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4 of the Best Mountain Coasters in Gatlinburg

The Great Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg are filled with adventure attractions and plenty of experiences that are sure to get even the most extreme thrill seeker’s adrenaline pumping. Our mountain coasters are no exception! When vacationing in the area, you’ll find the only single-rail mountain coaster, mountain coasters that are perfect for the entire family, rides with scenic views and locations with not only a mountain coaster to enjoy but other fun attractions as well. Here’s the scoop on a few of the best that you’ll find in the area!

Rowdy Bear Mountain Coaster

The Rowdy Bear Mountain Coaster is one of Gatlinburg’s top thrill rides. Open year-round and lit up with stunning lights at night, this is an experience like no other. The alpine coaster travels at up to 35 miles per hour through the forest of Rowdy Bear Mountain. If the coaster ride isn’t enough excitement for you, take a ride on the Rowdy Bear Mountain Glider. With no other ride like it in the world, you’ll get a sense of free falling and hang gliding as you fly through the treetops. To have the best experience at Rowdy Bear, check the availability calendar on their website and ask about their unlimited wristbands. After all, one ride around the mountain is rarely enough!

Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster

If you’re looking for a fast and exhilarating ride while your visiting the Smokies, you’ll want to check out the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster! You’ll be in the driver’s seat for this 30mph trip over the hills and through the woods. Consider purchasing an all day pass so that you can experience the fun more than once! You can purchase tickets online to dodge the line but if you have a competitor coupon it can only be redeemed at the ticket office.

The Rail Runner Anakeesta

Anakeesta in Gatlinburg during springAnakeesta is not only one of the most popular destinations for fun in the Smokies, but it’s also home to the only single-rail mountain coaster. The Rail Runner allows you to fly down the mountain at the speed of your choice and hits a max speed of 25mph. Your journey on Anakeesta mountain till begin with a downhill adventure with plenty of twists and turns! Then, on your way back up you’ll be treated to stunning views of the Smoky Mountains. Once the ride is over, you can ride-again for half price! A few tips to help make the most of your time; fill out an online waiver form before arriving to cut back on your wait time, ride-again tickets are only available on-site and small children may ridge tandem with an adult. * Visit Anakeesta’s website for specific restrictions and requirements.

Ski Mountain Coaster at Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg is filled with year around fun and their Ski Mountain Coaster just one of the adventure attractions that you’ll want to check out while you’re visiting Gatlinburg and the Smokies. After enjoying a peaceful climb to the top, riders then take control of their ride throughout almost 3,000 feet worth of dips, twists, turns and more. Everyone in the family will love the experience of riding along the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Need a little extra incentive to take the kiddos? Ages 3 & 4 ride free with a paying adult!

Where to Stay:

Old Creek Lodge Downtown Gatlinburg HotelOur Gatlinburg hotel is the perfect home away from home for those visiting the area and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Thrill seekers, families, honeymooners and others will enjoy our accommodations and amenities. We are located within walking distance of many attractions in Gatlinburg as well as the national park. Every guest room at our hotel is located along a tranquil mountain stream and includes a private balcony that perfect for kicking back and relaxing a bit. Fireplaces, a small refrigerator, microwave, flat screen tv and more can be found in all rooms as well. Our onsite free parking and having a trolley stop beside our hotel also adds to the ease of exploring the area. To see more amenities, click here! → Old Creek Lodge Amenities

If you’re ready to start planning your next trip to the Smokies and want to learn more about our Gatlinburg hotel, Old Creek Lodge, click the link below!

Old Creek Lodge on the River in Downtown Gatlinburg