When it comes to alpine and mountain coasters, the Pigeon Forge area is spoilt for choice.
There are many different mountain and alpine coaster rides to try out and one of our favorites is the Goats on the Roof Mountain Coaster which has been operating since 2015.
If you’re interested in discovering more about this coaster, you have come to the right place.
We provide everything you need to know about the Goats on the Roof Mountain Coaster, including insider tips and advice, so keep reading to find out more.
- How Long is the Goats on the Roof Coaster?
- How Fast is the Goats on the Roof Coaster?
- What is a Mountain Coaster?
- Operating Hours
- Rider Requirements
- Location and Contact Information
How Long is the Goats on the Roof Mountain Coaster?
The Goat Coaster at Goats on the Roof is 4,875 feet (1,486m) in length and offers riders an exhilarating ride with multiple 360-degree loops, twists and turns as it winds its way down the mountain.
The total ride time (including the cable-pulled ascent) is approximately 5-7 minutes.
The downhill ride time is approximately 90 seconds depending on your speed.
Mountain coasters are fitted with a manual brake so the speed of the ride is something that you’re in control of.
How Fast is the Goats on the Roof Mountain Coaster?
The Goats on the Roof Mountain Coaster can reach a maximum speed of 27mp/h (43km/h).
The mountain coaster rides on a track that is elevated slightly above the ground. Because of this close proximity, you’ll feel like you’re going much faster!
But fear not, as a safety feature, mountain coasters are fitted with an automatic braking system that prevents the carts from going over the maximum speed.
In addition, this mountain coaster is fitted with a manual brake that lets riders control the speed of their descent.
The manual brake is located on either side of the car. You pull back to engage the brake and push it forward to release the brake.
If 27mp/h (43km/h) is too fast for you, you can slow the ride down to a speed that feels more comfortable.
What is a Mountain Coaster?
If you’re unfamiliar with mountain coasters (also known as alpine coasters), check out the post we wrote.
Mountain or alpine coasters are essentially gravity-powered roller coasters that use the natural contours of a mountain to provide riders with a thrilling downhill ride experience.
Alpine coasters are a great activity that the whole family can enjoy. However, given the nature of this ride, there are some age and height restrictions that apply.
In addition, alpine coasters are equipped with a manual brake, enabling riders to adjust their descent speed. This unique feature allows riders to have greater control of their experience.
If things get a bit too fast for your liking you can apply the brake, if you’re more of the daredevil type then you can leave the brake untouched for maximum speed.
And finally, no prior experience or training is necessary. You can just jump in and enjoy the ride.
Goats on the Roof Mountain Coaster Video
One of the great things about mountain coasters is that many people have filmed their experiences.
These videos give you an opportunity to “experience” the ride before you go on it.
The video below gives you a first-person view of what you can expect from start to finish on the Goats on the Roof Mountain Coaster.
Or how about this video which includes the ride from the bottom to the top.
How Much Does the Goats on the Roof Mountain Coaster Cost?
At the time of writing, all rides on the Goats on the Roof Mountain Coaster are $12 plus tax.
Additional rides are significantly discounted so we recommend you take advantage and ride it more than once.
The Goats on the Roof Mountain Coaster is open every day from 9:00 am to 11:30* pm (rain or shine).
For riders’ safety, the mountain coaster can be closed in adverse weather conditions.
*Closing times can vary depending on the weather and crowds.
If you’re unsure we recommend calling (865-366-7337) in advance to check if the mountain coaster is operating.
The key height and age restrictions to participate in this ride are listed below:
- Children must be at least 3 years old and 38″ (96cm) tall.
- The minimum age for single riders is 9 and the rider must be at least 54″ (137cm) tall.
- If there are two people riding together, the minimum height is 38″ (96cm) and the person driving the cart must be at least 54″ (137cm) and 16 years or older.
- The maximum weight per cart is 375 lbs (170kg).
Location and Contact Information
Website: To access Goats on the Roof Mountain Coaster website click here.
Operating hours: 9:00 am daily (rain or shine). Closing times vary depending on the weather and crowds.
Map: To get to Goats on the Roof Mountain Coaster take a look at the map below.
Before You Go
When it comes to mountain and alpine coasters, Tennessee has some of the best on offer in the USA.
With a total of nine mountain and alpine coasters (and there seems to be a new one added every few years) on offer, you really are spoilt for choice.
So if you live in the area or are planning a visit then make sure you check out our guide to Tennessee’s Alpine and Mountain Coasters.