Family fun is just around the corner in Pigeon Forge. THE TRACK is located at traffic light # 3 in Pigeon Forge and is truly a center for local and tourist family recreation.
Attractions at The Track, and there are many, include Gator Golf, Bungee Jump, Kids Country, Bumper Cars, Wild Woody Go-Karts, Video Arcade and the new Blaster Boats. Of course, you will also find food and souvenirs available.
The Blaster Boats are new this season and have become a popular ride. Not only do folks get to drive the circular bumper boats, but a built-in water gun adds to the excitement.
General Manager Marty Proffitt tells the story of a family from Brazil visiting Pigeon Forge one winter. They were so enthralled by the bumper boats, they had him chip the ice off of the frozen boats so they could go for an icy spin in the water. Now that’s customer service!
The Wild Woody Go-Kart track is a three-story wooden track that spirals upward and gives visitors the chance to drive winding curving roads and pretend they are driving in the ‘Grand Prix.’
The Bungee Jump located at the rear of the park holds particular interest. A Jump Master assists in harnessing all jumpers. As they leap off of the 65-foot tower, they ‘bungee’ up and down until finally landing on a huge plastic air cushion. The oldest person to become a ‘bungee jumper’ at The Track was an 81-year-old man, and the strangest jumper was, of all things, a bulldog.
If dangling from a rubber band in the sky is not your cup of tea, try one of the two 18-hole miniature golf courses, complete with wild animals. Kid’s Country offers rides designed especially for the little ones, including airplanes, a Ferris Wheel, Rookie Go-Karts, a carousel, Rocking Pirate Ship and, of course, a place for parents to sit and watch.
Height limitations are strictly enforced on all rides and plenty of attendants are stationed at each ride to assist with buckling seat belts, helping folks on and off the rides, and answering questions. General Manager Marty Proffitt says that safety is a priority. Staff meetings prior to work hours address safety issues, as well as customer service and management.
The Track opened in 1983, and Proffitt has been General Manager since 1989. Twenty full-time employees keep The Track operating, with the help of 100 college and high school students during the summer months.
The Track is open daily from 10 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday and until 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free but it takes tickets for the rides.
Early Bird specials are available until 10:30 a.m. that allow visitors to purchase one ticket and receive another one free. In addition, all types of ticket and T-shirt packages are available at the cashier’s desk. Rack cards also offer special values for purchasing tickets.
Parking at The Track is free and the grounds are ‘customer friendly’ using wide walkways, lots of signs and friendly staff. For more information on The Track call 865-453-4777 or visit www.FunAt TheTrack.com.
Faye Greenwood is retired from the UT Extension Service and her features have been published in Sevier County for more than 30 years. She and her husband, ‘Moe’, operate MoeFaye Travel Inc.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.