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 March 5, 2019
As of last Friday, Smoky Mountain Ziplines is officially open for its 2019 season! Along with the first appearance of the robin and the blooming of flowers, it's one of our sure signs that spring is just around the corner in the Smokies. Fortunately, this past off-season didn't drag out too long, and now we're excited to be opening our doors and welcoming visitors to our Smoky Mountain zip line and canopy tour.
Our canopy tour consists of seven different zipline runs of varying distances. But all told, they measure more than 4,000 feet in length, nearly a mile total. That adds up to a lot of airtime – time when you're speeding along at treetop level with the wind in your face and nothing but air around you in all directions, including straight down.
There's nothing like stepping off that launch platform for the first time, feeling your body drop and then hang suspended from the zipline cable by your safety harness. From there, gravity does all the work as you slowly gain speed until the high-pitched sound of trolley on steel cable is all you can hear in the otherwise quiet solitude of our mountain woodlands. Once your trolley catches in our built-in braking feature and your feet hit the landing platform, you know you've made it across.
In addition to those ziplines, there's a vertical descent feature about halfway through the course that allows you to essentially rappel straight down from one platform to another with the assistance of one of our guides.
And speaking of our guides, hanging out with them is almost as much fun as riding the ziplines. They play an important role here. They not only get you suited up with properly fitting safety gear, but they tell you everything you need to know about safely riding our ziplines, even if you've never been on one before. It's easy to pick up. Just follow their instructions, and you'll be good to go. They're also pretty entertaining. If you happen to be battling a case of stomach butterflies, they do a pretty good job of keeping folks at ease with their banter and their jokes.
And that's not even the complete picture of what we have to offer at Smoky Mountain Ziplines. Our experience includes rides to the top of our course in a military-transport vehicle, spectacular panoramic views of the mountains and a base camp facility that's ideal for hosting special events like birthday parties or team-building exercises.
If you're still not sure, watch the videos on our website or check out our ratings at tripadvisor.com. In both locations, you'll find tons of testimonials from happy customers, many of whom make it a point to visit us on their subsequent trips to the Smokies.
Of course, anyone who's ever spent any time in Tennessee in March knows, the weather on a day-to-day basis could easily be the result of a random spin of a roulette wheel. We'll get everything from high temperatures in the 70s to lows in the teens. It could be blazingly sunny one day and a torrential downpour the next. But we try to keep ourselves open if the weather permits. This time of year, it's always best to give us a call and verify our operational status before heading out to our location.
But if you do make it out this year, you're in for a wild time. If you've ziplined with us before, you already know that, but if you've never ridden a zipline before, or even if it's just your first time with us, we can tell you that you're in for an outdoor Smokies adventure you'll never forget.
We hope to see you here in 2019!