Attractions located near the former Black Bear cabins at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, known as Smoky Mountain Lodging as of 2015, include the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood and museums. Some activities include the Adventure Raceway, Xtreme Racing Center and NASCAR Speed Park.
Many of the activities available near Smoky Mountain Lodging are in Pigeon Forge or nearby Gatlinburg. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park draws crowds of tourists and outdoor enthusiasts who want to hunt and fish in the 800 square-mile wilderness. Not only are there hiking and backpacking trails, but more adventurous visitors can go rafting and ziplining. Tourists can also catch a glimpse of the Southern Appalachian history and culture, starting with the Paleo Indians from prehistoric times and continuing through European settlers and loggers.
The cabins also boast many nearby museums, such as the Titanic Museum Attraction, Christ in the Smokies and the eclectic Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum. Pigeon Forge also contains an Elvis Presley Museum, Smoky Mountain Car Museum and Bush's Visitor Center. For those who want a smaller taste of nature, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and Parrot Mountain and Garden of Eden are both nearby. The former features marine life of all kinds and penguins, while the latter contains dozens of species of tropical birds.