A Pigeon Forge rockslide closed down a portion of the spur on U.S. 441 and after crews began cleaning up the debris a second slide occurred. Early Tuesday morning TDOT geotechnical engineers inspected the rockslide site and determined that the mountainside is still very unstable and additional work must be completed to stabilize the slope before the roadway can be reopened to traffic.
Currently TDOT believes the roadway could potentially be closed for more than a month. Crews were on site Tuesday removing additional debris in order to get a closer look at the slide area. More details on the amount of work needed to be done and an estimated timeline for the reopening of the Spur will be released by TDOT once the extent of the repair needed is determined. Traffic is currently being detoured around the slide with the northbound Highway 441 lanes accommodating both north and southbound traffic.
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center will host a “Hurry-Back-Spring Fling” event this Friday and Saturday, January 29 &30.
The galleries and historic buildings will be open for FREE from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission is being waived as a way to say “thank you” to all visitors who continue to stop in for the opportunity to learn more about the region’s history. Special programming, including author book signings, will be part of the two-day event, and shoppers in the museum store will enjoy a 20 percent discount on all merchandise (some restrictions apply.) For more information, call the Heritage Center at 865-448-0044.
Offbeatearth.com recently made a list of the Top 33 of the World’s Strangest Buildings. On the list there is anything from crooked houses, interesting museums, libraries and theaters and even a rotating tower. So what does Pigeon Forge have that would make in onto this list? Our very own Wonderworks is strange enough to make the cut! Maybe the Wonderwork’s unusual upside down appearance is what has made it such a hit! In the couple of years they have been open, they have already captured the title of “Pigeon Forge’s #1 Indoor Attraction!” So congrats to Wonderworks!
The Miracle Theater in Pigeon Forge is adding a lavish production of the Broadway hit Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for the 2010 season, opening Feb. 12.
This colorful retelling of the biblical story about Joseph, his uncanny abilities and his designer coat sings out to young and old alike. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will have you laughing with the antics of the twelve brothers and will move you with a whimsical score direct from Broadway. Enjoy its wall to wall hits including “Close Every Door” and “Any Dream Will Do”.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be joined by the theater’s original production on the life of Jesus, The Miracle, on March 12. A third show, Exalt, completes the schedule on selected dates. Exalt is a celebration of hymns, Southern gospel, contemporary Christian hits and today’s worship songs.
Its never too early to start planning your next trip to Pigeon Forge, but spring is right around the corner! Pigeon Forge is the perfect family Spring Break destination! Not only are the Smoky Mountains beautiful in the spring time but there are also a lot of fun things going on in the area this spring! We are happy to announce there will be two new attractions coming to the area, a new Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies exhibit that will be opening in March and the Grand Opening of the world’s largest Titanic Museum will be in April. Along with these two great additions to the Pigeon Forge area, SpringFest will also be going on from March 3 – June 5. This marks the beginning of spring time in the beautiful city of Pigeon Forge, it is a celebration packed full of nearly three months of home-spun fun. And for all of you car lovers out there you can’t forget the famous Spring Rod Run April 15-18.
All of these great things to do this spring make it the perfect time to visit Pigeon Forge! There also are plenty of other fun events that you can check out on our events calendar. So start planning that Spring Break trip or just a weekend getaway this spring in the Smokies!