While bungee jumping is a popular sport, few companies offer the thrill ride in Tennessee. Adventurers can drive to the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee to jump 65 feet from a platform. While in Pigeon Forge, bungee jumpers can also explore the sites and landmarks the mountain community offers.
Theme Park Jumping
The Track Recreation Center in Pigeon Forge has a 65-foot-tall platform for bungee jumping. Jumping either alone or with a partner, adventurers can soar through the air. Participants must weigh between 80 and 240 pounds to jump. Bungee jumpers are tethered to an elastic bungee cord attached to their ankles. Sometimes a chest harness is used instead. When ready, the jumper leaps off a platform high above the ground and the elastic cord acts like a yo-yo and recoils before the jumper reaches the ground. The Track, located in the mountains of East Tennessee, is the only permanent location in the state for bungee jumping.
A National Treasure
Visitors to popular Pigeon Forge will want to spend time in the mammoth Great Smoky Mountains National Park. More than 800 miles of hiking trails wind through the park, and several spots are open for fishing. While bungee jumping isn't allowed in the park, many enjoy cliff jumping near The Sinks, one of the park's many waterfalls. While the current is too strong for jumping where the waterfall hits the river, many visitors jump near the fall about 15 feet into the water.
Mountain City Amusements
Pigeon Forge is also known as the home of Dollywood amusement park. The family-friendly theme park has more than 40 rides and attractions, and adventurers will want to check out the Sky Rider and Wild Eagle rides, which both simulate flight, or the SkyZip attraction, which takes participants on a zip line through part of the theme park. Other Pigeon Forge attractions include the Elvis Museum, the Great Smoky Mountain Ferris wheel and several dinner theaters.
Bungee jumpers can also satisfy their inner thrill seeker by enjoying one of Pigeon Forge's many outdoor extreme recreational activities. Several local outfits offer guided whitewater-rafting trips down the Big Pigeon River. Kayaking and calmer river rafting tours can also be scheduled. Those who prefer to take to the air can go up in a hot-air balloon through Wonderworks' Wonders of Flight attraction, or zip line through the forests of the Smoky Mountains at Ziplines of the Smokies.