5240 Fish Hatchery Road | Mohawk, TN 37810 | 865-577-9798
What’s on your bucket list? A visit to the Grand Canyon? A road trip down Route 66? A visit to New England in the fall? Well, we’ve got one for you: tandem skydiving in the Smokies! That’s right—if you’ve always wanted to go skydiving, now’s your chance, and what better scenery for your exhilarating jump than the beautiful Smoky Mountains?
Your Smoky Mountain skydive experience begins about an hour’s drive northeast of Pigeon Forge at Skydive Smoky Mountains. Known an East Tennessee’s longest operating USPA (United States Parachute Association) Drop Zone, Skydive Smoky Mountains is your premier choice when it comes to skydiving in the Pigeon Forge area.
Want to know more? Have questions about how it all works and what you should expect? Keep reading! Below, we’ve provided everything you need to know for your once-in-a-lifetime skydiving experience with Skydive Smoky Mountains!
About Skydive Smoky Mountains
Skydive Smoky Mountains is a full-time, professional, tandem-only skydiving center located in the little town of Mohawk, Tennessee. The world-class skydive instructors at Skydive Smoky Mountains provide quality instruction and specialize in working with people who are brand new to skydiving. So if this will be a completely new experience for you, you’re at the right place with Skydive Smoky Mountains!
At Skydive Smoky Mountains, they guarantee a safe and exciting jump, whether it’s your first skydive experience or your hundredth. At their jump center, you’ll receive quality student training, and a skydive expert will be there to help you choose the skydive experience that’s right for you.
Every skydive instructor at Skydive Smoky Mountains is certified by the governing organization of skydiving, the USPA, and are among the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable professionals in the sport.
What to Expect for Your First Jump
We can’t tell you exactly what it feels like to fall from 11,000-plus feet in the air—you’ll have to experience that for yourself! But know that at Skydive Smoky Mountains, your first skydive experience is guaranteed to be extremely safe and incredibly fun!
You’ll be skydiving tandem, which means you’ll be strapped to a professional instead of skydiving solo. Skydive Smoky Mountains offers only tandem diving for a variety of reasons with the most important one being your safety.
Before you dive, professional skydivers will walk you through tandem skydive safety procedures and training. This will involve a short video, some paperwork, and a 20-minute training class. Don’t worry if this is all new to you—more than likely you won’t be alone!
For an even better idea what to expect for your first skydive in the Smokies, check out the Original Skydive Smoky Mountains Promotional Video on YouTube. You can also check out the Skydive Smoky Mountains photo gallery on their website. You might even find your own picture on there after you complete your first jump!
How Much Does It Cost
For Skydive Smoky Mountains’ competitive pricing, you’ll need to call their office directly at 865-577-9798. In addition to the cost of the jump, Skydive Smoky Mountains offers these exciting options so you can take home a lasting memento from your first jump!
- Tandem Skydive Video (DVD only) $75
- Tandem Skydive Video and Stills $100
Gift certificates are also available for those interested in sponsoring a jump for a loved one or a friend. Please note that in order to reserve your scheduled time and date at Skydive Smoky Mountains, you’ll need to pay a $50 deposit, which is required for all tandem skydiving and training.
Rules & Regulations
All Skydive Smoky Mountain participants must be 18 years of age or older—no exceptions! Also, due to gear limitations, all participants must be 215 pounds or less with no chronic back, neck, or knee problems. Passengers outside of these regulations will not be permitted to jump.
Other Aerial Recreation in the Smokies
Flyaway Indoor Skydiving
Maybe you’re interested in skydiving, but you want to take it slow and see what it’s all about before you jump out of a plane. Sound about right? Then check out Flyaway Indoor Skydiving conveniently located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge!
The site of America’s first vertical wind tunnel, Flyway’s body flight experience gives you the sensation of falling without the fear. This facility has become a popular training resource for sport skydivers, competitive teams, and military units. Bring your own group for an indoor flying experience next time you’re in the Smokies!
Smoky Mountain Ziplines
Another exciting option is to visit Smoky Mountain Ziplines in Pigeon Forge! If you’re traveling with kids or with a group, ziplining in the Smokies is a great way to have some high-flying fun without the rules and regulations of skydiving. In fact, kids as young as 8 years old can go ziplining, and the maximum weight for this activity is extended to 275 pounds. Choose their 7-line canopy tour for an outdoor adventure that’s over 150 in the air and covers 800 feet of cable at speeds up to 25 miles per hour!
Scenic Helicopter Tours
Our final option is a flight above the Great Smoky Mountains with Scenic Helicopter Tours! Offering flight tours over the national park since 1972, this attraction is the right choice for those who want to see the sights but who aren’t quite ready to trust a zipline or jump out of a plane. Instead, you’ll be safely buckled inside a helicopter with trusted pilots who will take you more than 1,200 feet in the air.
Depending on the helicopter tour you choose, your flight over the Smokies will give you the chance to view spectacular scenery like Douglas Lake, the French Broad River, the Douglas Dam, the Chilhowee Mountain Range, Wears Valley, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge.