Posted on 3/20/2020


If you are one of those people who come to the mountains in search of adventure, you might be aware of the over 800 miles of official hiking trails in the National Park. However, you might not be aware that there are numerous activities offered in Sevier County, TN that can keep even the most adventurous member of your group active.  From zip lining to rafting to mountain biking here are some suggestions to enhance your Smoky Mountain Experience.

Climbworks – is the #1 rated Zipline company in the area.  They are top notch in everything that they provide.    155 Branam Hollow Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738   865-325-8116

9 world class zip lanes, 3 Sky Bridges, and a “Surprise” feature at the end – Your feet will not touch the ground for at least 2 hours!  Surrounded by miles of the National Park, this awesome Adventure park will leave you breathless.  Starting with an ATV ride up from the parking area to the Zip Line course.  They also offer a wonderful Mountain Bike course complete with Rollers, Berms, Logs, Bridges and Wood features.  You don’t have to have experience as there are challenges for ALL skill levels from beginner to extreme biking.  They also work in conjunction with Smoky Mountain Rafting to provide Raft/Zip combos.

Ober Gatlinburg – year round indoor/outdoor recreation area – offers Ice Skating, Skiing, Snowboarding, Alpine Slide and the areas longest mountain coaster.  1101 Parkway #2, Gatlinburg, TN 37738   865-436-5423

Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster – Located on the parkway this coaster offers free parking, single or double rides during the day or night.    306 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN     865-430-5577

Zip Gatlinburg – This attraction offers some unique features in addition to 9 zip lines, there is also a “Tree Trek” – which is an obstacle course in the treetops with Bridges, ladders, Trapezes, logs and sky bridges.  They also have a 30ft Trapeze net with Glide ball and Step Swing!  Check in at Light #8 by the Space Needle on Historic Motor Nature Trail Drive, Gatlinburg, TN  865-430-9475

Rafting in the Smokies – Reservation/Ticket office 813 E Parkway( Hwy 321N) , Gatlinburg,TN – Physical address 3595 Hartford Road, Hartford, TN 37753   1-800-776-7238

150 ft Swinging Bridge, 6 ziplines from 60-90 feet, Rope Challenge Course, Rafting on the Upper Pigeon River and a Float Trip on the Lower Pigeon River

SmokyMountain Rafting – Ticket office 453 Brookside Village Way, Gatlinburg – Physical Location – Hartford Road, Hartford, TN    865-430-3838

Rafting with class 3 and 4 rapids on the Upper Pigeon River, Float Trip with class 1 & 2 rapids with a class 3 finale.  Inflatable Kayaks as well!

No matter which one you choose to participate in, you are sure to make memories to last a lifetime!  Go ahead and book your chalet in the mountains and come explore the “Wild Side” of Gatlinburg!

Disclaimer: All of these locations offer experienced guides to walk you through the process and make sure that all safety concerns are addressed.  Mountain Laurel Chalets assumes no responsibility should you choose to participate in any of the above activities.