The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel in Pigeon Forge, TN

131 The Island DrivePigeon Forge, TN 37863
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Overview

A 200-foot observation wheel featuring stunning mountain views, The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel is the centerpiece of The Island entertainment district in Pigeon Forge. The wheel stands as one of the tallest attractions in the Southeast, featuring 42 glass-enclosed gondolas with seating for up to 8 people at a time. During the evenings, riders can enjoy a mesmerizing 24,000 LED-light show.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Pigeon Forge Travel Experts
  • Climate controlled.
  • Ride during the day for a better view of the Smokies, and at night to see the city lights.
  • Free parking just off Teaster Lane with tram to The Island.
  • Gondolas seat up to 8.
  • VIP Wheel experience available.
  • Glass-enclosed gondolas.
  • Stunning city and mountain views.
  • 24,000 LED light-show on Wheel.
  • One of the tallest attraction in the East.

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Insights from Reserve Direct's own team members

Megan Aguilar

Fun experience for all ages with amazing views of Pigeon Forge. Plus, the climate controlled gondola is perfect on a hot day. They are located at The Island, so you can easily access shopping, Margaritaville Island Hotel and Margaritaville Restaurant.

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Description

from The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel is a must-see attraction in Pigeon Forge. Towering 200 feet-tall, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel sits at the foot of the most visited National Park in the United States.

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel features 42 all glass, climate controlled gondolas. Each Gondola can typically fit 6 adults or a combination of adults and children up to 8. Enjoy scenic views of the Great Smoky Mountains during the day, or a spectacular nighttime ride.

Located just off the Pigeon Forge Parkway, The Island in Pigeon Forge is packed with things to do in the Smokies! Pull up a rocking chair and enjoy the beautiful Island Show Fountain or check out our retail shops, restaurants and eateries, rides and games, live music, attractions and much more! Whether you came for a wedding, your honeymoon, or just a family vacation, come visit us in Pigeon Forge. We're just down the road from Gatlinburg and open 10 a.m. daily year round.

Reserve Pigeon Forge Customer Reviews

31 Reviews
Tom Diffee
Kirkland, WA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The Smoky Mountain Wheel"
September, 2018 NEW
The wheel is amazing! We rode it just at sunset and it couldn't have been more perfect! Fabulous views! I highly recommend doing this when in Pigeon Forge.
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Tip: This is great for all ages and a good value for the money

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Kevin Martz
Portsmouth, OH
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"anniversary"
August, 2018 NEW
very exciting.but plan on waiting in line a few minutes
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Tip: long lines

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Betty Miller
Augusta, GA
13 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"The BEST!!!!"
July, 2018
My granddaughters absolutely love this place. They could spend all day here. They really enjoy the fact that you can use the unlimited arm band for 48 hours. I bring them back and they ride and play their little hearts out. I do recommend having move stuff for smaller children that are only 34 or 35 inches tall. My youngest granddaughter had a ball but couldn't ride some of the rides that she would have loved to ride. :(
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Tip: Get the arm band for the kids..... Well worth the money!

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Jennilyn Butts
Woodlawn, TN
1 Review
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"Fun fun fun"
July, 2018
What a great experience! Staff was friendly, comfortable setting, view fabulous.
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MATTHEW ROADCAP
GREENVILLE, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great ride"
June, 2018
Great service
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Tip: Great people and ride

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Darrell Latham
Flemingsburg, KY
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Thrilling!!!"
June, 2018
Gives you a great view of the entire city!!
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Tip: A must-do on your pigeon forge vacation!!!

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Kelly Thompson
Friendship, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome view!"
May, 2018
The Reserve Pigeon Forge experience was quick and easy! The Ferris Wheel was amazing! The view was awesome and breathtaking. They also take your picture for you to purchase after the ride. Definitely will do again.
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Kayla Knight
somerset, KY
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful view"
April, 2018
Very fun and relaxing, great view of the city and mountains! Do this every time I come to pigeon forge.
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Tip: A little pricey but fun!

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Hank S
New York City, New York
"If you must, do it during the day"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 15, 2018 NEW
I happened to get on right at the end of sunset, so the first half of my ride was in the light and the second half of my ride was in the dark. There is almost zero view of anything in the dark and I would caution against going after the sun is down. I'm not sure I'd even do it during the day. Pigeon Forge is not London or Las Vegas or Singapore, other cities with huge ferris wheels. There's just not that much to see. At $14 a person ($12 with an easy to find coupon) I still felt this was expensive. A family of 4 would be better spent putting $50 toward something that lasts longer than 10 minutes. The ride itself was very smooth and the cabin cool and comfortable. The staff was nice, although the line moved slowly because they were only loading about a ¼ of the wheel. I'd definitely go back to the Island, but I don't think I'd ride this again.
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tnlandreth12
"Beautiful views "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 03, 2018 NEW
We love riding the mountain wheel! The views are stunning! Each cabin on the wheel has heating/air conditioning so you’re comfortable in all weather. The wheel looks beautiful all lit up at night!
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stlcardinalsfamily
Peoria, Illinois
"Air conditioned wheel"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 28, 2018 NEW
$14 a person & kids two and under free. Air conditioned which was appreciated! Our daughter thought it was so cool!
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Buckateer17
Nashville, Tennessee
"Great view and a great time!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 20, 2018
I really enjoyed my experience on this ride. If you or the person with you is afraid of heights, it can be a little scary, but I really think you'll be glad you did it at the end of it all. You get a great view up there, and your little sitting area is comfortable and climate-controlled. I think the nice cool air blowing on us also helped the person with me who isn't a fan of heights. Anyways, you get a great view up there and a decently long ride. I didn't love paying 20 something dollars for the two of us, but at least they offer $2 off coupons online..and I think it's worth it in the long run. I enjoyed looking at everything and am glad we went on it at night. Highly recommend!
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tylerbishop
Greenville, South Carolina
"A new perspective of Pigeon Forge"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 05, 2018
The views from the Skywheel are breathtaking, especially at sunset and dusk! This is definitely a must do when you visit the Island! You get plenty of time on the ride to sit back and enjoy the views, and it’s also nice that each gondola is climate controlled! We will definitely ride again!
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

How many people can fit inside a Gondola at one time?
Each Gondola can typically fit 6 adults or a combination of adults and children up to 8. There is a weight limit of 1,200 lbs.


Can pregnant women or infants ride?
The ride is a controlled, smooth experience that accommodates all people. While infants ride for free, you still need a ticket for the infant. It is not recommended that pregnant women ride but may choose to on their own accord.


Can I bring my pet on the ride?
Sorry, we like those family members but do not permit animals of any kind.

Can I wait to ride alone in my own Gondola?
Typically, we have many riders patiently waiting for their turn to ride. As a result, occasionally you may be required to ride with other parties to accommodate those patiently waiting to ride.


Do you permit food or drink on the ride?
In an effort to help keep all gondolas clean and safe, we do not allow eating or drinking on the ride.


Do you have wheelchair access?
Yes, we are able to access the Gondolas with a wheelchair. Disabled persons must be able to enter on their own or be with a companion for assistance.


How long is a ride?
Ride times vary but are a minimum of 3 revolutions.


Can I reserve a Gondola for a specific time?
We do not accept reservations. All rides are served on a first come first served basis.


Can I buy a souvenir from my experience on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel?
Yes! No experience is complete without a visit to our Great Smoky Mountain Wheel gift shop located across from the exit. There are a variety of souvenirs and gifts for the memories to continue.