Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster in Pigeon Forge

You get in your coaster, hands on the brake handles, eager with anticipation for the thrill ahead. You ride up the hill in a steady ascent admiring the scenery while wondering about the downhill drop ahead. Then you reach the top and for a moment you seem to be weightless and motionless, then gravity and the rails take over and now you RIDE THE HILL AND FEEL THE THRILL!!

Pigeon Forge's newest outdoor attraction
It's NASCAR down the hill in the Smokies Your coaster takes on speed as you roll down the tracks, rolling at a safe, yet exhilarating speed. You control the speed of your coaster as you shoot downhill taking the curves and the straight-a-ways with the skill of a NASCAR driver - or so it seems. This is the longest downhill ride in the United States as you travel over a mile, then arrive safely at the bottom of the track with a certain sense of pride, accomplishment and certainly pure joy as you have taken on the hill and conquered it!

That's the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster experience and it awaits you on Wears Valley Road in Pigeon Forge. It's and easy place to find. From the Parkway you turn at stoplight # 3 onto Wears Valley Road/Highway 321 and go about a mile-and-a-half and you will see the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster on your left. It's an fair ticket price to enjoy the ride and you may want to purchase a package deal because you ARE going to want to go again and again.

An outdoor attraction near Gatlinburg, TN

And during the week of July 29 through August 4th you can win Coaster Passes for Two by going to the Best Read Guide Facebook site and "Liking" the Alpine Coaster picture. Winners will be announced on the Facebook page. The site is www.facebook.com/BRGSmokyMountains.

For more information about the attractions and fun of the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Cherokee and Townsend-the Peaceful Side of the Smokies, please go to:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


If you are looking for good clean family fun in the Great Smoky Mountains, check out the white water rafting at Smoky Mountain Outdoors. This is a short drive from Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, TN, to breathtaking scenery, the beautiful Pigeon River, and a white water experience that your family will never forget.

"Don't worry Mom! We're gonna take good care of you an the kids!" is a promise they make to their visitors because they want you to absolutely love the experience. And there are options for rafting. The Upper Pigeon River is 6-1/2 miles of class 3 and 4 rapids that make for an exciting and wet ride. The Lower Pigeon River is ideal for families and smaller children as this is a 5-1/2 mile trip through the Pigeon River Gorge with only class 1 and 2 and one class 3 rapids. There is a lot of calm water for the kids - and Mom and Dad- to get out of the raft and splash in the waters of the mountain river.

And there are other options, like guiding an inflatable kayaking on the Lower Pigeon River - recommended for experienced kayakers - or the Hike and Paddle that combines a 2 hour hike, a riverside lunch, and rafting on the Lower Pigeon River. And if you have a group of 10 or more, you can ask about the Group Rates and activities. They will make your group activity easy, fun and very, very memorable!

So if you are looking to spend 2 hours on and in the waters of the Smoky Mountains, and you want a safe and memorable activity that has the tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence, check out Smoky Mountain Outdoors in Hartford, TN, or go by their Gatlinburg location at 453 Brookside Way to purchase tickets.

And during the week of July 15-21, 2014, you can win 2 FREE Passes for Whitewater Rafting at Smoky Mountain Outdoors by going to www.facebook.com/BRGSmokyMountains and "Liking" the Smoky Mountain Outdoors photo.

For more Smoky Mountain information and coupons click on www.bestreaguidesmokymountains.com.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Legacy Mountain caters to the type of person who thrives on adventure and loves beautiful views, especially of the Smoky Mountains. They are easy to find in Sevierville, TN, on top of Legacy Mountain, and close to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

Legacy offers 7 ziplines totaling 4.5 miles of lines, with the longest running 2,500 feet and the highest is 450 feet off of the ground. They are located on 400 acres of beautiful forest on the top of the mountain offering amazing and unique views of the Smoky Mountains. So if you are riding or just there to sight see, the views are worth the trip.

On the zip trip you will learn about the wildlife that lives in the trees and shrubs below the lines, and the canopy of Hemlock, American Beech and Sugar Maple that you will be flying over. And to record the trip you can rent a high speed helmet cam to take home high definition memories from your adventure.

Age is not a factor in ziplining, but a rider weighing less that 100 pounds will need to ride tandem with a guide. This ensures that the young rider will cross from one point to the other, and will do it safely. All guides are ACCT certified and well-trained, to provide all riders with a safe, enjoyable and fun experience.

In addition to the Ziplining there are 3 Rope Bridges for you to cross, which add to the fun and adventures.

Legacy Mountain Premier Ziplines In The Smokies are a great family adventure. Win tickets for Two Zipline Canopy Tours from Legacy Mountain by entering the Best Read Guide Facebook Contest from July 8-14, 2014. Simply click on this link and like the photo:  https://www.facebook.com/BRGSmokyMountains.

For more Smoky Mountain information and coupons for attractions, dining, shopping, shows and more for Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville, click http://www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Rafting in the Smokies has been rafting the Pigeon River since 1978 an they invite you to come out and play!
They offer rafting, ziplining, ropes course and horseback riding, or a combination of any of the four.

Whitewater Rafting in the Great Smoky MountainsRafting makes for a great family or group experience and Rafting in the Smokies trips include certified and trained guides for safety and comfort. They not only guide your raft but they share their knowledge of the river and the Smoky Mountain outdoors. They offer whitewater rafting trips on the Upper Pigeon which boasts 12 Class III and 3 Class IV whitewater rapids in a 5 miles, 1-1/2 hour trip. This trip is available to anyone 8 years or older and no experience is needed, but expect a wet, bumpy ride!

Family rafting fun on the Lower Pigeon River
The Lower Pigeon Rivers hosts the Family Float Trips with calm Class I and II rapids in a 6 mile trip. Ages 3 year-old and up can ride, no experience is necessary and life jackets are provided for all riders. You will see the outstanding scenery as you skirt the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cherokee National Forest.

Ropes Course challenge in the Smoky MountainsZipline fun in Hartford near Gatlinburg, TNFor Ziplining fun there are 6 lines and 2 skybridges. We have 4 levels of Ropes Courses to challenge your abilities which you reach on our 150 foot swinging bridge! The Family Adventure Island is also a good place for your family or group to reorganize and plan your next activity.

Rafting in the Smokies is located at Exit #447 off of I-40 in Hartford, TN, just 45 minutes east of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville or Knoxville, TN.

You an win a Raft, Ropes Course and Zip Combo from Rafting in the Smokies by entering the Best Read Guide Facebook Contest. Click here https://www.facebook.com/BRGSmokyMountains.

For more Smoky Mountain information or coupons go to http://www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com.


There are 16 lines at Smoky Mountain Ziplines in Pigeon Forge, TN

As they say at Smoky Mountain Ziplines in Pigeon Forge, TN., "Tarzan did it.. now you can." They are talking about flying through the trees in the Great Smoky Mountains - an experience you are not likely to forget.
Ziplining in the Great Smoky Mountains

There is no experience needed to enjoy the great family adventure on any one of the 16 lines in the canopy tour. You start off low and slow and each stretch of the tour gets higher and longer and before you know it you are zipping through the trees at up to 40 miles-per-hour!! But don't worry, there are two guides close at all times.
Party house for groups at Smoky Mountain Ziplines

Smoky Mountain Ziplines is great for families and groups, and offers a large, base-camp building for parties and celebrations, and they are located less than 2 miles from the main Parkway at Stoplight #10. They promise that their amazing staff is committed to ensuring your time at the Zipline is a good one and totally unforgettable.

For Great Smoky Mountain information and coupons click onto www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com.