Disclosure: We received complimentary admission to Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster to facilitate this travel review. All opinions area strictly our own.
My husband, Clay, and I just got back from our annual fall trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Each year we like to try to do at least one new activity or visit one new attraction in the Smoky Mountains that we haven’t done before. This year, we did a couple new things including the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster.
It rained for most o four trip so we had to choose things that could didn’t take all day to do and that were open year round, regardless of weather. On this trip we rode the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster, visited OktOBERfest, toured the Roaring Fork Motor Trail and had a picnic near Cades Cove.
The Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster was a favorite among all 8 of us. Our travel party ranged in age from 5 up to 50+ and we all loved it! The coaster takes you through twists and turns along the Smoky Mountains. It features double cars and you can ride alone or with a partner as long as your combined weight isn’t over 300 pounds. Our youngest two daughters had to ride with adults but our teens rode by themselves.
The cars are very comfortable and you are in full control once you reach the top. Going up, you just sit back and relax and take in the scenery. Once you reach what I call the “watch tower” you will need to push your brake handle forward to continue moving forward. You can pull it back to slow down if you prefer to go at a slower pace or you can push it all the way forward to go full out at top speed. Our 5 year old daughter DEMANDED Clay make it go as fast as it could. She is a speed demon and loved every minute of it and begged to go again.
For those who like to go slower, just pull your handle back some, as I mentioned above. Just don’t come to a complete stop or the cars behind you that are going faster may bump. The staff is watching over the track at all times and will come over a loud speaker to alert any riders that need to slow down or speed up.
You can ride at both day and night. We did both. We loved our daytime ride so much that we went back after dark to see how it looked all lit up. It was beautiful but kind of spooky because some parts of the track aren’t lit so you’re going along a mountain, on a coaster, in the dark! It was awesome! As pretty as the scenery is in the daytime, riding it at night was an adventure. You feel like you’re going even faster, sipping past all those bright lights! We have videos of our trip to the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster over on our other blog.
We weren’t there during Halloween but this past weekend they decorated the coaster and held a “Track Of Terror” event. I really wish we had been there for that. I bet that it was tons of spooky fun. They will also be decorating for various Holidays so if you’re there during Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. check it out!
Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster Admission:
1 Rider ??$14.32
Must be at least 54”
1 person per coaster car
2 Riders?? $24.16
2 people in same coaster car