The Most Scenic, Highest and Longest Zip Lines
When it comes to adventures in the Smokies, canopy tours are on the top of the list. And believe us when we tell you, your list of zip line attraction choices is long one.
Before you move to choosing which canopy tour you’d like to take, we at Carr’s Cottages have done a little homework to cover the basics that will apply to most all the zipline companies in our area.
The first thing you need to know is you’re going to have some major fun! You’ll want to wear comfortable, close-toed shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. The zipline attraction will provide necessary safety equipment including helmets, gloves and harnesses. Loose hair should be restrained, and backpacks, fanny packs, chewing gum and hard candy are not allowed. Some companies will allow cameras as long as they are strapped to your body.
Age and weight limits will vary by attraction. Most require a minimum age of 8 years old and weights between 90-250 lbs. These limits do vary so be sure to confirm these ahead of time.
All participants should be of good physical condition, able to follow instructions, climb stairs and use brake handles, and not have injuries to back, legs or knees. Everyone will be required to sign a Waiver, and parents will have to sign for and accompany children under the age of 18. Pregnant women and any one under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be permitted to ride.
Zipline tours generally operate 7 days a week in season, and tours take place rain or shine. Tour operators may cancel during treacherous weather that includes high winds or lightning, and generally will provide a return voucher or reschedule your tour. Cancellation policies very greatly and not all companies provide refunds or attempt to reschedule for missed reservations.
Now that you know the basics for taking a zipline canopy tour, here are the zipline attractions to choose from in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Seviervile, Wears Valley and Townsend:
Canopy Tour Zip Lines at Foxfire Mountain
800.840.1945 Ext. 1028
3757 Thomas Lane, Sevierville TN
Begin at Foxfire Mountain Base Camp and experience 7 zip lines over 150 acres of rich forest, mountain creeks and historic farmland. Lines as long at 1500’. No hiking and no tower climbing required. Participants must be at least 8 years old and weigh less than 275 lbs. Also offers a base camp swinging bridge adventure, ATV tours, and BBQ restaurant. Visit FoxFire Mountain Canopy Tours online.
Smoky Mountain Zip Lines and Canopy Tours
509 Mill Creek Road, Pigeon Forge TN
Fly at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour! Canopy tours start off slow and low and gets longer, higher, faster and more exciting. Participants must be ages 8 or older and 60+ lbs. to ride solo, but children ages 5-8 may ride tandem with a guide. Maximum weight limits for women is 200 lbs. and 250 lbs. for men. Zip line packages and discounts available by visiting Smoky Mountain Zip Lines specials online.
Adventure America Zipline Canopy Tours
3555 Hartford Road, Hartford TN
The only Zipline canopy tour over the Pigeon River with 15 scenic and historic acres of flying area. Unique features include 12 zipline sections between elevated platforms & treetop decks, 4 sky bridges and the “Cliff Hanger” platform perched on a 100’ rock cliff. Adventure packages available that include canopy tours along with whitewater rafting, a Jeep tour and lunch! Visit Zipline Canopy Tours by Wildwater online for more information.
Adventure Park Ziplines
1628 Parkway, Sevierville TN
Located at Five Oaks across from Tanger Outlets, Adventure Park Zip Lines at Five Oaks has the most conveniently located ziplines in Pigeon Forge. Experience 9 zip lines up to 2500’ long with speeds of up to 50 mph across a 70-acre nature park offering beautiful Smoky Mountain Views. Children as young as 3 may zip tandem with a guide. Weight limits are 70-270 lbs. Zip at Night! Visit Adventure Park Ziplines online.
Adventure Zip Lines of Pigeon Forge
2820 Legacy Vista Drive, Sevierville TN
Legacy Mountain Premier Ziplines is the LONGEST zip line in the USA! Fly on 4.5 miles of zip lines 450’ off the ground and up to 2500’ long across 400 acres of Smoky Mountain beauty. Weight limits are 100-275 lbs. Children as young as 3 can zip with a guide tandem style. Visit Adventure Zip Lines of Pigeon Forge online for promo code discounts.
