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Stay away during rod run?

Cerritos, California
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Stay away during rod run?

I planned a trip to pigeon forge the week of April 19, 2014. I am very much looking forward to it. I just realized that I don't know when the 2014 spring rod run will be held. Where can I find these dates? I do not want to be there during that time. Thanks!

Edited: 03 November 2013, 06:29
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1. Re: Stay away during rod run?

Appears to be 11 - 14 April in 2014. The PF rod run web site has a number to call for more info:

Pigeon Forge Rod Run - in Pigeon Forge, TN - MCS Promotions (865) 687-3976 .

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2. Re: Stay away during rod run?

I would avoid car show week if you are there for vacation. Or consider staying in Gatlinburg instead. We were just there for the fall show and its was extremely crowded. Crawl at a snails pace traffic, hotels booked to the max. Didn't really have an issue with dining and we were there for the car show so planned on walking & riding bikes to get around.

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3. Re: Stay away during rod run?

April 11-26, 2014 will be packed regardless due to Spring Break and Easter. (Easter April 20, 2014) The first week or last week would be a lot less congested.

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4. Re: Stay away during rod run?

Having grown up going to Pigeon Forge and living only 1 1/2 hours away all I can say is YESSSSS. AVOID.

Unless you LOVE CARS with a passion OR love hoards of people and traffic that does not move but at a SNAIL's pace (and I mean that literally---you can walk faster)....AVOID. We do !

If you MUST go, LEARN the back roads. Use Google maps, satellite views, post questions here about alternate routes, etc.

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5. Re: Stay away during rod run?

Leaving Gatlinburg heading north to Lexington KY on Sat 12th April, is it worth the extra distance to go either further east via Crosby, or through the park west via Maryville to avoid Pigeon Forge (or other recommended route?

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6. Re: Stay away during rod run?

Yes it will be worth the extra distance to go further east via Crosby on Saturday the 12th. The rod run will be in full swing Saturday and it will be a nightmare trying to get through Pigeon Forge. If you leave on Sunday it should be less traffic.

Edited: 17 February 2014, 16:23
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