Are you the adventurous type? Have you been feeling like you need a little bit of an adrenaline rush lately? Sometimes it’s something we crave after enduring our daily routine and the hustle and bustle of everyday life for so long. If you’re looking for a place to visit that features plenty of exhilarating activities to do then look no further! There are so many Thrill-Seeking Adventures in the Smokies that all those rebels out there are sure to want to take advantage of. Maybe even us less adventurous folks will love them too. We’re talking ziplining, strenuous hikes, mountain coasters, and so much more. If it’s your first time visiting, you’re going to be surprised to see just how many things there are to do here in town. Are you ready to get your adrenaline pumping? Let’s start planning these Thrill-Seeking Adventures in the Smokies!
Flyaway Indoor Skydiving and Outdoor Gravity Park
These two exciting attractions are sure to get your heart racing in a good way! Want to experience the feeling of skydiving without having to actually jump out of a plane? The Flyaway Indoor Skydiving attraction will do just that. It’s actually home to America’s first vertical wind tunnel! Located in Pigeon Forge, this popular place has been all the rage since it opened. It’s a unique yet thrilling experience that you must try for yourself. You will watch a 15 minute training class then it’s off to take flight. They have trained professionals that join you in the wind tunnel and you can either go solo or they offer a block party option. Enjoy the rush! If you’re looking for another one of a kind adventure, the Outdoor Gravity Park in Pigeon Forge will be one to add to the list. Climb aboard their one of a kind OGO, a plastic ball, so to speak, filled with water that is designed to ensure that there is absolutely no tumbling! Choose from three different courses on their 1000 ft hill and enjoy rolling down with a gopro in hand to record your adventure. You will love getting to splash and move around inside of the ball on your way down. These are both must do’s when you’re in the area!
Helicopter and Jeep/UTV Tours
One of the most exhilarating activities to check out in the Smokies are our popular tours. We’ll start with the helicopter rides. Get ready to be whisked away to see all the scenery the mountains and lakes have to offer from way up above. There are a bunch of different ride choices, all featuring incredible views from your high flying helicopter adventure. The jeep and UTV tours bring you up close and personal with the mountains, so your adrenaline is sure to start pumping. Take a jeep trip along the Foothills Parkway and Newfound Gap or head just outside of Gatlinburg for some stunning yet thrilling UTV adventures. Get ready to fly through the mountains, going up hills, taking bumpy turns, and so much more. You will never experience the beauty of the mountains like this unless you give it a go. The views are worth every second of it. It doesn’t get more daring than this! We recommend Pink Adventure Tours in Pigeon Forge if you’re looking to do the jeep tours or Smoky Mountain Adventure Tours in Cosby for your UTV adventure!
When trying to decide on some Thrill-Seeking Adventures in the Smokies to add to your itinerary, we’re sure this one was probably already on your mind. If you’re looking to zoom past some lush greenery and extraordinary views of the Smokies then ziplining at Anakeesta is a must-do! You can even do dueling ziplines so you can fly through the scenery with a friend or your family. When you’re really looking to get your heartbeat racing, you will love getting to try out their two challenge stations, are you up for it?! According to their website, it says you will rappel off their platforms for a thrilling but controlled drop to the bottom where another cushioned platform will be waiting to catch you. This has become such a popular activity and we know you won’t go wrong no matter where you choose to zipline at. It’s one of the most exciting and daring things to do in the mountains. Don’t forget to pick up your $2 off coupon for Anakeesta at our front desk!
Another great activity to check out are all of our exciting mountain coasters. Each of them offer a different kind of experience. You can control your own speed, so yes, this means you can go as fast as the coaster will let you if you wish! You will get to whip through the mountains as you fly around all kinds of stunning views that will be looking back at you. You will love all the twists and turns that will come with your exhilarating journey. We recently had a new one open that is extremely popular to visit at night and it’s for good reason. They have tunnels that are lit up with extravagant neon colors and you can even see the dollywood fireworks during the summer while you ride this exciting coaster!
It isn’t a trip to the Smokies if you don’t go on some strenuous hikes that will reward you with some of the best views of the mountains you can find! We know there are so many different trails to choose from, so we’ll just list our personal favorites if you’re looking to get that heartbeat racing and adrenaline pumping.
- Ramsey Cascades – This tough 8-mile trail will totally be worth it in the end when you get to see the tallest waterfall in the National Park!
- Gregory Bald via Gregory Ridge Trail – You will gain an elevation of 3,020 feet so get ready for some of the most stunning views around on this 11.3 mile hike.
- Mt. Leconte via Rainbow Falls – This 13 mile hike will greet you with some of the most incredible views of the mountains and our National Park, it is the third highest peak in the Smokies afterall!
- Rocky Top to Thunderhead Mountain – This 13.9 mile journey will lead you to an elevation gain of 3,665 feet where you’re congratulated by extraordinary views after your steep push to the Rocky Top summit.
White Water Rafting
Last, but certainly not least, is crashing through some thrilling class III-IV rapids on your white water rafting expedition! This is an unforgettable experience that all you adrenaline junkies out there will absolutely love. Join your experienced tour guides for the ride of your life. Not only will you get soaking wet, but you’ll have an amazing time doing so. You will paddle into high rising rapids with names like Snapdragon as you conquer a total of ten of them throughout your entire journey. Those with a thirst for adventure will not stop talking about this experience once it’s over. Who knows, you’ll probably end up doing it again the next day! As a thank you for being our guest, you receive one free adult rafting ticket for Big Creek Expeditions so make sure to add this one to your list!
So, as you can see, there are so many Thrill-Seeking Adventures in the Smokies that are waiting for you all. You will have some of the most amazing experiences of your life if you try all of these during your well deserved getaway. Nothing beats getting your heartbeat racing and your adrenaline pumping on your daily expeditions in town. Who’s ready for a taste of excitement?! Book Your Vacation Rental Online and prepare to make some unforgettable memories when you try out these Thrill-Seeking Adventures in the Smokies!