Hi~I'm planning a trip to the Smokies the weekend of 9/16. I checked the events calendar, and learned that my hopes of a nice quiet early-fall anniversary trip to the mountains may be ruined by the Fall Rod Run show in Pigeon Forge!!! I know from growing up in East TN (a little farther South now...) that it makes bad traffic in the area particularly bad....is that still the case?? I seem to recall a few 4 hour trips into Pigeon Forge as a child?? And does the traffic mainly stick in PF, or does it take over the entire area? I'm content to stay in the mountians and never hit the strips, but I know we'll want to venture down there at some point!
Thanks for any input!!