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What's Up Ballooning (Balloon Rides of the Smoky Mountains)

Hang Gliding or Paragliding
Mary Ann Fournier

What's Up Ballooning located in New Market, TN is a short drive from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Hot air balloon rides with What's Up Ballooningoccur at dawn all year round. Launch site selection for that day is based upon wind direction, wind speed and potential landing sites.Time in the air is roughly 1 hour. For planning purposes a total time from start to finish can be 4 hours or longer. Once at the launch site guests are welcome to participate with the ground crew to inflate the balloon. Throughout the process and during the flight guests are welcome to take pictures. when the balloon is standing guests are invited aboard for their aeronautic adventure. With spectacular views of the rolling hills leading to the foothills and the smokys a Hot air balloon ride is an unique experience for anyone who enjoys the mountains. A landing site will be selected while airborne. once back on the ground the chase crew will deflate the balloon and pack it back into the trailer. Guests are again welcome to participate to get the full Hot air ballooning experience. The adventure concludes with a short post flight celebration. Pictures taken by the chase crew during the adventure are posted online for the guests for free. Reservations are required and can be made at the website.

A hot air balloon ride with What's Up Ballooningis an extremely unique experience that should not be missed when visiting East Tennessee.

Best Access and Parking Areas

Meet point for Hot Air Balloon rides is 3120 Blueberry Dr. New Market ,TN.

Best Seasons for Hang- or Paragliding

Year round Flights

How to Get There

What's Up Ballooning is located 3.5 miles north of exit 407 on I40.

Number and Locations of Launch Points

Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Jefferson City, Tennessee.

Chucky Pike, Jefferson City, Tennessee

Esslinger Rd, Strawberry Plains, Tennessee

Flat Gap Rd, Jefferson City, Tennessee