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Themed after a tricked out 1950s-era hot rod, Lightning Rod ® launches riders from zero to 45 mph more than 20 stories up its lift hill to one of the ride’s first airtime moments. At the crest of the hill, riders face twin summit airtime hills before tackling the daring first drop. Lightning Rod races down the 165-foot drop and propels guests along its 3,800-ft. track to a top speed of 73 mph, the fastest speed for a wood coaster in the world.

Located in Dollywood’s Jukebox Junction, Lightning Rod rockets riders around its massive wooden structure on an adrenaline-charged lap through the trees in the hills and valleys surrounding Dollywood. During the ride, guests experience nearly 20 seconds of airtime. The coaster train is comprised of 12 cars, carrying two passengers each, for a total of 24 people per train.

Note: Guests with casts above the elbow or hard casts on legs are not permitted to ride. 

Special Attraction Information: Lightning Rod is subject to closures during inclement weather conditions including lightning, snow, extreme cold, or hot temperatures and high winds. To ensure the safety of our guests, all passengers must be seated with the restraint locked in its lowest position. Due to the nature of the restraint systems and seat configurations, this attraction may not accommodate individuals approaching 200 pounds and/or 6 feet 4 inches in height. Guests of larger stature are encouraged to use test seats prior to entering the queue line.