My husband and our three children just returned from a cabin stay in Wears Valley. We are country people and were shocked at how many people were in pigeon forge/gatlinburg and how bad the traffic was. We absolutely loved the hiking in the smokeys. Is there any other place like pigeon forge without the crowds? I know some of you will say that the businesses need the crowds to thrive but we aren't looking for the touristy areas and can handle having only one or two restaurant choices. I also know some of you will say go in the off season, but with the kids in school, that's hard to do. I'm hoping that someone better traveled than us has a suggestion.