The longest coaster, the largest shop, and the cutest animals–in Pigeon Forge, 2023 is a year of the biggest and the best! See what’s new for you to explore on your Pigeon Forge vacation.
Big Bear Mountain will be Dollywood’s longest coaster, taking you on a curving, twisting, tilting adventure over nearly 4,000 feet of track at speeds close to 50 miles an hour! Big Bear Mountain is a $25 million investment for the theme park, and the coaster nearly surrounds the park’s popular Wildwood Grove section. Look up, and you can’t miss it!
Hop aboard this massive coaster to help nature adventurer Ned Oakley search for the legendary Big Bear. This coaster is the first at Dollywood to feature onboard audio, with music plus narration as Ned himself guides you. Big Bear Mountain opens in the spring of 2023.
This 100-acre farm, slated to open in late 2022, will boast Pigeon Forge’s newest mountain coaster, more than a mile long. The chairlift promises incredible mountain views. Stroll through the treetops on SkyLand’s canopy walk and suspended bridge. Then visit the farm’s adorable miniature animals, including cows and donkeys.
SkyLand Ranch will feature a food barn with a bakery and candy kitchen. Don’t miss the tasty gourmet cupcakes! A retail barn houses Pigeon Forge’s newest Christmas shop, toy store, and boutiques.
Why list a new convenience store as a 2023 standout? Because Buc-ees brings a Texas food and retail legend to the Smoky Mountains! When this chain’s Sevierville location opens, it will be the largest convenience store in the world, at 74,000 square feet.
Buc-ees is famed for food, especially BBQ, brisket sandwiches, fresh fudge, pastries, and signature Beaver Nuggets–a puffy corn snack coated in brown sugar. If you can make it past the mouth-watering food aisles, you’ll find clothing, toys, souvenirs, home decor, and road trip gear.
Bring friends and family for crazy intense competition at Foam Warriorz, Pigeon Forge’s just-opened “indoor foam combat” arena. Play games including capture the flag, freeze tag, and “team death match.” If war games aren’t your jam, try your hand at ax throwing instead. Kids will love the indoor bounce houses, too.