For those of you who haven’t already noticed, Pigeon Forge’s Greenway Trail is currently closed and runners, walkers, cyclists, and others are encouraged to find different running/walking locales for the time being.
Construction in the area officially began on November 8 and has been closed since. The area is located between Jake Thomas Road and the parking lot for the new LeConte Center.
In all, the greenway in Pigeon Forge makes up around 4 miles from its starting point on one end of town to its conclusion on the other end. It runs along beautiful neighborhoods and through the business district as well. Most people start out from Patriot Park to take in the entire trail. The trail even offers a reprieve at the Plaza at Butler Street and Ashley Avenue. Here, you’ll find park benches, a water fountain, as well as a memorial dedicated to English McCarter, who was a former city commissioner. Want to get out and enjoy the Little Pigeon River? The greenway is a great way to do that as well.
As noted, the greenway can be found in Pigeon Forge’s Patriot Park, home to many of the town’s recreational activities. Flagpoles featuring flags from all 50 states surround the park’s perimeter which runs beside a 0.6 mile paved walking/running trail. You’ll also notice a historic patriot missile on display, a Liberty Bell replica in size and scale, and WinterFest lighting displays during the holiday season. One of Pigeon Forge’s mos historic attractions, the Old Mill, is located beside the park. It was built in 1830. Families and large groups can rent out the park’s pavilion, complete with 14 picnic tables and four electrical outlets, by calling 865-429-7373.
Patriot Park’s walking/running trail connects to the greenway. From Patriot Park you can cross Old Mill Avenue and continue along the greenway past several homes to the mini-park/trail-head. The greenway then turns and runs along the river to Jake Thomas Road and then continues to the city’s new parking area. This trail will eventually continue past the Riverwalk Village at LeConte Center, formally known as Belle Island and currently under construction.