The Old Mill, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
In the early 1800's, a water-powered gristmill on the banks of the Little Pigeon River became one of the main hubs of activity in the small mountain community of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. In those days, the mill faithfully produced the meals and flours that were crucial for the day-to-day existence of the Smokies' early settlers. In fact, The Old Mill even furnished electricity for the town until 1935.
One of The Old Mill's most distinctive features is the giant water wheel that harnesses the flow of the Little Pigeon River. Inside the structure, an antiquated yet reliable system of shafts, belts, and pulleys still gets the job done, working to turn the 4600-pound stones and grain elevators.
Weighing one ton each, the massive flint granite stones, called French Buhrs, are only the second set ever used in The Old Mill's 178-year history. When they're in action, the stones convert grain into about 1000 pounds of product each day, six days a week. Resident millers then hand-fill, weigh and tie each bag of stone ground grain.
Products ground at The Old Mill are used in many of the dishes at The Old Mill Restaurant including biscuits, corn bread, pancakes, hush puppies, muffins and grits. We also use our own grains for the homemade artisan style breads that are prepared each day at The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille .
The area's heritage is also being preserved through a variety of crafts that are practiced at the nearby shops of The Old Mill Square. Our Pigeon River Pottery has been home to pottery making for over 50 years, and the best of time-tested recipes are prepared by our confectioners (with decades of experience among them) in The Old Mill Candy Kitchen. The entire Square is a working tribute to the Smokies' pioneer days.
Today, The Old Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and just as in the 19th century, it's still one of the most popular places in the Smokies and one of the most photographed mills in the country. From the website http://www.oldmillsquare.com/history.htm A trio of fudge from Chocolate Monkey in Pigeon Forge, TN: Orange Creamsicle, Monkey Tail and Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel. The Island is the best addition to Pigeon Forge in a long time. You can shop, eat, or ride the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel for some of the best views of Pigeon Forge. Try to ride the wheel at night to get an aerial view of the fountain show that is down below. Fire tower falls Laurel Falls Fire tower Dollywood is a fun place to visit. Lots of Very loud, but very cool train! #Green Wild Eagle Smoky Mountain Fantasy Golf in Pigeon Forge, TN. A fairly standard mini-golf scenario with the fiberglass mountain and waterfall with the additional whimsy of a Pegasus and other mythological creatures dotting the course. Certain holes did have a wheel of chance to spin that would land various handicaps on your opponent for the hole. #StunningStructures The unfiltered diamond seen with the free eye at 99.9% solar eclipse point Wonderworks Wild Eagle One of the rescue bears we got to see. Come eat great authentic Cuban food for something different in Pigeon Forge! #Delicious #WeekendGetaway What they can come up with.. Flyaway indoor skydiving---Ask for Chaz AWESOME instructor! Indoor skydiving Wild Eagle Thanksgiving lunch at Paula Deen's Family Restaurant in Pigeon Forge Sun eclipsed 99.9% ..as a last minute resort, taped right side of my pair of solar glasses over my Camera lenses and used as a filter 🙈 ... used the remaining half to protect my left eye, so my lumix dmc-zs100 captured everything I was seeing thru the eclipse glasses which was pretty cool!! The Big Wheel- looking out of Margaritaville Hotel Room, Pigeon Forge, TN Old Mill
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Get an overview of this hotelCountry hotel near Dollywood®, with free breakfast

Popular property highlights

Free breakfast
Free parking
Free WiFi
Swimming pool
Business center

Driving to Dollywood®

The Little Pigeon River flows through the hotel’s property, reinforcing the peaceful vibe. It’s a 15-minute drive to see a concert or ride a rollercoaster at Dollywood®, and 10 minutes to the entrance of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Guests can also drive 20 minutes to lively Gatlinburg.

Breakfast is on the house

Guests can fuel up in the morning with a free continental breakfast. Before or after the day's activities, the heated indoor pool and hot tub are great places in which to unwind. Warm evenings can be spent grilling something tasty on the barbecue by the picnic area.

Plush bedding, free WiFi

Free WiFi in all rooms means guests can quickly share their Dollywood® and national park pictures with friends. There's a 32-inch flat-screen TV for those lazy evenings in, and a premium Serta® mattress for a good night's sleep.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Econo Lodge Riverside features an indoor pool and a spa tub. A computer station is located on site and high-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary. This hotel offers access to a 24-hour business center and a meeting room. Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning. Event facilities measure 300 square feet (28 square meters). This Pigeon Forge hotel also offers tour/ticket assistance, barbecue grills, and a picnic area. Onsite self parking is complimentary. A total renovation of this property was completed in March 2011.

  • Conference space size (meters) - 28 
  • Picnic area 
  • Barbecue grill(s) 
  • Express check-in 
  • Free RV, bus, truck parking 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • 24-hour business center 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 300 
  • Indoor pool 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Express check-out 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Spa tub 
  • Total number of rooms - 201 
  • Television in common areas 
  • One meeting room 
  • Free self parking 
  • Number of floors - 3 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 3 
  • Computer station 
  • Fireplace in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Indoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Microwave  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Free self parking, Free RV, bus, truck parking

Room Amenities

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Phone 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Balcony 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Free local calls 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Microwave 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Desk 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Cable TV service 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • Free WiFi 

Where to Eat

Guests are offered a complimentary continental breakfast each morning.

Nearby Things to Do

An indoor pool and a spa tub are on site.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Fishing on site 
  • Golfing nearby 
  • Mountain biking nearby 
  • Skydiving nearby 
  • Downhill skiing nearby 
  • Sledding nearby 
  • Rafting nearby 
  • Bicycle rentals nearby 
  • Ecotours nearby 
  • Snow tubing nearby 
  • Segway rental/tour nearby 
  • Ski lessons available nearby 
  • Ski equipment rental shops nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Golf lessons available nearby 
  • Kayaking nearby 
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby 

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM

Minimum check-in age is 21

Check-out

Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 18 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pets

  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
No rollaway/extra beds available
No cribs (infant beds) available

Hotel Name

  • Econo Lodge Riverside
  • Econo Lodge Riverside Hotel
  • Econo Lodge Riverside Hotel Pigeon Forge
  • Econo Lodge Riverside Pigeon Forge
  • Riverside Econo Lodge
  • Econolodge Pigeon Forge
  • Pigeon Forge Econo Lodge

We should mention

Children 18 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


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