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The Five WORST Things About Ziplining

By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on September 19, 2017

Don't get us wrong; we definitely think Smoky Mountain Ziplines is well worth the trip, whether it's your first time ziplining or your 100th. With the most exciting ways to zip line Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville have to offer, we can help turn any morning or afternoon into an adventure as you spend hours in our mountainside zipline course. You'll fly, you'll see stunning mountain views, and you might make a few new friends along the way.

But we feel that we should also give you a heads-up about some of the downsides of ziplining, so you can make a truly informed decision when planning your next trip to the Smokies. So read on as we present to you the top five WORST things about ziplining.

1. Your face may get sore from smiling.

We've seen it happen too many times. Once a guest gets that first taste of zooming through the treetops high above the ground, they start smiling. And sometimes they don't stop until they've journeyed all the way through our seven-line canopy tour. Even when they're not actually experiencing air time, the smiling is likely to continue, and it's not unusual for guests to remark that their face muscles are getting sore from holding a smile for that long a period of time. We hear, though, that once our guests return to their regular routine, those muscles tend to relax within just a few hours, and no further symptoms are experienced. Until they come back to Smoky Mountain Ziplines, that is…

2. You may suffer a feeling of post-zipline letdown.

You know how some people experience the post-holiday blues after Christmas? They spend a certain amount of time in a heightened state of fun and excitement, so that once that stimulus is gone, they find themselves feeling just a little blue. The same might happen after taking one of our zipline tours. Re-assimilation into the real world, even if you're still on vacation, can feel like a little bit of a let-down, and you may find yourself longing to get right back out on the ziplines. The good news is that you can do that! There's nothing stopping you from booking your next tour with us at your nearest convenience.

3. You might have to experience cell-phone withdrawal.

You're certainly welcome to bring your cell phone on your zipline tour to take photos and videos. Some of our guests prefer not to, however, because they don't want to risk losing their phones, or they want to make sure that they're fully in the moment while soaking in the exhilaration of a zipline tour – not to mention all that beautiful Smoky Mountain scenery. But be forewarned that if you leave your cell phone behind, you may experience withdrawal symptoms during the multiple hours that you won't have access to all that rancorous political bickering, photos of cats and puppies, and any number of recipes featuring bacon. Don't worry, though; we hear that withdrawal symptoms dissipate within minutes of getting your phone back.

4. Prepare for feelings of indecision while trying to pick a photo.

You may not realize it at the time, but your photo was being taken while you were on our zipline course. You even get an opportunity to pose for a group photo at some point on the tour. So when you get back to our outpost, you'll have a chance to pick out a souvenir pic of your visit if you like. The hard part may be picking the ones you like best. Indecision can be a frustrating thing, so you can always bypass that negative feeling by purchasing one of everything!

5. You'll risk making your social media friends envious.

Once you post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram that you've gone ziplining in the Smoky Mountains, prepare for jealousy, especially if you upload photos that show everyone what a great time you had. You might get snarky comments on your post, or some friends may flat-out tell you that they're jealous of your fun in the mountains. This is where you'll have to be tough and not be ashamed of knowing how to have a good time. Or you could make new friends. Or get off social media. These are all good options.


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