Disclosure: Information used with permission and provided by the Seveirville Chamber Of Commerce. All opinions expressed are strictly my own and that of family members. We really love the Smoky Mountains!
This post is part of our Blogging In The Smokies: Smoky Mountain Attractions series.
If you’ve ever experienced fall in the Smoky Mountains, you know just how glorious and beautiful it can be. If you haven’t you’re really missing out! But, seeing it while gliding through the trees would be a whole other experience. Adventure Park Zip Lines at Five Oaks in Sevierville, Tennessee offers zip line tours, horseback riding and a brand new adventure called Tree Tops Ropes Course. You won’t just see the fall leaves from a distance, you’ll actually be high in the trees viewing them up close.
Adventure Park Zip Lines at Five Oaks
Their zip lines range from 450 feet to 2,500 feet. There are 7 zip courses set inside a 70 acre nature park, surrounded by trees, streams, and mountain air. They take you on a zip line course using experienced ACCT certified guides. The courses are for ages 3 and up with and the zip lines use “redundancy” lines offering 2 cables on each zip line for backup.
My family and I have been longing to do a zip line course on one of our trips to the Smoky Mountains. We just haven’t had the opportunity yet. We either haven’t had the time to fit it in or one of just wasn’t able that trip. Clay and I are both fairly adventurous and would love to go zip lining through the mountains. So it’s definitely on our “must do” list. Oh, and they’re open until 11 PM so you can even zip line at night! That would be so awesome, especially during October. It would be a fun Halloween adventure just to go through the mountains at night.
I hadn’t heard about the Tree Tops Ropes Course until recently. I believe its fairly new. It features Tarzan bridges, cargo nets, floating planks as well as zip lines and is for ages 4 and up. So the entire family can really enjoy this fun, outdoor adventure along with the regular zip line course at Adventure Park. I”m actually pretty excited to check it out. I watched their YouTube video and it looks amazing.
If zip lines aren’t your thing, maybe you’d like to try horseback riding? It has been YEARS since we went horseback riding. But Clay and I both love it. My mom had a horse when I was a teenager and we used to go trail riding all the time with one of her good friends. I really miss those days and would love to take our kids out on horseback. And to be able to combine that with our love of the mountains… well, it’s just something we really need to do on one of our upcoming trips. Our oldest daughter would flip out at the idea! She adores horses.
So, I’m pretty sure that we’ll check out Adventure Park Zip Lines and their horseback trails either this fall or in the spring. The kids would “go ape” over the Tree Tops Ropes Course. (that was punny, lol)
Ok, ok, so that was a corny joke. Anyway, if fall leaf peeping in the mountains is on your to-do list like it is ours here are some places shared with me, to share with you.
FIVE ADVENTUROUS WAYS TO VIEW FALL FOLIAGE IN SEVIERVILLE, TN
Fall leaf viewing peaks between mid-October and mid-November in Sevierville, Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains, and produces beautiful scenery and great outdoor adventure opportunities. In Sevierville, there are plenty of unique and adventurous ways to view fall leaves!
5) Zip through the mountains! Sevierville zip line attractions offer a unique way to view fall leaves. Adventure Park at Five Oaks www.adventureparkatfiveoaks.com zips guests through the foothills tree canopy to the edge of the famed Parkway. You can also build confidence at their all-new Tree Tops Ropes Adventure course – which includes zip lines, swinging log passages and even tight ropes. Both courses are located directly across the street from high end stores at Tanger Outlet Center Sevierville www.tangeroutlet.com/sevierville, providing a great option for those seeking adventure while others enjoy outlet shopping savings. Adrenaline Park is another gorgeous (and thrilling) way to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors. Zipline across the French Broad River, ride New Zealand style Jet Boats and step out onto the world’s largest Glass Bottom Sky Bridge for a mountain view. www.adrenalinepark.com
4) Ride horseback through the mountains. Whether you choose to ride in the national park (at Sugarlands Riding Stables) or enjoy a scenic foothills ride at Adventure Park at Five Oaks, you’re sure to have an amazing time. www.sugarlandsridingstables.com
3) Cross America’s longest swinging bridge on a tour that will be both meaningful and adventurous at Foxfire Mountain Adventures. The hour-long Swinging Bridge Adventure tour crosses the aptly named “Bridge to Prosperity” and then invites participants to hang a wishing tag (complete with heartfelt wish) in the trail’s covered bridge for the winds of prosperity to blow through and grant the wishes. www.foxfiremountain.com
2) View the leaves from above with Scenic Helicopter Tours. Take a quick flight over the foothills or venture into Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a birds-eye-view view of the park’s incredible fall foliage. Flights range from $9 per person for an introductory experience to flying over a large portion of the national park (approximately 100 miles). www.flyscenic.com
1) Take a hike in the woods. Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers over 800 miles of maintained trails for a variety of fitness levels. Choose an easy paved trail for a quick stroll with the family or challenge yourself with a hike to the top of Mt. LeConte. You can even hike a portion of the internationally famous Appalachian Trail while leaf looking in the park. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America’s most visited national park. Stop at the Sugarlands Visitor Center just inside the park for more information about selecting a trail or visit http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/hiking.htm.
