Category Archives: Great for Teens

What will your teenagers want to do in the Smokies? Well, let’s take a look and get some ideas.

Sara Evans Performs For Patriot Festival 2023 In Pigeon Forge writes:

“Country Music Star Set to Headline at This Year’s Patriot Festival in Pigeon Forge

Each year, Pigeon Forge gets decked out in red, white, and blue to celebrate Independence Day with the Patriot Festival. This festival hosts live entertainment, activities for kids, delicious food, and a firework show to finish the evening. In the past, several big-name stars in the music industry have made their way to the Smoky Mountains to participate in the event, and this year will be no different. Find out who is the headline act at this year’s Patriot Festival in Pigeon Forge:

Recent news has broken that revealed who will be headlining this year’s Independence Day celebration in Pigeon Forge. The headliner at this year’s event will be none other than country music artist and Grammy-nominated entertainer Sara Evans! Evans is the fifth-most played female artist on country radio for the past two decades, and some of her hit songs include “No Place That Far,” “Suds In the Bucket,” and “Born to Fly.” Over her career, Evans has earned multiple awards, including American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and Grammy Award nominations.

Joining Sara Evans on the stage at this year’s Patriot Festival in Pigeon Forge will be On the Border – The Ultimate Eagles Tribute! This tribute band performs some of the greatest hits by The Eagles and is known by many as one of the greatest tribute bands on the scene. They will treat guests of the festival to classic hits such as “Desperado,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” and “Life in the Fast Lane.” Both performances by On the Border and Sara Evans will be free for those attending the special 4th of July celebration in Pigeon Forge!

In addition to the live music to enjoy during the day and into the evening, the Patriot Festival is well-known for its explosive firework show to cap off the event. The firework show begins when it gets dark to give guests the best view of the colorful fireworks high in the sky. You are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to set up to enjoy the display! There will also be food vendors on-site where you can grab food to enjoy throughout the day, as well as plenty of other fun activities for the entire family.”

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Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival And Games in Townsend, TN.

This year’s annual Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival is taking place at the Townsend Visitor’s Center in, you guessed it, Townsend, TN, on the main road on May 20th and May 21st. The Smoky Mountains have a large presence of Celtic, Irish and Scottish communities that have been here for hundreds of years, so a celebration of Scottish highlander culture in the Tennessee highlands goes together like a black bear and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

Here’s what the official website writes about the Scottish Festival and Games:

“Scotland in the Smokies is calling you!!! Celebrating its 41st year, the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games is Tennessee’s oldest festival of Scottish, Irish and Celtic culture. Presenting folk, roots, rock & pop music, highland athletics, pipes & drums, highland and Irish dance. Whisky tastings, vendors and a great selection of beer and food from the Scottish, Irish and British homelands. Enjoy a weekend of family fun in the beautiful foothills of Townsend, Tennessee, just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Heavy Athletics
Marvel over the feats of strength in this sporting spectacle of champions. Scottish heavy athletics owe their roots to the Highland warriors who would keep in shape between battles by competing amongst themselves with everyday implements. A stone, a blacksmith’s hammer, a tree trunk (caber) became tools for building strength for battle.

Piping & Drumming
Enjoy bag piping and drumming throughout the weekend during competitions that bring players from all over the world to compete in different levels ranging from beginners to professionals.

Highland Dance
Scottish Highland Dancing is an exciting celebration of the Scottish spirit! The dances are a combination of strength, agility, movement, music and costume. They are generally danced solo and in competition unlike other dance mediums. Dancers typically dance to traditional Scottish music such as Strathspeys, Reels, Hornpipes and Jigs all played by accompanying bagpiper. Dances are made up of different parts, called steps and are usually four or six steps to a dance.

Highland dancing was traditionally performed by men but is now performed by men and women. It is one of few arenas where men and women compete equally. In most competitions, the number of women competing far exceeds the number of men.

In addition to perpetuating a great cultural tradition, highland dancers appreciate the athletic challenges, competitive goals, performance opportunities as well as the opportunity to meet and become lifelong friends with dancers from other areas, both nationally and internationally.

Scottish Clans
Find out if you belong to a Scottish Clan! Clan hosts can help you learn more about a clan, including their tartans, as well as welcome you into membership should you decide to officially join a clan.”

