Dolly Parton's Theme Park - Dollywood - in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
By Darryl Payne
When people think of Dollywood they come to think primarily of rides at an amusement park, but Dollywood is much more than fun-loving rides. It is
The E-Pod of the south with exploration, entertainment, and education.
As you enter the gates of Dollywood you will begin your exploration through the â€œCraftsmenâ€™s Valleyâ€• that offers a shady walk through a
genuine holler past all sorts of working craftspeople, chefs cooking in huge cast iron skillets over open fires, and a winding brook. The steam train
takes you on an exploration of times gone by with over 5 miles of track. You will explore the high ridges of the Smokies and back again on this unique
visit in the Smokies.
Around the bend you will be entertained by gospel groups, musicals of the 50â€™s, celebration shows of the heritage of the great Smoky Mountains,
and so much more. The shows are some of the best entertainment at Dollywood. Why, you will even meet some of Dolly Pardonâ€™s relatives who
are a part of the show!
Allow your children to be educated as they see where â€œChallengerâ€• the bald eagle lives. Yes, Dollywood is the place that houses the Eagle
Foundation. You will see demonstrations of how eagles, owls, hawks, and other endangered species are cared for. You may have seen
â€œChallengerâ€• at national football games, the World Series, or at national events in Washington as we celebrated our nationâ€™s independence.
It all happens at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Throughout the year there are several festivals inside the park, including a traditional Smoky Mountain Christmas Celebration and a Fall Harvest
Festival complete with bluegrass and country music. The Smoky Mountain Christmas Celebration includes thousands of lights throughout the park and
many Christmas-themed live shows. A summer concert series features more than 50 names in country music. With all these exciting events comes
some exceptional food found only in the south. You will eat some