10 Ways to Savor Late Summer at Ober Mountain

Summer is about scenic drives, fresh air, and outdoor family fun. It's time to make the most of the beauty and adventure opportunities of the season. Ober Mountain, formerly known as Ober Gatlinburg, is a place where you can do just that. Getting there is easy: the Aerial Tramway is a cable car ride that departs from downtown Gatlinburg and ascends more than 1,400 feet to the adventure park and ski area. It operates year-round and provides an amazing airborne experience.

Mountain biking at Ober

Mountain Biking

Downhill mountain biking is new to Ober Gatlinburg. This adrenaline-pumping ride crisscrosses through the hills and lets you embrace the thrills. Professionals designed trails with safety in mind and regular maintenance ensures they're always in great shape for riders of all skill levels. Lessons and rental equipment are available. The best part? You take the chairlift up and ride your bike down.

Summer tubing at Ober

Slip & Slide with Summer Tubing

Summer tubing is another new attraction at Ober Mountain. Inflated tubes are the perfect vehicle for sliding down a synthetic surface made to mimic layers of compacted snow. You better hurry for this one -- the summer tubing season closes on Labor Day, however winter tubing begins its season mid-November.

Rock climbing at Ober

Climb to the Top of the Rock

Show off your strength and skills by scaling the Rock Wall at Ober Mountains. This 30-foot rock tower lets climbers of all ages strap into a harness and climb to the top! Only five climbers are allowed on the Rock Wall simultaneously to ensure safety. A belt-in belaying system makes the rappel down even more fun!

Tennessee Flyer Mountain Coaster

This exhilarating mountain coaster is the ultimate family experience. The rider is in control choosing how fast or leisurely they want to make their ride. The coaster carts have room for two riders so you can double up on the fun.

Mountain Coasters
Alpine Slide at Ober

Race Down the Alpine Slide

Imagine a swift ride that takes you through the woods and down the mountains as you take in the breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains. The Alpine Slide is a uniquely thrilling experience as you get to control the speed of your ride by using the hand brake. With two unique sections, this ride is the perfect way to chase the last few moments of summer!

Ride the Scenic Chairlift

The Scenic Chairlift takes you through the woods to the top of Mt Harrison. The ride features beautiful Smoky Mountain views and the chance to explore Ober Mountain's natural beauty. If you are lucky, you will be treated to some local bluegrass music at the top. The great thing about the Scenic Chairlift is that it's fun in any season.

Scenic Chairlifts in the Smokies

Explore the Wildlife Encounter

Are you interested in seeing bears in the Great Smoky Mountains? Visit the Wildlife Encounter at Ober. You'll see and learn about an array of animals native to East Tennessee. Meet resident black bears and learn about snakes, river otters, raccoons, birds of prey, and many other native animals.

Where To See Bears

Take a Spin Around the Ice Rink

The ice-skating rink at Ober Mountain is open year-round, and during summer, there's a special bonus: it's the perfect place to cool off. Get onto the ice and enjoy a spin around the ice rink no matter what the weather outside may be like. Rental skates are available for everyone, from Toddler Size 6 to Adult Size 15.

Things To Do On A Hot Day
Ice bumper cars at Ober

Crash a Course in Ice Bumper Cars

If ice skating isn't quite your style, let it all run wild with a round of ice bumper cars. This new attraction brings motorized vehicles to the ice so riders can spin, smash, and zoom around their designated portion of the rink. The controls work similarly to your favorite video game, so you're sure to be a master maneuverer in no time.

360-degree Mountain Views

There's nothing like a panoramic view of the Great Smoky Mountains. On your way up on the Aerial Tramway you're sure to catch some of the best views in Gatlinburg, but one of the greatest delights of this mountaintop theme park is as simple as looking around from the summit. You'll be standing next to some of the highest peaks on the east coast.

Great Smoky Mountains
Ober's Jump Pillow / Chair SwingsOber's Jump Pillow / Chair Swings
Ober's Jump Pillow / Chair Swings

Bonus: Just For Kids

Enjoy leaps and bounds of fun on the Jump Pillow at Ober Mountain! This oversized inflatable trampoline lets little ones under 48 inches tall play and bounce on a soft, safe surface. The Jump Pillow is the only wristband activity just for small kids, so it's a must-do for the youngest ones in your family. Another great activity for younger kids is the Chair Swings: a staple at Ober for many years. Kids will giggle with delight as they spin around and feel the wind in their hair.

Ober Mountain

Ober Mountain is a favorite Smoky Mountain destination that has welcomed visitors to East Tennessee since 1962. However, the property is under new ownership and has undergone refurbishments and updates to make your late-summer adventure even more memorable. So get your wristband ready and savor the last moments of summer at Ober Mountain.

Ober Mountain

Whether you want to conquer the Rock Wall, ice skate, visit the wildlife exhibit, or go on the thrilling coaster rides, there's something for everyone at Ober Mountain in Gatlinburg. Make this much-loved Smoky Mountain staple part of your next adventure! Browse other Smoky Mountain attractions and cash in last-minute summer fun.

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