Smoky Mountains

Smokies1Forget spending your hard earned vacation dollars on overpriced airfare to warm locales with crowded beaches for your next watery getaway. Simply point your car and drive toward the nearest resort with its own waterpark, including crazy slides, wave pools, lazy rivers, squirters and dunking buckets. Waterpark resorts are the newest craze in travel, aiming to give tourists a fun and less crowded travel experience year-round.

One such resort is the new Wilderness Resort at the Smokies in Sevierville, Tennessee Wilderness Resort. Tucked away on 700 acres in the scenic foothills of the Smoky Mountains, this resort boasts two outdoor waterparks and one 60,000 square foot indoor waterpark, making it the largest resort of its kind in the southeast. The best part is that the waterparks are reserved exclusively for resort guests, ensuring a vacation free of long lines.

At the Wilderness Resort at the Smokies, you’ll experience it all – southern hospitality, luxurious accommodations, recreational activities, four restaurants, an 18-hole championship golf course and, of course, thrilling waterslides, six in total. The resort’s newest attraction is Runaway Canyon, a five-story high, 450-foot enclosed waterslide featuring a near 60-foot drop. Runaway Canyon propels up to four people in a raft through a series of exhilarating twists, turns and water curtains before plunging down a nearly 60-foot drop then climbing steeply-banked walls and 360-degree loops. Warning! This water ride is not for the faint of heart.

For a tamer ride, grab your tube and drift along the Cataloochee Creek River Adventure. This 750-foot lazy river, featuring gentle rapids and water sprays, meanders through a wave pool and around Lake Wilderness, one of the resort’s outdoor waterparks. The Timber Rattler, a 207-foot long tube slide or the River Otter, a 180-foot long body slide are fun for the whole family as well. If you want to experience the sensation of going to the beach and swimming in the waves, try one of the two wave pools, or if surfing is more your style, the Smokies Surf Rider is a must see. Imagine 50,000 gallons of water flowing beneath your feet creating the ultimate surfing sensation.

The little ones have their choice of two play areas, the Wild WaterDome Indoor Waterpark or the Salamander Springs Outdoor Waterpark. Both areas keep the little ones out of harm’s way while giving them plenty to do. Included in the fun are zero entry pools, swings, slides, spouts and a mushroom waterfall, all perfect for getting kids adjusted to water at any age. And of course, what kid wouldn’t enjoy being showered by 750 gallons of water, every few minutes? Both waterparks offer multi-level play structures with play-and-spray water activities and giant tipping buckets that spill water over the people below.

At Wilderness at the Smokies, there truly is something for everyone in the family. Lifeguards are always on duty, and the temperature never drops below 82 degrees, even in the middle of December, so go ahead and get soaked!

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