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 October 11, 2022
As our foliage transforms into a more beautiful spectacle with each passing day, East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains region have suddenly turned into one of the most scenic places in the nation to ride ziplines. Our Pigeon Forge zip line is starting to see an uptick in seasonal visitation as more and more people travel to the Smokies to experience the mountains and the great outdoors in autumn. And it just so happens that Smoky Mountain Ziplines delivers on all fronts, from breathtaking views of rugged peaks to some of the most thrilling zipline action in the area.
However, as we did last week, we sometimes like to share information about other cool zipline attractions around the country and around the world. In our previous blog post, we introduced you to seven unique and popular zipline destinations, and this week, we're back with five more. Of course, we understand that it might not be practical for you to plan a trip to New Zealand - or even Alaska, for that matter - so you'll never go wrong paying us a visit and getting to experience our top-rated canopy tour without having to travel halfway around the globe.
Alaska seems to be a popular location for zipline operators. Can you blame them? The scenery is spectacular, and with a landscape filled with the largest mountains in North America, it's no wonder that ziplining in our northernmost state is a popular thing to do. The six parallel ziplines at ZipRider stretch 5,330 feet from the top of Hoonah Mountain and lets riders hit speeds as fast as 60 miles per hour. The view from the top includes Port Frederick, Icy Strait and, on clear days, the snowy peaks surrounding Glacier Bay. Below, you'll see ancient rainforests and sometimes eagles and deer before you touch down for a landing on the beach at Icy Strait Point.
In traditional zipline fashion, this trip takes you through jungle landscapes on a double-circuit zipline course that features seven cables altogether. For an added measure of fun, you'll also enjoy the two opportunities for water landings on this course, which covers a whopping two and a half miles of cable spanning the Mayan jungle and affords views of the Caribbean.
This park's zipline - called Fantasticable - is Europe's longest zipline. What's also unique about it is that passengers are clipped on from the back of their harness, not the front. The result: You really feel like you're flying. Along the way, you'll soar between two mountains, suspended nearly 500 feet in the air.
We're back in Alaska yet again for a zipline ride that includes aerial views of Tongass National Forest. As we do at Smoky Mountain Ziplines, they drive you to the top of the mountain in a rugged vehicle before you zoom back down via a series of zipline cables. The bird's-eye views include Eagle Creek and the cascading Eagle Creek Falls. Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles and black bears as you fly overhead. This trip also includes mature forests, three sky bridges and rappelling down a tower at the end of the last zipline.
You can explore Puerto Rico's subtropical forest from above at this former plantation house located near San Juan. This experience includes five ziplines and five canopy bridges, or you can do a rappelling and ziplining safari that involves three ziplines, three bridges and cave rappelling.