Blog for Zipline Attraction in the Smoky Mountains
Located in Pigeon Forge, TN and near Gatlinburg and Sevierville.
By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on August 16, 2016
If you've visited Smoky Mountain Ziplines in previous years but haven't had a chance to come back this year, you're in for a treat. Earlier this summer, we debuted a brand-new zipline course, which really helped us step up our game when it comes to our customer experience. It's substantially different from what you might have remembered from before, but it's definitely worth trying for a number of reasons. And it just so happens that we're going to share those reasons with you this week. Our hope is that you'll make plans to travel to the Smokies before the end of the season to experience our ziplines, Pigeon Forge, TN and all the great things our area has to offer.
1. Overall Longer Course
Our previous course might have had more lines, but the seven lines we now offer on our canopy tour collectively deliver more overall zipline length than before. That means more time in the air and more time enjoying the sensation of flying through the treetops. Our longest line now measures 800 feet, which is nearly the length of three football fields.
2. New Belaying Feature
Between the end of the third zipline and the beginning of the fourth zipline, there's a drop in elevation of about 30 feet. But we've come up with a fun way to get from Point A to Point B. On the landing platform at the end of the third zipline, we hook your harness up to a special belaying rig, which essentially allows you to repel down to the launch platform of the next zipline. There's a moment where you have to lean backwards out over the edge of the top platform, but don't worry; our guides take every measure to ensure your safety, and all our equipment has been inspected. You'll be in good hands.
3. More Time In The Treetops
On our previous courses, our ziplines often ended on ground-level platforms, and in many cases, that meant walking to the launch platform of the next zipline. This time around, you'll be spending more time in the treetops. The landing platform on most of our lines is also the launch platform for the next one, and many of those platforms are mounted in actual treetops. It's a unique experience being that high up and getting a bird's-eye view of the Smoky Mountains.
4. New Braking System
If you've ziplined with us in years past, you'll probably remember wearing a thick leather glove and having to press it into your overhead zipline to slow yourself down. There was also an issue with having to time your braking so that you didn't come in too fast or too slow. Now we've taken that all out of your hands – literally. You'll still wear leather gloves for safety, but now, as you approach each landing platform, your zipline trolley will be captured by a metal device mounted on the zipline itself. From there, you'll either have just enough speed to make it to the landing platform, or your guide can manually pull you in using the capture device, which is attached to a separate line. That leaves you free to just look around and enjoy the sights, sounds and sensations of your zipline journey.
Of course, some things have stayed the same at Smoky Mountain Ziplines. Safety is still our top priority, and that's reflected in the quality of our harnesses and the redundant safety measures we build in to ensure that each guest is always secured to our rigging when off the ground. Our guides are always safety-conscious, experienced and make each tour a lot of fun to be on with their guest interaction.
Also, we still offer one of the best zipline values in the Smokies, with lots of air time for the price you pay, and we still have some of the best views of the Great Smoky Mountains that you'll find in this area.