Blog for Zip line Attraction in the Smoky Mountains

Located in Pigeon Forge, TN and near Gatlinburg and Sevierville.


Zipline Q&A

By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on April 26, 2022

If you've visited our attraction, you're already familiar with our canopy tour and hopefully have some good memories of what it's like to ride some of the best ziplines in the area. It's a combination that's hard to beat - ziplines, Smoky Mountains and a beautiful spring day. Those are just a few of the reasons to book a tour with us and experience the Smokies in a way that most visitors don't get to.

But if you're brand-new to ziplining and are thinking about giving it a try, then we're devoting this week's post to answering some of your basic questions and giving you a rough idea of what you can expect from a trip to our outpost near Pigeon Forge, TN. Many such questions are already covered on our website - particularly those about our specific attraction - under the FAQ tab. However, read on to learn even more about ziplining in general. Hopefully, we'll provide enough information for you to make a decision about whether you and your family would enjoy a trip to Smoky Mountain Ziplines (we think you will).

Why go ziplining in the first place?

There are lots of reasons:

  • For starters, it can help you appreciate new surroundings, especially if you've never visited the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee before.
  • You'll enjoy cool breezes, even on hot, windless days.
  • You'll enjoy the feeling of weightlessness without having to lose weight.
  • You can see the world from a new vantage point - at times more than 100 feet above the forest floor.
  • You'll have a cool story to tell at work/school the next week.
  • It will help you escape from someone who's chasing after you. Admittedly, this scenario is statistically unlikely, but you never know…
  • A cool ziplining pic will help boost your social media posts.
  • It's a great team-building activity for co-workers/teammates/classmates, etc.
  • It's a wonderful way to bond with your family and possibly even make you one of the coolest parents ever.
  • Ziplining releases endorphins, your feel-good hormones.
  • Ziplining helps you challenge yourself and stretch your boundaries.

What does ziplining feel like?

It's an electrifying and exhilarating experience. When you push yourself beyond your everyday activities and do something that stretches your comfort level, you produce adrenaline, which temporarily can increase your heart rate, breathing rate and metabolism. These can all be good things when they combine to create a feeling of euphoria that can last for hours.

Can I zipline if I'm afraid of heights?

Yes! In fact, ziplining is a fun and creative way to help you overcome your fear of heights. Remember that most people get a little nervous before stepping off that launch platform for the first time. That's only natural. It's a big leap of faith, especially when you're 10 stories off the ground. But we've been doing this for more than a decade, and our safety record is superb. We've helped all kinds of people overcome their fear of heights, so there's a good chance that one of our zipline tours can help you too.

Can I go ziplining if I'm pregnant?

That probably depends on how far along you are. Our recommendation is to consult with your OB/GYN before committing to ziplining and asking her/him if it's safe for you to participate.

What should I wear?

This item is covered on our website FAQ, but we thought we'd mention it here as well because it's a common question. In warmer weather, we recommend wearing jeans or khaki pants with a T-shirt, although shorts are OK as long as they're not super short; otherwise, you'll find our zipline harness to be uncomfortable. Stay away from tank tops or string tops for the same reason. Also, no skirts or dresses, and no open-toed shoes like sandals or flip-flops.


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