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There are several Ropes Courses in the Smoky Mountains area around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Many of them are part of larger networks of ziplines, sky bridges and play areas in the tree tops, with net tubes, swings and actual tree houses. Some of these are in the trees, some are on framework structures, and some of them are even indoors.
Anakeesta has created a Tree Canopy Walk of 16 connected sky bridges, more than forty feet above the ground. It’s educational, immersed in nature, and has stunning views.
There’s a Children’s Treehouse Village Playground. There are multiple bridges, a log walk and a plank walk, a tube net crawl and a climbing adventure.
Rafting in the Smokies
Rafting in the Smokies is at Hartford, about 35 minutes from Pigeon Forge. The ropes course is definitely in the trees, and offers a fully harnessed and safe experience. The course offers 12 different activities for different skills, including climbing nets and rope bridges.
The Island has two ropes course. One is lower to the ground and made for smaller children and low enough that parents can walk along. The other course reaches 3 stories in height and offers multiple challenges and attractions. There are also two ziplines and a Free-Fall simulation!
Children wear harnesses and with there are certified staff.
For an indoor rope course, WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge, won’t disappoint. It’s four stories tall, with 50 challenges of different kinds, including swinging steps and a tremor bridge. It’s a black-light, glow-in-the-dark experience!
The ropes course is part of general admission.
Gatlin’s Fun Center
Gatlin’s Fun Center offers an indoor course to test your agility. The Rugged Ropes Adventure Course is harnessed to an overhead track so any slips are fun and comes to no harm.
For accommodations in the area, hopefully you already know the best way to visit here is to enjoy cabin living in the mountains. See My Bearfoot Cabins.
Pat and Don Kirchhoefer, owners