The Inn on the River Hotel

The Inn on the River is a newly renovated Pigeon Forge hotel on the Parkway.

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(865) 428-5500

2492 Parkway, Pigeon Forge ,TN 37863

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Top 6 New Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains in 2021

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Top 6 New Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains in 2021

If you’ve been coming to the Smokies for a while, you want to know about the newest attractions and restaurants in the area. There are quite a few new things to do in the Smoky Mountains in 2021, and we want to share some of them with you! From new places to eat to new exciting activities, you will have a blast trying them all. Here are the top 6 new things to do in the Smoky Mountains in 2021:

1. The Appalachian

the appalachianOne of the newest restaurants in town is The Appalachian. This upscale eatery is known for using local ingredients and turning them into interesting twists on country cuisine. It will be located in downtown Sevierville, and the restaurant has a huge outdoor patio. You’ll find dry aged meat, glazed duck, roasted chicken, and so much more on the menu. If you enjoy fine dining, this is one restaurant you have to try. The Appalchian is expected to open in late January 2021.

2. Flying Theater Ride at The Island

The Island in Pigeon Forge has a ton of fun activities the whole family will love, and another is coming later this year. The Flying Theater Ride is one of the new things to do in the Smoky Mountains. This ride combines a state-of-the-art ride with a beautiful movie that includes several natural wonders and historic landmarks. During the ride, you’ll experience sounds, smells, and movement as you enjoy the film. The Flying Theater Ride is expected to open sometime in 2021.

3. Roll On In

sushi burrito

If food fusion is your thing, then you need to go to Roll On In when it opens. This new thing to do in the Smoky Mountains is a Asian and Tex Mex fusion restaurant. You’ll be able to try unique foods, such as their popular sushi burrito or wonton nachos. Other items you’ll be able to try include wonton tacos, sushi bowls, and Mexican street corn. You can choose items from a menu or create your own. You won’t want to miss out on this unique restaurant when it opens in spring of 2021.

4. Pigeon Forge Chairlift

Everyone knows about the chairlift in Gatlinburg, but Pigeon Forge is getting one soon! Pigeon Forge Chairlift is coming to the area in 2021, and it will be located next to Pigeon Forge Snow. Kids, teens, and adults will enjoy this leisurely ride up the hill, and you’ll be amazed by the views as you come back down. You’ll look out at the Smoky Mountains and the heart of Pigeon Forge from the chairlift. Construction on this new thing to do in the Smoky Mountains will start soon.

5. Damn Yankees

burgerIf you’ve been to Gatlinburg and ate at Delauder’s BBQ, then you’ll be glad to know the owners are opening an additional restaurant called Damn Yankees. This restaurant will have casual food, such as burgers, chicken wings, and more. They will have over 16 kinds of beer on tap, and Damn Yankees will be a place where people can come for quality food and time together. There hasn’t been an official opening date announced for Damn Yankees as of right now.

6. CoasterKart at Rowdy Bear Ridge

Last year, a tubing attraction known as Rowdy Bear Ridge came to Pigeon Forge. This year, they are expanding! You may have ridden a mountain coaster, but you haven’t seen one like this. On the CoasterKart, there are electrical bars installed in the track to power the karts. A foot brake is used to control the speed, and family and friends can sit side-by-side in the double carts. The ride is interactive too. An official opening date for the CoasterKart has not been announced yet.

Did you miss some of the previous new restaurants in the area? Check out these restaurants in the Smoky Mountains that opened a few years ago!

You don’t want to miss out on any of these new things to do in the Smoky Mountains in 2021. Want to know what else you can do when you stay with us? Check out these other Smoky Mountain attractions!