865.430.9475 or 865.430.9442
125 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg TN
Ages 5 and older and experience an outdoor adventure in Gatlinburg next to the National Park where you’ll trek through trees overlooking the Space Needle and downtown Gatlinburg. No experience necessary! For Early Bird and prepay specials, visit Zip Gatlinburg online.
Wears Valley Ziplines
1911 Wears Valley Road, Sevierville TN
Located on 43 private acres, Wears Valley Zip lines say “NOBODY BEATS THE VALUE WE OFFER!” Ride 1.25 miles of ziplines 275’ high. You’ll get to see gorgeous views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Mt. LeConte. Visit Wears Valley Ziplines for attraction coupons saving $10 or more per person and watch their video!
1239 Wears Valley Road, Townsend TN
Experience 3 ziplines soaring above the trees for $49.95. Ask about package pricing with their only unguided horseback rides in the Smokies! For complete information, visit Next to Heaven Zip Line Adventures online.
Jayell Ranch Zipline in the Smokies
1131 Jayell Road, Sevierville TN
The full zip line course includes 6 lines and 2 miles of high flying adventure with weight limits up to 275 lbs. Zipline packages starting at $44. Mention the website for $5 off the full zipline course! Visit Jayell Ranch online for complete details.
605 Stockton Drive, Sevierville TN
All zipline thrill seekers ages 5 and up may come and enjoy a tour at Wahoo including 6 unique ziplines up to 250’ above ground. Advance reservations required. Zipline tours take place at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. Visit Wahoo Ziplines Attraction online for full details.
SkyZip Attraction at Dollywood
Dollywood Theme Park
After a safety briefing, you’ll experience Black Bear Drop, Red Fox Run, Brook Trout Gorge, Cougar Plunge and the Bald Eagle Swoop that will having you flying high above Dollyworld. Explore the unspoiled forests, mountains, and valleys on the farthest reaches of Dollywood as you trek through the hills, zip across 5 lines and cross a swinging cable bridge. SkyZip offers a Night Flight at 8 p.m. throughout the Dollywood Great American Summer Celebration. SkyZip rates of $49 and $69 are in addition to your Dollywood admission ticket. Substantial passholder discounts are available. Visit the Dollywood SkyZip online.
CLIMB Works Canopy Tours
155 Branam Hollow Road, Gatlinburg TN
Closed on Sundays. Ages 8 years and older with a maximum weight of 270 lbs. can experience the ultimate treetop zip line adventure! Take the fun 4-wheel adventure to the top of the mountain and your feet won’t touch the ground for the next 2.5 hours of extreme adventure fun! Visit CLIMB Works Canopy Tours online for additional information.
Canopy Tours at NOC Gatlinburg
877.938.3595 or 865.277.8209
1138 Parkway, Gatlinburg TN
The Nantahala Outdoor Center, located at light #10 in downtown Gatlinburg is open everyday from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Zip the first 3 lines before riding their eco-friendly safari vehicle to the top of the mountain where you begin the second leg on zip lines ranging from 600-1500′ long. Weight limits are 75-275 lbs. and ages 8 or older. Visit NOC Canopy Tours online and call to ask about discounted adventure packages when teaming up rafting, hiking and biking with your zipline adventure.
Zipping in the Smokies by RITS
Ziplines: Hartford TN
Office: Hwy 321, next to the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce
Rafting in the Smokies invites you to cross the swinging bridge to their Family Adventure Island to enjoy their new lines and skybridges added for 2013! Value packages available that include ziplining, ropes challenge, and whitewater rafting. For reservations and discounted tickets, visit Rafting in the Smokies online.
Most zipline companies require advance reservations and offer online reservations for your convenience. Be sure to look for or ask for any discounts or attraction packages they may have available in order to save yourself some bucks. To make advance reservations with posted discounts, purchase your tickets through Carr’s Cottages right here!