Mountain Coasters in the Smokies

It seems anywhere you look around Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge another new mountain roller coaster has popped up.  Yes, mountain coasters in the Smokies have become a very big business and for good reason, they’re fun!  Let’s look at some of the old ones and the new offerings.

Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

I guess you could call Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster the Granddaddy of mountain coasters in the Smokies.  It was the first mountain coaster in the Smokies opening in 2003. The Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is the longest downhill ride in the United States, with over 1 mile of track! The vehicles are designed to carry two visitors in comfort but can be handled easily by one alone. The riders are in control of the velocity (up to about 30 mph) and this gives them a unique hands-on experience!

Rain, snow or sunshine no problem – the excellent braking effect is unchanged so you can ride year-round! Want a unique experience come back and ride the coaster at night.  Truly unforgettable!


General Admission price per rider:   

Adult- $15.00 (Same Day Re-Rides $8.00 – with original receipt)      
Children (7-12 years) – $12.00 (Same Day Re-Rides  $8.00- with original receipt) 
Children (3-6 years) – $5.00      

Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

867 Wears Valley Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Call (865) 365-5000


Ski Mountain Coaster at Ober Gatlinburg

The Ski Mountain Coaster  begins with a 1000 ft tree-covered and relaxing ride to the top. At this point, the rider simply enjoys the view, as it is a comfortable tow to the top of mountainside. Once at the top, riders are now in control of their own speed for the next 2750 ft of turns, dips, zig-zags, corkscrews and G-force adventures. Although the mountain coaster can be exhilarating, it is the ultimate family experience any age can enjoy.              


General Admission price per rider:   

Riders- $15.00  Prices are Per Rider, Not Per Cart.   
Children (3&4 years) – Free with a paying Adult     

The Ski Mountain Coaster

 1310 Ski Mountain Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Call (865) 436-5423


The Coaster at Goats on the Roof

Measuring nearly a mile in length and reaching top speeds of nearly 30 miles per hour, The Coaster at Goats on the Roof offers thrills for all ages, and because you the passenger are in control of the brake, you can make the experience as tame or as hair-raising as you’re comfortable with.

Each cart is designed to carry one or two passengers, and once your sled is transported to the top of the mountain, gravity takes over for the winding, twisting 4,375-foot journey to the bottom. Along the way, you’ll enjoy gorgeous mountain views and one of the smoothest but wildest seven-minute rides in town.


General Admission price per rider:   

Adults (Ages 12+) – $15.00
Children (Ages 7-12) – $12.00
Small Children (Ages 3-6) – $5.00

The Coaster at Goats on the Roof

1341 Wears Valley Rd, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Call (865) 366-7337


Rowdy Bear Mountain Coaster

One of the newer mountain coasters in the Smokies, The Rowdy Bear Coaster opened in 2017.  Again this is another day/night mountain coaster.  The Rowdy Bear Coaster is a gravity-propelled alpine mountain coaster that reaches speeds up to 35 mph while it winds through the woods of the Rowdy Bear Mountain. You control your speed! Rowdy Bear Mountain coaster carts have the latest Intelligent Distance Control System to ensure their guests have a safe and enjoyable experience.



Single Rider – $16.00
Double Rider – $27.00
Parent/Child Combo – $24.00
Groups of 15 or more – $10.00/person

386 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Call: (865) 409-5045


Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster

One of the more established mountain coasters in the Smokies and it’s conveniently located in downtown Gatlinburg! Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster is a unique, family-friendly thrill ride. It curves and winds through the woods and down the mountain. Control your own speed in single or double rider carts.



Single Rider – $16.00
Double Rider – $27.00
Parent/Child Combo – $24.00
Unlimited 1-Hour Pass – $30.00/person

All Day Pass – $50.00/person

Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster

306 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN (Traffic Light #2) 37738

Call: 865-430-5577


Rocky Top Mountain Coaster

The newest entry  into the mountain coasters in the Smokies arena is the Rocky Top Mountain Coaster.  Sitting on over 20+ acres of beautiful smoky mountain scenery the Rocky Top Mountain Coaster features plenty of tunnels, curves and hairpin turns.  With four uplifts and four drops, you’ll will have four times the fun at Rocky Top Mountain Coaster. Visit after nightfall, the magnificent lights will guide you through a thrill-packed excursion. An experience that will stay with you long after the ride is over. The Rocky Top Mountain Coaster is over nine minutes long, and guaranteed to give you the thrill of a lifetime!



Adult Single Rider (13+) – $18.00 (second ride same day $9.00)
Youth (7-12) – $14.00 (second ride same day $9.00) 
Child (3-6)- $5.00
Groups 20 or more people – $12.00/person

Rocky Top Mountain Coaster

2940 Veterans Blvd. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Call: (865) 453-0033

So there you have it six different mountain coaster for you to play on.  We still need to mention the Rail Runner at Anakeesta and the Alpine Slide up at Ober Gatlinburg but those will be covered in a more unique things to do post at a later date.

While I’ll agree  mountain coasters may not appeal to all guests their popularity continues to grow. I’m sure this isn’t the end of the list!

Are you planning a visit to the Smokies and are wondering how to fit it all in?  Check out our sample itineraries:  https://wordpress.com/post/dancingbearfoot.blog/53

If this is your fist time coming to the Smokies and renting a cabin check out out blog post in what to look for when renting a log cabin.

Thank you for reading.  If you’d like to learn more about our cabin or other great things to see while visiting the Smoky Mountains please visit us at Dancing Bearfoot.com.

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