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The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island

4 Fun Pigeon Forge Rides You’ll Want to Experience That Are Not in Dollywood

May 11, 2022

While most folks are familiar with Dollywood’s collection of jaw dropping roller coasters and other breathtaking rides, you’ll also find several great rides in the Smokies that are not part of the famous theme park! Whether you are a serious thrill seeker or prefer something a bit more mild, there is something for everyone to enjoy close to our cabins! Here are 4 fun Pigeon Forge rides that you’ll want to experience that are not in Dollywood:

1. Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel is the centerpiece attraction at The Island in Pigeon Forge and offers riders stunning views of the Smokies from 200 feet in the air! The ferris wheel stands as one of the tallest attractions in the southeast and features all-glass gondolas that can seat up to 8 guests, making it easy to see in every direction! There are a variety of convenient ticket options available, including a Day/Night combo ticket that allows you to enjoy the Smoky Mountain views by day and the sparkling lights of The Island by night!

2. SkyFly: Soar America

SkyFly: Soar America ride at The IslandAnother one of the fun Pigeon Forge rides that you’ll want to experience is SkyFly: Soar America, which also happens to be located at The Island in Pigeon Forge! This “flying theater” attraction takes you on an unforgettable journey across the United States, complete with special effects such as wind, mist and scents! You’ll hang with your feet suspended in front of a 50 foot spherical screen that immerses you into the adventure, so hold on tight as you visit the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Niagara Falls and other iconic destinations!

3. Mountain Monster

For those who crave white knuckle rides, you won’t want to miss the Mountain Monster! This unique tower attraction is located at the Mountain Mile and features 3 different ride experiences to have you screaming in delight! The Monster Fall option is a 200 foot tall drop ride where you are totally exposed and have just a lap belt to hold onto, while the Monster Launch option launches you 170 feet straight up into the sky! The Monster Dive option is the most thrilling of them all as a 2 seat elevator inside the main tower structure takes you to the top, where the platform suddenly opens and you’re tilted facing the ground 200 feet below! Upon release, you’ll experience a free fall sensation before being caught to soar over a water feature!

4. Avalanche Snow Coaster

Avalanche Snow Coaster at Rowdy Bear's Smoky Mountain SnowparkWhen it comes to the fun Pigeon Forge rides you’ll want to experience, be sure to ride the Avalanche Snow Coaster at Rowdy Bear’s Smoky Mountain Snowpark! This exciting attraction is similar to a mountain coaster, but features a wider track so that you can sit next to a friend or family member! Since you control the speed of your own ride down the mountain using a simple brake handle, take a leisurely ride to the bottom or go full throttle for an action packed adventure!

Check out all of our cabin rentals in the Smoky Mountains today to stay just minutes away from these fun Pigeon Forge rides! We look forward to welcoming you to the Smokies!