SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. – In the aftermath of last week’s Tennessee wildfires, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Townsend are open for business.
The Tennessee Department of Tourism Development encourages Smoky Mountain visitors to continue experiencing restaurants, lodging and attractions in the area.
Gatlinburg anticipates opening the downtown Parkway and River Road on Dec. 7.
Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner, who lost his home and business, expressed the heart and resilience of this community during the daily press conference, stating, “If you want to help Gatlinburg, come back and visit us. We’re gonna be back … we’re gonna be better than ever.”
Pigeon Forge businesses were not damaged during the Tennessee wildfires and are operating as usual. The city’s Winterfest festival continues, including several Christmas shows at various theaters. Dollywood theme park reopened on Friday, Dec. 2. Restaurants and lodging properties are operating on normal schedules.
Businesses in Sevierville, Dolly Parton’s hometown, are open and operating as usual, including Wilderness at the Smokies and Tanger Outlets.
The National Park Service announced Dec. 2 the Townsend, Tennessee, entrance into Cades Cove, the popular Great Smoky Mountains scenic drive, is open to the public. Townsend tourism sites and attractions are welcoming visitors.