Adventure. Don’t we all love to do something that pushes us out of our comfort zones? At least every once in a while? There’s such a feeling of accomplishment when we conquer fears or do something new.
But I digress. For today’s post, I thought I’d take a look at the different zipline tours available in the Smoky Mountain area. I was amazed by how many I found, and also the variance involved. Some have slick sites (Smoky Mountain Ziplines); some look really different and fun (Climbworks); some have amazing scenery (Wahoo Ziplines) and one had a really, super, ridiculously hard-to-use site and zips over parking lots (Adventure Park Ziplines). But, hey, it depends on what you’re looking for. So I put all the info together in an easy-to-compare format. Here’s what I found:
- SkyZip Ziplines:
Description: This is the one you see at Dollywood. It’s located over by Adventure Mountain and is owned by Dollywood, too.
Number of zips included: 5
Time: An hour to an hour and a half
Also includes: An optional practice line that’s only 11 feet off the ground, several short hikes, a swinging bridge, views of the mountains and Dollywood and a nature walk
Requirements: Minimum 48 inches, minimum 80 pounds, maximum 270 pounds, close-toed shoes
Other info: Open any day Dollywood is open.
Price: $45. Buy tickets.
- Gatlinburg Zipline Adventures:
Description: Overlooking Great Smoky Mountain National Park, downtown Gatlinburg and the Space Needle
Number of zips included: 9
Time: An hour to an hour and a half
Also includes: Swinging treetop canopy platforms and a walk on a sky bridge
Requirements: Ages 5 to about 65; Weight 45 pounds to 245 pounds
Other info: Also offers a Twilight Night Tour, a Snow Ski and Zip package and private tours.
Price: $49. Buy tickets.
- Smoky Mountain Ziplines
Description: Located in Pigeon Forge. Travel up to 40 miles per hour. This is the largest course in Pigeon Forge. Super Ziplines are higher and faster than the regulars.
Number of zips included: 14 (Canopy Tours); 4 (Super Ziplines)
Time: 2 and a half hours (Canopy Tours); 40 minutes (Super Ziplines)
Also includes: Rope bridges. Very little hiking involved.
Requirements: Weight is 80-250 pounds. No skirts, dresses or open-toed shoes. At least 8 years (Canopy Tours); 12 years (Super Ziplines).
Other info: You can get $15 off with a copy of the Smoky Mountain Ziplines brochure! Look for it in area restaurants.
Price: $79.95 (Canopy Tours); $39.95 (Super Ziplines)
- Wahoo Ziplines:
Description: Located in Sevierville. Speeds up to 40 mph. Anywhere from 40-250 feet off the ground.
Number of zips included: 6
Also includes: Panoramic scenery
Requirements: Wear tennis shoes or hiking boots; put long hair in a low ponytail; ages: 5 and up; weight: under 275 pounds
Other info: Reservations are required! Call 865-453-7301.
Description: Located in Gatlinburg. All air features; during this adventure, your feet never touch the ground.
Number of zips: 9
Time: Two and a half hours
Also includes: 3 sky bridges, multiple treehouse platforms, diverse terrain, and education about the eco-system and history of the Smokies
Requirements: 8 years old; weight between 80 and 270 pounds; must be in moderately good health and able to stand for up to three hours; wear closed-toed shoes; keep long hair back
Other info: Closed Sundays and other select days, based on season. Check here for specific dates.
Price: $85 (adults); $75 (kids 8-15). Buy tickets.
- Adventure Park Ziplines:
Description: Located in Sevierville, across from the Five Oaks Tanger Mall. Final zip is 2,000 feet long.
Number of zips: 5
Time: An hour and a half
Requirements: 3 years (for a tandem ride with a guide); ages 6 and more than 70 pounds can ride alone; maximum weight is 270 pounds. Wear comfortable clothes and closed-toed shoes, and keep keep long hair pulled back
Other info: Offers after-dark zipping
Price: Buy tickets.
- Foxfire Mountain:
Description: Located off the beaten path, east of Pigeon Forge (technically Sevierville). No hiking or towers to climb.
Also includes: Zip from treetop to treetop, over meadows and over a 60 foot deep Civil War Iron Mine
Requirements: Must be at least 8 years old; weight between 75 and 275 pounds; wear closed-toed shoes
Price: $89.95. Buy tickets.