There is nothing like Pigeon Forge, Tennessee during the first few weeks of September. The air is beginning to change and everyone is out and about ready to experience one of the awesome Classic Car Shows happening in town.I am here to tell you it’s one of the best ways to get your whole family agree to a,Great Smoky Mountain, getaway. At River Plantation RV Resort we literally have accommodations to suit all your families needs. Just mention the hot cars and the cool mountain air to your family, and it will not take long to convince them to pack their bags and hit the road to the Rod Run. Our fun mountain town is filled with the sounds of loud engines, shiny paint jobs, and hundreds of car enthusiasts. Rod runs are truly an event the whole family can enjoy. My 9 year old daughter loves taking out our 1980 Malibu Classic and cruising the parkway with the windows down and the radio up! She knows there is nothing like the wind flowing through your hair and the smell of fresh mountain air.
The two September Car Shows are called, The Shades of the Past, and, The Pigeon Forge Rod Run . The Shades of the Past tends to be my personal favorite. This show is always the weekend after Labor Day and gives me the feeling that fall is really just around the corner. All of these beautiful cars pre date 1972 and amaze me every time I see them. While there are around 200 cars entered in the Shades of the Past contest, so many more are in town just to share the event. I love taking a stroll, getting some caramel corn, and looking at the history that has been restored in these beautiful classic hot rods. You can view the cars competing for the grand prize, a 1932 Ford Hi- Boy Roadster and $10,000, at Splash Country. It is worth the $10 admittance fee to be able to inspect the classics up close.
The coolest part is Pigeon Forge doesn’t stop there because the next week is the Pigeon Forge Rod Run. This event is located at the, Leconte Center on Teaster Lane. My family and I like to park at the Island, which makes it so convenient to eat, shop, and enjoy the show. This show is indoors which is awesome because rain or shine, I won’t miss a thing when it comes to these amazing specimens of American muscle. These hot rods take over the town during the early weeks of September and you can really make an entire day out of admiring these beauties. You will find many people bring a chair and a cooler filled with drinks and snacks and spend the day just relaxing on the parkway watching the parade of cars go by. It’s so fun to look for the most unique cars that come from all over the country to take part in this massive show. You really never know what you may find. From fixed up old school buses to vintage model Ts, there is truly something for everyone.
These fall car shows are definitely two of the biggest shows in our area, but they are not the only ones for your family to enjoy. There are many other shows that showcase the best of Corvettes, Ford Trucks, and even Volkswagens. And not only does The Pigeon Forge Rod Run visit the Smoky Mountains in September, but the classic hot rods cruise their way back through in the Spring. I find springtime in the mountains are remarkable. The color of the trees are returning to a beautiful vibrant green, flowers are in bloom, and all traces of winter have faded away.
When visiting a place like, the Great Smoky Mountains, it’s some important to have somewhere comfortable and convenient to relax after a long day of family fun. At our awesome resort you will truly find your rest and relaxation amongst the fan fair and fun. Our River Plantation RV Resort is a perfect Pigeon Forge Campground located on the Little Pigeon River. All of our sites on the river are designed to be serene and calming. Sitting on the patio and enjoying the sound of the river flowing does wonders for the soul. Be sure to look for our family of turtles living along the river. You will find them sunbathing on the banks during the day. I enjoy taking a walk down the river trail and watching them splash and play off the river logs. Our 42 acre resort is nestled in the quiet valley, but still in close proximity to the rod run fun. There are many admired cars throughout our resort while the shows are in the area and if you are bringing a classic car to the show you will not have to worry about parking. The sites are spacious and there is also additional parking for car trailers. We are happy to be known as a big rig friendly RV resort and are fortunate we can accommodate everyone.
No worries if you do not have a camper to bring to the car show. The resort also has 9 Camping Cabins to lay your head down at night. All of our amenities are designed with your comfort and convenience in mind. If you are looking to beat the heat, then you will want to take a dip in one of our two pools. And for those who just want to sit back and relax we have the perfect spot for you in our Lazy River. Grab a float, your sunglasses and kick back for a super relaxing day. September evenings are brisk and the perfect time to relax on the front porch of the cabin, enjoy the rocking chairs, and reflect on the fun you have had on your getaway.
I know as a parent on vacation I am always looking for things to keep my child entertained. At River Plantation, The gaga ball pit is a huge hit among the kids. A camping trip is not complete without a campfire for family and friends to gather around. We provide essentials for your campfire in our store, whether you like roasting marshmallows or going all out with Smores. You can even purchase local firewood. Everyone really has an absolute blast. The resort is only a few miles away from both Car shows and is conveniently located to all the area attractions. And when the rides, games, and cars get to be too much you can take a day enjoying some retail therapy at the, Tanger Outlets located only a mile away from the campground! When I go on vacation I am always looking for great local places to eat. While there are many to choose from in Pigeon Forge, The Old Mill Restaurant, is a terrific choice. Not only for its location near the parkway, where the car show takes place, but also for its delicious food. I personally recommend not passing up their Chicken and Dumplings. They will exceed your expectations.
I know when you come to visit, The Great Smoky Mountains and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for the annual Car Shows you won’t be disappointed.