Blog for Zipline Attraction in the Smoky Mountains
Located in Pigeon Forge, TN and near Gatlinburg and Sevierville.
By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on September 10, 2012
As the nation's zipline industry continues to grow and expand, a number of trends have emerged as zipline operators work hard to attract customers and distinguish themselves form the competition.
One of the most notable trends is that zip line technology and business opportunity feed off each other. For example, as equipment has become safer, more reliable and more comfortable, the opportunity has opened up for operators to introduce new types of zipline experiences. Advanced trolley and braking designs allow riders to ride down steeper terrain, go farther and reach faster speeds. More comfortable harnesses have allowed more older and younger participants to enjoy the activity. The future? Hybrid electric trolleys will one day allow riders to go up and down lines and even around curves.
In addition to ziplines used for recreational purposes, like the 18 different lines we feature at our Smoky Mountain zip line course, other uses for ziplines are springing up at sites around the country. For example, eco-tours via zipline often incorporate green building practices and focus on conservation. Ziplines can also be incorporated into aerial trekking and physical-challenge courses.
Of course, at Smoky Mountain Ziplines, we emphasize fun and adventure for guests.