10 best Gatlinburg side by side rentals, ATV tours [2023]

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ExoRent is a highly rated UTV rental company with great rates in Pigeon Forge (photo courtesy of ExoRent)

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Are you looking for a side-by-side rental or an ATV tour in the Smoky Mountains?

There are so many new ways to explore the mountainous roads with the wind in your hair, either on your own or with an expert tour guide.

Some tours are family-friendly, and others are more of a build-your-own adventure.

Below, we’ve found the best vendors for side-by-side rentals in Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas to make it easier to select which option is best for you.

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Can you ride side by sides in Gatlinburg TN?

Street legal UTVs are allowed on roads that have a speed limit of 40 mph or less. However, be sure to read your rental requirements before getting on the road.

A scenic ride on ATV can also be offered by a tour guide.

What’s the difference between an ATV and a side by side (UTV)?

An ATV is an all-terrain vehicle that typically accommodates single riders, although there are also models that allow additional riders.

ATVs are smaller than UTVs and can be more difficult to operate for beginners.

A UTV is an all-purpose utility task vehicle (often referred to as a side by side). Additionally, UTVs can accommodate up to six passengers and are usually operated by a steering wheel and foot pedals.

A valid driver’s license is usually required.

How much does it cost to rent an ATV in Pigeon Forge TN?

Prices vary but usually average around $200 for a two-hour rental. Guided ATV tours are usually under $100.

We have rounded up the best places to rent UTVs and ATVs in the Great Smoky Mountains below. Age limits often apply.

Many of the rentals below are authorized for street use only, not for off-roading. Gas, insurance and other fees may apply.

Remember, pricing, offers and restrictions may vary.

Without further ado, below are our top picks for side by side, UTV and ATV rentals in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains area.

10. Jayell Ranch (Sevierville)

Jayell Ranch is an outdoor adventure center offering ziplines, horse riding and of course, ATV rides.

Guests can take a 12-mile guided ATV tour of the Great Smoky Mountains with a knowledgeable guide. Be sure to check out their other attractions while you’re there.

Pricing starts at $69.99 per person with a 4.1-star rating on Google. Additionally, combo activities are available. Visit them online to learn more.

Read Also: Ziplining in the Great Smoky Mountains: Our top 10 ranked

9. Bluff Mountain Adventures (Pigeon Forge)

Bluff Mountain Adventures offers guided ATV trails that cover mountains and rugged terrain and offer incredible views.

Riders under 16 years old must be 5’7” tall to participate. Also, tickets must be purchased in person.

Tours begin at $74. They have a 4.5-star rating on Google. Visit them online for more information.

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An Off-Road Gatlinburg rental is spotted driving around downtown Gatlinburg (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

8. Off-Road Gatlinburg

Off-Road Gatlinburg is open year-round, offering recreational vehicle rentals, Honda UTVs and Slingshots.

The vehicles are all street legal and welcome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

They also offer off-road UTV tours on a 350-acre private mountain.

Also, the company has a 4.4-star rating on Google.

Two-hour rentals begin at $169. For more information, visit them online.

7. Mountain Life UTV Rentals (Gatlinburg)

Mountain Life UTV Rentals is conveniently located in Gatlinburg and offers street-legal UTVs, Slingshots and Jeeps for rent.

They offer promotions on 5-hour, 8-hour, 10-hour and 12-hour rentals with an average 4.7-star rating.

Also, their website also says they will honor competitor pricing on UTV rentals, with proof of pricing. They also offer guided off-roading UTV tours. Visit them online to learn more.

6. Smokey Mountain UTV Rentals (Pigeon Forge)

Smokey Mountain UTV rental offers the thrill of exploring the Smokies from a street-legal UTV with 2, 4 or 6-seater options. Drivers must be 21 years of age or older.

Rentals must be kept on paved roads. Walk-ins are welcome, but rentals are not guaranteed without a reservation. They have a perfect 5-star rating online.

You must call for hourly pricing. For more information, visit them online.

5. Rideon UTV Rentals (Gatlinburg)

Rideon offers self-guided tours and promises no hidden fees. They offer rentals that range from the Polaris Slingshot to the Yamaha Wolverine 4-seater.

Two-hour rentals begin at $185. Additionally, they have a 5-star rating on Google. Visit them online to learn more.

4. Ridge Riders Adventure Rentals (Pigeon Forge)

Ridge Riders allows you to see the Smokies in style. They have 2, 4 and 6-seater UTV rentals. Off-roading is not permitted.

They have a 5-star rating on Google. Visit them online to learn more.

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Rocky Top Adventure Rentals is conveniently located in Gatlinburg (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

3. Rocky Top Adventure Rentals (Gatlinburg)

Rocky Top Adventure Rentals offer UTV rentals, Slingshot rentals and Jeep rentals. Many options are available, ranging from 2, 4 and 6-seaters.

Guests can rent for a couple of hours or up to a whole week. Riders must be 18 or older to rent a UTV or Jeep, and 21 years of age and older to rent a Slingshot.

The rentals are not for off-roading. The company has a 4.9-star review on Google.

Finally, two-seaters begin at $178 for two hours. Visit the website to learn more.

2. Smoky Mountain Adventure Rentals (Pigeon Forge)

Smoky Mountain Adventure Rentals offers 2, 4 and 6-seater UTVs for rent in the Great Smoky Mountains area.

Rentals start at $200 with a 4-hour minimum. Also, off-roading is not allowed. They have a 5-star rating. For more information, visit the website.

a couple and a german shepherd in a honda utv
Many guest reviews mention the owners’ adorable dog Waffles (photo courtesy of ExoRent)

1. ExoRent (Pigeon Forge)

Finally, ExoRent in Pigeon Forge offers UTV and Roadster rentals.

Roadster rentals are two-seater vehicles that are sure to turn some heads. UTV rentals are offered for two, four or six passengers.

The company offers route suggestions that allow you to see the best of the Smoky Mountains. They are very pet friendly and have a 4.9-star rating on Google with many reviews that compliment the owners and their dog, Waffles.

Two-hour rentals begin at $129. For more information, visit them online.

As always, vehicle renters need to check with each venue for policies on cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances.

Have you rented a UTV in the Great Smoky Mountains or tried an ATV tour? Let us know in the comments!

Disclaimer: While we do our best to bring you the most up-to-date information, attractions or prices mentioned in this article may vary by season and are subject to change. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any mentioned business, and have not been reviewed or endorsed these entities. Contact us at [email protected] for questions or comments.

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