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 March 17, 2020
Yes, when you travel to places like Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville, you're likely to run into a fair amount of traffic. But when you visit our communities in spring, you may notice something unique about many of those vehicles: They're really cool looking. That's because we're getting into the heart of car-show season in the Great Smoky Mountains, a time when custom-auto enthusiasts from all over the country converge on our area to show off their four-wheeled babies. This week, we'll give you an idea of what to expect from these shows, and we'll mention a few of the specific events currently scheduled to roll into town.
So what happens at these custom-car shows? Primarily, their owners enjoy spending a few days showing off their pride and joy. Getting to and from their destination is half the fun, not to mention cruising up and down the Parkway while other motorists gawk in amazement. But the events themselves have a lot in store for attendee. Usually, show participants park their vehicles in a central location like a convention or expo center, and most folks spend their time admiring everyone else's entries and sharing stories about life as a custom-auto fan.
Inside the event headquarters, you'll typically see vendors selling products geared toward car owners, and there will often be a swap meet. Make no mistake, though; there's usually some level of competition involved, and prizes (including cash) are awarded in different categories. But in the end, it's a friendly competition, and everyone has a great time.
As far as the types of cars involved, that varies. Some events focus on a specific make and model of vehicle, while others are a little looser in their vehicle classifications. But in most cases, the cars and trucks are vintage and have either been restored to pristine condition or modified in some way to make them even more remarkable.
Here's a quick overview of some of the events coming to the Smokies, although if you're interested in participating in any of them, be sure to contact each individual event organizer or visit their website to confirm whether it's going to be in town on the scheduled dates.
One of the highlights of this annual event is the Corvette Cruise, during which several hundred Corvettes will depart from event headquarters and drive to the Tail of the Dragon via the newly completed missing link of the Foothills Parkway. There will also be judging of 1953 to 1999 Corvettes as well as a swap meet, park-and-show, sales corral and Diamond Awards show.
LeConte Center, Pigeon Forge
This event is considered the granddaddy of the annual car shows in the Smokies. Featuring $10,000 in cash prizes as well as dozens of other awards, the Rod Run features a huge swap meet and hundreds of show cars on display at the car corral.
April 28 – May 5
The Inn at Christmas Place
Geared toward owners of yellow Mustangs specifically, this fast-growing event showcases yellow “ponies” from the 1960s to current models. More than 70 vehicles will be participating this year.
Be prepared for heavy traffic in Pigeon Forge if you're going to be in town any of those weekends, regardless of whether or not you attend any of the car shows. But one thing you might consider is hanging out with us at Smoky Mountain Ziplines. We're located two miles off the Parkway, so you can Google Map your way to us on the back roads and bypass a lot of the worst traffic. We're open for 2020, and if you want to take on the area's best ziplines, Gatlinburg and Sevierville don't a zipline attraction that stacks up to ours.
As we mentioned with the car shows, however, always call us and confirm whether or not we're open on any given day before coming out for a canopy tour. Sometimes weather might impact our status, and with all the social distancing going on these days, it's always a good idea to double-check with us first.