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Skyland Ranch is a true treasure in the sky in the breathtaking Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee! It offers something for all ages to enjoy, whether you’re seeking thrilling adventures, scenic views, or a fun-filled day with the family.

It is more than your typical Smoky Mountain attraction. The journey to the top is an adventure in itself, but that’s just the beginning of your experience. Plan for hours of fun on your family’s visit to Skyland Ranch.

What is Skyland Ranch, and where is it located?

Kids practice roping cattle at Skyland Ranch.Skyland Ranch, a new attraction perched atop a scenic overlook in Sevierville, offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. With its strategic location, free parking, and easy accessibility, it’s the perfect choice for families seeking a unique Smoky Mountain experience.

It is conveniently situated across from the Sevierville Tanger Outlets and close to popular lodging, restaurants, and shops on the main parkway. Mark Williford and his wife, Lisa, own Rowdy Bear’s Smoky Mountain Snowpark and Skyland Ranch.

When is the Best Time to Visit this New Attraction?

Winter visit to SeviervilleFor a truly magical experience, plan your visit to Skyland Ranch during the fall. This is when the vibrant colors of the changing leaves create a breathtaking backdrop. We visited at Christmastime, and while we loved the lights and festive atmosphere, it’s worth noting that East Tennessee can get pretty cold in the winter.

If you love cooler weather but dislike being bundled up, I’d recommend the fall or even springtime. In my opinion, you’ll get the best colors in the fall. If you’re a Christmas lights fan, then just prepare to dress warmly, as just about all of Skyland Ranch is outdoors.

How to Buy Tickets for Skyland Ranch

Buy tickets ahead and avoid the wait. Image Credit: Jeremy Thompson

To ensure a hassle-free experience, buying your tickets online is recommended. However, you can purchase them on-site at the Skyland Ranch office.

This Sevierville attraction is quite popular, so choosing not to buy tickets in advance could see your party waiting in a long line to pay for admission. Whether you’re planning a spontaneous visit or have been eagerly anticipating your trip, buying tickets ahead of time will save you time and ensure you can make the most of your day at the ranch.

Tips for a Hassle-Free Visit

Make the most of your visit to Skyland Ranch with these handy tips for a hassle-free experience.

  • Arrive early to take advantage of the free parking and avoid crowds.
  • Pick up a helpful guide or map at the Skyland Ranch ticket office to help you navigate the attractions and activities.
  • Research special events and activities before you go. Some events require a separate ticket, so make sure you know what your tickets are for.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to enjoy all the ranch has to offer at your own pace.

Activities and Attractions at Skyland Ranch

Wild Stallion Mountain CoasterYour day will be full of excitement and adventure as you explore the range of activities and attractions at Skyland Ranch. After you arrive at the peak, you can enjoy daily musical entertainment, food trucks, shopping, and incredible scenic views.

Legacy Lookout offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in breathtaking views and the narrative of life. The panoramic vistas of the Smoky Mountains provide a picturesque backdrop for capturing stunning photos of the natural beauty that surrounds you. This is the spot to capture those awesome family photos, especially when the sun is setting.

Feel Like Flying on the Horizon Skyride

Take a scenic ride aboard the Horizon Skyride, offering gorgeous views of Sevierville and my favorite parts of the Smokies. It is exactly like a traditional ski lift, so make sure you hold onto your belongings (and your kids)!

As you glide through the sky, take in the beauty of the Smoky Mountain views. During Christmas, look out for the festive lights beneath your feet. The Horizon Skyride is a great way to experience the ranch from a different perspective and capture stunning photographs of your adventure.

Hold on Tight to the Wild Stallion Mountain Coaster

Prepare for an adrenaline-pumping experience on the Wild Stallion mountain coaster. It’s the longest coaster ride in the area, spanning over a mile of track. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or simply looking for an exciting adventure, the Wild Stallion is sure to leave you with lasting memories of your family adventure.

