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Winterfest In The Smokies 2022

As of writing, it has just turned October of 2022 and the gorgeous Autumn colors and season is now going to start coming into the Smokies. But while we’re watching the leaves turn and sipping down anything with pumpkin spice in it for the next 30-something days, a question comes up that asks, “Is it too early to be thinking about Winterfest after that?” Years of experience with the Winterfest celebrations in the Smokies says that thinking and planning even as early as July is not unreasonable for the amount of activities the season will provide, along with their popularity making availability for some events and accommodations not guaranteed.

If you are wanting to come to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville for Christmas events and other holiday fun, the time to start planning is now. This will be the last month where cabin availabilities may be found and hotels will have unoccupied rooms, as well as restaurant reservations for Thanksgiving and Christmas (or even near enough). Winterfest in the Smokies does get popular enough that even tickets to Dollywood may get sold out for the day. The early bird gets the worm in this case, and those who plan ahead for their Smoky Mountain vacation and will definitely get worms!

And what are some of these events that are so hyped up? We’ll list a few of the big ones right here:

* Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas *
November 5th to January 1st.

From their website:
“Wander through more than five million holiday lights shining bright throughout the Dollywood park, delight in the spectacular holiday performances, soak up the warm Christmas atmosphere, and it’s easy to see why Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas is such a beloved holiday tradition.

Celebrate the holiday season with award-winning entertainment throughout the holiday season.

* Christmas in the Smokies, a heartwarming tradition enjoyed by families for years, returns indoors to centerstage at the Celebrity Theater.
* Heart of the Holidays is a new show featuring several members of Dolly’s family and a mix of some of her holiday favorites alongside songs from her new Christmas album, A Holly Dolly Christmas.
* Heart of the Holidays takes place in the DreamSong Theater.
* Christmas with the Kingdom Heirs, another returning guest favorite, can be found at the Pines Theater.”

See this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/dollywoods-smoky-mountain-christmas.

* Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff *
November 10th

From their website:
“Celebrate the kickoff of Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic! Gatlinburg hosts this annual event on Thursday, November 10 from 5 to 8 PM at the Shade Tree Parking at 120 Historic Nature Trail. Festivalgoers will enjoy free, live entertainment offered throughout the event.”

See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburg-winter-magic-kickoff-and-chili-cookoff/16/.

* Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights *
November 13th to February 19th.

From their website:
“See more than 5 million shining Pigeon Forge holiday lights when you take the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights! Along your driving tour, you’ll see bear, deer, fox and other critters native to the Smoky Mountains “wandering” through Pigeon Forge. Sparkling lights, giant ornaments, and tall, tall trees are seen on Island Drive and throughout the Island in Pigeon Forge. Even the 200-foot-tall Great Smoky Mountain Wheel shows off the holiday spirit with red, green and white lights.

Get a glimpse of some of your favorite fairytale characters lighting up the Pigeon Forge Parkway. You’ll see Mother Goose, the giant clock from Hickory Dickory Dock, the cat and fiddle of Hey Diddle Diddle fame, and Humpty Dumpty, complete with all the king’s horses and all the king’s men. Another highlight of the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights is a 60-foot-tall tree adorned with colorful lights, ribbons and sparkling ornaments from the very bottom to the twinkling star on top.”

See this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/winterfest-driving-tour-of-lights.

* Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade *
December 2nd

From their website:
“Beginning at 7:30 p.m. from Baskins Creek Bypass and East Parkway, a spectacular parade line-up of balloons, floats decorated by local businesses and community groups, and high school marching bands, spans through downtown before ending at traffic light #10. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early on parade day.

City officials will host a grand illumination ceremony of the Gatlinburg Christmas Tree at 7:25 pm on the Parkway Plaza at Traffic Light #3. The Parade route begins at Baskins Creek By-Pass, travels to Traffic Light #3, turns south onto the Parkway, and ends at Traffic Light #10.”

See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/fantasy-of-lights-christmas-parade/36/.

* Sevierville’s 60th Annual Christmas Parade * 
December 3rd

From their website:
“Downtown Sevierville offers a full day of holiday merriment on December 3. Begin the day with Sevierville’s 60th Annual Christmas Parade (December 3, 2022 at 11am EST). This traditional hometown parade is a great way to add a little more joy to the holidays. Then come back to downtown Sevierville that evening for an old-fashioned tree lighting at the Sevier County Courthouse. Enjoy children’s crafts, photos with Santa, and plenty of delicious holiday snacks and music during Christmas at the Courthouse (December 3, 2022 at 6pm).”

See this event at https://visitsevierville.com/Winterfest.aspx.

Luisa Dees – Affiliate Broker

Meet Luisa Dees of Prime Mountain Properties! Luisa is an affiliate broker in Wears Valley, TN. Having grown up in South Florida and falling in love with the Smoky Mountains during family visits during her childhood, Luisa relocated to the area permanently in 2010 and now works to help others who have fallen in love with the Smokies and want to make the area their permanent home.

