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 February 19, 2019
We've spent the past several weeks using our blog to highlight new attractions and restaurants and the like. This week, we're going to keep the ball rolling by expanding a little bit on a topic we touched on in last week's post. That's when we told you about August Moon Drive-In, a new indoor drive-in movie attraction coming to the Mountain Mile development in Pigeon Forge either later this year or early next year.
But August Moon is just one facet of a project that's already well under way and promises a lot more for Smoky Mountain visitors by the time it's completed. So read on to learn more about what you can expect from the Mountain Mile in the near and distant future.
Let's start with what the development already encompasses. Chances are that if you've been to Pigeon Forge any time in the last few years, you might have already visited The Island, home to attractions like the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel (a giant Ferris Wheel ride), restaurants like Paula Deen's Family Kitchen and numerous specialty shops and name-brand retailers. It's also where you'll find Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Resort and a restaurant that shares the Margaritaville name. In all, The Island's 300,000 square feet of usable space accommodate more than 80 retail, restaurant, hotel and entertainment tenants.
Also calling the Mountain Mile home already are the LeConte Convention Center and the Cal Ripken baseball complex. The former facility hosts dozens of special events every year, while the later is an increasingly popular venue for youth baseball tournaments and events.
When it comes to shopping, there's also a lot already in place, but the core retail portion of the Mountain Mile will be called the Tower Shops, which will consist of three main facilities. Most of the legacy shops that have been on site for years – like Old Time Pottery – will still be located in the two annex buildings that used to be part of the former Belz Mall. However, that one-time popular outlet mall is being completely revamped into an open-air festival retail center, showcasing even more shops in an outdoor mall setting. In all, the Tower Shops will offer 180,000 square feet of retail space, in addition to the 205,000 square feet already in use in the annex buildings. Tenants will represent a wide array of nationally known retail brands and sellers.
As for attractions, site plans also call for the Mountain Mile Adventure Center, which would feature a ropes course, mountain coaster, chairlift and more activities. Other possible additions for that acreage include a driving range, a tubing park and an amphitheater for outdoor concerts and events. In all, more than 125 acres of land at the Mountain Mile are still available for development.
Currently, construction is still progressing on the Mountain Monster, a new attraction that will include several unique thrill rides, all originating from a 200-foot-tall tower. The Mountain Monster will be open on the Tower Shops site later this spring.
The Mountain Mile's name comes from the fact that all this new development sits along a one-mile stretch of Teaster Lane in Pigeon Forge, just one block off the Parkway. It stretches from the intersection at Jake Thomas Blvd. to Wears Valley Rd. There are also plans to extend Jake Thomas Blvd. to provide another access point to Dollywood theme park.
Here at Smoky Mountain Ziplines, we're excited to be welcoming so many new neighbors to town. The Mountain Mile will be a good place to stay, dine and shop on any trip that includes a visit to our ziplines in the Smokies.