If you can’t go this fall, try to go during the winter months and check out Winterfest! We’ve been several times and the I can tell you that it is super pretty. You will see Holiday lights from Sevierville, through Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. They’re everywhere and they’re gorgeous! You can also check out Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland lights show too. Our family really enjoyed that last year.
This years theme at Shadrack’s will be Santa’s Mountain. I bet the light show will be awesome!
- Route is one and a half miles long
- Open from 6-10PM nightly – including all holidays
- 30+ minutes of music
- Hundreds of thousands of all LED lights perfectly synchronized to the music coming through the radio
- Santa’s Village: Photos with Santa, Pony and Camel Rides, Tasty Treats, Inflatables for kids, etc.
- Prices are the same as last year: $20 for family vehicles (including vans), $30 for activity vans, limos or small buses, $75 for Tour/School Buses.
25th ANNIVERSARY WINTERFEST CELEBRATION LIGHTS UP THE NIGHT IN SEVIERVILLE
100% LED Smoky Mountain Winterfest runs Nov. 10, 2014 – Feb. 28, 2015
Sevierville (TN) – During the winter months, Sevierville and the Great Smoky Mountains area sparkle with millions of twinkling lights during Smoky Mountain Winterfest (Nov. 10 – Feb. 28). Smoky Mountain Winterfest has become a holiday tradition for many visitors who return year after year to enjoy the lights, shopping, shows and attractions.
One hundred percent of Sevierville’s Winterfest lights, displays and attractions are LED, which equates to a 90% energy savings for the city and is gentler on the environment.
Viewing Smoky Mountain Winterfest lights with friends and family is a great way to get in the holiday spirit. For added fun while viewing the lights, visitors are encouraged to make a quick stop on their way into town at the Sevierville Visitor Center on Hwy 66 (1.5 miles from I-40 Exit 407). There they can purchase a pair of Winterfest in 3D glasses while supplies last for only $1. The glasses shift each point of light into a snowflake, adding even more interest to the intricate light displays.
Special Winterfest attractions, like Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland at Smokies Stadium, add to the excitement. This 1.5 mile drive through LED light experience (one of the largest in the world) features extras for the kids, including photos with Santa and delicious holiday foods. http://www.shadrackchristmas.com/
Winterfest lights are a huge draw, but once visitors arrive in Sevierville they also find incredible shopping, shows and attractions. Sevierville features nearly 150 name brand outlet stores where shoppers can find everything from fine China and clothing to tools and furniture. Specialty retail shops featuring items like fine art, antiques and collectibles and outdoor items are also popular. Visitors can even take a piece of Winterfest home by visiting stores like Country Christmas & Collectibles where Winterfest style lighting displays are for sale and custom displays are built to order. The fun continues through February with Winterfest events and year-round attractions.
For more information about visiting Sevierville and the Great Smoky Mountains during Winterfest, contact the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce. 1-888-SEVIERVILLE (738-4378) or (865) 453-6411 or online at www.VisitSevierville.com.
So there you have it, 5 great ways to experience fall in the Smoky Mountains! Will you be vacationing there this fall? We will!
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