Are you a roller coaster aficionado? Perhaps you just love a thrill or dare? Maybe you think that roller coasters are for the timid and that alpine slides and mountain coaster rides are the “real” roller coasters? No matter what your thoughts are on the matter, if you haven’t yet ridden the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster, you haven’t ridden a coaster at all!
As one of the top attractions in Gatlinburg, TN, it is built on the actual mountain slopes, taking the most daring riders along the forest floor as it dips sharply and glides silently to the valley below. The Mountain Coaster can take you from the top to bottom in as little as seven minutes, but what makes it such a wild and appealing option among the attractions in Gatlinburg, TN is that you are in complete control of your experience.
Enjoying the Mountain Coaster
Open to all over the age of three (and standing more than 38″ tall), it is a Mountain Coaster with carts designed to seat up to two passengers per trip. Equipped with brakes, it allows the riders to decide how fast and wild the ride might be, or how slow and scenic. Because of that, you can apply the brakes whenever you want, snap some photos, and even share them to the coaster’s official Instagram page.
To take the trip, you just head to the downtown area, and tucked amongst the many other exciting and enjoyable attractions in Gatlinburg, TN, you will find the base area of the Mountain Coaster. From here, you take the automated uphill lift system to the launching area, stopping to enjoy the views and snap a few photos, before heading back down.
As already mentioned, the ride is silent because this coaster has been designed to run silently. Whether you are seated alone in a cart or take a double ride, there is no grinding of metal against metal, no banging or clanging, and no automated noises to interfere with the joy of the ride.
When to Enjoy Your Trip Down the Mountain
Though many attractions in Gatlinburg, TN have somewhat fixed or limited hours, the Mountain Coaster is actually open year-round and both day and evening. This means you can set aside some time to enjoy rides in the morning, at dusk and even after dark. Many people plan it for a thrilling date night with a whoosh down the mountain followed up by a tasty meal at one of the many restaurants in town. However, as a family activity, it is tough to beat. Though solo riders have to be more than 56″ to ride alone, you’ll find that every member of the family (over three years old) will love this totally unique way to experience the scenic beauty of the Gatlinburg area and the Great Smoky Mountains.