Turn your Smoky Mountain getaway into a vacation to remember with these action-packed adventures in Pigeon Forge! In this exciting mountain city, you’ll find everything from water slides and go-kart rides to ziplining through the trees.
And that short list hasn’t even touched what you’ll find in the great outdoors, including inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Whether you’re trying to challenge your group or simply try something new, Pigeon Forge has tons of options for high-adrenaline fun in the Smokies.
Slides & Rides
One of the first places that comes to mind when you think action-packed fun in Pigeon Forge is definitely Dollywood! This always-popular theme park is loaded with high-octane rides and world-class roller coasters that are sure to thrill even the craziest daredevils of your bunch. Rides like the Tennessee Tornado and Thunderhead have been entertaining guests for years, but if you’ve “been there, done that,” then come for a couple brand-new rides like Lightning Rod, the world’s fastest wooden coaster, and Drop Line, a 200-foot free-fall ride with incredible views of the park!
Adjacent to Dollywood is its sister attraction, Dollywood’s Splash Country,with an equally impressive amount of thrills,. When you’re looking for a way to stay cool and enjoy some high-adrenaline fun, this is definitely the place to be with rides like Fire Tower Falls, the park’s fastest and tallest water slide reaching heights of 70 feet and propelling you down a 280-foot track! Other action-packed rides include RiverRush and SwiftWater Run, and brand new to the park in 2017 will be the TailSpin Racer, a 6-lane racing slide that’s longer than a football field and 5 stories tall!
Sure, engineers and designers can create some amazing rides to keep your adrenaline pumping, but sometimes the best adventures are the ones created by none other than Mother Nature herself! In the Smoky Mountains, you’ll find tons of options for outdoor fun, beginning with whitewater rafting down the Pigeon River. The Pigeon Forge area has several rafting companies with a variety of packages and options depending on your group’s needs. Be sure to check them out as you plan your day of whitewater fun this year in the Smokies.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is another place to go for thrilling outdoor fun. And the great news is, this park is absolutely FREE, which means you can go cycling or hiking with minimal cost. The only thing you’ll need to buy are the snacks for your backpack! To learn more about the 800+ miles of trails in the park, including which ones are geared toward more adventure-seeking hikers, visit the park’s website directly. To help you get started, here’s a quick list of the most popular destination hikes in the park:
- Charlies Bunion
- Alum Cave Bluffs
- Andrews Bald
- Rainbow Falls
- Chimney Tops
Another awesome outdoor adventure is ziplining – and the surrounding Smoky Mountain trees provide an unforgettable setting for this high-flying dose of outdoor fun. In Pigeon Forge, check out Smoky Mountain Ziplines, where their canopy tour will have you sailing through the trees at up to 25 miles an hour!
Pigeon Forge also boasts action-packed adventures unique to the area – great for adults and kids. First, don’t miss a visit to one of Pigeon Forge’s newest attractions, the Outdoor Gravity Park. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to roll down the hill in the equivalent of a giant hamster wheel, this is the attraction for you! Roll down a 1,000-foot hill by yourself or with up to 2 friends, and in the summer, try their water-wheel option, which uses over 10 gallons of water to cool you off on a sizzling summer day. They even have a warm water option for cold weather—something they call a “rolling Jacuzzi”! Don’t miss this tumbling attraction in Pigeon Forge.
Of course, one of the ultimate adrenaline-pumping experiences is skydiving over the Smoky Mountains, and in Pigeon Forge, you’ll find a unique option that simulates skydiving without ever setting foot on a plane. We’re talking about Flyaway Indoor Skydiving located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. This one-of-a-kind attraction—America’s first ever vertical wind tunnel—will give you the feeling of flying without the fear of falling. Check it out for some unique and thrilling fun during this year’s visit to Pigeon Forge.
Last but not least, don’t miss TopJump—Sevier County’s first-ever trampoline park! If you’re looking for a fun way to spend the afternoon with adults, teenagers, or a mix of both, TopJump is loaded with trampoline park attractions, a sky-high climbing adventure, a huge arcade, and much more!