NASCAR champion Martin Truex, Jr. gives thumbs up as Big Cedar Lodge expands Fun Mountain with new NASCAR-themed go-carts and four-story ropes course

Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort, is expanding Fun Mountain, Big Cedar’s 40,000-square-foot adventure center home to underwater-themed bowling, laser tag and an array of family attractions, with two new additions just in time for summer – Timber Ridge, a daring four-story ropes course, and the NASCAR-themed Thunder Alley go-cart track designed by 2017 NASCAR champion driver Martin Truex Jr. and crew chief Cole Pearn.

“Thunder Alley at Big Cedar Lodge is one of the most amazing go-cart tracks in America,” said NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr. “I want to add the turbo boost feature to my car next season!”

Guests conquering the 40-foot tall Timber Ridge ropes course will traverse more than 60 challenging elements including a rolling log, swaying ladder, two electronic ziplines and narrow balancing beam, all perched above a swamp with a live python and alligators to make the daring experience all the more exhilarating. While the experience is big on thrills, every participant wears a safety harness that is inserted into a secure overhead tracking system to assure a safe adventure at all times.  Guests can also end their journey by taking a final plunge through a controlled freefall from the top of the structure. The new course joins the kid-sized Sky Tykes® course specifically designed for smaller children ages 2-7 or under 48 inches tall.

Rumbling below the ropes course is the new quarter-mile Thunder Alley go-cart track. The NASCAR-inspired go-carts feature several popular NASCAR drivers and iconic racing elements to set the stage. Guests can feel the rush with the ability to engage a powerful “turbo boosts” feature twice during each race to help them blast past the competition. Thunder Alley delivers high-speed fun for the whole family with a twisting quarter-mile track featuring hairpin turns and speed straightaways that ensures every race is a wild one.

“These new exciting attractions come in response to feedback from our guests asking for even more over-the-top fun for kids of all ages,” said Debbie Bennett, Vice President of Hospitality for Big Cedar Lodge and Bass Pro Shops. “Both challenging new additions make Fun Mountain a fun new amenity for friends, families and groups to explore the outdoors at a slightly more hair-raising pace.”

Timber Ridge and Thunder Alley join a roster of exciting activities available at the 50,000-square foot Fun Mountain complex; including underwater themed bowling, golf simulator, kid’s nature discovery center, billiards, bumper cars, flip zone and augmented climbing wall. Each attraction features the signature creativity and attention to detail Bass Pro Shops and Big Cedar Lodge founder Johnny Morris is known for creating.

All Fun Mountain activities are open to the public and Big Cedar Lodge guests. For more information about operating hours, and pricing, visit