From her website:
“Welcome! As a REALTOR® in the Smoky Mountain areas of East Tennessee, among my goals are to serve folks, just like me, who are making a change in their lives and buying or selling a home. There are as many reasons for a real estate transaction as there are types of people, I work to specialize in your goals and matching them to the right property or the right buyers for you. I have had the opportunity to grow in Real Estate through team work with many local professionals and have learned the importance of this local expertise in this special home market.

My area of expertise includes helping you find the perfect piece of property whether looking for a home for sale, to sell or to invest in rental property. I know this market well, personally and professionally, so let me lend my expertise to you!

If you want to know more about what the Smoky Mountains real estate market is looking like, check out my market reports, Custom Market Report. For more information on homes for sale or thinking about selling in Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Gatlinburg and surrounding cities give me a call or text me at 865-268-9702. I look forward to working with you!”

See Luisa Dees’ websites at https://luisadees.com/ and https://www.smokymountainsrealestateforsale.com/.

Gatlinburg Autumn events For October 2022

Like the title says, these are Gatlinburg Autumn events coming up for the big Autumn Harvest Festival month of October. These take place either in the city or close enough that those staying in Gatlinburg will be able to drive to them and back again in less than 30 minutes. Get your plans for the Smokies ready today, because you’ll definitely want to check these out.

* Oktoberfest At Ober *
September 24th – October 30th

Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating autumn with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-Style food, drink, and music. The 13th Annual OktOBERfest will be held from September 24th-October 30th. The Smoky Mountain Oompah Band, in authentic costume, will perform traditional folk dances with free shows daily. Guests can enjoy live entertainment & a Bier Garten featuring specialty Oktoberfest bier and foods.

When you have had your fill of yodeling, schnitzel and Bavarian beer, you can enjoy everything else that Ober Gatlinburg has to offer. Some of the activities include Ice Bumper Cars, a Rock Climbing Wall, the Ski Mountain Coaster, an indoor Ice Skating Rink, the Alpine Slide, Chair Swing, Scenic Chairlift, Amaze’n Maze, Mini-Golf, and the Wildlife Encounter. Remember to bring your camera along to capture the memories, as well as the gorgeous views from high above the city of Gatlinburg.

OktOBERfest is an event you don’t want to miss! Allow Ober Gatlinburg to provide you with an experience that you will never forget!

See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/oktoberfest-at-ober/12/.

* Lumberjack Feud Rib Fest *
October 1st – October 2nd

The best pit masters from all over compete for BBQ glory, cash prizes and the title of Rib Fest Champion. Activities during the weekend include:
* Best Rib Competition (Saturday)
* Lumberjack Competition
* Live Music
* Inflatables
* Amateur Axe Throwing Competition

See this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/lumberjack-feud-rib-fest-in-pigeon-forge-tn.

* Gatlinburg Craftsmens Fair *
October 13th – October 30th

The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair hosts Artisans and Craftsmen from all over the nation. Two hundred booths with unique and one-of-a-kind handmade products are beautifully displayed inside for your shopping pleasure. As these skilled craftspeople demonstrate their talents, you can witness works of art come to life. Each participant is subject to a rigorous jury process to ensure the uniqueness and quality of their respective products. All items represented are handmade and of the utmost quality. Look for exceptional pottery pieces, painted artwork, molded leather, copper art, local candy makers, photography, and many more unique items.

There is something for everyone at the Fair. Be sure to stop by our daily music shows included with the price of admission. Check out the stage and enjoy the contemporary country, bluegrass, and your favorite gospel tunes daily at 12 and 3. Concessions are available. Free push wheelchairs while they last. Pet-friendly in a carrier or stroller.

See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburg-craftsmens-fair/165/.

* 2022 Gatlinburg Garden Club Wine Fest *
October 15th

All proceeds will go to the Gatlinburg Garden Club Annual Scholarship Fund. Sample wine, ciders and meads from some of the finest local wineries. There will also be wine pairing lessons and locally-made ceramic wine glasses.

See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/2022-gatlinburg-garden-club-wine-fest/328/.

* Titanic Hallo-wine “Tasting” Masquerade Event *
October 28th

A spirited evening with friends and good cheer will be uncorked when Titanic Museum throws its first Hallo-Wine Masquerade Event Friday night, October 28th starting at 6pm – 10pm.

Guests are encouraged to wear masquerade mask.

Hallo-Wine Treats Include:
* Special guest performance by renowned, International Cellist Elena Bosworth.
* Wine Pairing featuring Premium Red and White Wines with one of America’s great wine producers, Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, Oregon.
* Food pairing stations throughout the ship.

See this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/hallo-wine-at-titanic.

