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Key Info

867 Wears Valley Road

Price & Hours

$17 for adults; $13 for kids 7-12; $5.50 for kids 3-6
10 a.m. to 11 p.m. or midnight

Details

Amusement Parks Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 4.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Situated just west of town near Wear Farm City Park, the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is a thrilling and scenic ride for adventure travelers of all ages. The coaster is the longest of its kind in the United States, boasting more than a mile of track that snakes through the forest and mountains, offering beautiful views along the way. What's more, riders can control how fast or slow their "sled" goes. The sleds can accommodate one or two passengers, and a typical ride takes about seven or eight minutes. At night, the track is illuminated by colorful lights.

According to recent riders, the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is a fun and exhilarating attraction, especially for thrill-seekers who love traditional roller coasters. The sleds max out at 27 mph, but many say it can feel like you're going much faster when you're coasting down the hill. Others recommend taking advantage of the group discount or looking for Groupon or other discount options online, since it is a bit pricey per person. A few also warned that the wait to ride can be long.

There are a few restrictions to keep in mind: Riders must be at least 56 inches tall to ride alone (or 38 inches tall to ride with an adult), and each sled weight cannot exceed 375 pounds in dry conditions (or 330 pounds in wet weather). Tickets cost $5.50 for kids ages 3 to 6; $13 for kids ages 7 to 12 and $17 for adults; discounts are available for military, children of military and groups of 15 or more. The coaster operates daily (rain, snow or sunshine) from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., with extended hours until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Free parking is available on-site. For more information and to buy tickets, head to the Smoky Alpine Coaster website.

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Dollywood is likely one of the main reasons you're planning a visit to Pigeon Forge: It's a sprawling amusement park that boasts more than 50 rides and attractions, music and entertainment shows, multiple dining options and festivals and events galore. Owned by legendary country music singer Dolly Parton, the park is a Pigeon Forge staple. Popular rides include rollercoasters like the Barnstormer, Dragonflier and Wild Eagle, and kid-friendly attractions like a carousel, a scrambler, bumper cars, swings and more. In addition to rides and attractions, Dollywood hosts '50s- and '60s-themed a capella shows and wildlife demonstrations. If you're planning to visit around a holiday, check out the events during Dollywood's Harvest Festival in the fall and Smoky Mountain Christmas in the winter. Not to mention, the park has several souvenir shops, craft stores and dining outlets.    

As expected, Dollywood receives rave reviews from recent parkgoers, with many praising the number and quality of the rollercoasters (a surprise for some). Several patrons said the theme park was a bit bigger than they anticipated and recommend purchasing the two-day pass to ensure you have time to try most or all of the rides you want, in addition to exploring the craft shops and seeing shows. Visitors also say the staff members here are friendly and helpful. A few people warned, though, that the Dollywood app, which has info on ride wait times and a map, can be unreliable. You may want to download and print off a map of the park before you go.

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