According to Trish Mc Gee, a PR rep for the city, “Pigeon Forge businesses did not suffer any damages nor any interruption in their operations. Pigeon Forge maintains business as usual, with the exception of Dollywood, which had two non-operating days to devote its efforts to supporting the community. The theme park suffered no damages and resumed operation on Friday, Dec. 2.”
I was thrilled to get that news, as I’ve covered Pigeon Forge extensively, and I’m really impressed with the access I found there.
And my favorite accessible cabins also remain unscathed, although it was a close call for Eagles View. Says Eagles View owner Constance Hartke, “Our cabins are still standing and the views look the same as always from the hot tubs!” Hearthside Cabins manager Kevin Whiteledge also reports business as usual, and adds that they even had a wedding on December 2 at their accessible Big Moose Lodge.
Just in case you’re thinking about planning a trip to Pigeon Forge – and I highly recommend that you do – here are some links to help you in the planning process, and maybe even give you an idea or two!
Of course many people in the area lost their homes and jobs, so if you’d like to help them out, consider donating to Dolly Parton’s “My People Fund”.
Last, but certainly not least, please spread the word that Pigeon Forge is indeed open for business!