Posted by Phil Rodgers in Things to Do
At Smoky Mountain Ziplines in Pigeon Forge, they're proving that any time of year is a great time to hook onto a sturdy steel cable and take off flying through the air like a bird. The popular outdoor attraction is open from March through December, offering numerous opportunities to experience the sensation of zooming through the treetops of the Smoky Mountain foothills.
Their outpost is located just a couple of miles off the Pigeon Forge Parkway on Mill Creek Road. But its remote setting offers plenty of separation from the hustle and bustle of the city's other tourist destinations. Set among rolling hills and deeply carved valleys, the landscape is ideal for the seven-line canopy tour that awaits. The lines start off easy for beginners, but they soon deliver big thrills for anyone in search of a holiday adrenaline surge. The lines total more than 4,200 feet in length and reach heights as high as 150 feet above the ground. The longest line stretches nearly the length of three football fields.
Along the way, guests get to experience more than just speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. Towering pole platforms and treetop platforms deliver literal bird's-eye views of rugged mountain terrain and picture-postcard views of the Great Smoky Mountains range. There's also a 30-foot, controlled-descent feature that allows you to rappel from one of the landing platforms with the assistance of your guide.
Speaking of which, you'll be in good hands with their team of professional guides. From getting you outfitted with the right safety gear to showing you how to ride the ziplines to keeping you entertained along the way, they're what keep things running smoothly at Smoky Mountain Ziplines.
Each two-hour tour consists of as many as eight guests (sometimes fewer), and it starts at the SMZ basecamp, where your pair of guides will get you all geared up. From there, your tour group will ride to the top of the mountainside course in the back of a military transport vehicle. Once your canopy tour is finished, you'll ride back to the outpost in the back of the truck.
Smoky Mountain Ziplines is ranked by tripadvisor.com as number one out of 24 outdoor activities in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. That's based on nearly 3,000 reviews that have been written about the attraction over the course of its 10-plus-year history. The overwhelming majority of those reviews have rated it as Excellent.
One recent visitor wrote: “Awesome! What a great experience. Such a great staff. They really made our trip. And the views are gorgeous. Highly recommend.”
And that's typical of what their guests have written on tripadvisor.com, proving that Smoky Mountain Ziplines truly is one of the top outdoor activities in the Smokies.
While you're ziplining in Pigeon Forge, carve out some time to hang out with us at Goats on the Roof. We're just a few miles from Smoky Mountain Ziplines, and you can travel directly to us via the back roads of Pigeon Forge, without having to get out into Parkway traffic.
At Goats on the Roof, we offer speedy outdoor fun of a different sort. Our Goat Coaster is an alpine coaster on which passengers twist and wind their way down hill for nearly a mile and at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. And you're in charge of the brake. You can make the ride as tame or as wild as you can stand.
Our attraction, located on Wears Valley Road in Pigeon Forge has more in store for the whole family, including live goats on our rooftop, gem mining, a unique store and much more. We hope to see you on your next trip to the Great Smoky Mountains!