A Free & Little Visited Attraction In The Great Smoky Mountains
Dolly Parton’s presence in Pigeon Forge, TN, is best marked by her entertainment complex, a kind of Universal Studios of the Smoky Mountains, Dollywood.
But there is another monument to this native of nearby Sevierville. It’s literally a monument, a statue to the country music singer with a local heritage.
The statue is located in front of the Sevier County Courthouse just about a five-minute drive from the edge of Pigeon Forge. Dolly is positioned sitting on a rock, legs crossed with a guitar in her hands.
In contrast to the crowds flooding Pigeon Forge for outlet mall shopping and entertainment houses that make this place the Branson of the East, there are no crowds whatsoever at the statue.
This is because precious few people know about it, even people from Knoxville and surrounding areas that frequently go to Pigeon Forge. It has to be the biggest unknown attraction in all of the Smoky Mountains.
And, of course, posing for photos and getting your selfie with the Dolly statue is free.
So if you find yourself in the Great Smokies, and particularly if you’re in Pigeon Forge, swing by the Dolly Parton statue. It’s a brief look at the true heritage of this area and its most famous citizen.
It’s more than a bust of someone known nationwide for her, well, bust.
The location is on Court Ave., in an area of small streets. It’s just off E. Main Street, which is also US Highway 441 that leads to Interstate 40 and into Knoxville. To get there from Pigeon Forge, take the Forks of the River Parkway and turn right onto Court Ave. It will be on your left just past W. Bruce Street.
Address: 125 Court Ave., Sevierville, TN