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The Top Rides at Dollywood Theme Park You Shouldn’t Skip

May 09, 2023

A day at Dollywood is a day well spent, but how do you decide which attractions to make your top priority? While shopping, entertainment, and dining are in abundance, the rides are the show-stopping attractions! For fans of thrilling roller coasters and adrenaline rushes, these are the top rides at Dollywood theme park you absolutely should not miss:

Daredevil Fallsdaredevil falls

Location: Craftsman’s Valley

Minimum Height Requirement: 42 inches

This ride is for the risk-takers!  Daredevil Falls is a unique boat ride that takes you through an abandoned logging camp. You’ll probably encounter close calls with machinery and a black bear or two! Be sure to take a deep breath before the heart-pounding 60-foot drop at the very end!


Location: Wildwood Grove

Minimum Height Requirement: 39 inches (under 48 in. must be accompanied by someone 14 or older)

The unexpected twists and turns of the Dragonflier make it one of the most exhilarating rides at the Dollywood theme park! Feeling like you’re actually riding on the wings of a dragonfly, you’ll soar to new heights and want to get right back on this ride after it’s over!

mystery mine rideMystery Mine

Location: Timber Canyon

Minimum Height Requirement: 48 inches

Mystery Mine is a steel coaster that explores an abandoned coal mine, a fan favorite for its creepy, dark tunnels! This ride is not for the faint of heart, but if a 95-degree, 85-foot vertical drop plunging you into total darkness sounds thrilling, then you definitely will want to check it out!


Big Bear Mountain

Location: Wildwood Grove

Minimum Height Requirement: 39 inches

Big Bear Mountain is Dollywood’s biggest adventure yet! With a max speed of 48 miles per hour, it’s the longest coaster at 3,990 feet! Onboard audio, music, and announcements feature wilderness explorer Ned Oakley, Wildwood Grove’s resident expert, making this ride the first of its kind at Dollywood! Families are guaranteed to love this roller coaster– it just might become the kid’s favorite!

Barnstormerbarnstormer ride

Location: Owen’s Farm

Minimum Height Requirement: 48 inches

Barnstormer is one of the taller rides at Dollywood, reaching 81 feet at its peak! This rollercoaster has two large pendulum arms that swing higher and higher and rotate at 230 degrees. The Barnstormer area also features a huge red barn and yard play area, a 22 x 16-foot bi-plane play area, and a separate water play area the kids are going to love!

Be sure to check out the complete list of Dollywood theme park rides, especially those for the pre-K littles! Don’t worry about trying to fit all of these amazing rides in one day. You and your family can get Dollywood tickets from 1-day to 3-day passes and enjoy all that the park has to offer. Plus, you can purchase a Timesaver Pass for expedited access to select rides, ensuring you’re spending less time waiting in line. 

Where To Stay

Parkside Cabin Rentals has 1-6+ bedroom private cabins available, all within a short driving distance to Dollywood! With luxury amenities and pet-friendly options, booking a stay guarantees you’ll have everything you need for a trip full of memories you’ll never forget!

Ready to plan your next adventure to the Dollywood theme park? Browse our cabins to find the perfect one for your family!