Without exaggerating, we could say there are hundreds of ways to have fun outdoors while you’re in Pigeon Forge. At the Great Smoky Mountains National Park alone, you have a variety of options for fun in the sun. Hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, and river rafting are just a few ways visitors enjoy the great outdoors when they come to the Smokies.
But we want you to know that even if you’ve been to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, a dozen times and think you’ve done all the activities and seen all the sights, there are still more ways to have outdoor fun—ways you might have never heard about before! Listed below are just a few of the exciting and fun-filled attractions waiting for you in Pigeon Forge. Try one attraction or try them all during your time away, and enjoy the Smoky Mountains in a brand new way!
Speed through the Smoky Mountains at speeds of nearly 30 mph at The Coaster at Goats on the Roof! On this ride, you’ll get a front-row seat to the mountains that you won’t find anywhere else. You can ride the coaster by yourself or with a partner, and the hand-operated brake is yours to control, so you can be as careful or as crazy as you want!
This is a great ride for families, including children. However, there are height restrictions, so be sure to check out The Coaster’s website for details before you come. Besides the alpine coaster, at Goats on the Roof you can also feed the goats or try your luck with gem mining on site. With so many ways to have fun, The Coaster is a great place to experience the Smoky Mountains in ways you’ve never seen them before!
Outdoor Gravity Park
One of the newest attractions in the Smoky Mountains is the Outdoor Gravity Park in Pigeon Forge, and it’s the only ride of its kind in Tennessee! Basically, you’ll be strapped inside a huge globe with up to two of your friends and tumbling down a 1,000-foot hill. Sound fun? We thought so!
At the Outdoor Gravity Park, you can choose one of three different courses—the Zig-Zag, Zipper, or Straight Away. You can choose a dry ride or a wet one, which means you’re strapped in with 20 gallons of water on the inside. And as you tumble your way down the mountain, you’ll be on camera with a handheld GoPro catching all the action!
Children and families are welcome to the Outdoor Gravity Park, but you must be at least 6 years old to ride in the orbs. Besides the orbs, you can also ride the Fishpipe at the park. This orb spins at 45 revolutions per minute—what they call a rotating barrel waterslide! Bring your swimsuit and towel for these outdoor adventures, and plan to have a lot of laughs and tons of fun.
A great place for the entire family to have some outdoor fun is at The Island in Pigeon Forge. You have so many options at the Island—from riding the Funny Cars to the Flying Horse Carousel to the Lil’ Rabbits—that any age group can find something to enjoy.
Another favorite attraction at The Island is the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a towering wheel that stands at 200 feet tall, offering stunning views of the Smokies! The wheel is one of the tallest attractions in the Southeast, and you’ll be able to ride in all-glass gondolas that seat up to eight guests. They even have water-and-light shows with the fountains at The Island. At night, head to the center of the attraction to enjoy the show! So load up the van and head over to The Island for some one-of-a-kind outdoor fun in Pigeon Forge this summer!
If you need a place to stay while you get outside of the box on your outdoor fun in Pigeon Forge, we have a huge variety to choose from! Check out our cabins, which include luxury properties, budget-friendly properties, and properties ranging from one-bedroom cabins to large lodges. All have lots of great amenities and will offer you a comfortable place to stay after fun days in town checking out Pigeon Forge attractions.