Adventurous Vacations Found in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Think a vacation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee is all about relaxing hikes through the mountains and sleepy afternoons around your cabin? Well, think again! Gatlinburg offers several options for those looking for an adrenalin rush while on vacation. Take a look at the adventures Gatlinburg has to offer!


If the idea of soaring through the treetops sounds good to you, then strap yourself in and head over to Gatlinburg Ziplines and Ropes Course Adventures. They offer 9 thrilling ziplines that overlook downtown Gatlinburg, the Gatlinburg Space Needle and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Trained and certified guides are on hand to make sure you are safely harnessed, and the wide age range allowance (ages 5 or 45 lbs to 70 or older, depending on agility) means the whole family can participate. A weblink is also available for friends and family at home to watch you zipline live from their computers.

Gatlinburg Ziplines and Ropes Course Adventures also offers an Indoor/Outdoor Ropes Course for those looking to challenge themselves while high in the Gatlinburg treetops.

White Water Rafting

The Colorado Rockies aren’t the only place to experience some thrilling white water rafting. Rafting in the Smokies offers twelve Class III and three Class IV whitewater rapids on Tennessee’s Big Pigeon River. While being escorted down five miles of white water rafting by professional river guides, you’ll take in the breathtaking scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Forest, Martha Sundquist State Forest and the Appalachian Trail surrounding Big Pigeon River. No previous experience is needed and those ages 8 or 70 lbs are welcome to ride.


Helicopter Ride 

Get a breathtaking birds-eye view of the Tennessee mountains when you take a helicopter ride with Sevier Country Choppers or Scenic Helicopter Tours. Both offer scenic aerial views of The Smokies, making for a truly memorable experience. Pilots often give a guided tour while in flight, so make sure your camera is handy to take one-of-a-kind photos. Those who have done it love it.

Have you experienced an adventurous vacation in Gatlinburg? Share your experience and recommendations in the comments!

Stacey is a writer with an eye for design. She’s been with Global Discovery Vacations since 2004, directing the creative department. Her passion for the written word is equal only to that of rescuing dogs and playing volleyball.

2 thoughts on “Adventurous Vacations Found in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

  1. Wisconsin Dells is by far the BEST zipline place. They had this 6-7 course with the farthest distance we have foudn to date. Not sure there is a place to top it!

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