hour time-span.  The elevation ranges between 800 feet to 6,643 feet and topography affects local weather, especially with Eastern moving systems coming over the plateau in Middle Tennessee.  These systems strengthen there, and are then blocked by the ridge along the valley.

What this means for potential travelers is that you must come prepared to weather out severe thunder storms and freezing situations.  Weather during the Spring months can produce pretty severe thunder storms, including high winds and hail at higher elevations.  There is even the rare tornado that spawns within the valley.  Also during the winter it is not uncommon to have heavy snows and icy conditions on the roads at higher elevations.

The Great Smokey Mountains are a wonderful and beautiful place to visit year ‘round.  Just have your family prepared if the weather takes a turn for the worst for a couple of days if you intend on staying during the Winter or Spring months.

Alcohol Sales in Pigeon Forge and surrounding cities

Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg are all located in Sevier County, TN.  Sevier County is technically a dry county, though it includes a city option for the sale and service of liquor and/or beer with regard to state law.

Sevierville restaurants may serve liquor by the drink and beer sales. Sevierville offers no package liquor sales. 

 Pigeon Forge restaurants may serve liquor by the drink and beer sales. In Pigeon Forge you may also purchase beer with alcohol content of 6.2% in restaurants at most major rest stops, gas stations, and grocers.  Pigeon Forge offers no package liquor sales.  You must travel to Gatlinburg proper to purchase package liquor.   The nearest liquor store to Pigeon Forge and Sevierville is the Gatlinburg Package Store. They are located just as you enter the city at 132 Parkway, before traffic light 1, the second building on the left. They offer one of the areas largest selections of Imported and Domestic Liquors, Wines and specialty Beers. Contact them at 865-436-7806.

In Gatlinburg, restaurants may serve liquor by the drink and beer.

Getting Around in Pigeon Forge

Although you can spend the day walking around Main Street, you may wish to relax and let someone else do the driving!  Pigeon Forge offers affordable public transportation on the Fun Time Trolley, thusly named for its resemblance to old-time trolley cars! 

The safe and courteous drivers will pick you up at over 100 stops through the cities of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville. Just look for the bear and we will be there shortly. See the city of Pigeon Forge in a safe and unique way.

Hunting and Fishing Licensing

Hunting and fishing licenses go on sale February 18 each year, the beginning of prime fishing, and are valid until the last day of February the following year. Seasons are subject to change & license fees are subject to change. Migratory bird seasons are determined by federal regulations. Most licenses, except the Lifetime Sportsman License and specialty licenses, such as Wheelchair, Disabled Veteran, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), and Blind Fishing licenses, are available from most county clerks, sporting goods stores, hardware stores, boat docks, this website, and from all TWRA offices.

Please note! License paper will remain orange for the next 5 years (until 2016), instead of changing color each year as it has in the past. Please don't be alarmed when your new license is the same color as your old one!

The TWRA is funded by two primary sources: license/permit sales and federal excise taxes (Pittman-Robertson and Wallop-Breaux). Tennessee's allocation of these federal taxes is based in part, on the number of hunters and fishermen in the state. The TWRA does not receive any funding from the State's general fund (i.e. state sales tax). Thank you for buying a license. Without your support, Tennessee would not have fish and wildlife management programs.
-taken from www.tn.gov – Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Places to obtain Fishing/hunting licenses locally in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg:

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee Fishing License Locations

Claboughs Market
405 Wears Valley Rd.
Pigeon Forge, TN. 37863
(865)-453-0729

J & B Market
4520 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN. 37863
(865)-453-1807

Pigeon Forge Hardware
2519 McGill St.
Pigeon Forge, TN. 37863
(865)-428-8898

Rocky Top Outfitters
3361 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN. 37863
(865)-429-3474

SEVIERVILLE, Tennessee Fishing License Locations

K-Mart
217 Forks of The River Pkwy.
Sevierville, TN. 37862
(865)-428-0014

Seymour Bait and Tackle
1019 Boyds Creek Rd.
Seymour, TN 37865
(865)-573-9337

Wal-Mart
1414 Parkway
Sevierville, TN. 37862
(865)-429-0029

Wishing I Was Fishin
1405 Douglas Dam Rd.
Sevierville, TN. 37862
(865)-774-7011

Gatlinburg, Tennessee Fishing License Locations

Gatlinburg City Hall
1230 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN. 37738
(865)-436-1400

Ace Hardware of Gatlinburg
1025 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN. 37738
(865)-436-5173

Old Smoky Outfitters
511 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN. 37738
(865)-430-1936

Smoky Mountain Angler
376 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN. 37738
(865)-436-8746 

 

 

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