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 May 18, 2021
If you've ever visited the Smoky Mountain communities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, you know there's no shortage of attractions designed to entertain the tourist masses. From the smallest go-cart track to Smoky Mountain Ziplines to Dollywood theme park, there are dozens of businesses in the area where job one is showing guests a good time, from the tiniest of tots to the most recent of retirees.
Just when you think the Smokies couldn't possibly pack in any more family attractions, the gates have opened wide again this year to welcome a whole new crop of businesses geared toward having fun in the mountains. Read on to learn about some of the latest openings as well as those that are scheduled for later in 2021.
Gatlinburg has been known for its chairlift attraction since it opened in the 1960s, but now Pigeon Forge is about to get in on the action. The Pigeon Forge Chairlift will offer views of the city and the Smoky Mountains range from its hilltop location, and there will also be an 85-foot-tall observation tower that will enhance those views even more. The tower will feature spiral stairs and serve up 360-degree of the area. One of the chairlift's advantages is that it will afford stunning views of the mountains without having to hike a steep hill, making it ideal for seniors and younger children. The new attraction is expected to open later this year and will be located next door to Pigeon Forge Snow.
Motion theater rides have also been a staple in the Smokies for decades, and now there's going to be a brand-new one at The Island in Pigeon Forge. The $20 million investment will combine a state-of-the-art ride system and a custom film featuring some of the nation's most beautiful natural wonders and iconic landmarks. Guests will experience the movements, sounds, scents and even the mists of a breathtaking aerial adventure across the United States. The theater is being built by Dynamic Attractions, which has created some of the most popular theme park rides in the world.
Rowdy Bear Ridge Mountain Adventure Park
This new Pigeon Forge fun park has four activities in one location:
• A tubing hill, in which passengers coast down a 500-foot-long manmade hill on inner tubes. The course includes a 70-foot drop and reaches speeds of 35 miles per hour. You can tube solo or connect as many as three tubes for a group experience. There's even a magic carpet conveyor that takes guests back to the top of the hill.
• A laser coaster that happens to be North America's first alpine flyer. This suspended two-seater coaster swings, dips and soars throughout the adventure park. Along the way, passengers shoot at targets with laser guns.
• CoasterKart, the world's first power coaster. Like other alpine coasters, riders control their speed, but it's different in that this is a powered system with electrical bars installed in the track that make the carts go. The two-passenger vehicles allow guests to ride side-by-side, and the speed is controlled by a footbrake instead of a handbrake.
• Rowdy Bear Ridge also has outdoor axe throwing.
Our Pigeon Forge ziplines may not be brand-new, but we've been around for more than a decade for a good reason. We continually provide our guests with one of the most exciting and scenically beautiful experiences in the Great Smoky Mountains. We're consistently rated highly by our customers, and we welcome back repeat visitors every year. Give us a try and see for yourself.