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Smoky Mountain New Years Eve Parties For 2023

So what’s Sevier County got in store for New Years Eve parties for 2023? Here’s what the cities are posting:

Pigeon Forge:
New Years Eve Celebration At The Island

From their website:
“Ring In the New Year With a Bang!

Join us at The Island in Pigeon Forge as we countdown to 2023 with a dazzling Island Show Fountain and midnight fireworks production on Saturday, December 31! The Island in Pigeon Forge will be open on Saturday, December 31st from 10 a.m. to midnight, and we look forward to celebrating with you as we ring in the New Year! The Island in Pigeon Forge is excited to offer families the opportunity to celebrate and make cherished memories together while ringing in the New Year in spectacular fashion! Join us on New Year’s Eve for a day of family fun and incredible midnight fireworks, and let’s kick off 2023 with a bang!”

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New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks Show

From their website:
“Gatlinburg will ring in the new year under the cover of the iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle for its 35th Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show on Saturday, December 31. Since 1987, this free, family-friendly celebration has been one of the largest organized New Year’s Eve events in the nation, and this year’s celebration is set to be a spectacular end to the year. 

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to take advantage of the celebration specials offered by many Gatlinburg restaurants and businesses. Live music begins at 10 p.m. at the base of the Space Needle on Historic Nature Trail/Airport Rd.”

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New Year’s Eve Lights of Wonder

From their website:
“Ring in the New Year at the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park!

The city of Gatlinburg is getting ready to have its fireworks display from the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle this New Year’s Eve! To get the very best, and most unique view, of the fireworks in (and above) town, you need to get your VIP “NYE Lights of Wonder” tickets for an exclusive fireworks viewing on top of the SkyLift Park’s mountain and SkyBridge. From the SkyBridge, you will be vieiwing the fireworks from 500 feet above Gatlinburg and roughly 100 feet above the Space Needle’s firework’s launchpad. View the fireworks from the best spot in town, enjoy the Lights Over Gatlinburg lights after-hours at the SkyLift Park, AND come back to visit the SkyLift Park as many times as you would like to the very next day- January 1st!

Tickets are limited at will sell out, so get yours today before it’s too late!

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Wilderness at the Smokies

From their website:
“Ring In New Year’s With Us!
Join us as we say goodbye to 2022 and welcome in 2023 in a variety of fun ways!

Monty’s Mini New Year’s Eve Bash
Wilderness at the Smokies will be hosting a Mini New Year’s Eve Party on Saturday, December 31st from 12‐1:30 pm for children under the age of 11. The event will occur in the River Lodge Conference Room and will include a dance party and party favors and sweet treats for kids to enjoy.

Camp Social’s New Year’s Eve Crab Legs and Prime Rib Buffet
From 2-8 pm on New Year’s Eve our Camp Social will be having a Crab Legs and Prime Rib buffet unlike any other.

Reservations will be required. Please call 865.868.4483 to make your reservation.”

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The Pines Downtown Retro NYE Bash

From their website:
“Join us for a NYE Retro Bash event in Historic Downtown Sevierville!
* Live Video Jockey
* Champagne Toast at Midnight
* Party Favors
* Duckpin Bowling
* Games & More!

** Food, beverages and bowling sold separatley. **”

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SkyFly Attraction In Pigeon Forge

A new era of virtual reality is forming around us in the early 2020s; and one place where that technology is literally soaring (or as close to it as virtual reality can allow) is the SkyFly attraction at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

Their official brochure provides the details:

“Great Ready To Take Flight!

SkyFly: Soar America utilizes a state-of-the-art ride system to give you the feeling of flight. You will hang suspended before a 50-foot spherical screen while our award-winning film whisks you away on an exhilarating journey across the United States. Special effects, including wind, mist and scents, combine with the ride’s motion to create an unforgettable experience for all ages.”

In SkyFly, you will get onto a ride mechanism that will physically function like an airship. While immersive experiences like this have been around for a few decades, SkyFly takes it to much more advanced technological heights to make you really like you have been taken to some serious heights yourself! Your destinations will include:

* Yellowstone in Wyoming
* The Tetons in Wyoming
* Yosemite in California
* The Sequioa Groves in California
* Squamish in British Columbia
* Niagara Falls in New York
* Mount Rushmore in South Dakota
* Maui in Hawaii
* The Everglades in Florida
* Chimney Rock of North Carolina
* The Grand Canyon in Arizona
* The Tracy Arm Fjord in Alaska
* The Fisher Towers in Utah
* The Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee
* The Smoky Mountains in, you guessed it, Tennessee

A video trailer of the experience made by the SkyFly owners and operators can be seen here:

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Smoky Mountain Rollercoasters

Like the article says, this post is all about the Smoky Mountain rollercoasters we have in the area 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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

“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 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

“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

“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.”

