Record-Breaking Smoky Mountain Coaster Opens in Gatlinburg

View of Gatlinburg during the daytime

UPDATE: A long-awaited Smoky Mountain coaster is finally open! After a year of construction, the brand new Mountain Coaster at Ober Gatlinburg is up and running. At 3,000 feet tall, this thrilling ride is the highest mountain coaster in the state of Tennessee, and one of the tallest of its kind in the world.

You can see the Mountain Coaster in action in this news report from local station WVLT:

With autumn just around the corner, the next few months are the the perfect time to ride the Gatlinburg coaster through the mountains to see all of the fall colors!

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About the New Smoky Mountain Coaster at Ober Gatlinburg

The mountain coaster starts at the tubing area and begins with a steady ride through the woods, along the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. After a calm ride to the top, riders experience the thrill of rushing down the side of the mountain with zips and turns that are sure to make every family member smile.

Unlike most coasters, this one lasts approximately 5 ½ minutes, and everyone in the family is able to ride. The attraction allows riders to choose their own speed as they zoom down the mountainside, so it’s comfortable for riders of all ages.

As with all Ober Gatlinburg rides, this one employs the absolute highest safety standards.

Tell Us in the Comments: Do you love Ober Gatlinburg? Scroll to the bottom of this article and tell us your favorite thing to do when you visit Ober!

Snowy view of GatlinburgWhat is Ober Gatlinburg?

Ober Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s only ski resort, but it is also a year-round attraction that hosts millions of visitors each year. There’s plenty of things to do at Ober Gatlinburg besides skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating though. Here are some of our favorite activities at Ober:

  • Aerial Tramway
  • Alpine Slide
  • Wildlife Exhibit
  • Scenic Chairlift
  • Amaze’n Maze
  • Carousel
  • Chair Swing
  • Blue Cyclone Rapids
  • Kiddie Land and Rides
  • Miniature Golf
  • Arcade and Redemption Center
  • Ober’s Lightnin’ Raft Ride

To learn more about the attractions and other things to do while you’re at Ober Gatlinburg, visit their website by following this link: http://www.obergatlinburg.com/activities/

Upcoming OktOBERfest Event at Ober GatlinburgView from the Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway

OktOBERfest 2015 is almost here! The event kicks off on September 25 and will run through November 2. The event is known for having authentic German food, music and beverages. Every weekend, kids and families can also enjoy games and activities at the event.

Take a look at the event details from an earlier OktOBERfest to start planning for this year: Pretzels, Polka and Pints at Oktoberfest in Gatlinburg

Where is Ober Gatlinburg?

The Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort is located at 1339 Ski Mountain Road. Many visitors choose to take the Aerial Tramway from downtown Gatlinburg to the attraction. The 2.1 mile ride is the best way for visitors to ride over the Smokies and enjoy the sights from the sky. When you ride the Aerial Tramway, you don’t have to worry about finding a parking spot at Ober Gatlinburg, either! Here’s how you get from Gatlinburg to the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort:

Tell Us What You Think

At Visit My Smokies, we are excited to ride the new Smoky Mountain coaster this fall! Tell us what you love most about Ober Gatlinburg in the comments section below this article, and maybe we’ll write about it in a future blog post!

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