Mountain Coasters: What Are They?

Pigeon Forge mountain coasters have become increasingly popular in recent years. A ride on a Smoky Mountain coaster provides a similar thrill to one on a roller coaster, but the ride is completely self-controllable. If you've never experienced a Pigeon Forge mountain coaster, here is what you need to know to have the best experience when you visit.

What is a Mountain Coaster?

While all mountain coasters have unique aspects to draw visitors in they all share a few key qualities. First, they are outdoors along the mountainside, offering spectacular views of the Smokies or wooded areas. You ride along a rail in a cart made to fit 1-2 passengers that is completely controllable by the rider. This means you can go as fast or as slow as you want, for a completely personal experience.

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Pigeon Forge Mountain Coaster

How is it different from a roller coaster?

Normal roller coasters link cars together in a chain and run at a controlled speed. On a Pigeon Forge mountain coaster, you are in control of your ride. The only time any other force kicks in is when safety features prevent you from running into another car. Mountain coasters are meant to be exhilarating, but you won't experience terrifying drops or upside down loops. It's a great experience for riders of all ages.

Are there age, height & weight requirements?

Each mountain coaster has height, weight and age requirements. Be sure to check the website of the coaster you choose in order to ensure all members of your group can ride. For groups with smaller children, it is often possible to ride two to a cart to allow the kids to experience the thrill safely. Be aware that there may still be height requirements for kids who want to ride along, but not control the cart.

Top Pigeon Forge Mountain Coasters

Rocky Top Mountain Coaster

Projected to be the longest mountain coaster in East Tennessee, Rocky Top Mountain Coaster promises fun for all ages. The track has four lifts, four drops, tunnels and hairpin turns, and you can even experience the thrill-packed excursion after dark. Take in the view of 20 acres of Smoky Mountain scenery as you glide around the track at your own pace.

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Top Gatlinburg Mountain Coasters

Anakeesta's Rail Runner

The one-of-a-kind Rail Runner at Anakeesta is the first of it's kind in the country. It's a single rail, meaning riders are lower to the ground for a more thrilling and unique experience. The ride has a 400 ft elevation change, 1,600 ft of downhill twists and turns, and hits speeds up to 25 miles per hour. Plus when you reach the bottom of the tack, you can then enjoy the scenic ride back up to the top of the mountain.

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Moonshine Mountain Coaster

Moonshine Mountain Coaster is a unique, family-friendly thrill ride that puts you in the driver’s seat, literally! The single or double rider cars coast down the mountain on a specially-designed silent track. You can ride during the day or come around at night when neon lights illuminate the track in the dark.

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If you are seeking a thrill or just a casual ride, hop on a Smoky Mountain coaster on your next trip. Strap in for the ride and take it at whatever speed you are comfortable with as you take in beautiful views of the Smoky Mountains.

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