Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, Pigeon Forge

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With almost 2 km (more than 1 mi) of track, Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is the longest downhill ride in the United States. The gravity-driven rollercoaster features bobsled-style cars that you can control. Lay off the brakes if you want to reach speeds of up to 43 km/h (27 mph). If you're not going too fast, you'll see great views of Smoky Mountains as you speed along the track. Ride alone, or share the thrill with a partner. Ask about ticket packages for families. Put Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Pigeon Forge travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 14, 2017
    My child and I road this coaster twice during our visit. Definitely take advantage of a Groupon deal if you can find one.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    SO much fun. An experience that was well worth the price. Do it, if ever in the Pigeon Forge area. You will love it.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Awesome experience! Look on Groupon for a deal! We ended up only paying 20.00 for 2 of us. Well, worth it! Very fun!  more »
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  • August 5, 2017
    This was another mountain coaster ride we went on in this touristy area. It has great views the entire ride. The trek up the side of the mountain on the cart was calm and enjoyable, then the ride down was fast and fun! You wait in line, which was short, get on a small 1 person cart, then each cart goes about 30 seconds apart up the side of the mountain. You control the brakes on the way down using duel hand levers, so it can go as fast as gravity and your fear factor allows. Some of the turns way high in the air can be a bit intimidating for anyone with a fear of heights. It was about $15 per person and you can use your current days ticket to ride as much as you want for half price the until closing that night. They take photos of you on the way down if you want to buy any of them after the ride while in their souvenir shop. They have all sorts of hillbilly type souvenirs you can buy and embrace the mountain-man heritage. This was a fun ride and great way to spend some time while in this area.
  • June 2, 2017
    One of the few places in Pigeon Forge that doesn't gouge you as a consumer. It's well worth every penny and re-rides are cheap if you go same day. Photos of the experience are reasonably priced and so are T-shirts if you buy multiples of both. As far as the ride experience, I rode it twice. It's so much fun and that's coming from a traditional coaster enthusiast. It's not that steep, doesn't have any huge drops, it's plenty fast enough but not too fast for those that are overwhelmed by speed and this coaster gives a great ride experience. Perfect for the whole family. If your kid can ride a bike, this is way easier than that. Would definitely do again and again.
  • June 21, 2017
    Awesome place. This is a must for everyone. My 14 year old daughter and I rode this coaster 5 times. Why? Re-rides on the same day are half price. You have to ride after it gets dark and the lights are on. Don't forget the $2 off ticket(one coupon for each rider) in coupon books. You can ride double, too if you don't exceed the weight limit. Read the website or all the signs before you asked the ticket lady a whole bunch of questions. Awesome staff. Everyone was friendly and helpful.
  • May 27, 2017
    This was the best fun we have had in years! It is a fast, fun, safe ride and YOU control your speed but I let it go full out and had such fun. If you go during the day, your ticket is good for a half price ride at night which is what we did. They have it lit up with colored lights and it was even more awesome at night. When we go back to TN, we will definitely come here again!
  • July 4, 2017
    This was a blast! Honestly a lil scary flying around those turns, but e views are great. I loved the trip up, sit back and enjoy. We rode on a rainy day, the attendant put on our rain shields and we stayed dry and comfortable! A must try for any adventure seeker. The staff was nice, ticket booth line was pretty fast and loading was pretty fast. Cars were new, grounds were clean.

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