The BLM is working hands-in-hands with local partners and volunteers in 100s of towns round the country to construct and keep trails and also to develop other leisure possibilities through its Hooking up with Towns strategy.  Within the several weeks and years ahead, the BLM will build up additional online tools that can help be sure that the public has informed and open accessibility incredible leisure possibilities available on the nation&rsquos public lands.
Modified Standards Ensure Accurate Measurement of Gas and Proper Royalties
On October 1, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will implement an up-to-date fee amount for that processing of Programs for Permit to Drill (APDs). The up-to-date APD fee of $9,500 was set by Congress within the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, and replaces the $6,500 processing fee that were in position formerly.
Our family visits Pigeon Forge every year. We have made so many happy memories together as a family there and are always fascinated by the continued growth of the city. Here are some fun facts about this place our family likes to call a “second home.”
Pigeon Forge gets the first part of its name from the Little Pigeon River which runs its course through the city, passing by great attractions like Old Mill Square and the LeConte Event Center. The river got it’s name from passenger pigeons that loved the area. The second part of the name came from the iron forge built by Isaac Love in 1817 near the area of the Old Mill.
The city has around 6,000 permanent residents but there are millions of visitors to this well loved city each year.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the U.S. Located within the park, Clingman’s Dome is the 3rd highest point in eastern U.S. and the highest point in Tennessee and Cade’s Cove is the most visited area of the park as well as one of the most historic areas.
Dollywood is one of the most visited attractions in Tennessee and Dolly, herself, still makes guest appearances to the city several times a year. With festivals like Great American Summer and Smoky MountainChristmas, it is no wonder why so many people visit each year.
Flags from all 50 states and the branches of the armed forces fly in Patriot Park. There is also a replica Liberty Bell and a Patriot Missile that was used in the 1st Gulf War.
There are 7 pancakes houses throughout the city! After all, who doesn’t love some good pancakes for breakfast? One of my favorite breakfast items is the Pancakes Royale at Log Cabin Pancake House.
Pigeon Forge offers a wide array of entertainment options for the whole family- from over 10+ shows including award winning shows like Country Tonite and Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show, to thrill rides like indoor skydiving at Flyaway and the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, to museums and entertainment parks like WonderWorks and The Track, the fun never ends.
You can capture a true feel for “mountain living” by staying in one of the many area cabins or chalets or by camping at one of the area campgrounds and RV parks. However, with hotels like The Inn at Christmas Place and Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort, lodging can be a tough decision.
The Fun Time Trolley will take you through the city for less than a dollar a ride!! So, we like to park our car and then sit back and let the trolley do the driving for us.
U.S. Seafood and Wildlife Service determines federal land management plans and close ties with states, ranchers, and NGOs avert ESA listing by conserving America&rsquos "Sagebrush Ocean"
Fall is a great time to visit Pigeon Forge with the cooler temperatures and the leaves changing colors, but if you are looking for one more great reason to come to town this season the Rotary Club Craft Fair is it!
The 39th Annual Rotary Club Craft Fair will be held September 26 – October 24 and is open from 10 am until 6 pm each day. If you’ve never been, just head on over to Patriot Park and you’ll find it in the big red and white striped tent. You can’t miss it! The giant festival tent houses 75 different booths with unique handmade items from the area’s most talented artists and crafters. The Rotary Club Craft Fair is a great opportunity to find some fall décor to take back home with you, or get a head start on some Christmas shopping.
One of the greatest things about the Rotary Club Craft Fair is that it provides an opportunity to give back to the community. The admission is by donation and 100% of the proceeds benefit local charities including the Boys & Girls Club, 4-H and Christmas For Kids, just to name a few.
And more good news, parking is FREE!
If you’re looking for more information on the Rotary Club Craft Fair, visit http://www.mypigeonforge.com/events/pigeon-forge-rotary-club-craft-fair/.
Pigeon Forge is known for it’s high quality entertainment. As the weather is starting to change and those cool outdoor temperatures are making their way in, it is the perfect time to plan for some indoor fun. With so many different shows, one is sure to spark your family’s interest.
If you are looking to knock out dinner and entertainment at one time, dinner shows are the perfect option! It is a fun time for the whole family.
- Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction – This award winning show is always a hit and they are offering new sights, new sounds, and new adventure in the show for 2015. Our girls love the horses and watching the stunt riders. The lights and colorful costumes add to the great ambience. The dinner feast is also a hit….you definitely will not leave hungry!
Hatfield and McCoy’s Dinner Show– This dinner feud will keep you laughing! The mountain-style music and dancing mixed with some comedy has been a favorite with our family, trip after trip. We definitely don’t mind seeing this show over and over.
Lumberjack Feud– This show is unique from the others in that there are actual lumberjack athletes competing in 18 events throughtout the show. There are even some audience participation events and it is a fun time cheering on both the Dawsons and the McGraws. The Logger’s Mountain meal is hearty but be sure to save room for dessert too. The best part for our girls is getting the wood “cookies” signed by the athletes after the show!
The Grand Majestic Theater– Currently offering the Smith Family Dinner Show and the Hazzard County Hoedown. Dinner is served prior to the show and is a country style buffet with many Southern favorites. Chicken and dumplings topped the list for our family. Dad and I were super excited to take the girls to the Hazard County Hoedown as we both grew up watching the Dukes of Hazzard. Roscoe definitely stole the show and we enjoyed the humor along with the singing and dancing.
If you prefer just relaxing and listening to some great music, there are some great shows for that too.
Country Tonite– This “Must-See” show offers a very talented cast from the youth singers to the musicians who have played with stars like Loretta Lynn and George Jones. It is hard to not tap your toes and sing along as they span the decades with many all time favorites. There is even a little comedy mixed in and they do a fabulous patriotic tribute at the end of the show. A bonus here is that kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult!!
Smoky Mountain Opry– This is known as Pigeon Forge’s best variety show. There is music and dancing as well as comedy and amazing special effects. You will be mesmerized by the many different costumes and here too, you are sure to catch yourself singing along with many of the tunes.
For those families traveling with kids, they often do not want to stop playing long enough to sit down and watch a show. However, Pigeon Forge has you covered with some entertaining shows that they will enjoy too!
The Comedy Barn– Our girls love this show. They get captivated with watching all of the different animals as well as the ventriloquist and juggler. It is a great family friendly activity that will have your family smiling from ear to ear.
Magic Beyond Belief– Most kids love the world of magic. What would be better for them than seeing it up close and personal? Darren Romeo was mentored by Siegfried and Roy and will amaze you with his performance.
With great shows like these, your family can’t go wrong!! Make sure to add several of them to the agenda for your next family fun adventure to Pigeon Forge!