7 Visitor Tips for Parking & Travelling During Rod Run

Rod Run is one of the most exciting events in Pigeon Forge. With hundreds of classic cars lining the parkway and invading the LeConte Center, it is a car-lover’s dream. In fact, it’s one of the largest car shows in the entire Southeast! Yet, with the influx of people, visitors can sometimes have some problems getting around. Following these easy guidelines and tips will help you get the most out of the Rod Run in Pigeon Forge and get you from point A to point B.

When: April 6-7, 2017

Where: LeConte Events Center (2986 Teaster Ln.)

Admission: $10 for adults, children under 12 are free

1. Free Parking During Rod Run

You can park FREE at the Pigeon Forge Municipal Parking Lot (2936 Teaster Lane), but remember that there’s no overnight parking. This parking is only a short walk to the LeConte Center, where cars for the Rod Run are displayed, and is right next to the Parkway.

You can also find free parking at the Old Mill Square next to Patriot Park, which is also where you can find the Fun Time Trolly depot. From the depot, you can get anywhere in Pigeon Forge for very cheap!

LeConte parking lot is free for Rod Run

You can find free parking at the municipal parking lot adjacent to the LeConte Center and The Island


2. Electric Scooter, Wheelchairs, and more from Pigeon Forge Scooter Sales & Rentals

Cruise the Parkway in style without a hotrod! You can rent affordable electric scooters from Pigeon Forge Scooter Sales & Rentals, located at 3536 Parkway, Suite 6, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863. This awesome shop also offers a wide variety of mobility solutions. In addition to electric scooters, visitors can also rent wheelchairs and secure handicap transportation. The business offers various Pride in Drive models, which travel between 4.5 and 5 mph for an average of 12 miles. The cost is very affordable, only $50 for an entire day’s rental or $12/hour.  Give them a call 865-366-3306 to secure your rental. But hurry, demand is high!

 3. Rent a Street-Legal UTV from Mtn Trax

There’s nothing like cruising the Parkway in an open top, street-legal UTV, and Mtn Trax is the perfect place to rent them. They offer 2, 4, and 6 seat UTVs for a little as 2 hours and a long as a week! It’s a great way to enjoy the hotrods lining the parkway without being stuck in the car. And, after you’re done checking out the cars, you can take a fun drive though the national park!


Rent a Street-Legal UTV With Mtn Trax

Renting a street-legal UTV from Mtn Trax UTV Rentals Townsend, TN is one of the best ways to explore the roads of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, like this drive to Middle Prong Trail

Posted by Pigeon Forge Chamber on Sunday, May 22, 2016


4. Rent an Electric Bike from Bike the Smokies

Cruise down the Parkway on an electric bike from Bike The Smokies! Bike the Smokies is a new business in the Smoky Mountain region offering electric and manual bike rentals and guided tours. A family-run small business, they offer only the best bikes and rates to their customers. Their bikes have electric motors that do the work for you while going up hills, making them perfect for the Smokies! Also, they coordinate with you to deliver the bike where you need it. To reserve, call 865-325-8143 and Bike the Smokies will provide pricing, available times, and locations for delivery. Stop walking and start biking!

bike the smokies during Rod Run

Renting an electric bike from Bike the Smokies is a fun way to explore the Parkway during Rod Run

5. Car Haulers & Trailer Parking

Car haulers and trailer parking is provided by Hack’s Parking in Pigeon Forge. Hack’s Parking is located on C.A. King Blvd. behind Pigeon Forge Outlet Mall and Mama’s Farmhouse.  Overnight security will be provided.

$10 per day per vehicle- standard car, or truck
$20 per day per trailer
$30 per day truck with trailer combo
Call:  865-621-7052

You can find the storage facility for Rod Run behind Mama’s Farmhouse in Pigeon Forge


6. Paid Parking Options for Rod Run

If the free parking is full up when you make it to Pigeon Forge, there are also plenty of paid options available.

Jake Thomas Road (across from LeConte Events Center offices entrance)

$50 per trailer for the weekend
$10 per day per vehicle-standard car, or truck

River Road

$50 per trailer for the weekend
$10 per day per vehicle-standard car, or truck


The U-Haul on Wears Valley Rd. will also allow trucks or trailers to park in their fenced/secure lot for a fee. Call 865-428-6752 for more info.

7. Using the Road Less Traveled During Rod Run

With all of the amazing cars lining the Parkway, it’s easy to understand why traffic can be a little congested. If you are looking to travel Pigeon Forge while skipping some congestion, there are several road options that can help you do that.

Veterans Blvd.

One key road to travel from Sevierville into Pigeon Forge is by using Veterans Blvd. Travelling from the interstate, you can access Veteran’s Blvd. by taking a left onto Main Street right after crossing the river. From there you can turn onto Veterans Blvd. directly after passing the Taco Bell and KFC. This road will take you parallel to the Parkway and will drop you off right in the heart of Pigeon Forge.

Taking Veterans Blvd. helps skip Rod Run traffic

Teaster Ln.

Another road that can help you skip some traffic while travelling through Pigeon Forge is Teaster Ln. You can turn onto Teaster on the corner where you can find the Biblical Times Dinner Theater. This road also runs parallel to the Parkway. You can also directly connect to the LeConte Center from Teaster, as opposed to entering the Island from the Parkway. If you do take Teaster, be sure to stop in at some of the awesome shops along the road!

Taking Teaster Ln. helps you skip congestion on the Parkway during Rod Run

River Rd.

If you’re looking for a fast way to get from Veterans Blvd. to the Old Mill, or you just want to skip some of the traffic deeper into Pigeon Forge, you can take River Road. Travelling from Sevierville, you can enter River Road to your left directly after FunStop Family Action Park. The road will take you all the way down to Bear Country Fun Park, and will have an intersection with Veterans Blvd.

River Road


A Note About Using Golf Carts During Rod Run

We have received several calls from visitors asking about golf carts during Rod Run, specifically two questions. First, where can you rent a golf cart in Sevier County, and second, what are the municipal rules for golf carts in Sevier County? Despite working very hard to find a vendor, we currently do not have a member as part of the Chamber that offers street-legal golf cart rentals. If you know of a business that does please let us know on our Facebook page. As for municipal rules: golf carts are not legal on the sidewalks.  Golf carts must be street legal to be on the roads (lights, seat belts, registered, insured, and tagged just like a car). For questions about the use of golf carts in the city of Pigeon Forge, please visit www.cityofpigeonforge.com/support-services.aspx.


Special thanks to Christie Balog, from the Pigeon Forge Housing Bureau, who provided some of the info for this post.

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