Featured Business: Debbie Hill, Mortgage Investors Group

From https://themountleconteteam.com/finance/:

“Finance Your Dream Home

Work with Debbie Hill with Mortgage Investors Group, a Team Partner
Imagine buying your dream home. Connect with a lender to help you make it
happen.


As a long-time resident of Sevier County, TN Debbie Hill has that experience and expertise in our unique market that only local knowledge can bring. She has been a “go to” lender for all kinds of loans- from permanent residence, to second homes to investment cabins- she knows them all! We are so pleased that Debbie has joined our team of professionals who are here to help you. She is competent, professional, and most of all friendly and accessible! You won’t be disappointed if you reach out to her to see what she can offer!”

Contact Debbie Hill:
Debbie Hill, Mortgage Investors Group
NMLS# TN:171863 NMLS# MIG 34391
Branch Manager/ Senior Loan Officer
Mobile: 865-604-1888
Office: 865-286-1552
Fax: 865-286-1556
311 Prince Street
Sevierville, TN 37862
debbie.hill@migonline.com

Smoky Mountain Rollercoasters

Like the article says, this post is all about the rollercoasters we have in the Smokies that you and the kids can enjoy! We’ll skip a protracted intro and go right to the list, which includes rollercoasters at Dollywood, Ober Gatlinburg, Anakeesta and the independent ones in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Wears Valley.

Let’s go!

Dollywood – Blazing Fury
“An out-of-control fire is just minutes away from engulfing this 1880s town, and chaos ensues as the town’s residents, a cast of characters ranging from firefighters to gunslingers and damsels in distress, hurry to escape the blaze. Riders scream through town on this indoor roller coaster, taking each hill and curve with great speed as they try to outrun the fire.

Dollywood – Daredevil Falls
“Only a real daredevil will venture into an abandoned logging camp for a one-of-a-kind boat expedition. If you’re up to the challenge, let our adventurous guides help you navigate your way through some close calls with the bears and the old left-behind lumber machinery. But, just when you catch your breath, your boat careens over a waterfall down a 60-foot drop at a heart-racing 50 mph!

Dollywood – FireChaser Express ®
“They say where there’s smoke, there’s fire. In the Smoky Mountains that’s more than just a saying. Fortunately, it seems like with every big blaze, there have always been a few brave souls willing to answer the call – heroes able to tame nature’s fury and preserve the Smokies for generations to come! Now comes your turn to celebrate that heroic spirit in a new coaster sure to test your mettle, and leave you screaming for more! It’s FireChaser Express – the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster – blasting riders forward and backward!

Dollywood – Lightning Rod ®
Themed after a tricked-out 1950s-era hot rod, Lightning Rod ® launches riders from zero to 45 mph more than 20 stories up its lift hill to one of the ride’s first airtime moments. At the crest of the hill, riders face twin summit airtime hills before tackling the daring first drop. Lightning Rod races down the 165-foot drop and propels guests along its 3,800-foot track to a top speed of 73 mph. There is no surprise why USA Today readers have consistently named Lightning Rod ® one of the top-10 best roller coasters in the country.

Dollywood – Mystery Mine ®
What if there is no light at the end of the tunnel? Find out on Dollywood’s Mystery Mine® steel coaster where a 1,811-foot track travels through an abandoned coal mine. Uncertain encounters and amazing maneuvers await, including a hair-raising 95-degree, 85-foot vertical drop that plunges into darkness!

Dollywood – Tennessee Tornado
What happens when a mighty twister sweeps through an old Tennessee Mining Company? Locals say the swirling winds twisted ore into what we now call the Tennessee Tornado. A force of nature all its own, this triple spiral-looping coaster makes you feel like you’ve landed inside a funnel cloud as you zoom down a 128-foot drop through an actual mountain at speeds nearing 70 mph. It’s enough to make local weather forecasters issue a “Tennessee Tornado Warning!”

Dollywood – Thunderhead ®
An old sawmill once moved lumber out of the mountains at Thunderhead Gap. Wood is still the focus, but now the operation known as the Thunderhead is the wildest ride in the woods! Carefully situated between two mountains, this massive wooden coaster stands tall among the mighty trees and takes advantage of the area’s rough and tumble terrain to create a daring ride featuring a 100-foot drop and a top speed of 55 mph.

Dollywood – Whistle Punk Chaser®
Whistle Punk Chaser, a junior coaster, throws thrilling twists and turns at Dollywood’s younger loggers, helping prepare them for the day they can join their parents aboard the award-winning Thunderhead wooden coaster.

Dollywood – Wild Eagle ®
America’s first wing coaster, the first ride of its kind in the U.S., is perched 21 stories above Dollywood and takes riders on a unique experience that feels as if they are actually soaring high above the Smoky Mountains. Instead of having the train on the track, Wild Eagle® seats riders on either side so there is nothing but air above and below the rider!

