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Visitors to Gatlinburg, TN who are looking for some adrenaline-fueled fun during their vacation will definitely want to stop by Rowdy Bear Mountain! This all new attraction is home to two amazing thrill rides that are guaranteed to get your heart racing. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to these exciting new rides in Gatlinburg.
The Gravity Coaster
In mid-June, Rowdy Bear Mountain officially launched The Gravity Coaster. This spiraling alpine coaster cuts through scenic woodlands and offers gorgeous views of downtown Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains.
The Gravity Coaster is self-propelled, which means that passengers can control their own speed. Daredevils can push their cart to the limit to zoom down the track, while folks who are looking for a more relaxing ride can go slow and soak up all of the area’s breathtaking natural beauty. The Gravity Coaster reaches a top speed of 30 miles per hour and the entire ride typically takes 5 to 7 minutes, depending on how fast you decide to go.
The Gravity Coaster is a family-friendly ride that can be enjoyed by children as young as 3 years old (as long as they are at least 38” tall). Each cart can accommodate up to two guests, so parents and children can ride the coaster together. In order to ride the coaster alone, a passenger must be at least 10 years old and 56” tall.
While riding The Gravity Coaster during the day offers the best mountain views, nighttime rides on the coaster are a unique experience that you don’t want to miss. In the evenings, the coaster is surrounded by thousands of colorful lights that passengers can admire as they whizz down the track.
To watch a POV ride on The Gravity Coaster, check out this video from Coaster Universe (the downhill portion of the ride starts around the 2-minute mark):
For pricing information and tickets, visit the official Rowdy Bear Mountain website.
The Mountain Glider
In the fall of 2017, Rowdy Bear Mountain will open one of the most hotly anticipated rides in Gatlinburg: The Mountain Glider. The first ride of its kind, The Mountain Glider will allow guests to soar through the forest canopy like a bird. Passengers on The Glider will be suspended in a harness and can experience the ride in a seated position or with their arms stretched in front of them like Superman. The Mountain Glider will feature two parallel lines, so you can race a friend or family member through the trees.
About Rowdy Bear Mountain
Rowdy Bear Mountain is located at 386 Parkway, just a short walk from the heart of downtown Gatlinburg. The attraction offers free parking for guests. Rowdy Bear is open from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Sunday. Visit My Smokies will be sure to update you if Rowdy Bear Mountain adds additional thrill rides in Gatlinburg!
For a complete guide to the area’s best attractions, check out our listing of Things to Do in Gatlinburg!