Get ready, new attractions are opening soon in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg!
The Smokies is home to a booming tourist industry, so it’s no surprise that new businesses are seemingly popping up on a regular basis.
We will continue to update this list as new announcements become available. As of 2021, here’s a list of the new attractions that are coming soon (or have recently opened) in the Great Smoky Mountains area:
1. SkyLift Park’s SkyTrail (Coming Soon)
The Gatlinburg SkyLift Park has been teasing us about their new SkyTrail for nearly a year now, but this new feature is expected to finally open in the fall of 2021.
The SkyTrail will be a scenic walkway that connects each end of the famous SkyBridge in Gatlinburg.
The SkyTrail will offer a peaceful walk that adults, kids and dogs will be able to enjoy.
The opening date for the new SkyTrail has been moved a few times. We will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.
2. Pigeon Forge Chairlift (Coming Soon)
The folks at Pigeon Forge Snow are bringing a whole new vision to the area: The Pigeon Forge Chairlift.
The new chairlift is still in development, and while concepts have been released, limited information is currently available. The new attraction is expected to include an 85-foot observation tower.
The Pigeon Forge Chairlift will be Pigeon Forge’s first and only skylift. An opening date has not yet been announced.
3. Guy Fieri’s Flavortown (Coming Soon)
The Mountain Mile announced last April that Guy Fieri’s Downtown Flavortown will be coming soon to its complex in Pigeon Forge.
This facility will be an entire 43,000-square-foot family entertainment center, complete with 14 lane bowling alleys, arcade games and a full-service Tiki bar.
The official opening date has not yet been announced.
4. Dollywood’s New Attraction (Coming Soon)
When The Dollywood Company recently announced a half-a-billion dollar investment, the news focused on the resorts, including the new HeartSong Lodge & Resort.
But during the announcement, they also touched on a brand new “record breaking” attraction for Dolly’s namesake theme park.
Whatever the newest, most innovative feature at Dollywood will be, it is set to open in 2023. We will continue to update as more information is available.
5. Toy Box Mini Golf (Now Open)
This new mini golf establishment is said to be the world’s very first toy-themed mini golf course, where kids of all ages can enjoy a wonderland filled with larger-than-life displays. It is now open.
Toy Box Mini Golf is located at 112 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge TN.
6. SkyFly at The Island (Now Open)
The SkyFly: Soar America attraction is a brand new ride inside The Island in Pigeon Forge.
It’s a “flying theater” where guests will have a completely immersive experience as they soar above some of the most iconic locations in the United States.
While I am personally not always a fan of stand-alone ride attractions, I was lucky enough to preview this ride during opening weekend, and I must say, it is a one-of-a-kind experience.
7. Activate Games (Now Open)
Activate Games is a new attraction in Gatlinburg that will test your group’s physical and mental agility throughout a series of challenges.
Once inside, you and your crew can choose from hundreds of games (think lasers, climbing walls, etc.) from a variety of difficulty levels, each lasting a few minutes.
Wristbands track your score to see how you do as you play.
Tickets are $25 per person. Walk-ins are accepted, but you may also book online. To learn more, visit them on their website.
Activate Games is a sister company to Breakout, which offers escape rooms such as Clue, The Kidnapping and Mystery Mansion in Gatlinburg.
8. Tolgard Games (Now Open)
Tolgard Games is a new game store that opened in May of 2021 in Pigeon Forge.
They make tabletop gaming more accessible to help you build stronger relationship with family game nights.
On Friday and Saturday nights, this family-oriented store offers board game meetups with other special themed meetups throughout the week.
Tolgard Games is now open and is located at 2724 Teaster Lane in Pigeon Forge.
9. The Parkway Playhouse (Now Open)
The Parkway Playhouse is a new theater that recently opened along the Parkway in Pigeon Forge.
This new attraction features the show Freckled Zelda’s Mythical Magical World, featuring a TikTok star, America’s Got Talent Stars and even a “real life” unicorn.
The Playhouse also offers two unique escape rooms, Houdini the Husky’s Magical Escape Room and Freckled Zelda’s Freckled Forest Escape Room.
For more information, visit them online.
10. AquaFlight (Now Open)
New in 2021, AquaFlight specializes in water flyboard rentals in the Great Smoky Mountains.
According to the website, AquaFlight is Tennessee’s “top destination for water flyboard rentals,” offering the best in water jetpack rentals in the area.
It’s certainly a way to experience Douglas Lake like you never have before. Flyboarding starts at around $75.
For more information, visit their website.
11. Gatlinburg Axe House (Now Open)
Gatlinburg Axe House is a family-friendly axe throwing facility for all ages.
As a new twist on a new, trendy hobby, the Gatlinburg Axe House offers black light glow (on select nights).
They are a family-owned business located at 702 Parkway, Ste 3 in Gatlinburg.
Gatlinburg Axe House hosted their ribbon cutting in May of 2021.
12. Harper Bros. Mountain’s Hawk Skylift Wears Valley (Now Open)
Harper Bros. Mountain Hawk Skylift is now open in Wears Valley.
The Hawk Skylift chairlift offers a 30 minute ride to the top of the mountains for $17.76 per adult and $7.76 per child.
Veteran and senior discounts are available.
The Harper Bros. Mountain facility also offers a general merchandise store, a mini-Starbucks and and an array of on-site horses.
Horseback riding is available for the same prices as the lift. Rides are 30 minutes long, and combination tickets are available.
For more information, visit them online.
13. Selfie Hangout (Now Open)
Have you ever wanted to up your selfie game?
Now there’s a place in Pigeon Forge where you can.
Selfie Hangout provides interactive photo ops to give you a self-guided photography studio experience. Note that everyone needs a ticket to enter. Adults cost $25, children 12 and under are $15.
The Selfie Hangout is open Thursday-Sunday and is located at 2628 Teaster Lane in Pigeon Forge. For more information, visit them online.
Do you know of any new attractions in the Great Smoky Mountains that we may have missed? Let us know in the comments!