See these rides at https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/rides/.

 

Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster
The Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is the longest downhill ride in the United States,with over 1 mile of track! So if you are looking for an unforgettable experience in your vacation here in the” Great Smoky Mountains”, this is a must do!

The vehicles are designed to carry two visitors in comfort but can be handled easily by one alone. The riders are in control of the velocity (up to about 30 mph) and this gives them a unique hands-on experience! Rain, snow or sunshine no problem – the excellent braking effect is unchanged so you can ride year-round!

See this ride at http://www.smokymountainalpinecoaster.com/.

 

Rocky Top Coaster
Welcome to Rocky Top Mountain Coaster, the longest coaster in East Tennessee! Join us for over 9 minutes of twists, turns, tunnels, and maybe even some unexpected surprises along the way! Whether you have a need for speed, or enjoy a slower coaster experience, RTMC has something for everyone. Bring your entire family for an unforgettable experience.

See this ride at https://www.rockytopcoaster.com/.

 

Rowdy Bear Mountain
Ski Lift Shootout Coaster
Rowdy Bear Ridge is home to North America’s first Alpine Flyer. This is a 2 seater suspended coaster that swings, dips, and soars through the Ridge of Rowdy Bear. This coaster is suitable for riders 40” tall and up. Coaster operates day and night and can be combined with our incredible Tubing Hill by purchasing a combo ticket.

Avalanche Snow Coaster
Strap in for an awesome ride on our Avalanche Snow Coaster and zip through the Ridge at whatever speed you want! That’s right, you control the speed on this coaster! Whether you’re looking for a calm ride or you want to go full throttle, the choice is yours! Simply push the handle forward to speed up or backwards to slow down!

See these rides at www.rowdybearmountain.com/.

 

Goats On The Roof
The Coaster at Goats on the Roof is an exciting journey through the hills of Tennessee at speeds just under 30mph and with a view that can’t be seen anywhere else in town. Whether you enjoy riding alone or pairing up – it doesn’t matter since the carts are designed to comfortably carry one or two people. Each cart is equipped with hand brakes so you can go slow if you are a little nervous, or let it rip if you are a speed demon. This hands-on ride is fun for the whole family, from children to grandparents. All are guaranteed to have a fantastic and memorable time!

See this ride at https://goatsontheroofofthesmokies.com/goat-coaster.php.

Moonshine Mountain Coaster
Ride the best mountain coaster attraction in Gatlinburg!

The single or double rider coaster cars coast down the mountain on a specially-designed silent track. Use indvidual brake handles to control your speed and enjoy the ride, any way you like. Gatlinburg’s FIRST and NEWEST mountain coaster is a safe, unique, family-friendly thrill ride that puts you in the driver’s seat, literally! The single or double rider cars coast down the beautiful Smoky Mountains where you can enjoy the beautiful views at speeds up to 30 mph. You may even see a bear or two! Check out our gift shop, and purchase your ride photo and other great merchandise! Groups are welcome!

We’re open year-round, so bring the family (some age and height restrictions apply)… no special skills required. We have an uphill lift that takes you to the top. Then get ready for an exciting coaster ride down the mountain. The Moonshine Mountain Roller Coaster lets you enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains in a whole new way!

See this ride at www.moonshinemountaincoaster.com/.

 

Ober Gatlinburg – Ski Mountain Coaster
The Ski Mountain Coaster departs near the Snow Tubing Park. The ride begins with a 1000 ft tree-covered and relaxing ride to the top. At this point, the rider simply enjoys the view, as it is a comfortable tow to the top of mountainside. Once at the top, riders are now in control of their own speed for the next 2750 ft of turns, dips, zig-zags, corkscrews and G-force adventures. Although the mountain coaster can be exhilarating, it is the ultimate family experience any age can enjoy. Riders may choose to leisurely cruise the coaster track or reach speeds up to 25 MPH, while hugging turns and dips down the mountain. Designed for comfort, the unique ADG Mountain Coaster carts provide a secure and comfortable ride with room for two riders. Their higher backrests and shorter brake levers allow for easier handling and control.

See this ride at www.obergatlinburg.com/ski-mountain-coaster/.

 

Anakeesta – Rain Runner
Anakeesta’s single-rail mountain coaster is the first of its kind in the United States! Fly down the mountain on this single rail track with 1,600 feet of downhill twists and turns at speeds up to 25 mph! Race through the trees at your own speed with a 400 ft elevation change! This exhilarating ride offers a thrill at every turn before enjoying a scenic uphill ride to the top of Anakeesta Mountain. Our Rail Runner carts feature back and headrests for a comfortable and safe ride! We offer solo and tandem rides for guests with small children.

See this ride at https://anakeesta.com/rail-runner/.

