Have you ever looked at a Smoky Mountain slope and thought “It would be a blast to slide down that hillside?” Well, the folks at The Coaster at Goats on the Roof did and now they’ve brought that idea to life with an all-new thrilling mountain coaster in Pigeon Forge.
The winding hills and valleys of the Smoky Mountains are ideal for building a rail system featuring high speeds and soaring drops. The Coaster at Goats on the Roof was constructed to work with, not against, the local terrain. Located just a few minutes from the Pigeon Forge Parkway, the mountain coaster is easy to access yet provides a decent dose of the great outdoors. Just look at the goats on the roof! Yes, the name isn’t simply decorative; there really are goats on a grass-laden roof. You can see them from the parking lot, and gain an even better view as you make your initial ascent on the coaster track. After riding on the coaster, you can get your hands dirty and even feed the goats.
On to the main attraction, though: the coaster! At The Coaster at Goats on the Roof you zip around a metal track, reaching speeds up to 30 mph on a mile long track. You’re always in control, so if you want to slow down some simply hit the brake.
The carts hold 1-2 people, so parents can ride tandem with their kids, and couples can too. After being strapped in with a safety belt, the coaster is pulled up hill to the official starting point. If you’re anything like me, your heart will start to race as you get higher and higher (and higher). Once at the top, there’s not much of “Ready! Set! Go! So hold on! The first banked turn made me yelp with glee, and as I continued on the twisty, steep track I couldn’t help but laugh and scream (with joy, of course!). I was surprised by how the curves of the track were more terrifying than the actual high-speeds reached going downhill. As much as I hate to admit it, I did brake a few times. What can I say, riding the rails will do that to gal!
It’s quite the rush to careen around the track in the open car, with little to nothing (or so it feels) separating you from the track. It’s a totally different experience than a theme park-style roller coaster. And one you’ve gotta try for yourself while on vacation in the Smoky Mountains.
After riding The Coaster at Goats on the Roof, you can try your luck with gem mining and taste the sweetness of homemade ice-cream and fudge. There’s also a general store on-site worth browsing.
Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.