Whether you are an adrenaline junkie looking to add yet another thrilling ride to your list of “been there, done that”, or someone who likes the slow lane, the Gatlinburg roller coaster, officially known as the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster, is for you.
One of the Most Popular Things to Do in Gatlinburg
The first coaster of its kind in the Smoky Mountains, it can be as fast as seven minutes from top to bottom, or it can be much longer. That is because, unlike any other type of coaster ride, the Gatlinburg roller coaster is totally under your control. It is, just as its name describes, “a roller coaster”, but the tracks run through the gorgeous forested hills above the town of Gatlinburg. When you buy a ticket, you are given access to the automated lift that gets you all the way to the top – no hiking or climbing is required!
Once there, you can take some time to snap a few photos and then you climb aboard your private coaster car for the ride down. With single and double rider options, it is among the things to do in Gatlinburg ideally suited for families, couples or daring individuals. The carts are equipped with full braking systems, meaning you can unlock the brake and rocket through the woods; all the way back down to the town below.
Alternately, you can use the brake to take a slow and scenic ride through the verdant woods that make the region such a popular destination. The tracks twist and crisscross, allowing you to see a few other riders as you make your descent. The Gatlinburg roller coaster, though, is unlike any other roller coaster because its tracks run silent; no clattering, rattling or banging will ruin the sounds of the birds, leaves rustling in the breeze or the whoops of fellow travelers!
As one of the more popular things to do in Gatlinburg for families, it is also a popular destination for couples. With carts designed for two, the Gatlinburg roller coaster also has night runs that let you make your way through the dark woods, with the lights of town below. Easily one of the most daring things to do in Gatlinburg, it is also safe as the carts are affixed to the tracks and all passengers are firmly buckled in before departing the uppermost station.
A night time run on the Gatlinburg roller coaster is the perfect date night activity, but also among the best things to do in Gatlinburg for families with teens just looking for an unforgettable adventure.
Open year round, this amazing coaster is an affordable, unique and appealing way to experience a panoramic view of the woodlands and scenery that draw millions to the Smokies each year. Whether you do it on your own or with family and friends, a coaster trip down the mountain is a fun and unforgettable summertime activity during any Gatlinburg getaway.