Ziplines for Teens In The Smokies

When you’re in your teenage years, you feel like you want to spread your proverbial wings and fly as chemicals in your body are combusting at the speed of light and you just can’t get that adrenaline out fast enough. This is especially true in a place like the Smoky Mountains where the high treelines and insane topography make the sky above even more of a limit to be broken and a playground to play in.

Well, we can’t help you grow wings and hollow out your bones to make aerial dynamics a thing your body can do (not until legislation passes), but we can do the next best thing with our many zipline providers in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville. In this article, we’ll detail a handful of them out for you as well as their official descriptions as they come from their websites.

Begin takeoff procedures!

* Legacy Mountain Ziplines
800 Legacy Vista Dr
Sevierville, TN 37862
(888) 353-7589
https://www.legacymountainziplines.com/course/

From their website:
“7-Line Zipline Adventure

From the top of Legacy Mountain exists views of the Smoky Mountains for miles. We wanted to create an experience that let our guests take in these spectacular views in a spectacular way. You’ll soar, speed, laugh, and maybe even scream on your way through this top-rated tour.

At Legacy Mountain Ziplines, safety is our top priority. We do detailed inspections routinely on our lines and our equipment is checked daily by our professionally-trained experts. Don’t miss a thing trying to get the perfect shots of your ziplining experience by adding on our photo package.”

* Smoky Mountain Ziplines
509 Mill Creek Rd
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 429-9004
https://smokymountainziplines.com/

From their website:
“7 Lines…2 Hours…Too Many Thrills to Count! Book Your Smoky Mountain Ziplines Canopy Tour Today, and Take Your Family Adventure to New Heights in Scenic Pigeon Forge Tarzan did it…now so can you! Flying through the trees at up to 25 miles per hour is an exhilarating experience you will never forget. The fun begins once you arrive at our base camp, located just off the Pigeon Forge Parkway. After safety instruction and gearing up, you are ushered to the first zipline via our unique, off-road-style transportation. Our professionally-trained guides are with you the entire time to deliver an adrenaline rush unlike any other! No Other Pigeon Forge Canopy Tour Can Deliver This Much.

Several things make Smoky Mountain Ziplines the preferred choice for adventure seekers in this area. Experience, location, size, special features, and group accommodations combine to give you more value and fun for your money.”

* Wildwater Pigeon Rafting and Zipline Canopy Tours
3555 Hartford Rd
Hartford, TN 37753
(866) 319-8870
https://wildwaterrafting.com/adventures/pigeon-river-canopy-tours/

From their website:
“Enjoy the longest, highest, dual zipline course in the TN Smokies! Pigeon River Canopy Tours is the ONLY Zipline Canopy Tour near Gatlinburg that soars over the Big Pigeon River. Follow your friends on dual zips that fly you beside, above and across the Pigeon River and back to your starting point at heights up to 120 feet above the river. Enjoy a soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual elevation change in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. All Canopy Tour Rangers are trained to, and all courses are built and inspected to, ACCT Standards to provide for your well-being and fun.

Cliff Hanger Canopy Tour:
The Cliff Hanger Canopy Tour takes you high into the forest to our Cliff Hanger Platform. From there, you’ll thrill to 12 ziplines, venture over 4 sky bridges, and explore a scenic Smoky Mountain Creek cascades. Your last zip is the Highline, our fantastic final zip that is 1300 feet and flies you 120 feet above the river!

River Ziplines Tour:
A terrific introduction to to adventure ziplining. The River Ziplines Tour is a shorter version of the full course. You’ll fly across the Big Pigeon River twice on the awesome 1300 foot long Highline zip, and navigate 3 treetop sky bridges and 5 more zips before returning to the ground!

Our canopy tours will now accommodate kids 8 yrs. old and up with a minimum weight of 60 lbs. (1 adult/kid under 12 yrs. old).”

* Wahoo Ziplines
605 Stockton Dr
Sevierville, TN 37876
(865) 366-1111
https://wahooziplines.com/

From their website:
“Opened in 2008, Wahoo Ziplines was the first in the Smokies. Wahoo has approximately 2 miles of cables threaded through beech and oak forests at various elevations. From above, under or through, these cables attain heights 40 to 250 feet from the ground. Guides divulge fun and wild shenanigans for you to perform on each line as you fly through the Tennessee sky!”

* Wears Valley Zipline Adventures
1911 Wears Valley Rd
Sevierville, TN 37862
(865) 428-1545
http://www.wearsvalleyziplines.com/

From their website:
“43 private “unspoiled” forested acres with “unmatched” views of Mount LeConte and the Smoky Mountain National Park.

There are 3 zipline courses:

5 Line Zipline Course
Over a mile of cable. A total of over 5400 LF of zipline, divided into 5 separate lines. The Line Lengths are 300′ up to 2000′ called the “Rollercoaster”.

