Tennessee is a great destination for adrenaline junkies. Adventure seekers of all kinds won’t be disappointed by the variety of experiences available, from zip lining to whitewater rafting to flyboarding, Tennessee knows how to get your blood pumping! Here are a few of the best experiences for adrenaline junkies that Tennessee has to offer.
Flyboarding in Nashville
Location: Percy Priest Lake at Nashville and Center Hill Lake, Old Hickory Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Tim’s Ford Lake, Lake Cumberland, Kentucky Lake, and Lake Barkley in the surrounding area.
If you’ve never been flyboarding, you’re in for a treat! Flyboarding is a relatively new player in the extreme sports scene — the flyboard was invented in 2012, and it’s something between a Jet Ski and a jet pack. Most people get the hang of it in just a few minutes of training. Luckily, you can try out flyboarding right in Tennessee.
For more time on the lake and less time in the car, plan on visiting Percy Priest Lake and get a hotel in Nashville where you’ll be minutes away from your first flyboarding experience.
Zip Lining in the Smoky Mountains
Location: Smoky Mountain Ziplines in Pigeon Forge, ZipGatlinburg in Gatlinburg, and CLIMB Works Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg.
The Great Smoky Mountains are renowned for their biodiversity and their black bears. If a face-to-face encounter with a bear wasn’t how you planned to get your adrenaline pumping, try a zip lining tour. You can view the nature and wildlife from above and still get the rush you’re looking for.
Whitewater Rafting on the Ocoee River
Location: Ocoee Rafting in Ducktown, Cascade Outdoors in Ocoee, and Quest Expeditions in Ocoee (near Chattanooga).
On a guided whitewater rafting adventure, you can experience the thrill of speeding down the river, even if you don’t have any previous rafting or canoeing experience.
The Ocoee River has more than 20 continuous rapids as well as still areas where it is safe to take a break from rafting just to splash around. The beautiful sights as you raft down the river will win over everyone in your group, even if you’re traveling with some people who prefer their trips on the calmer side.
Ride a Roller Coaster in Dollywood
Location: Pigeon Forge
Dollywood doesn’t get as much attention as Disneyland, but the coasters in Tennessee are nothing to scoff at. There are no fewer than seven roller coasters located in the 125-acre theme park, and two of them are one-of-a-kind, must-sees.
Lightning Rod is the world’s fastest wooden roller coaster, and it reaches a peak speed of 73 miles per hour! The other must-ride roller coaster is Wild Eagle, America’s first “wing” rollercoaster. The wing-style roller coaster puts the riders’ seats on either side of the track, leaving the rider to feel like they’re surrounded by nothing but air.
If these thrills don’t get your heart beating out of your chest, Tennessee has even more to offer, including spelunking and skydiving. It’s safe to say that no adrenaline junkie will leave the state of Tennessee disappointed.