Wilderness at the Smokies Resort in Sevierville,TN, just north of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, is a great family destination! There is so much to do at Wilderness at the Smokies that you really do not even have to leave…they literally have all you need right in the resort! From the stores to the water parks, your family will have fun at this destination!
We stayed at the River Lodge, the main hotel connected to connected to the Wild Waterdome Indoor Waterpark and Lake Wilderness Outdoor Water Park. Salamander Springs Outdoor Waterpark is located across the street at Stone Hill Lodge.
Rooms at Wilderness at the Smokies have a fun rustic, wilderness theme to them. You see that as soon as you step inside. We were given a great bunk suite. The room included a queen/twin bunk bed, queen bed, and a pull out twin sleeper sofa. I also loved that there were two flat screen tv’s in the room! You will also find a microwave, fridge, a small table and chairs in each room as well. Many of the rooms offer a private balcony that provides guests with views of Lake Wilderness Outdoor Waterpark and the beautiful mountain views.
Wilderness at the Smokies offers three different waterparks: Wild WaterDome Indoor Waterpark, Lake Wilderness Outdoor Waterpark, and Salamander Springs Outdoor Waterpark . Each of the parks are free to guests staying at the resort. My family visited two out of the three. We did not get a chance to visit Salamander Springs during this trip.
This is the outdoor waterpark located at the main resort, River Lodge. Lake Wilderness Outdoor Waterpark was a hit with my thrill seeking boys! They could not get enough of the The Wall, Wild Vortex, and the Cyclone Racer. Personally, momma enjoyed relaxing in the lazy river at Lake Wilderness, drifting away in the wave pool, and catching some sun-rays on the pool deck. They also have private cabanas for rent.
Imagine 66,000 square feet of indoor water fun and a see through glass roof that makes you feel like you are outside! This was one of my favorite parts of the resort. I could have stayed here all day! We began our time hanging out in the wave pool. The Great Wave is 10,000 square feet of rolling wave fun where you can “hop on an inner tube and enjoy the ocean-like waves or sit on the “shore” and let the waves tickle your toes.”
Again, my thrill seeking boys could not stay away from the slide action! They LOVED the Storm Chaser, the huge funnel ride that you can see from the highway, as pictured above. They “plummeted 55 feet down a thrilling, dark tunnel ride before dropping through a zero gravity fall into a funnel where they experienced several fast oscillations before splashing into a pool below” and they kept going back for more! They also enjoyed Runaway Canyon. This waterslide raft ride “is a five-story-high family raft ride” that rockets you “through 450 feet of water curtains, gargantuan tunnels, explosive turns, 360-degree loops, and a screamtastic drop of almost 60 feet!” This is certainly something the boys LOVED!
An indoor pool is located towards the back of the indoor attraction. You may miss it if you do not go looking for it! This is a great place to just relax.
The Smokies Surf Rider was a blast as well! This body surfing ride with “19,000 gallons of water each minute flow under you to create a five-foot ocean-like wave on this exciting attraction. Wilderness brings body surfing at the beach to the mountains.”
What was momma’s favorite part? I loved Magnolia Grove Hot Tub! The cool thing about this hot tub is that part of it is indoors and the other part is outdoors. You get to choose which side suits you best!
They also have an awesome kiddie area indoors for the smaller children.
The only complaint I could give about this place was when you first walk in, the chlorine can be overwhelming. BUT I quickly adjusted. The remaining times we entered I never experienced the rush like I did the first time entering.
Check out my video below of what the indoor waterpark has to offer. There is no music so you may want to turn your headphones down just a bit as you will hear the “indoors.”
Tired of swimming? Look no further than Adventure Forest. ” This indoor adventure center is full of different activities, rides and attractions to keep the youngest to oldest entertained and engaged in ADVENTURE when they are ready for a break from all the wet activities. Adventure Forest provides unlimited admission with All Day and All Stay passes.”
My boys really had a great time here. This was the perfect break from swimming. Here guests can bowl at Howlin’ Hound Dog Alley, an 8 lane mini bowling alley with miniature sized bowling balls. You can be an adventurer and complete the three story Tree Top Towers ropes course. Create family memories as you play the indoor 9 hole black light miniature golf at Moonshine Run or play a game of laser tag in The Forest. Of course you can always see if you can make your way through the Copperhead laser maze or check out some of the other attractions in Adventure Forest. They even have a Cubs Climbing Den for smaller children.
Adventure Forest is not included with your stay at Wilderness.
They do offer some great pass options: “All Day” and “All Stay”
Check out my video of what all they have to offer here. Remember, you may want to turn down the volume just a bit.
Other awesome things about Wilderness at the Smokies!
It is kind of hard to take pictures and selfies when you are at an all water attraction. Action Bracelets allow you to enjoy the resort while taking pictures. As you are enjoying the resort you scan it and your photos will be sent directly to your cell phone! What a fantastic idea! We were not able to take as many pictures as I would have liked simply because I did not want to take a chance that something might be ruined. With Action Bracelets you do not have to worry! These are so cool and I am so sad that I did not think to purchase one of these during our stay! I know it will be on list for next time! You can purchase these at the shops found throughout the resort.
Check-In & Check-Out
One of the great things about Wilderness at the Smokies is that you can arrive at noon to get your armbands for the duration of your stay that allow you to immediate access the waterparks, even if your room is not ready! We absolutely loved this and that is why we made every effort to be there right at noon on our first day. Thankfully our room was ready, but even if it had not been, having the opportunity to take full advantage of the resort is awesome!
Check-out is by 11 a.m. the morning you are departing, but again, you can stay and enjoy the waterparks that day.
Rooms come with an electronic safe to store valuables! Codes are created by the guests at time of use.
Need to get in that excercise? Treadmills, weight machines and other fitness equipment are available to you during your stay.
“Nestled in the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and within steps from our resort,” you will find a 36 hole course at Sevierville Golf Club.
Wilderness at the Smokies is not just about swimming and water fun! You can actually spend some time painting some pottery. Prices start at just $8.
Need to pick up a new swimsuit or get some souvenirs? The resort offers a few shops where you can pick up some cool items!
Towel cards are provided. Guests exchange a card for a towel. When done you turn it in for a new towel card. I still recommend bringing some towels of your own though. If you return to your room from there with no towel…well, you might get cold. They do have an AWESOME human drying machine that costs a few dollars. That will dry you off pretty quickly!
FREE Wi-Fi is available at the resort.
From sit down restaurants to grab and go snack shops, Wilderness at the Smokies has many different dining options for whatever you are hungry for. Of course you can have things sent to your room or order some pizza from some local pizzerias. The Thirsty Miner Restaurant, located next to the Wild WaterDome, is a great place to go! For each adult breakfast or dinner buffet purchase, receive a children’s (age 11 and younger) breakfast or dinner buffet FREE! Click on the link above to find out more.
Wilderness is going GREEN!
One of the unique things I found during this trip was that you use one of your door keys to control the air in your room. They do provide you with an extra key just for this.
Smoky Mountain Outdoors, a leader in Smoky Mountain adventure, has an office in the resort. Great opportunity for you and your family to whitewater raft down the Big Pigeon River.
Wilderness at the Smokies was an awesome family adventure. I recommend that you check it out. They offer deals throughout the year for families! I know we are looking forward to going back soon!
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Disclosure: Our family was given a two nights complimentary stay at Wilderness at the Smokies in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are 100% our own.
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