6 Line Zipline Course: Adds one more line. And increases the total length to 6200 LF.

8 Line Zipline Course: Adds our 2 fastest lines. And increases the total length to 7600 LF (nearly 1 ½ miles). This is the ultimate course in the area.”

* Climb Works Smoky Mountains
155 Branam Hollow Rd
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 325-8116
https://www.climbworks.com/

“Come create the stories your family will always talk about! Our top-rated and world-class Mountaintop Zipline tour is nestled right across the street from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, you can explore one of the most beautiful places on earth in a unique and exciting way. What we don’t offer is cheap thrills. Our tours are guided, educational, immersed-in-nature, 5-star, oh-my-goodness-look-at-that-view, step-out-of-your-comfort-zone type of experiences that the whole family will be talking about for years.

Soar high above the mountain top on our NEW dual-line Mountaintop Zipline Tour – you’ll experience higher vantage points and longer lines than ever before. Take in epic 360˚ panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains from each platform and learn about the rich history of the Smokies. Along the tour you will zip side-by-side on six dual zip lines, walk across four aerial bridges, rappel off one of our platforms, and enjoy a fun ATV adventure to the top of the mountain.”

* Adventure Park at Five Oaks
1630 Parkway
Sevierville, TN 37862
(877) 538-0569
https://www.adventureparkatfiveoaks.com/zipline-tours/

“A Zipline Tour for the Whole Family.

Zip above our beautiful, 70-acre nature park with views of the Smoky Mountains on 7 unique ziplines that are up to 2,000-feet long. Within a few minutes of the start of your tour you’ll be away from the noise of the city and into, or above, the forest.

Dual Racing Lines
Challenge your friends and family to a race across the sky! Zipline side by side for bragging rights at high speed. Strike your most aerodynamic pose and leave your challenger behind.

Safety
Safety is our top priority so you can focus on the fun. We do detailed inspections routinely on our lines and our equipment is checked daily by our professionally trained experts. Our employees are carefully chosen and trained at the highest level, understanding every aspect of proper zipline safety.”

* Jayell Ranch
1131 Jayell Rd
Sevierville, TN 37862
(865) 776-1593
https://www.jayellranch.com/

“The longest ziplines in the Smokies!

We have the best canopy / zipline course available in these parts by far. Our full course includes the most thrilling experience ever. We have 2 miles of zipline / canopy tour, high flying adventure, and 6 lines! They are all built unique and with different breath-taking scenery. Each line has a different surprise waiting for you around the corner. Other ziplines just can’t compare!

Leave your fears and worries behind as you experience the thrill of a lifetime at Jayell Ranch’s Ziplines! Prepare for high-flying fun as you harness up and glide through the air on this thrilling, action-packed zipline adventure. Experience a rush as you soar, mountain to mountain, over the trees, with breathtaking views of our surrounding mountain ranges, including beautiful views of Mount Leconte and North Carolina.

You will be assisted by our well-trained and experienced staff. They will fit each guest with a 5-point harness, helmet and all the appropriate gear. They will go over all of the procedures that you will need to ensure a safe and thrilling zipline adventure.

Our facility and equipment is inspected regularly and meets or exceeds all industry standards. Ages 2 and up are welcome.”

* Foxfire Mountain
3757 Thomas Ln
Sevierville, TN 37876
(865) 774-0727
https://www.foxfiremountain.com/

“Zipline Tours, Hiking Trails, & More

There’s adventure for everyone at Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park! We have a wide variety of attractions for people of all ages. Book your visit online or contact us today!

We have 3 zipline tours:

Waterfall Canopy Zipline Tour
Seven ziplines and two skybridges. Zip through the tree canopy, and fly over the lost mine waterfall and the creek. Start with 3 intro lines, then take a ride to the higher lines.
Age Requirements: 7+ Years
Weight Requirement: 45 – 265lbs

Goliath Zipline Tour
Five of the fastest and longest ziplines in the country. Zip up to 60 mph, over 1/3 mile long and over 500ft high (higher than the statue of Lady Liberty). An adrenaline pumping, exhilarating experience.
Age Requirement: 10+ Years
Weight Requirement: 100 – 250lbs

Ultimate Zipline Tour
The ultimate package. A total experience for the thrill seeker! Up for the challenge?
Complete both the Waterfall Zipline and the Goliath Zipline Tours in one day. That’s twelve lines across the sky. Tour with one of our expert guides. The entire experience may last up to 4 hours.”

Sevier County Fairground Rodeo – August 5th and 6th, 2022

Sevierville’s county fairgrounds has a rodeo coming up this week! Information presented here is combined from https://seviercountyfairgrounds.com/ and https://rodeosusa.com/rodeos/sevier-county-fairgrounds-rodeo/.

