#12 of 48 Gatlinburg Things To Do

Climb Works

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Enjoy the Wildly Adventurous Side of the Smokies With CLIMB Works Gatlinburg
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CLIMB Works Smoky Mountains gives the delights of the landscape a fresh new face with thrilling experiences that allow visitors to experience the mountains with a welcome rush of adrenaline. Mountain bike or zip-line through the Smokies with these experiences.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

CLIMB Works in Gatlinburg is an adventure company that offers exciting experiences for thrill seekers of all stripes. The natural beauty of the Smokies takes on a fresh new face when experienced through guided activities and excursions. If you want to see the area in a new light, this attraction has you covered, whether you’re rising above the canopy to gaze down at the sights below or racing through the trees and over streams on stunning tracks that twist and loop.

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Take to the air and witness the majesty of the mountains from above with the CLIMB Works Smoky Mountains zip lining experience. This canopy tour includes nine zip lines that will keep you off the ground for 2 1/2 hours as you glide from one treetop landing point to the next. Far from civilization, the route highlights the wild wonders around Gatlinburg, including its ravines, streams, and fantastic forested landscapes.

You’ll begin your zip lining tour with a ride in a six-passenger ATV to the zip line’s starting point high on the mountainside. CLIMB Works in Gatlinburg is surrounded on three sides by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, giving you immersive views of the park along your route. Each of the nine zip lines is unique in height and length to provide a variety of views and experiences as you progress through the journey.

To add a new level of mystery to the experience, try the seasonal evening tours. Departing at sunset and continuing into the night, these tours offer a dramatically different look at the mountainous landscape. These tours are offered only during peak seasons, so check ahead if you’re hoping for this distinctive experience.

Mountain biking at Climb Works Gatlinburg

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In addition to zip lining, CLIMB Works Gatlinburg also offers a stellar mountain biking experience designed to take all the guesswork out of biking the Smokies. This activity is easily accessible to visitors of all skill levels – you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy! If you’ve always wanted to give mountain biking a shot but you lacked the proper equipment or trails, here is the ideal place to step out of your comfort zone and try something new.

Rental bikes are readily available from CLIMB Works for both adults and youth ages 12 and older. All bikes are inspected carefully between rides so you’re guaranteed a quality experience. While you can bring your own bike, you should make sure that you have a true mountain bike, not a road bike or hybrid. The experts at CLIMB Works’ Gatlinburg location can help you ensure that you’re properly outfitted for your adventure.

The El Regis mountain biking trail that you’ll experience is 2 miles long and features an even combination of uphill, downhill, and smooth flow trails. Anyone who’s comfortable riding a bike can traverse El Regis, although it’s ranked as intermediate due to its mountainous location. The loop travels only one way. The flow of traffic is smooth, and beginning riders can easily travel at their own pace without the complication of dodging oncoming traffic.

If you’re a more experienced rider, you’ll still find plenty to enjoy in El Regis. The trail features several added challenges that you can take part in if you’re looking for more technical options. Logs, berms, rollers, and bridges are all available so that you can push yourself a bit outside your traditional comfort zone for a more exhilarating experience.

Riders of all skill levels will appreciate the innovative majesty of “The Curliest.” This stretch of wooden track spans a picturesque stream and loops around for a thrilling spin that anyone can enjoy. Viewed from above, this distinctive feature looks like a curlicue. Beginners can take it slowly while more adventurous riders can push themselves to higher speeds along the angled edges. You can try The Curliest as many times as you’d like while you’re biking this trail.

Climb Works Zip Lining Tour

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CLIMB Works is all about encouraging participants to challenge themselves for a memorable experience that goes beyond what they’ve done in the past. These excursions are designed to be accommodating to individuals of different skill levels. However, you’ll want to check for restrictions on activities.

Zip-lining participants must be at least 7 years old. If you’re shorter than 5 feet 10 inches, you must weigh 250 pounds or less. Those who are taller than 5 feet 10 inches have a limit of 270 pounds. The zip line cannot accommodate guests who are taller than 6 feet 8 inches. If you plan to go zip lining, make sure that you can lift your knees to your waist and stand comfortably for at least 2 1/2 hours.

To mountain bike with CLIMB Works at the Gatlinburg location, you must be at least 12 years old and weigh less than 250 pounds. If you’re comfortable riding a bike, you should be comfortable on this trail. However, you should also be in good health with no recent injuries or surgeries.

If you’re looking for an active way to fill half a day, CLIMB Works Smoky Mountains has plenty of opportunities for you. Choose zip lining or mountain biking alone or go big and book a package with both options. When you want to go above and beyond the more typical hiking opportunities in the mountains, CLIMB Works is an ideal choice that consistently receives high ratings and rave reviews. Secure a spot early for the most convenient booking options.

Insider Tips:

  • Do make a reservation for your CLIMB Works experience, preferably a week in advance.
  • Don’t be late! You must arrive 40 minutes before your tour to gear up and get your instructions.
  • Pack light. Keys and small items will fit in the facility’s lockers, but large bags must stay in your car. Leave these types of items at your hotel or vacation rental instead.
  • Read the restrictions and requirements carefully before arriving to make sure you have the proper shoes, clothing, and expectations.