Side by side rentals, ATV tours in the Smoky Mountains: Our top 9 ranked

ATV ride at Foxfire Mountain

One of the many offerings at Foxfire Mountain includes ATV tours (photo courtesy of Foxfire Mountain)

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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 top vendors in the Smoky Mountains to make it easy to select which attraction is best for you.

Can you ride side by sides or ATVs in the Smoky Mountains?

If you wish to experience the Great Smoky Mountains on an ATV or UTV, be sure to check out some of the great options below.

Often, ATVs are offered with a guided tour.

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

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, and they are also called side by sides. UTVs can accommodate up to six passengers.

It is operated by a steering wheel and foot pedals.

Where can I find side by side rentals in the Smoky Mountains?

We have rounded up the best places to rent UTVs and ATVs in the Great Smoky Mountains below. Age limits often apply, and you must have a valid driver’s license.

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

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

A sign at Foxfire Mountain
Foxfire Mountain has a wide range of outdoor activities that they offer, including family-friendly ATV tours (photo courtesy of Foxfire Mountain)

1. Foxfire Mountain

Foxfire Mountain is an outdoor adventure park that offers hiking, ziplines and yes, ATV tours! You and your family can take an off-road adventure in the Smoky Mountains with a tour guide. This option is family-friendly since children 3 and up can ride. If you go to Foxfire, be sure to check Groupon for discounts.

  • Price: $79.95 per person (may vary by season, subject to change)
  • Address: 3757 Thomas Lane, Sevierville TN 37876
  • Phone: (865) 412-7688
  • Website: foxfiremountain.com
  • Insider tip: Reservations are strongly recommended

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2. Kan-Am Fun

Kan-Am Fun is open year-round, offering recreational vehicle rentals, Honda UTVs and Slingshots. All Kan-Am Fun vehicles are street legal and welcome in the national parks. At the time of this writing, Kan-Am is offering a discount through Viator for as little as $216 per group for a self-guided ATV tour for up to five people, as well as:

Additional info about Kan-Am Fun can be found below.

  • Price: 2 hours starts at $169 (many options are available, may vary by season, subject to change)
  • Address: 446 East Parkway, Ste 10, Gatlinburg TN 37738
  • Phone: (912) 270-5222
  • Website: kanamfunextreme.com
  • Insider tip: Military receives $10 off

3. Pigeon Forge Jeep and UTV Rentals

Pigeon Forge offers premier UTV rentals in the Great Smoky Mountains, and they provide maps with points of interest for drivers. Drivers must be 25 years old with proof of insurance. They also offer Jeep Wranglers for rent.

  • Price: Must call for hourly pricing
  • Address: 2527 McGill St, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
  • Phone: (865) 440-7098
  • Website: pigeonforgeutvrental.com
  • Insider tip: $50 deposit is required to reserve

4. Mountain Riders UTV Rentals

Mountain Riders offers street legal RZRs that allow guests to explore all of the area’s mountainous roads. The Polaris RZR900s have hard top roofs, stereos and offer two-seater and four-seater options. Riders must be 21 or older.

  • Price: 2 hours starts at $140 (many options are available, may vary by season, subject to change)
  • Address: 1753 Wears Valley Rd, Sevierville TN 37862
  • Phone: (865) 366-7359
  • Website: mountainridersrentals.com
  • Insider tip: Reservations are required (no deposit needed)
Street-legal side by side rentals in the Smoky Mountains are not intended for off-roading usage (photo by Brian Wedekind / stock.adobe.com)

5. Smokey Mountain UTV Rentals, Inc.

Smokey Mountain UTV rental offer the thrill of exploring the Smokies from a street-legal UTV with 2, 4 or 6-seater options. Drivers must be 25 or older.

  • Price: Must call for hourly pricing
  • Address: 3520 Teaster Lane, Ste 5, Pigeon Forge TN 37863
  • Phone: (865) 365-1033
  • Website: smokeymountainutvrental.com
  • Insider tip: Walk-ins are welcome, but rentals are not guaranteed without a reservation (25% deposit required)

6. Rocky Top Adventure UTV Rentals

Rocky Top Adventure Rentals offers UTV rentals, Slingshot rentals and Jeep rentals. Many options are available, ranging from 2, 3, 4 and 6-seaters. Rent for as little as one hour or rent by the day. Riders must be 18 or older to rent a UTV or Jeep, and 21 and older to rent a Slingshot.

  • Price: $139 for two hours (many options are available, may vary by season, subject to change)
  • Address: 544 East Pkwy, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Phone: (865) 210-8413
  • Website: rockytopadventurerentals.com
  • Insider tip: Rocky Top Adventure is dog friendly!

7. Mountain Life UTV Rentals

Mountain Life UTV Rentals is conveniently located in Gatlinburg and offers street legal UTVs for rent. They now offer 2020 and 2021 model UTVs with 2, 4 and 6-seater options. Drivers must be 18 or older.

  • Price: Two hours starts at $154 (many options are available, may vary by season, subject to change)
  • Address: 826 E Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Phone: (865) 412-1402
  • Website: mountainlifeutvrentals.com/rent
  • Insider tip: Dogs are also welcome!
ATV Tours
If you want some off roading adventure, consider Bluff Mountain Adventures (photo by stockphoto mania / stock.adobe.com)

8. Bluff Mountain Adventures

Bluff Mountain Adventures offers guided ATV trails that cover mountains, rugged terrain and incredible views. Riders under 16 years old must be 5’7” tall to participate. Tickets must be purchased in person.

  • Price: $62 for a one-hour tour (many options are available, may vary by season, subject to change)
  • Address: 2186 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
  • Phone: 865-428-7711
  • Website: bluffmountainadventures.com
  • Insider tip: This attraction is closed on Sundays

9. Jayell Ranch

Jayell Ranch is an outdoor adventure center offering ziplines, horse rides and of course, ATV rides. Take a 12-mile guided ATV tour of the Great Smoky Mountains with a knowledgeable guide and be sure to check out their other attractions while you’re there.

  • Price: $69.99 per person (may vary by season, subject to change)
  • Address: 1131 Jayell Road, Sevierville, TN 37862
  • Phone:  (865) 776-1593
  • Website: jayellranch.com
  • Insider tip: Combo activities are available

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

10. Smoky Mountain Adventure Rentals

Smoky Mountain Adventure Rentals offers UTV, Jeeps and even motorcycles for rent in the Great Smoky Mountains area. Must be 21 years or older to rent, and a valid driver or motorcycle license is required.

  • Price: UTVs are $299 from 9-5 (options are available, may vary by season, subject to change)
  • Address: 4529 Bruce Ogle Way, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
  • Phone: (865) 748-5335
  • Website: smokymountainadventurerentals.com
  • Insider tip: A safety helmet will be provided for free

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 info@thesmokies.com for questions or comments.

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