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623 Wears Valley Road

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Free

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Free, Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

With sports fields, playgrounds and plenty of space to spread out, Wear Farm City Park is a popular spot for visitors and locals alike to enjoy the outdoors. The 118-acre park includes baseball fields, a football field, a basketball court, two playgrounds and three pavilions, in addition to various walking trails and concessions stands. The pavilions include lights, outlets, picnic tables and charcoal grills. If you want to host a gathering here, specific facilities can be reserved in advance through Pigeon Forge's Department of Parks and Recreation.

Recent visitors said the park is a solid place to take kids to play and run around, thanks to the sports courts and playgrounds. Many recommended bringing picnic food to enjoy or even food to grill on-site under one of the pavilions. Recent families also appreciated how clean and well-maintained the park is, and that it's free to access.

Wear Farm City Park is located just west of the center of town, and not too far from the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster. Access is free and there are parking lots on-site.

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Dollywood is likely one of the main reasons you're planning a visit to Pigeon Forge: It's a sprawling amusement park that boasts more than 50 rides and attractions, music and entertainment shows, multiple dining options and festivals and events galore. Owned by legendary country music singer Dolly Parton, the park is a Pigeon Forge staple. Popular rides include rollercoasters like the Barnstormer, Dragonflier and Wild Eagle, and kid-friendly attractions like a carousel, a scrambler, bumper cars, swings and more. In addition to rides and attractions, Dollywood hosts '50s- and '60s-themed a capella shows and wildlife demonstrations. If you're planning to visit around a holiday, check out the events during Dollywood's Harvest Festival in the fall and Smoky Mountain Christmas in the winter. Not to mention, the park has several souvenir shops, craft stores and dining outlets.    

As expected, Dollywood receives rave reviews from recent parkgoers, with many praising the number and quality of the rollercoasters (a surprise for some). Several patrons said the theme park was a bit bigger than they anticipated and recommend purchasing the two-day pass to ensure you have time to try most or all of the rides you want, in addition to exploring the craft shops and seeing shows. Visitors also say the staff members here are friendly and helpful. A few people warned, though, that the Dollywood app, which has info on ride wait times and a map, can be unreliable. You may want to download and print off a map of the park before you go.

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