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 November 17, 2015
Now that we're firmly entrenched in autumn, we're scaling back our operational schedule here at Smoky Mountain Ziplines. For now, we're only open on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the year, except for the Thanksgiving week and Christmas week, when we will be open on weekdays as well. After the new year, we'll be closed in January and February, and then we'll start tours again in March, once temperatures start to warm up a little.
In the meantime, we look forward to welcoming lots of folks visiting the Smokies for a weekend getaway. Especially as we're getting into the peak foliage season, the views from our Pigeon Forge ziplines are outstanding, and with Winterfest now in full swing in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville, there are lots of ways to enjoy being in the mountains and observe the holiday season at the same time.
You might also consider coming to the Smokies to celebrate the actual Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Imagine starting a new family tradition where you all stay in the same accommodations and share memorable times while exploring the area's natural beauty, visiting local attractions (like Smoky Mountain Ziplines), shopping in our outlet malls and letting someone else do the holiday cooking for a change. Those could shape up to be Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations your family never forgets.
Once we do take a couple of months off in January and February, we know you'll already be looking forward to spring and summer, when the conditions are a lot more conducive to outdoor play. Until then, we'll help tide you over with some stories about what other zipline attractions around the world are doing as well as some of the fascinating people who are visiting them.
So like we did a couple of weeks ago, join us on a quick spin around the nation and around world as we explore how other cities and countries are making the most out of ziplining. (One of these news items includes a video link.)
Never Too Old (Part II)
What do you think of when you imagine the typical nonagenarian? Do you imagine her riding on a zipline? Perhaps not, but that's exactly what 94-year-old Vivian Martin of Mesquite, TX did. The zipline ride was part of an Adults 50+ adventure program at Camp Rorie Galloway. Martin, who rode the zipline last month, says she plans to do it again to celebrate her 95th birthday in April. She got the idea from watching her daughter and son-in-law do a zipline course in Alaska last summer.
And right here in our own neck of the woods, a Kingsport man one-upped Ms. Martin by ziplining his way down Bays Mountain just a few weeks ago at age 97. Bob Miller, who recently celebrated the big 9-7, has been making ziplining down that mountain a part of his birthday ritual since age 93.
A Princely Endeavor
Meanwhile, halfway around the world, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, the Crown Prince of Dubai, rode a zipline above the famed Dubai Fountain, one of that country's most iconic water landmarks. This event also took place back in October. You can watch the royal feat here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw16x293_88
Of course, you've still got plenty of chances to experience your own zipilne thrills here in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. We look forward to seeing you either this weekend or next week during the Thanksgiving holiday.