Blog for Zip line Attraction in the Smoky Mountains
Located in Pigeon Forge, TN and near Gatlinburg and Sevierville.
By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on July 28, 2015
Spending your summer days on the go in the Great Smoky Mountains can be a lot of fun. But sometimes, the combination of our Tennessee heat and humidity can make for some uncomfortable afternoons. But that shouldn't stop you from going out and making the best of the situation.
That's why this week, Smoky Mountain Ziplines is offering a number of suggestions for ways to have fun and keep your cool at the same time. Some of them involve a paid admission, while some of them are free. But no matter which you choose, you're sure to wind up with a fun way of beating the summertime heat.
That's right. Our zip lines in the Smoky Mountains are located in a wooded foothills setting, offering plenty of shade along the way, not to mention the nice cool breeze you'll feel when you're speeding along the lines on our canopy tour. On some of those lines, you'll hit speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. It's like riding in a convertible with the top down on a sunny day!
2. National Park Swimming Holes
There are a couple of spots in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that are especially known for being great family gathering spots on hot days. One is the Townsend Y, near the Townsend entrance to the national park, and the other is The Sinks, located on Little River Road between the Y and the Metcalf Bottoms picnic area. Both offer free access to the waters of the Little River, which, even in summer, can be bracingly cold.
3. Inner Tubing
Speaking of Townsend, that community is home to several outfitters that offer inner tubing on the Little River, which runs through town before heading into the national park. These attractions provide the tube and, in some cases, transportation to the put-in point. From there, you just plop yourself down in the water and enjoy a nice, cool, leisurely float down the river. There's also a tubing provider on the Little Pigeon River near Sevierville.
4. Whitewater Rafting
The business offices for several different whitewater rafting companies are located in Gatlinburg, and that's where you can book your half-day or full-day adventure on one of East Tennessee's or Western North Carolina's wild rivers, such as the Big Pigeon or the Ocoee. Most of the actual outposts are located in Hartford, TN, near the North Carolina border, but like the tubing companies, they provide all the gear, training and transportation you'll need to enjoy a wet and wild trip down river.
5. A Water Park
There are two major water parks in Sevier County. One is Dollywood's Splash Country, which is adjacent to the original Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge. It has dozens of slides and interactive water-themed play areas in addition to a lazy river float, a wave pool and a kids' area. Meanwhile, Sevierville is where you'll find the Wilderness at the Smokies resort, which offers its overnight guests both indoor and outdoor water parks in summer. Guests get to enjoy the fun all year long thanks to the indoor park, which also features slides and interactive attractions.
6. A Swimming Pool
Let's not overlook the obvious, right? If you're staying in a hotel, motel or condo, there's a very high likelihood that your facilities include a swimming pool that's free for guests to use. If not, note that the community centers in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg all have swimming pools that are available for guest use for a nominal fee.
7. Underground Caverns
East Tennessee is a geological marvel, especially thanks to the many underground caves and caverns that lurk beneath the earth's surface. Two of them are popular year-round attractions – Forbidden Caverns, near Sevierville, and Tuckaleechee Caverns, near Maryville, TN. The cool (literally) thing about these places is that they maintain a steady temperature in the high 50s all year long. That's especially nice on those hot summer days.