The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel.

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel Review

Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary tickets to The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. All opinions are strictly my own and those of family members participating in this review.

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel is a brand new attraction in a brand new are of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee called The Island. The last couple of times we headed to Pigeon Forge, my family and I had seen the 20 story Ferris wheel and really wanted to ride it. And so on our recent trip, we did!

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

As I mentioned, The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is 20 stories which equals 200 feet tall! When you see it from the Parkway, you don’t really realize just how tall that sucker is. When you enter The Island, you start to get a better idea of it’s height. And when you stand beneath it, you get the full impact of those 200 feet of Ferris wheel grandeur!

Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

My family and I had a blast on our ride. You typically take 3 full revolutions inside a climate-controlled gondola. You have full control of the heat/air settings so you have a completely comfortable ride. It isn’t bumpy or jerky. It is actually quite smooth and you only feel a few rocking motions here and there. Nothing like a traditional Ferris wheel.

And the view? Oh my goodness, the view is gorgeous! The gondola windows are tinted so the sun isn’t blaring in your face. We went on a completely cloudless, sunny day and it was beautiful. We had 360 views and could really see all of Pigeon Forge and the mountains.

Great Smoky Mountain Wheel View


  • Adults (age 12 & up): $13
  • Seniors (ages 60 & up): $11
  • Children (ages 3 – 11): $9
  • Children (2 & under): FREE
  • Group Pricing (15 or more, pre-paid only): $11
  • VIP Ride (per person): $50
  • Plus tax. *$2 off wheel ticket purchase for military personnel only

Crystal Martin - Cinnamon Hollow

I have several more photos and more information about The Island over at Cinnamon Hollow if you’d like to check out my post about The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel In Pigeon Forge, Tennessee there.

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