All You Need to Know About Attending the Pigeon Forge Rod Run

February 11, 2022
classic cars at an antique car show in the Smoky Mountains

You always know when spring has arrived to Pigeon Forge because the days are longer, Dollywood is open for the season and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is bursting with gorgeous wildflowers. Another sure sign of spring is the return of the exciting Pigeon Forge Rod Run car show! Here are all the details you need to know about attending the Pigeon Forge Rod Run:

1. What to Expect

classic cars

The Pigeon Forge Rod Run is one of the most popular car shows in the nation, as thousands of hot rods and their owners arrive into town to show off their classic cars! The official event headquarters is at the LeConte Center in the heart of Pigeon Forge, but you are sure to see cars all along the Parkway throughout the weekend! During the event, car owners will compete for a variety of prizes and cash awards. Everyone is invited to attend the Pigeon Forge Rod Run, which will also feature a huge swap meet with hundreds of show cars!

2. Dates, Times, and Admission Information

Due to the popularity of the Pigeon Forge Rod Run, the sponsors actually present two of these events each year! The upcoming event takes place from April 7th to the 9th, while the fall show runs from September 15th to September 17th. The great news is that there is free spectator parking available at the show! You can also just walk around and set up a chair virtually anywhere along the Parkway to see the classic hot rods in action.

3. Tips to Car Show Attendees

Ole Smoky Island WheelThe Pigeon Forge Rod Run and other big car shows in Pigeon Forge can sometimes bring heavy traffic into town. If you are planning on visiting some of the popular attractions such as Dollywood and The Island in Pigeon Forge during your vacation, you may want to arrive into Pigeon Forge a day or two early to take advantage of the fewer crowds. Once the local roads start to get congested, you can simply get around by foot, as the Pigeon Forge Parkway is only about 6 miles from one end to the other!

4. Where to Stay

Stay close to all of the action of the Pigeon Forge Rod Run with a vacation at the Valley Forge Inn! Our affordable hotel is less than 1 mile from the event headquarters at the LeConte Center and walking distance to The Island! While staying in our comfortable rooms, enjoy all types of excellent amenities including a refrigerator, microwave, and a private balcony. Our guests also enjoy a free continental breakfast, complimentary wireless internet access, and a refreshing indoor and outdoor swimming pool!

Check out all of our hotel rooms in Pigeon Forge TN today to plan your stay near the Pigeon Forge Rod Run! We look forward to seeing you soon at the Valley Forge Inn!