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Pigeon Forge, TN is a paradise for thrill seekers! Our Smoky Mountain city is filled with a variety of adrenaline-fueled attractions that are sure to get your heart racing. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to seven of the most exciting rides in Pigeon Forge.
1. Dollywood’s Drop Line
The Drop Line may be one of Dollywood’s newest rides, but it has quickly established itself as a can’t-miss destination for the theme park’s bravest guests. Located in the Timber Canyon section of the park, this 20-story tower offers breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains in a rotating gondola. Once passengers reach the top of the tower, the fun truly begins. After a few seconds of excruciating anticipation, the Drop Line’s gondola comes rushing toward the ground at 77 miles per hour. The drop is over in the blink of an eye, but the shrieks of terror/joy will last a lifetime!
2. Dollywood’s Wild Eagle
Of course, we could easily write an entire blog about all of the amazing rides at Dollywood! For the purposes of this article, however, we just want to shine the spotlight on a few of the park’s most exhilarating attractions, and we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the Wild Eagle. As America’s first “winged coaster”, this unique ride ditches the conventional train-on-track design for seats that leave your feet dangling in the air. Passengers truly feel like eagles soaring through the sky! For more advice about the theme park’s best rides, check out our guide to spending one day at Dollywood.
3. Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster
As fun as Dollywood is, it doesn’t have a monopoly on incredible rides in Pigeon Forge! Situated on Wears Valley Road, the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is one of the most popular attractions in town. This awesome coaster is built right into the foothills of the Smokies, taking advantage of East Tennessee’s unique landscape and scenery. During the day, passengers will enjoy lovely forested views, and in the evening, guests can admire thousands of LED lights as they make their way down the hill.
4. Canopy Tour at Legacy Mountain Ziplines
A canopy tour with Legacy Mountain Ziplines is the most thrilling way to see the Smokies! Featuring seven lines that run across 400 acres of pristine mountain landscapes, this one-of-a-kind zipline course offers unparalleled views. Legacy’s ziplines reach a top speed of around 50 miles per hour, so adrenaline junkies will definitely get their fill.
5. 7D Dark Ride Adventure
The 7D Dark Ride Adventure is an immersive experience unlike anything else you’ve ever seen before. This indoor attraction at The Island in Pigeon Forge features a movie theater that is equipped with moving seats and wind machines. Guests are provided with 3D glasses and a blaster gun that interacts with the characters on the screen. When the movie starts, you’ll have the chance to shoot zombies or robots as the cinema’s interactive elements make you feel like you’re inside a video game. The 7D Dark Ride Adventure is the ultimate rainy day activity for the whole family!
6. Zorbing at Outdoor Gravity Park
Zorbing is an increasingly popular nationwide trend that has already taken hold in Pigeon Forge. In case you haven’t heard the term before, a “zorb” is a giant transparent hamster ball that is large enough for people to roll around inside. At Outdoor Gravity Park, guests can go zorbing down a 1,000-foot hill! During the summer, each zorb is filled with over 10 gallons of cool water, which introduces some wet and wild fun into the mix. In the fall and winter, guests can choose between “dry zorbing” or “wet zorbing” with warm water.
7. Flyaway Indoor Skydiving
Flyaway Indoor Skydiving offers all of the fun of traditional skydiving without parachutes or airplanes! This unique attraction features a powerful vertical wind tunnel that allows guests to experience the sensation of free-falling in a safe indoor environment. No previous experience is necessary to go skydiving, as Flyaway’s friendly staff will teach you everything you need to know. It’s easy to see why a session with Flyaway Indoor Skydiving is considered one of the best rides in Pigeon Forge!
Looking for even more fun activities to enjoy during your vacation? Check out our comprehensive listing of things to do in Pigeon Forge!