Location: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Size: 178 rooms
Meeting Space: More than 4,500 square feet
Access: McGhee Tyson Airport
Named after Cherokee Chief Black Fox, who ceded a portion of modern-day Sevier County, the Black Fox Lodge Pigeon Forge, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, is a beautiful reminder of the region’s history and an example of Smoky Mountain hospitality.
The serenity of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is part of the ambiance at the Black Fox Lodge, where the gentle murmurs of the Little Pigeon River and the soothing crackle of a fresh log on the fire act as the soundtrack for every stay. Modeled after the Smoky Mountain cabins nearby, it’s hard to believe that this natural stone-and-beam lodge is in the heart of Pigeon Forge’s urban parkway.
Views of the Smoky Mountains and the tree-lined Little Pigeon River add to the mountain mystique of this 178-room hotel, where oversized loungers and a fire pit await guests on the handcrafted stone deck. A heated pool with waterslide creates a fun environment during the warmer months, and the outdoor grilling area provides hot options for a chilly night. Inside, two grand fireplaces create natural gathering spaces for guests to mingle and muse over the rustic chic decor and impressive sliding barnwood doors. The public spaces inside were designed for use, and it’s not uncommon to find guests sharing a wood-fired pizza or sipping mugs of handcrafted coffee, in the leather couches surrounding the fireplaces.
The hotel is just steps from the famous Pigeon Forge Parkway, where the U.S. Pigeon Forge Mass Transit, formerly the Fun Time Trolley, will whisk guests along the five-mile stretch for a hop-on/hop-off experience. The natural beauty of the mountains calls to adventure-loving guests, and families and groups need only walk the parkway to find historic venues or drive three miles to arrive at Dollywood.
Groups meeting at the Black Fox Lodge can choose between four separate spaces with flexible floor plans and options for hosting groups of anywhere from 10 to 300 guests. Staff event planners help groups make the most of their time in Pigeon Forge, providing anything from on-site adventures to suggested itineraries for exploring the Great Smoky Mountains and beyond.
There is more than 4,500 square feet of flexible meeting space within the Black Fox Lodge, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton. The Black Fox Ballroom features beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows and ample space to host gatherings of 10 to 300 guests. For smaller meetings or events, the ballroom can be broken down into three separate sections: the Red Fox Room, the Black Fox Room and the Gray Fox Room. Setups can include theater-style seating, standing receptions or cocktail hours, or even round tables for more formal banquet events.
Meetings at Black Fox Lodge take a delicious turn with the on-site catering team. Every menu is customized by the event’s staff to ensure that all dietary requirements are met and that each group will enjoy the feast of their choosing. Morning menus are wide-ranging and include mountain morning breakfasts and omelet stations and an Appalachian brunch with smoked trout, smoked pit ham, and the lodge’s signature hash brown potatoes. Boxed lunches are available for quick meals between meetings, and many groups enjoy the backyard picnic or Tennessee barbecue options for a taste of the Smoky Mountains. Don’t miss the lodge’s signature homemade banana pudding and hand-breaded fried chicken. Alcohol is available.
Guests won’t find any king beds during their stay at the Black Fox Lodge. All of the rooms at the lodge are equipped with two queen beds to allow families and meeting guests to get more “bang for their buck” by sharing rooms. Rooms can hold four to eight people, depending on room type. In the meeting spaces, planners can select from custom-made menus and are allowed to bring their own AV equipment at no additional cost. The lodge offers a full range of AV equipment for rent: drop-down screens, projectors, microphones and more.
Before and After
The town of Pigeon Forge has made a name for itself as a haven of entertainment, and Black Fox Lodge is no exception. Guests of the lodge are free to make use of the outdoor pool, convene by the multiple fireplaces within the public spaces, gather around the outdoor patio with fire pit and take part in the live entertainment on-property near the holidays. The LeConte Center is less than a half-mile from the lodge, and the Ripken Experience is less than a mile away. Guests can either drive or hop on the U.S. Pigeon Forge Mass Transit to be at Dollywood or Dollywood’s Splash Country within minutes.