There are plenty of avenues for exploring the mountain roads with the wind in your face, whether you head off on your own or with an expert local tour guide who knows the terrain.
You may find lots of the tours to be family-friendly, and the roads are easy enough to navigate. Some terrains can be a bit more rugged and adventurous and thus more suited to ATVs. ATVs are all-terrain vehicles for single drivers and a little bit scarcer than other UTV options that allow between 2 and 5 or 6 passengers.
The majority of the rental companies do not offer tours for off-roading-which is largely off-limits in many areas of the mountains. If this is your first time visiting the Smoky Mountains in the Gatlinburg area, keep in mind that off-roading is mostly not permitted in the area.
Some rental companies offer both ATV and UTV rentals but aside from the limitations on off-roading ATVs are also quite a bit smaller than UTVs and may seem more difficult for some novices to get to grips with. Thus UTVs tend to be the more common option in this area.
Either way, here we have put together a list of some of the best options for experiencing the surrounding terrain of Gatlinburg on four wheels. So let’s take a closer look at some of the best Gatlinburg ATV rentals and UTV Rentals.
The Top Gatlinburg ATV Rentals (Including UTV)
Off-Road Gatlinburg is the place to seek out if you are interested in experiencing the towns surrounding the Smoky Mountain Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountain terrains by ATV.
With offices in downtown Gatlinburg on East Parkway, the company specializes in ATV rentals and tours. They also cover various other vehicles with 2 seats or more like UTVs and side-by-side (SXS).
You can explore the Tennessee hills and mountains by yourself if you feel qualified to do so or you can head out on a guided tour.
Once you have shown up, checked in, filled in the necessary paperwork, and had a briefing on your rental, then you can set off on your adventure. Two-hour rentals start in the region of $170.00, depending on the season.
Also along East Parkway in Gatlinburg, you can find Rocky Top Adventure Rentals. They offer mostly UTV rentals-2-6 seaters and so not strictly ATVs.
They do have a wide variety of options available for rental though, by the hour or even by the day, and online bookings are available. If you were specifically looking for an ATV you might be persuaded to adapt to a 2-seater when you see some of the options here.
The company operates a minimum age requirement policy of 18 to rent a UTV or Jeep, and 21 to rent a Slingshot. The prices range from $140 for two hours depending on the season
Whizzing through the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains in a UTV rental is a fantastic way to really take in the fresh mountain air. It’s made much easier by the decade’s worth of experience with local UTV rentals at Mountain Life UTV, which is also on Gatlinburg’s East Parkway.
The majority of the vehicles for rent at Mountain Life are UTVs-also known as side-by-sides-which are small four-wheel-drive vehicles with a 2-6 person capacity.
Again all vehicles are completely street legal and continue to provide an excellent way to take in the parks, roads, and mountain views from Gatlinburg.
There are plenty of options for UTV and Side-By-Side vehicles here. They are a very popular means by which to tour the area, and the operation of the UTV controls is pretty much the same as in a car and you’ll get a full briefing before setting off.
Once you are off and running, nothing but wide open Smoky Mountain views on winding roads awaits you. The road tours of the area run through the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains with amazingly scenic surrounding vistas.
Foxfire Mountain is an outdoor adventure park less than 30 minutes from Gatlinburg that might be of interest to anyone seeking some quality ATV time.
The adventure park features zip-lines and hiking trails-not to mention guaranteed ATV tours! If you plan to take your family on an off-road adventure in the Smoky Mountains with a tour guide, head out from Gatlinburg towards the vicinity of Sevierville.
This is a family-friendly option for anyone with youngsters over 3 years of age. Prices are around $9.95 per person according to the season.