Church Youth Groups Love the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster!

Remember the teen years? Remember enjoying the rush of new experiences, and the fun of sharing them with friends? When reminiscing, it’s always easy to forget that what may have seemed so easy as a teenager actually required a fair amount of planning and organization from adults. Just because it was fun, doesn’t mean it was simple!

Activity Planning is Harder Than Activity Attending, Isn’t It?

The experience of attending church youth group — moving from shared meals to worship and activities, engaging in service projects, and going on field trips — seems relatively straightforward to teenagers. Parents and the youth pastor must just have to make a few calls to get everything organized, right? It can’t be too hard, can it?

If Only it Were So Easy

Turns out there are budgets to be considered, transportation that needs to be planned, supplies to be gathered, food to be coordinated, and all of it multiplied by 10, 15, 20, or more teenagers – and that doesn’t include the few extra friends of youth group members that may show up at the last minute. Hey, the more the merrier! And now that everyone’s together, what are they all going to do?

Give Everyone a Ride on one of the Best Things to Do in Gatlinburg

The Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster is one of the most fun things to do in Gatlinburg for one reason: it’s a blast! It’s fast enough to appeal to thrill-seekers, and for those less interested in speed, it offers a one-of-a-kind roller coaster experience with its unique location in the Smoky Mountain woods, as well as its silent track. The mountainside is ready – are your teenagers?

The roller coaster is open year-round, rain or shine, from 10 AM – 9 PM Sunday through Thursday and 10 AM – 10 PM Friday and Saturday nights, so it’s flexible enough to fit into all kinds of group schedules.


Riding the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster could be a great way to reward the group after a long day, or as a way to get everyone pumped early in the morning. The experience is not long enough to require an entire afternoon, but not so short that everyone is finished in a flash. The coaster actually includes a second ride: the ride to the top, on the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster’s scenic lift, so there will be plenty for everyone to talk about after all is said and done.

Group Rates are Available – Reserve Today!

Just contact Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster and make a plan for your group’s arrival, and they’ll work with you to set a rate based on the number of riders you plan to bring, and the number of rides they wish to take (the second ride is always cheaper than the first!). When you’re planning things to do in Gatlinburg for the whole flock, make sure that the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster speeds its way onto your list.