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Everything to Know About the Spring Rod Run in Pigeon Forge


Are you a car enthusiast and dream about owning your own hot rod? Then Pigeon Forge is the place to be during the spring. Every year, the Spring Rod Run in Pigeon Forge takes over the Parkway, with hundreds of classic cars in every color imaginable. Keep reading to get the inside scoop on all the details about this incredible event in the Smokies!

History of Rod Runs in the Smoky Mountains

blue car at the pigeon forge spring rod runThese car shows began back in the 1970s, an unofficial car club hosting and calling it “Shades of the Past”. Later on, in the 80s, the annual event was moved to the Grand Hotel in Pigeon Forge and renamed “The Grand Run”. Now, the bi-annual Pigeon Forge Rod Runs take place in the spring and fall, usually April and September, at the LeConteCenter, with several more smaller events throughout the year. 

What to Expect at the Spring Rod Run in Pigeon Forge

So, what makes the Spring Rod Run in Pigeon Forge such a big deal? Well, for starters, this 3-day event features the top 25 awards, as well as 7 ultimate awards, plus a big cash giveaway! In addition, this massive swap meet brings hundreds of vintage and antique hot rods and their owners together, and car lovers from all over come to talk shop and admire the beautiful cars. 

Location & Ticket Information 

The LeConte Center and surrounding streets are filled to the brim with car collectors showing off their prized beauties. Shuttle services are available, and there is plenty of free parking at the center itself, which is located on Teaster Lane right next to The Island. The Mountain Mile entertainment complex is also nearby, just up the road! With lots of family-friendly activities, delicious restaurants, and cool shops, this area of Pigeon Forge is bursting with unique things to do!

pink car interior at the spring rod run in pigeon forge tnHere are a few more things to know about the car show’s hours and tickets:

  • Hours: 9 AM to 6 PM (Thursday & Friday)
  • Saturday Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM (awards ceremony begins at 5 PM)
  • Admission is $15 per day per person. 
  • A 3-day pass is available for $35 per person
  • Tickets are sold on-site. No advance ticket sales!
  • Tickets can be purchased with cash only. Two ATMs are on-site.  

Visit the Rod Run’s official website for the most up-to-date information about the Spring Rod Run in Pigeon Forge!

Where to Stay 

There’s no better place to stay close to all the action in Pigeon Forge than a cozy cabin with gorgeous mountain views, plenty of room to spread out, and lots of fun amenities to enjoy. Our cabin rentals feature private pools, hot tubs, large decks, game rooms, home theaters, and so much more. Whether you need enough room for just you and your spouse or a larger cabin for the whole family, we offer options from 1 to 9 bedrooms! Make sure to check out our Smoky Mountain cabin specials so you don’t miss our discounts and even free nights! 

Are you ready to plan a vacation during the Spring Rod Run in Pigeon Forge? Book a stay at one of our Pigeon Forge cabins while there’s still plenty of availability. We can’t wait for you to experience spring in the Smokies!