A national magazine has picked Pigeon Forge as a top spot to retire.
"Where to Retire" profiled the Sevier County city, home to Dollywood and dozens of other attractions, in a story featuring national park cities.
The editor said places like Pigeon Forge are ideal for retirees who want to duck out of city life to commune with nature.
“National parks are perhaps America’s greatest treasures, dedicating untouched land to thriving wildlife and natural beauty. Residents of these eight towns, including Pigeon Forge, live near majestic scenery every day of the year, and many of them contribute thousands of volunteer hours to the Park Service and other nonprofit organizations that support the parks. These retiree-friendly cities afford sought-after amenities, such as health care, shopping, dining and various entertainment options,” Annette Fuller said.
Where to Retire magazine is published six times a year. The edition featuring Pigeon Forge will be released on April 12.
The other top retirement cities profiled for their proximity to a national park are: Boulder, CO (Rocky Mountain National Park); Edenton, NC (Cape Hatteras National Seashore); Flagstaff, AZ (Grand Canyon National Park); Klamath Falls, OR (Crater Lake National Park); Naples, FL (Everglades National Park); Pigeon Forge, TN (Great Smoky Mountains National Park); St. George, UT (Zion National Park); and Traverse City, MI (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore).