Top 10 Rides in Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg

Rides in Pigeon Forge are not limited to the roller coasters at Dollywood. Just drive down the parkway and you'll see so much to choose from! Adrenaline junkies can be shot 120 feet into the air or shoot laser guns while suspended in a swinging coaster. Those who just want a nice easy ride might prefer the views from high above Gatlinburg in a gondola or chair lift. Here are our picks for the top 10 rides in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

Blaster Boats at The Track

There are plenty of things to do at The Track, but Bumper Boats is one of our favorite rides in Pigeon Forge. This great family fun activity lets you cool off and battle each other with water cannons while you float and crash into one another. You'll love it on a hot summer day after enjoying any of the other fun activities at this location.

The Track

Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

The Island's observation wheel has been a Pigeon Forge landmark for years. If you just feel like kicking back and relaxing while also admiring near and far gorgeous mountain views, this might be the ride for you. It's one of those Pigeon Forge activities that everybody has to try at least once! But who knows, you'll probably be back.

The Island

Gatlinburg SkyLift

This attraction is one of those iconic places in Gatlinburg that you've definitely seen up above your head if you've visited the area. If you're not afraid of heights or dangling your feet in thin air, this is another relaxing ride option with wonderful mountain views. While you're at it be sure to visit the SkyBridge!

Gatlinburg SkyLift

The Flying Ox at Lumberjack

A roller coaster mixed with a zipline, you say? Paula Deen's Lumberjack Adventure Park has several unique things to do an enjoy, but The Flying Ox is our favorite. You'll soar through the air on a harness that takes you on a thrilling ride all around Lumberjack Square.

Lumberjack Adventure Park

The Mountain Monster

The 200 foot tall high intensity ride located at The Mountain Mile Tower & Shops has been called the scariest ride in Tennessee by Coaster Studios. There's more than one way to ride the Mountain Monster: the fall, the dive, and the launch. Try your hand at conquering all 3 of these high intensity rides in Pigeon Forge.

Mountain Mile

Anakeesta Chondola

Gatlinburg is host to the world's only fixed-grip chair lift - gondola combo. Guests can choose to ride in an open air 4 person lift with a safety bar or kick back in an enclosed cabin that can seat 6. Both options offer beautiful views on your way to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain and Firefly Village.


Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

One of the most relaxing ways to enjoy Appalachian beauty, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, shows you some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. The train departs just beneath the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Bryson City, North Carolina. This is a wonderful family fun excursion that all ages can enjoy.

GSM Railroad

The Alpine Flyer

Rowdy Bear Ridge in Pigeon Forge is host to a tubing hill and the incredibly unique Alpine Flyer: a 2 seater lifted coaster that swings and dips and soars through the sky. But there's a twist! Riders get to yield laser guns and fire them while they shoot through the sky. Anyone over 40" tall will have a blast.

Rowdy Bear

Pro-Tow at NASCAR SpeedPark

NASCAR SpeedPark on the parkway is host to so many fun things to do. Stop by and check out the Pro-Tow, a mini tower drop ride that even (brave) kids can enjoy. If you're not a family of thrill-seekers, there's plenty of other kid friendly activities to enjoy. Try the tilt-a-whirl, mini golf, or even VR.

NASCAR SpeedPark

The Slingshot

If you've driven down the Pigeon Forge parkway, chances are you've noticed FunStop Family Action Park's Slingshot. This adrenaline fueling thrill ride shoots guests more than 120 feet up into the air. If you like rides in Pigeon Forge that make your stomach drop, this might be the one for you. This parkway attraction is also host to The Skyscraper, a 150 foot high lift that spins at speeds of 60 miles per hour.

Are these rides in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg not quite your speed? You might prefer the variety of mountain coasters in the area, or the competitive spirit of a go kart track.

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