This 8+ minute ride on the Wild Stallion was one of my favorite things we did at Skyland Ranch. Like other mountain coasters, I was able to control my own speed, which made it a great experience altogether. The coaster ride is a separate cost and does not require admission to Skyland Ranch.

Miniature Animals and Lil Wrangler’s Petting Corral

We all found the miniature animal encounters charming. They are perfect for young children and animal lovers of all ages. Make sure you watch your step as the animals are, well, animals (if you catch what I’m saying). The miniature animals aren’t usually up for petting, but you can pet animals at Lil Wrangler’s Petting Corral.

In addition to the petting corral, guests can take a Safari Hayride on a covered wagon pulled by a John Deere Tractor. Animals you might see include llamas, donkeys, alpacas, longhorns, highland cows, and more! There are handwashing stations to clean your hands after petting the animals too.

Fun for Kids at Buckaroo Playbarn

Buckaroo Playbarn is the perfect place for children to burn off their energy. The play area is specifically designed for young kids, with a variety of equipment available for them to enjoy. There are climbing structures, slides, and mobility equipment that can keep children occupied for hours. It’s a must-do if the adults in your group need a rest and the children need to tire themselves out a bit!

Unwinding at The Backyard at Skyland Ranch

The ultimate entertainment experience is at The Backyard, an area filled with onsite attractions, food trucks, retail purchases, and live entertainment. Take a break from the thrill of the rides and enjoy the great perks offered at The Backyard.

Whether you’re shopping for western wear at the Williford Mercantile, grabbing a bite to eat at the Skyland Cafe & Bakery, or enjoying the talented performers, The Backyard has something for everyone to enjoy, including a visit to the Tipsy Cowboy for a drink.

Special Events and Entertainment

Animals at Skyland RanchSkyland Ranch is a place where excitement and adventure come together in one spot. With daily entertainment and various special events, the ranch offers an array of experiences that can enhance your visit.

From March through August, a new dinner show, Chuckwagon Supper at the Ranch, includes a hearty meal and live musical entertainment. Star Spangled Summer celebrates the USA, cowboy style, and all entertainment for that event is included with your admission to the ranch.

Daily and Seasonal Events

Enjoy the excitement of live entertainment and a variety of fun activities at Skyland Ranch. Daily events allow you and your family to experience talented performers, interactive shows, and engaging activities like miniature animal presentations. Check the Skyland website for the most updated information on their entertainment schedule.

Seasonal events include Chuckwagon Supper at the Ranch, Star Spangled Summer, Wildwest Music Fest, Thanksgiving Day Feast, and Festival of Lights.

Shopping and Dining Available

There are a variety of shops at the ranch. Williford Mercantile is a large retail store in a 5,000-square-foot barn. It is a western wear shop, a toy store, a clothing shop, and more. The barn is the place to shop for souvenirs. The General Store has a few knick-knacks near the Wild Stallion mountain coaster, but the mercantile has more selection.

When you’re hungry, the cafe and bakery are the place to be. In addition to the cafe and bakery, there are several food trucks. Buckin’ BBQ has all the barbecue you might need, The Chuck Wagon has chicken and burgers, and The Tipsy Cowboy hits the spot if you want an adult beverage.

Why Should You Add Skyland Ranch to Your Pigeon Forge Vacation?

For those who are searching for an exciting Smoky Mountain attraction that is accessible to all ages and mobility levels, Skyland Ranch is a perfect option. This destination offers the longest mountain coaster in town, stunning panoramic views, and a range of dining and retail choices. It’s a must-visit location for those seeking fun and adventure during their East Tennessee vacation.

The mountain coaster takes you on a thrilling ride through the mountains, allowing visitors to experience the beauty of nature while enjoying an adrenaline rush. Unsure of heights? A shuttle bus provides an alternate way to reach the top. Kids will love freely playing at the Buckaroo Playground or on the green between the bakery and the retail store. Skyland Ranch is, quite simply, an attraction that fits all types of travelers and their budgets.