The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel in Pigeon Forge, TN

131 The Island DrivePigeon Forge, TN 37863
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A 200-foot observation wheel featuring stunning mountain views, The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel is the centerpiece of The Island entertainment district in Pigeon Forge. The wheel stands as one of the tallest attractions in the Southeast, featuring 42 glass-enclosed gondolas with seating for up to 8 people at a time. During the evenings, riders can enjoy a mesmerizing 24,000 LED-light show.

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from Ashley, one of our Pigeon Forge Travel Experts
  • Climate controlled.
  • Ride during the day for a better view of the Smokies, and at night to see the city lights.
  • Free parking just off Teaster Lane with tram to The Island.
  • Gondolas seat up to 8.
  • VIP Wheel experience available.
  • Glass-enclosed gondolas.
  • Stunning city and mountain views.
  • 24,000 LED light-show on Wheel.
  • One of the tallest attraction in the East.

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Megan Aguilar

Fun experience for all ages with amazing views of Pigeon Forge. Plus, the climate controlled gondola is perfect on a hot day. They are located at The Island, so you can easily access shopping, Margaritaville Island Hotel and Margaritaville Restaurant.

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from The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel is a must-see attraction in Pigeon Forge. Towering 200 feet-tall, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel sits at the foot of the most visited National Park in the United States.

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel features 42 all glass, climate controlled gondolas. Each Gondola can typically fit 6 adults or a combination of adults and children up to 8. Enjoy scenic views of the Great Smoky Mountains during the day, or a spectacular nighttime ride.

Located just off the Pigeon Forge Parkway, The Island in Pigeon Forge is packed with things to do in the Smokies! Pull up a rocking chair and enjoy the beautiful Island Show Fountain or check out our retail shops, restaurants and eateries, rides and games, live music, attractions and much more! Whether you came for a wedding, your honeymoon, or just a family vacation, come visit us in Pigeon Forge. We're just down the road from Gatlinburg and open 10 a.m. daily year round.

Reserve Pigeon Forge Customer Reviews

35 Reviews
Harry Baldwin
Richmond, IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"New Christmas Tradition!"
December, 2018
We went at night and could see all the Christmas lights. It was breathtaking. We loved the climate control environment. Our 3 years old granddaughter kept saying "Awesome". We are going to make this a tradition. The pictures taken there were also wonderful, we bought them all!
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Lucinda Hovanick
Geneva, OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fun and beautiful"
November, 2018
It was an amazing experience riding the wheel. The views are spectacular you can see so much. It's safe and climate controlled as well. My family had a great ride, the Island has so much to do.
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Tip: Try to buy discount tickets on reserve if you don't you'll pay about $5 more a person.

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Lisa White
1 Review
"Wonderful time"
October, 2018
It was my kids first time in Tennessee and the wheel was something they wanted to do... we did ride it and they loved it.
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Tip: amazing... its enclosed and air conditioned

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Beverly Cate
Seymour, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome experience!"
September, 2018
I am terrified of heights but after we got going it was amazing! The view was fantastic!
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Tip: Before getting in line at the wheel, go to the ticket office with your certificate to get a card.

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Tom Diffee
Kirkland, WA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The Smoky Mountain Wheel"
September, 2018
The wheel is amazing! We rode it just at sunset and it couldn't have been more perfect! Fabulous views! I highly recommend doing this when in Pigeon Forge.
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Tip: This is great for all ages and a good value for the money

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Kevin Martz
Portsmouth, OH
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
August, 2018
very exciting.but plan on waiting in line a few minutes
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Tip: long lines

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Betty Miller
Augusta, GA
13 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"The BEST!!!!"
July, 2018
My granddaughters absolutely love this place. They could spend all day here. They really enjoy the fact that you can use the unlimited arm band for 48 hours. I bring them back and they ride and play their little hearts out. I do recommend having move stuff for smaller children that are only 34 or 35 inches tall. My youngest granddaughter had a ball but couldn't ride some of the rides that she would have loved to ride. :(
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Tip: Get the arm band for the kids..... Well worth the money!

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Jennilyn Butts
Woodlawn, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fun fun fun"
July, 2018
What a great experience! Staff was friendly, comfortable setting, view fabulous.
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Englewood, Ohio
"Decent View, Rough Price"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2019 NEW
This is a nice part of the Pigeon Forge skyline. The cabin is comfortable, enclosed and air conditioned. The windows get pretty foggy during the ride. I believe the ride was 10-15 minutes. We went around 3 full times and then stopped toward the top once. The price was $14 at the gate, I didn’t see any coupons or online discounts. Only rated it a 3 for the price and lack of over excitement. The SkyLift in Gatlinburg was better.
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Donna H
"Great view!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 15, 2019 NEW
We went with our children and grandchildren and they really enjoyed it. Air conditioning in the summer felt very nice!
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Manassas, Virginia
"Nice Ferris Wheel"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 05, 2019 NEW
It is a little pricey but worth it. The ride is a few minutes long and the views are so nice. I am scared of heights and I don't usually like ferris wheels but since it was enclosed I felt safe. It was very enjoyable and I would do it again.
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Meredith M
Draper, Virginia
"Ride when it isn't packed"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 25, 2019 NEW
Had a good ride when there was hardly anyone else on the Island. The Wheel does give you some great views, especially with the Christmas lights up at night. It was comfortable and the staff was friendly. It's just rather expensive for a group of 4. It was nice to do at least once.
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Mobile, Alabama
"Loved it so much we rode it 4 times!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 22, 2019 NEW
Ride it at nighttime, ride it in daytime. My wife, son, and I rode it multiple times and loved the views of the snowy mountains in the day and the city lights at night. Very comfortable, friendly staff and a nice, relaxing ride.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

How many people can fit inside a Gondola at one time?
Each Gondola can typically fit 6 adults or a combination of adults and children up to 8. There is a weight limit of 1,200 lbs.

Can pregnant women or infants ride?
The ride is a controlled, smooth experience that accommodates all people. While infants ride for free, you still need a ticket for the infant. It is not recommended that pregnant women ride but may choose to on their own accord.

Can I bring my pet on the ride?
Sorry, we like those family members but do not permit animals of any kind.

Can I wait to ride alone in my own Gondola?
Typically, we have many riders patiently waiting for their turn to ride. As a result, occasionally you may be required to ride with other parties to accommodate those patiently waiting to ride.

Do you permit food or drink on the ride?
In an effort to help keep all gondolas clean and safe, we do not allow eating or drinking on the ride.

Do you have wheelchair access?
Yes, we are able to access the Gondolas with a wheelchair. Disabled persons must be able to enter on their own or be with a companion for assistance.

How long is a ride?
Ride times vary but are a minimum of 3 revolutions.

Can I reserve a Gondola for a specific time?
We do not accept reservations. All rides are served on a first come first served basis.

Can I buy a souvenir from my experience on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel?
Yes! No experience is complete without a visit to our Great Smoky Mountain Wheel gift shop located across from the exit. There are a variety of souvenirs and gifts for the memories to continue.