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 Smoky Mountain malls 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 for whatever reason possessed you).

Last updated July 2022.

The Island in Pigeon Forge:
131 The Island Dr,
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 286-0119

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

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

2655 Teaster Ln,
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

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

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

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

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

Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse

Where Are Good Kid Friendly Restaurants?

We often get this question and have also traveled with kids so we want to give you some suggestions that cover many thoughts and ideas.

As far as Discounted Kids Meals or Free Kids Meals, please contact the restaurant to be sure they are continuing the most recent deals we are aware of.

Cici’s Pizza allows kids 3 and under to eat for $1.99, includes drink.

Golden Coral allows the 3 and under to eat free with an adult meal.

Texas Roadhouse allows older kids eat for $2.99 with an adult meal.

Shoney’s allows kids under 4 to eat with an adult at no cost.

We hope you like these suggestions.  There are so many more but these are some of our favorites.

Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse.
Located in Pigeon Forge, on the parkway, this restaurant is also an affordable choice as they honor kids with a free meal with an adult!  100 singing chickens will entertain the kids while they wait for their food!

Big Daddy’s Pizza
Located in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, we can recommend this place for its excellent pizza and menu that accommodates many diet types families may have. Find a great atmosphere and excellent food at Big Daddy’s Pizza. Find arcade games and good diet choices.

Because Pizza is a popular family choice, you will find many Pizza Places.  Mellow Mushroom is on the parkway in Pigeon Forge along with Big Daddy’s we mention above. You will find a Pappa Johns, Dominos, Little Caesars, and Pizza Hut in each community. Genos Pizza is on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge and also will delivery about anywhere.  Pick up Pizza by the slice and many other delicious ready made and price friendly things at Weigel’s stores.

Breakfast and the Pancake Houses.

The Flapjacks Pancake Houses and Reagan’s Pancake House and the Log Cabin Pancake Houses are ALL GREAT! There is an IHOP in town on the Parkway between Sevierville and Pigeon Forge also if that is a favorite. You will find the Pancake House type restaurants in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville and really all of them are very good.  If you happen to be in Wears Valley give Hillbilly’s Restaurant a try!

Wears Valley is a great place to find some of the locally owned restaurants and shops.  Hillbilly’s Restaurant would be a fun stop for all ages including kids, Paw Paw’s is just great fixin’s and there is really a lot to experience in Wears Valley that is not as crowded and a more down home experience. Where to Eat in Wears Valley

These Menus At Sunliner Diner Restaurant in Pigeon Forge

In this small article, we wanted to highlight a recent trip to the Sunliner Diner restaurant in Pigeon Forge and their clever integration of Pigeon Forge identity and the listing of food items and services commonly referred to as a “menu”. We just wanted to highlight this bit of creativity you can find from a newer and very popular restaurant in our area!

Yes, the menu for their burgers, fries, chicken tenders, waffles, chicken and waffles, appetizers, meatloaf, fish and chips, sandwiches and more are all printed on the back of this page. It’s a wonderfully nice touch for a restaurant designed to make you feel like you’ve gone back a couple eras!

See the Sunliner Diner online at

Upcoming Events in Townsend at GM Heritage Center

See what’s going on at the Great Smoky Mountain Visitor Center in Townsend throughout this month and next:

Now – August 16th
* Reba Rhyne and Robin Greenlee
Book signing, coasters and cutting boards.

August 24 – August 29
* Maxine Falls
Art and jewelry.

August 28, 2020
* Elizabeth Rose and Sam Venable
Tall Tales of Tennessee: An Evening of Storytelling

September 1, 2020
* Jeff Ross
“Informal and informative social coffee-talk on a variety of subjects of interest to those living in the area.”

September 04 – September 06
* Ken Justice
Woodcrafts by Ken Justice

September 07 – September 12
* Bonnie Mueller & Doug Bartlett
Abstract acrylic paintings, gourds, polymer clay jewelry and needle felting, wooden flags.

See these events and more information on the GSM Heritage Center at