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10 Ways to Get Your Adventure on Smoky Mountains Style

Not only are the Tennessee Smoky Mountains home to top entertainment, great food and unforgettable attractions, but it is also where you can satisfy your need for adventure. From the calm to the extreme to the small to the large, you won't forget experiencing any of these activities.

1. Did you know that the ZORB in Pigeon Forge was the first one in the U.S? To the naked eye it does resemble human hamster ball; however, you don't run in it. Instead, you are strapped in and rolled down the hill, following a path. You can chose either a dry run or a wet run.

2. Ziplines are aplenty in the area. Foxfire Mountain in Sevierville is home to the largest zip line attraction in the Smoky Mountains, and possibly the prettiest zip line as well. Glide through the forest and over waterfalls and creeks. Tours are guided, and proceed rain or shine. Zip 300 feet above the French Broad River at Wahoo Adrenaline Park in Sevierville.

3. Sip on some moonshine at Ole Smoky Moonshine, Tennessee's first legal moonshine distillery. Take a free tour to learn how the distilling process works, and then sample 'shine at the tasting bar.

4. Say you hiked a part of the Appalachian Trail at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. An entrance to the trail is located off Newfound Gap. The portion of the 70 miles of the trail runs through the park.

5. The Swinging Bridge at Foxfire Mountain is said to be the longest one in the U.S. It is more than just an attraction, it supports local charities as well as an international charity. Prior to walking across it, you need to write down your wish. In case you are wondering, the bridge crosses over Foxfire Gorge and the Little Pigeon River. Don't let the swinging stop you, especially when you reach the middle.

6. Take a bi-plane ride with Sky High Air Tours in Sevierville. You can choose from a simple six to eight minute hop, a 15-minute hop, or a more detailed 30-minute hop.

7. Even if you aren't a coaster fan, you will look at in awe at the ones in Dollywood. With five to choose from, it depends on your level of thrill. The Tennessee Tornado at features a double corkscrew. Blazing Fury is an indoor dark coaster, and the theme park's first coaster. Mystery Mine is an indoor/outdoor coaster. Thunderhead is the fifth most popular wooden coaster in the world. The newest addition, The theme park's newest addition, Wild Eagle, is America's first wing coaster. Soaring 21 stories above Dollywood, the ride provides the sensation of flight.

8. Wonders of Flight, located at Wonder Works in Pigeon Forge, is a tethered hot air balloon. Holding up to 30 people on its gondola, it ascends to 400-feet. The balloon provides everyone with 360-degree views of the area (which are breathtaking.) The hot air balloon the second of its kind in the Southeast (other being at Downtown Disney in Orlando.) Afterwards, head into Wonder Works to lay on the bed of nails, ride the Extreme 360 bike, or try the world's largest indoor ropes course.

9. Gain a new perspective of the area and the surroundings with Scenic Helicopter Tours in Sevierville. It's one of the few operators that can fly over the National Park. Offering a variety of tours, including a one-minute "upsey-downsy" tour, there's something for all.

10. Wahoo Adrenaline Park is home to the largest glass bottom sky bridge in the world. Glass panels lead the way as you walk over the French Broad River. Keep this in mind as you walk: the view at the end is worth it.

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