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 September 1, 2020
Last week, we teed up and went in search of miniature golf fun in the Great Smoky Mountains. Along the way, we shared some of the area's notable mini golf attractions, but we only had a chance to scratch the surface. This week, we have even more destinations to pass along, so the next time you're visiting the Smokies, you'll have plenty of places to choose from when it comes to putting your way around town.
This is one of two outdoor miniature golf attractions operated by Ripley Entertainment. The other one is in Sevierville (see below), but we'll start with this outfit on the outskirts of downtown Gatlinburg. You'll find two 18-hole courses that meander through a wooded and rustic frontier-themed setting. Features include a waterfall, a rafting bear, a fort and animatronic critters. Interactive displays and spinning challenges add new dimensions to this classic family activity.
This is the other outdoor Ripley golf attraction, and you'll find it on the Parkway in Sevierville, near the entrance to Tanger Outlet Center. The theme here, as you might expect, is barnyard-based, complete with animated farm animals and Old MacDonald himself on hand to wave hello. This site actually offers three different courses for a total of 54 holes of play.
We'll take you back to Gatlinburg for this one. Gatlin Mini Golf's two outdoor miniature golf courses offer a total of 45 holes of action. Your journey from first hole to last is a trip through the history of Gatlinburg and the surrounding region. Each hole tells a story about the area's first settlers and their fascinating past. The attraction has won multiple awards for its imaginative use of plants and flowers throughout both courses, and several hardwood oak trees on site are more than 100 years old. They're a great source of shade on hot afternoons.
Here's another option for those more interested in a climate-controlled mini-golf experience. This 18-hole indoor layout is set against an ancient jungle temple backdrop. Think Indiana Jones meets putter and golf balls. A giant shark's jaws and a larger-than-life dinosaur are among the features you'll encounter along the way. And five of the holes are lit with black lights for a unique visual experience.
As we mentioned last week, some of the mini golf places you can visit have other fun vacation activities in store as well. For example, Gatlin's Mini Golf also offers laser tag, an escape room, ropes course, bumper cars and more.
Of course, miniature golf is just one of the many awesome things you and your family can enjoy when you come to the Smokies for a day, a weekend or an entire vacation. If you're interested in doing some ziplining, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are where you'll find us at Smoky Mountain Ziplines. We'll get you set up for a two- to three-hour adventure, during which you'll take flight on seven different ziplines. Each zipline is a unique experience, complete with heights, speed and some spectacular views of the mountains. You don't even have to have any previous experience; just follow the instructions of your guides, and you're ready to take off. We even provide all the safety gear, like helmet and gloves. Also, riding a zipline is a lot easier than trying to knock a tiny ball into a tiny hole with a club.