Ride The Smoky Mountain Wheel

Jan 20, 2016


See the Showcased Scenery of the Smokies

As you are driving through downtown Pigeon Forge on your way to check into one of our Pigeon Forge cabins, Gatlinburg cabins or Wears Valley cabins, you will most likely find it hard to miss the 200-foot tall observation wheel. The Smoky Mountain Wheel is one of the newer additions to the city of Pigeon Forge and it is the center of attention (aside from the beautiful Smoky Mountains of course!) of not only Pigeon Forge, but also the new hotspot- The Island.

Where is The Smoky Mountain Wheel?

If you haven't been to the Smokies in a while, you will notice along your drive that downtown Pigeon Forge has a newer attraction center known as The Island, located on Island Drive just between traffic light three and traffic light four. If you aren't familiar with traffic light numbers, you can easily spot this area by looking for A.) The Smoky Mountain Wheel sky high, B.) Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Adventures Dinner and Show.

What to Expect During Your Ride on The Smoky Mountain Wheel

The Smoky Mountain Wheel towers high above the streets of Pigeon Forge offering guests an up close 360-degree view of the Smokies above and all that the town of Pigeon Forge has to offer you below. Though many will refer to The Smoky Mountain Wheel to a "Ferris Wheel", it is anything but! The Smoky Mountain Wheel has a set of 42 seats that are all glass allowing you to look anywhere and everywhere allotting for a maximum weight capacity of just over 1,300 pounds. Each seat, known as sky gondolas, can withstand all weather conditions and are temperature controlled to provide ample comfort for your viewing pleasure. There is one sky gondola that will stand out among the rest, it is encased in all black tempered glass! This sky gondola is known as the VIP gondola. The VIP gondola has some serious perks! The tickets for this classy ride are a bit more, but the seating is more limited offering a more intimate setting, allows guests to skip to the head of the line, and even comes with a goody bag! If you are looking for a little one of a kind year-round fun in downtown Pigeon Forge during your vacation in the Smokies, The Smoky Mountain Wheel should definitely top your list! Book your stay in the Smoky Mountains with Heartland Rentals and reserve your sky-high seating on The Smoky Mountain Wheel.

Category: Things to do

Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

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