** Sevier County Fairgrounds Professional Rodeo **

Held at:
Sevier County Fairgrounds
754 Old Knoxville Hwy, Sevierville, TN 37862
August 5th & 6th
6:00PM – 8:00PM, Rain or Shine

Events:
* Bull Riding
* Cowgirl’s Barrel Racing
* Cowgirl’s Breakaway Roping
* Saddle Bronc Riding
* Steer Wrestling
* Team Roping
* Tie Down Roping

Advanced Tickets:
* Adult – $13.00
* Kids 7-10 – $8.00
* Kids 6 and under FREE

Buy tickets online – http://Jbarkrodeo.com/.
Or buy tickets at King Pure Water Sevierville, TN.

Sevier County Fairgrounds Rodeo Contact:
Ticket Info:
* Phone: (817) 202-5251
* Contact: Headquarters Phone:
* Phone: (337) 427-6336
* Website: https://www.facebook.com/SevierCountyFair/
* Website: https://seviercountyfair.org/rodeo/

IPRA/NCPRA sanctioned event.

See more at https://seviercountyfairgrounds.com/ and https://rodeosusa.com/rodeos/sevier-county-fairgrounds-rodeo/.

Smoky Mountain Malls/Shopping Ideas For Teens

Look, we know teenagers love shopping and we know the American experience known as the “mall”, in its cultural parlance, has been pushed into obscurity as the internet took hold in bringing the world together… to shop. These two things can exist in the same timeline and dimension in 2022, and the place to find that dimensional nexus point is the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee!

We do actually have some pretty awesome shopping places here in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville and such that have been reliable places for teens for decades (even during the 90s and 2000s, the teenagerest years in American history!) and in this article, we’ll lay that info out for you and the teens (or just you if you are a teen looking up the Smokies whatever reason possessed you).

Last updated July 2022.

The Island in Pigeon Forge:
131 The Island Dr,
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 286-0119
https://islandinpigeonforge.com/

Shops Of Interest To Teens:
– Earthbound Trading Co.
– Island Tiki General Store
– Kryptonite Character Store
– Puzzled
– Cosmic Pen


The Old Mill Square:

175 Old Mill Ave,
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865)-453-4628
https://www.old-mill.com/

Shops Of Interest To Teens:
– Outback Leather
– Tie Dye Store
– Gamer’s Link
– Lock, Stock & Blade
– A Long Story Short Company (Book Store)
– Iron Mountain Metal Craft


Shops On/Near Teaster Lane in Pigeon Forge:

161 E Wears Valley Road
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-850-9906
https://www.mypigeonforge.com/business/the-shops-of-pigeon-forge

2655 Teaster Ln,
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
https://www.mountainmilepigeonforge.com/

Shops Of Interest To Teens:
– Control Freak
– Appalachian Apparel
– REI Co-Op
– Diesel Dogs
– Rue 21
– Tolgard Games Pigeon Forge
– Nike Clearance Store


Tanger Outlets in Sevierville

1645 Parkway Ste 960,
Sevierville, TN 37862
865-453-1053
https://www.tangeroutlet.com/sevierville/stores

Shops Of Interest To Teens:
– American Eagle Outfitters
– Ben & Jerry’s
– Converse
– Earthbound Trading Co.
– Fossil
– Hot Topic
– Journeys
– Old Navy
– Rue 21
– Torrid
– Under Armour/Under Armour Youth


Governor’s Crossing Mall in Sevierville

212 Collier Dr,
Sevierville, TN 37862
(865) 429-2983
https://resortatgovernorscrossing.com/

Shops Of Interest To Teens:
– Books-a-million
– Game-On Grading: Sports Card Store
– JOANN Fabric and Crafts
– Shear Madness Hair Salon
– Foam Warriorz Pigeon Forge
Also: Sevier Air Trampoline Park


Mountain Mall in Gatlinburg

611 Parkway,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-5935
https://www.gatlinburgmountainmall.com/

Shops Of Interest To Teens:
– The Rhythm Section
– Cowboy Way
– Martial Arts Superstore
– Smoky Mountain Novelties
– The Hemp Store
– Doug Wyatt Music (Guitar and Synthesizer Shop)
– Smoky Mountain Tactical

Smoky Mountain Recommendations For The Visually Impaired

As part of our series on providing recommendations for attractions that have disability access for disabled guests, we have a handful of attractions here that have programs and processes for the visually impaired visiting the Smokies. These items include links to their relevant web pages and their official statements.

* The Alcatraz Museum in Pigeon Forge *

“Alcatraz East welcomes the general public to its exhibitions and programs. Tickets are required for admission. Visitors who need special assistance to tour Alcatraz East or participate in its programs should contact Alcatraz East a minimum of fourteen days prior to their visit so that Alcatraz East will have sufficient time to arrange for appropriate assistance. Alcatraz East will make a reasonable effort to accommodate all of its visitors’ needs.

