Roller coaster fans are now only days away from getting one of the hottest seats in town—a ride on the brand-new Wild Eagle roller coaster at Dollywood. The $20 million steel-wing coaster is the first of its kind in the U.S. The coaster’s innovative floorless design seats passengers four abreast in a forward-facing position, with two riders actually seated on each “wing” along either side of the coaster’s track. That means there’s nothing but air above and below them.
Perched on the park’s highest peak, Wild Eagle rises 21 stories into the sky. Taking off from the Wilderness Pass area, riders experience the sensation of flight as the coaster’s massive track swoops and soars along a journey that measures 3,127 feet. Wild Eagle reaches a top speed of 61 miles per hour and maneuvers four inversions including a giant loop, a zero-G roll and a giant flat spin.
Wild Eagle’s nearly two-and-a-half minute journey includes a plummeting 135-foot first drop. Located 210 feet above the coaster’s loading station, the ride provides spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains terrain below. Each coaster train consists of seven cars that carry four passengers each, for a total of 28 people per train. Each vehicle features an imposing bald eagle with piercing eyes and broad wings outstretched for flight.
If you’re planning a trip to Dollywood this year to check out Wild Eagle or any of the park’s rides, we invite you to stay in one of our Pigeon Forge cabins, which offer all the amenities of home while keeping you close to all the action.
Here’s a scenario that’s not pleasant to think about: You’ve planned a trip to the Smoky Mountains, and you’ve already paid many of your travel-related expenses up front, including transportation, lodging and entertainment. But at the last minute, something happens that prevents you from being able to make the trip? In many cases, vacation expenses are non-refundable, which would typically leave you stuck with the loss.
That’s where travel insurance comes in. After booking and paying for certain trip expenses, such a policy would reimburse you if you have to cancel or delay your trip due to circumstances beyond your control.
Depending on the insurer and the policy, reasons for trip cancellation could include sickness, injury or death of you, a travel companion or a family member. If bad weather impacts your travel, or even if it renders your residence uninhabitable before you leave, such circumstances can be covered.
Other scenarios include work-related issues like strikes, job termination or relocations; call to service in the military; conflict with a student’s school calendar; theft of travel documents; or complications due to pregnancy or childbirth.
When you contact us to book one of our Wears Valley cabin rentals, be sure to ask us about travel insurance. We can connect you with the coverage you need to give you peace of mind before you travel.
Millions of visitors flock to the Great Smoky Mountains every year, most of whom center the activity around Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. One community, however, often gets overlooked, which is a shame for those who aren’t aware of it. However, those who learn about Wears Valley soon come to discover that this quaint little hamlet offers all the essentials that go along with visiting the mountains and a whole lot more.
Wears Valley’s greatest asset is its views. Located in a level to gently rolling cove, the community is bordered on one side by towering mountains, including Cove Mountain. The juxtaposition of meadows and impressive peaks is a sight one normally only sees on a postcard.
Although the community is secluded, it is enhanced by its convenient location. One of our valley roads is a little-traveled shortcut that takes you directly into Great Smoky Mountains National Park, literally within just a handful of minutes. You’ll arrive at Metcalf Bottoms picnic area and have immediate access to the main road leading toward Cades Cove. Wears Valley is also less than 10 miles from Pigeon Forge, which means that when you’re ready to go see shows and attractions and eat at restaurants, you’re not far away.
At Volunteer Cabin Rentals, most of our luxury cabin-rental properties are located in this gem of a community called Wears Valley. We offer views of the mountain ridges, rolling green meadows, spring-fed streams, thick woodlands and more.