It’s fall in the Great Smoky Mountains and the air is starting to get a bit of a nip to it. Summer is over and many of the Gatlinburg attractions have closed their doors for the year. Yet, we know that fall is one of the most spectacular times of year to visit the Gatlinburg area. While you might enjoy a nice ride in the Smoky Mountain National Park either in your car or on horseback, there is one more way for you to see the fall foliage: from the seat of your Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster car as you zoom down the mountainside.
You’re in Charge
Unlike most coasters, the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster puts you in full control of your ride from start to finish. Instead of being hauled to the top of a huge first drop by a noisy mechanical chain, you start at the top. Instead of the coaster pushing you along the tracks at break necks speeds, you are in control of how fast you go down the track. From start to finish, you decide if you want to creep along enjoying the scenery or if you want to let your car have its head and rush down the side of the mountain at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour.
Speeds this fast are just enough to make the ride fun and exciting, but not so fast that you freeze on the way down as temperatures drop. What’s more, if you want to stop for a minute to snap a few pictures, no one will complain. There are a couple of spots with spectacular views that make the perfect picture to take home as a souvenir.
When the Snow Flies
Winter is just around the corner and in the Smoky Mountains, the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster is one of the last Gatlinburg attractions still open. Winter also means plenty of snow, enough that most other fun spots have long since closed their doors. We never close the doors; our tracks are elevated high enough from the ground that you never have to worry about getting stuck. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the magic of the snow falling as you fly down the tracks.
You might be amazed at how snow looks as you whizz along the tracks; it’s like flying through an endless white tunnel. The snow creates some pretty amazing scenery as it coats the trees. It comes right up to the base of the tracks, making it possible for you to see any number of animal tracks. You’re sure to see plenty of bunny tracks along with deer and maybe even bear tracks (although most are in hibernation by the time snow arrives).
No matter what other Gatlinburg attractions you plan to visit on your fall or winter trip to town this year, you can’t afford to miss out on a ride down the side of the Smokies on the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster. Come for a day ride and stay for one more after dark ride for only $8 (or buy our new All-Day Pass for only $50 and ride as many times as you like in a single day!).