Surrounded by the beautiful Smoky Mountains, the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area is already known as a fantastic vacation destination for shows, shopping, and outdoor adventure. From rafting to mountain hiking, the Smoky Mountains offer numerous options for outdoor activities. The latest outdoor craze to hit Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge is ziplining! This international adventure activity has come to the Smoky Mountains, and it is the perfect addition to any vacation or visit to East Tennessee.

Fast Zipline Facts

The longest known zipline is in Sun City, South Africa. The zipline is 6,561 feet long. This zipline is also probably one of the fastest: riders can reach speeds up to 100 m.p.h!

The first ziplines were built for transportation purposes in tropical rainforest areas commonly found in places like Costa Rica, which Costa Rice was also one of the first locations to begin the zipline tourism industry. 

Ziplines can be found across the world: from Costa Rica to Thailand to Hawaii to Vermont. From tropical beach to alpine mountain, ziplines can be found almost anywhere!

The highest reported zipline features a drop of almost a mile! It is located in Columbia. 

Hawaii may have the most ziplines of any state in the US, with over 12 available. 

The Icy Straight Point ZipRider in Alaska boasts the longest zipline in the United States at just under a mile long. The zipline ride will take you from mountainside to beach. 

Ziplines can be found in at least 36 of the 50 United States. 

Ziplines are fantastic activities for family bonding or corporate team building. 

Zipline tours are one of the fastest growing sectors in the tourism industry. 

Wahoo Ziplines

Location: Sevierville, Tennessee
Cost: $89
Availability: Open year round with multiple tours daily

The Wahoo Ziplines zipline tour includes six unique ziplines. All necessary equipment is provided for you, and each tour is led by trained guides. The zip lines range in height from 40 to 250 feet off the ground, and the longest zipline in 1,600 feet long. In total, the zip line tour lasts about 2.5 hours.

Smoky Mountain Ziplines and Canopy Tour

Location: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Cost: Canopy Tour: $79.95; Super Ziplines: $39.95

With 18 different ziplines, Smoky Mountain Ziplines and Canopy Tour has options available for every visitor. The zipline tour lasts about 2.5 hours, and visitors have the additional option to ride the super ziplines. These four, side by side, super long ziplines offer the thrill of a lifetime, all set in the beautiful hills of the Smoky Mountains.

SkyZip at Dollywood Amusement Park

Location: Dollywood Theme Park in Sevierville, TN
Cost: $45 (plus admission to Dollywood)
Availability: Open during park hours

The SkyZip attraction at Dollywood is an hour-long experience that includes five different SkyTrek ziplines, ranging in length from 100 to 1000 feet. In addition, SkyZip offers a swinging sky bridge. Although Dollywood offers a range of thrilling roller coasters, SkyZip is the perfect activity to make a vacation memorable. 

Gatlinburg Zipline Adventures

Location: Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Cost: $59
Availability: Tours available year round

Experience a nine zipline tour at Gatlinburg Zipline Adventures, which provides an exciting treetop canopy tour in the beautiful Smokies. A unique highlight at Gatlinburg Zipline Adventures is the Zip Board, which provides a fun twist to a traditional canopy tour. In addition, you can also take a Twilight Tour to zip in the night.

Climbworks Zip Line Canopy Tour

Location: Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Cost: $85

During the zipline tour at Climbworks, you will be taken high up into the canopy, getting a bird's eye view of the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. The canopy tour includes nine zip lines and three sky bridges. The longest zipline is measured at over 700 feet.

 

Next to Heaven Ziplines

Location: Townsend, Tenneessee
Cost: Packages start at $29

Next to Heaven Ziplines gives visitors the opportunity to soar down three of the longest ziplines in the Smoky Mountains. With beautiful views of the Smoky Mountains, Wears Valley, and the Tennessee countryside, the Next to Heaven ziplines offers adventure and breathtaking scenery just a short drive from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. 

Foxfire Mountain

Location: Sevierville, Tennessee
Cost: $89
Availability: Tours available Friday through Sunday

At Foxfire Mountain, you will find a thrilling zipline tour, complete with zip lines over a 1500 feet long suspended over 200 feet in the air. The tour includes experienced guides and introductory zip lines. Foxfire Mountain also offers a gift shop on site. During the tour, you will see sites like the forest, open fields, and an iron mine dating back to the Civil War.