Audio tours are available for our guests with severe vision impairments. Trained service animals are permitted to accompany visitors with disabilities. For guests with lighting sensitivity, a flashlight may be requested.”

See more on their website at:
https://www.alcatrazeast.com/accessibility/


* Wonderworks in Sevierville *

“WonderWorks welcomes the general public to enjoy an interactive experience and will make a reasonable effort to accommodate any special needs. Visitors who need special assistance should contact WonderWorks 72 hours prior to their visit allowing sufficient time to arrange for appropriate assistance. WonderWorks will make a reasonable effort to accommodate all of its visitors’ needs.

Trained service animals are permitted to accompany visitors with disabilities. Exhibits that focus on the sense of touch and feel include: Hurricane Shack, Titanic, Bed of Nails, Pull Yourself Up and Wonder Simulators.

In accordance with the American Disabilities Act, service dogs or service mini horses are allowed. The approved service animal(s) must be trained to perform a specific service. We do not allow therapy animals.”

See more on their website at:
www.wonderworksonline.com/pigeon-forge/privacy-and-ada-policy/.


* Titanic Museum *

“The Titanic Museum Attractions are self-guided with an audio guide included in your purchase to enhance the tour. The museum has elevators available for all wheelchairs and strollers.”

See more on their website at:
https://titanicpigeonforge.com/tickets/general-inquiry-frequently-asked-questions/


* The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge *

“The Old Mill property and its businesses are completely handicap-accessible for our guests. Many of the entrances are on the ground level; those that are elevated have ramps.

Walkways are made of concrete, brick, and stone and can be a little bumpy in some places for guests in wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and children in strollers, but they are all passable by wheelchairs. Guests who are visually impaired should be able to navigate the more organic paths with a little care.”

See more on their website at:
https://www.old-mill.com/accessibility


* Ghost Walks of Gatlinburg *

“Most every place we will take you on our tour is accessible by wheelchair. But please be aware that some areas may present a greater challenge than others… such as leaving the paved surface to explore the cemetery (which is also uphill)… as well as other parts of the tour that are a part of the downtown area of the City of Gatlinburg. We will make every effort to assist the handicapped.”

See more on their website at:
https://www.ghostwalkofgatlinburg.com/policies


* Dolly Parton’s Stampede *

“Our family of six recently headed to Sevierville for spring break and decided to check out Dolly Parton’s Stampede. Our family is unique because in addition to multiple ages and stages of life represented, we also have different abilities. Our eleven-year-old daughter is functionally blind and we are always on the lookout for family experiences that feel inclusive for her. Stampede is a wonderful show that includes tons of visual elements, but we observed many great auditory and kinetic elements that made Lola feel included, too. The audience is asked to stomp their feet instead of clapping—mostly because hands are occupied with eating whole chickens!—but the result is much louder than simply clapping. Additionally, the stadium seats literally vibrate when the audience stomps. This is a wonderful element for a visually impaired child to experience. The emcee of the night, who is charismatic and fun, also describes every event in detail. If the pigs are coming out for a race, you know exactly what’s happening without having to rely on sight! Lola was a full participant in every moment and that made the experience even more special for our family. She also loved meeting the performers and petting the horses at the end of the show—all of the kids did, in fact!”

See more on their website at:
https://insiders.dollywood.com/dolly-partons-stampede-a-sensory-and-action-packed-adventure/

Local Business: Ownby Well & Pump

Ownby Well & Pump Services strives to be first name that comes to mind in when it comes to servicing, maintaining, repairing, replacing and troubleshooting all well systems.

We work with entire well systems. The brands we use are industry-recognized for their own qualities and reliability. Franklin Electric, Red Jacket, Flexcon and others are the names we trust and provide us, and you, with the best longevity in proper well operation.

Reviews for our services as posted by customers on Google Reviews include:

Brandy King:
“I called them at 4 in the afternoon to ask if they could schedule a service call for any time soon. I got a call back from them at 8am the very next day and they asked if they should head my direction. Not only did they show up at my house in less than 24 hours, they also resolved my issue(needed a new pressure tank). Price was great, guys were professional and very informative. I would 💯 use them again.”

Mary Gerson:
“We called for service at 8:00 p.m. Friday night…Tony answers the phone himself….First time customer, Tony says he will be out Saturday morning….He called to let us know he was running a little late, then again. To say he was on his way…Wow…We were so happy with everything…Old school values….Fast, efficient service….Had a fully stocked work truck….Friendly, down home guy…fair pricing. Then he called my husband that night to let him know he accidentally picked up a pair of our pliers by mistake and would be bringing them back…We definitely recommend Tony and will use him again when needed…Henry & Mary Gerson”

Taylor Penny:
“This service was excellent! Tony and Mark put a brand new pump in for me and they were so kind! I’ll definitely recommend them for anybody needing pump work done!”

Visit online at https://ownbywellservices.com/.