An old sawmill once moved lumber out of the mountains at Thunderhead Gap. Wood is still the focus, but now the operation known as the Thunderhead is the wildest ride in the woods! Carefully situated between two mountains, this massive wooden coaster stands tall among the mighty trees and takes advantage of the area's rough and tumble terrain to create a daring ride featuring a 100-foot drop and a top speed of 55 mph.
Special Information: Thunderhead 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 270 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.
During the Spring and Fall season, the social behavior of bees and wasp changes causing them to swarm our tall attractions.
Flying insects are a natural part of the Great Smoky Mountains in the Spring and Fall. During the warmest part of the day, there are bees and wasps flying around the top of this attraction. We encourage each guest to use discretion when deciding to ride.