A new kind of roller coaster opens in Pigeon Forge

The Flying Ox combines the fun of a zip line with the track of a roller coaster for a new experience just a few hours north of Atlanta

Leaping off a platform attached to a zip line can be exciting and fun. Experiencing the twists and turns of a roller coaster can get your heart racing. 

Now, combine the two.

Just north of Atlanta, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is a new kind of roller coaster that lets you fly through the air zip line style, but hooked to a roller coaster track.

The one of a kind attraction takes riders on a 1,000-foot-long ride 80 feet in the air above Lumberjack Square at Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show & Adventure Park.

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Instead of traveling in a straight line, riders will drop and wind along a track going about 15 mph.  

“With the addition of the Flying Ox, Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show & Adventure Park is the only location in the world where thrill seekers can ride a cable-to-rail zipline roller coaster,” vice president of marketing Josh Mayberry said in a press release. “Lumberjack Square strives to provide a unique experience where guests can watch a lumberjack show then try their hand at some of the competitive events they see performed by the professional lumberjacks.”

During the Lumberjack Feud Show, visitors can see world class lumberjacks compete in ax throwing, chopping, sawing, log rolling and other events. There is even an opportunity to participate onstage. 

Then you can head over to the Adventure Park and test your skills. 

The High Woodsman Challenge is full of obstacles for ages 5 and older. You are connected to the course at all times on the top level, while the middle level is completely netted. At Loggersports, you can try your feet at the log roll and speed climb. You’ll be harnessed, so there’s no chance of falling into the pool.

The Adventure Park is also where you’ll find the Flying Ox. 

The show reopened in spring 2018, visitmysmokies.com reported, with a new venue, new entertainment and a new celebrity patron. Deen is executive producer of the show, adding another business to her ventures in the area. 

Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show & Adventure Park is at 2530 Parkway, Pigeon Forge 37863. 

While you’re in the neighborhood, check out the 680-foot-long SkyBridge at the recently renovated SkyLift Park atop Crockett Mountain in Gatlinburg. It’s the country's longest pedestrian suspension bridge.

In addition to the bridge, the park includes the SkyLift to give you a scenic ride up the mountain; the SkyCenter with a cafe, gift shop and bar; and the SkyDeck, which has a fire pit and seating for those not looking to explore the bridge.

» Gatlinburg SkyBridge: Best times to go and how to get discounted tickets

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