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 1, 2016
We're getting close to our opening date here at Smoky Mountain Ziplines in Pigeon Forge. But in the meantime, we thought we'd whet your appetite with some news about some other cool zipline attractions around the world that are either newly up and running or are in the planning phases.
You'll see from some of the wild twists some of these attractions have taken that there are some creative people coming up with some unique ways to help their customers have an unforgettable time out on the ziplines. Here's a quick look at just a few of the new attractions that are turning heads worldwide:
Bun J Ride Tignes
Located in Tignes, France, this attraction looks like something Wile E. Coyote might have come up with to catch the Roadrunner. You start off skiing down an Olympic-style ski jump, but once you're in the air, bungee cords and ziplines take over to provide you with a safe, non-impact ride to the bottom of the slope. It costs $70 a pop for the experience. Check out multiple videos of this ski-jump-bungee-zipline experience here:
This attraction in Wales has been up and running since 2013, but the owners are on the verge of getting approval for two new Big Zipper lines, which would take riders up to speeds of 100 miles per hour. Zip World had already laid claim to having the world's fastest ziplines when they first open their attraction at Penrhyn Quarry, but if the Big Zipper lines get up and running, they would likely have a stranglehold on that title for the foreseeable future. Check out videos of their existing ziplines here:
Back here in the U.S., Arizona Zipline Adventures has recently opened a five-line course north of Tucson, making it the first such attraction in the southern part of that state. Their longest line is 1,500 feet, making it the longest one in the state. AZA joins Predator Zip Line, located at Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, where visitors get to enjoy a unique view: One of the lines starts out above the local population of lions, wolves and hyenas.
Also back here in the U.S., our Sevierville/Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg zipline attraction will have plenty of ways for folks to experience the adrenaline rush they can only get when flying through the air suspended from a zipline.
Our nine-line canopy tour is the ultimate Smoky Mountains experience, allowing you to ride our longest, fastest and most popular lines. And when you factor in our remote, wooded setting in the foothills of the Smokies, your high-flying adventure turns into a real back-to-nature outing that everyone in the family will enjoy.
Each tour takes about two hours (based on groups of 10) and includes all the safety gear you'll need, a 6X6 truck ride up the mountain to the starting point, and professional instruction from our team of safety guides. You'll have two guides with you on each tour, and they'll make sure that you know what you're doing while having the time of your life.
What makes Smoky Mountain Ziplines so great for families is that ziplining is fun for all ages. Our only restrictions are that riders be at least 8 years old to zipline by themselves (ages 5 to 7 can zipline in tandem with a guide) and that riders weigh between 60 and 250 pounds (200 pounds for women). All you have to bring is yourself and your sense of adventure, and you'll be ready to join us in the Great Smoky Mountains for our 2016 season!