With its friendly vibe and charming residents, Tennessee is an ideal destination for a fun family vacation full of hiking and ziplining. From the rugged wilderness of the Great Smoky Mountains to the stunning river views in Memphis, this beautiful state overflows with spectacular scenery. Take in the views, then embark on a ziplining adventure. At the end of the day, you can relax and unwind at one of many Tennessee vacation rentals. Take a look at the towns and cities in Tennessee offering a variety of exciting, high-speed zipline adventures.
1. Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge, a popular vacation spot near the Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee, is packed with zipline adventures. If you’re staying in one of the city’s downtown vacation rentals, make the short walk to Smoky Mountains Ziplines. The company’s M35a3 military trucks bring you to the top of the mountain, where you can spend two hours flying on seven different lines at speeds up to 25 miles per hour. At the end, test your bravery on a wild 30-foot freestyle drop. If you’re visiting Dollywood, prolong the fun on the SkyZip. Sail over the park on four different lines, each with a fantastic view of the mountains, and take a walk 100 feet above the ground on a swinging bridge. When your family wants to get out into Tennessee’s spectacular wilderness, make the drive to nearby Townsend to fly through the mountains at Next to Heaven Ziplines; the company also offers unguided horse rides. Another nearby option is Wears Valley Zipline Adventures, where you can ride the Extreme Zip or opt for a combination rafting/zipline tour.
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Just north of Pigeon Forge, compact Sevierville offers the same easy access to the mountains with a quiet, peaceful vibe. Start your vacation with a day at Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park, a family-run facility on a former farm. Your visit begins on the Goliath, the longest, fastest, and tallest zipline in the region. As you glide over the Little Pigeon River, experience heart-pounding speeds of up to 55 miles per hour. The park also features a canopy tour that sends you gliding over the beautiful Lost Mine Falls. If you’re still ready for adventure, try the high ropes course, scale the massive Gorilla climbing wall, or take a Bear Crawler off-road ATV tour. For a shorter tour, check out the two-mile zipline system at Wahoo Ziplines, which offers two-hour tours for kids as young as five. True zipline fanatics should head straight for Legacy Mountain, where 4.5 miles of ziplines offer stunning mountain views. Look 450 feet down to the ground as you zoom through the trees at speeds reaching 50 miles per hour.
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Outdoor adventure awaits in Gatlinburg, the gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This lively town has a huge variety of family activities, including White Oak Ziplines. This locally owned park caters to visitors of all ages, making it a great spot for little ones. Seven different lines stretch over 12 wooded acres, giving you fantastic views of oak trees, maples, and the spectacular Smoky Mountains. Stick around to take a horseback ride through the hills or go whitewater rafting. A short drive from downtown Gatlinburg, CLIMB Works provides a true aerial adventure. After an ATV ride to the top, strap in for a high-speed trip down nine wild ziplines, stopping to cross sky bridges and take in the panoramic vistas. Then, book a mountain bike package and ride down twisting, turning trails; the park offers varying levels to suit beginners and kids. Experienced riders shouldn’t miss The Curliest, a spiraling wooden bridge feature on the El Regis Trail.
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Take a break from country music attractions in Nashville with one of the city’s many zipline adventures. At the Old Forest Adventure Park in Nashville West, ride nine ziplines and tackle the hanging vines and cargo nets on the treetop aerial adventure course. For a fun twist, try the nighttime Full Moon Zip Tour or go on a special date with the Couples Adventure tour. Head to AdventureWorks Zipline Forest at Fontanel for a relaxed, family-friendly ride through the forest canopy. Active Nashville families love the Treetop Adventure Park, an adventure course that features 100 different obstacles, including a giant zipline, a Tarzan swing, and huge cargo nets. If you’re planning to visit the Nashville Zoo, don’t miss the Soaring Eagle zipline, which takes you past the African Savannah, Gibbon Islands, and other exhibits. When the weather is warm, head to Honeysuckle Hill Farm to zipline over the duck pond. Stick around to pet the animals and enjoy the bungee trampoline.
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Friendly and relaxed, Memphis is a welcoming spot for families in western Tennessee. Check out one of the city’s most beautiful parks from the air with Go Ape, a zipline canopy tour in Shelby Farms Park. Set your little ones free on five different obstacle courses, each positioned high in the treetops. As you progress through the courses, you can climb higher into the canopy on a flying carpet, a Tarzan swing, and six different ziplines. Along the way, enjoy the views of Pine Lake as you fly over the water. Afterward, rent a bike or a boat from the park concession to explore the lake and the trail system.
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