Blog for Zipline Attraction in the Smoky Mountains
Located in Pigeon Forge, TN and near Gatlinburg and Sevierville.
By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on March 21, 2012
Dollywood in Pigeon Forge kicks off another big season in the Smokies this weekend, and one of the new attractions that fans are looking forward to is the debut of the new Wild Eagle roller coaster. The $20 million addition to the theme park is being hailed as the first steel winged coaster in the United States, which means that passengers sit on either side of the track rather than on it or under it.
That means feet down, dangling in the air as you rise 21 stories during the initial climb and then plunge 135 feet during that first drop. Just before the drop, you'll sit 210 feet above the coaster's loading station, which affords spectacular views of the Smoky Mountain terrain below.
During the ride's two-and-a-half-minute journey, passengers swoop and soar along 3,127 feet of track and reach top speeds of 61 miles per hour. Along the way, they also experience four inversions, including a giant loop, a zero-G roll and a giant flat spin.
And by the way, do you remember what used to be in Dollywood's Wilderness Pass area prior to Wild Eagle. It was a zipline attraction, which obviously doesn't operate at the park any more. So if you want to experience the best Pigeon Forge zip line attraction around, you'll still need to visit Smoky Mountain Ziplines.