New thrills in the Smoky Mountains.

The newest, fastest, most scenic, and longest mountainside family-fun thrill ride is coming to Sevierville, Tennessee. And it’s just one way to have fun at the new SkyLand Ranch. More rides, shops, treats, scenic walkways, live entertainment, and surprises await.

SkyLand Ranch, the first-of-its-kind entertainment venue in Sevierville and the area’s newest amusement and theme park, will open late summer 2022 with an array of fun things to do for all ages—and all with amazing views.

Approach the new park and the first option is to take a spin on the new record-setting ride. “Our new ‘Wild Stallion Mountain Coaster’ will be the longest one in the U.S. at over 1.25 miles,” says Jordan Briggs, director of sales and marketing for SkyLand Ranch. “It will take 12 minutes to ride the track.” Like German alpine coasters, you sit in a single-person car powered by belts and gravity to ride the rails up and down the mountainside. Each car has a brake so you can go a comfortable speed. The coaster’s ticketing station is located at the base of the mountain, making it possible to access the ride whether or not you explore the entire park.

Located on 100 acres of farmland across from Tanger Outletsin the Five Oaks neighborhood with convenient access to lodging, restaurants, and other amusements, SkyLand Ranch is developing 14 acres as part of its $40 million Phase 1 construction that will open to the public late this summer. Planned future expansions will create a full-fledged theme park with a Western theme.

A chairlift leads to the entrance of SkyLand Ranch. “It’s a nine-minute ride,” says Briggs. “Not so long you get bored yet not too short to enjoy the experience.” The lift will offer both chairs and gondolas for different ride experiences. Afraid of heights? A truck will be available as an alternate way to reach the top.

Three barns painted white with black trim set the modern ranch scene, a look inspired by the hit TV show “Yellowstone.” The small barn will house the miniature horses, donkeys, and cows that you may see grazing in paddocks. Step inside for tours and guaranteed interactions with the animals. A large 5,000-square-foot barn will house a Western wear boutique, souvenir shop, toy store, and other retail options. A second 5,000-square-foot barn will offer food and beverage stations. A few food trucks will also be on site. Tasty things like tacos, loaded macaroni-and-cheese, barbecue, ice cream, candy, and other treats will be available. “We’ll have three to four food trucks permanently positioned plus at least one that changes seasonally to keep things fresh and to fit with some festivals and special programs that we’ll do in future—like Old West Days, Halloween, Oktoberfest,” says Briggs. “In 2022 we’re focused on getting open; special programming will begin in 2023.”

A large play area will help you act out ranching fantasies since it’s equipped with the original cowboy toy: roping dummies. Practice cow and calf roping, team roping, and pasture roping by swinging lassos and looping a dummy. You’ll also find cornhole boards and other amusements. “In the future we’ll have a ‘cowboy/cowgirl college’ program to teach kids about ranching and agriculture, how to rope, and more,” says Briggs. From the start, signs throughout the property that identify vegetation and geographical features facilitate learning for all ages.

Views throughout SkyLand Ranch impress, but for a 360-degree perspective of the surrounding Smoky Mountains head to the wide bridge walkway that’s suspended 50-feet above ground and ramped for ADA accessibility. Approximately 150-feet long, it’s stable enough to accommodate wheelchairs and powered chairs so everyone can appreciate the stunning views of English Mountain, Mount LeConte, and Bluff Mountain among other peaks. An offshoot rope bridge zig-zags the tree canopy about 100 feet; hanging between trees it’s stable enough to rate as kid-friendly but isn’t ADA accessible.

Fire pits dot the property, serving as inviting places to linger with a drink, snack, or simply enjoy the views. In the dark, the look changes from mountain vista to bright lights along the Parkway and Sevierville’s Five Points area.

Parking is free, with more than 400 spots on the property. Additional parking is available across the Parkway at Tanger Outlets. A shuttle will run between Tanger Outlets and SkyLand Ranch, making it easy for families and groups to park once and enjoy both destinations or split up to pursue different interests and meet up later.

SkyLand Ranch’s new 1,000-seat amphitheater will bring an exciting new live entertainment venue to Sevierville. Built into natural terrain, from the audience you’ll have a great view of the stage no matter where you sit with breathtaking views of Mount LeConte (the third-highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park) as the backdrop. A 2023 concert series will feature six Country music stars; in the future, additional musical genres and performances will take the stage as well.

Located at one of its highest points, SkyLand Ranch adds peak thrills to Sevierville.

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