We live just a little over 3 hours away from the Smokies. It’s always a fun and easy getaway for our family and we try to go at least once a year. With so many options for accommodations in the area we decided to try The Wilderness At The Smokies. I had seen lots of advertisements and it was located in Sevierville which was a huge bonus for me. Just a few miles away from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, but not located right in the middle of the traffic. PLUS, the BIGGEST Waterpark Resort? We were excited!
I love a good theme and as soon as you walked into the lobby you were met with cute bear signs and wood everywhere! Everyone we talked to at the check in process was super friendly. My youngest said, “Mom! Everyone is so nice!”
The Wilderness at The Smokies has many room options. From regular rooms to suites, to villas. You can definitely find the perfect room for your family depending on the size of your family and your budget. We opted for the Bunk Bed Suite. It had One Queen Bed, One Twin/Queen Bunk Bed, and One Twin Sofa Sleeper. For our family of 4, we had plenty of room. We also had two televisions which made it nice at bedtime. The adults could watch what they wanted to and so could the kiddos. However, we didn’t spend a lot of time in our room because there was so much to do!
Wilderness Adventure Forest
Not only do they have a waterpark, but they have a 25,000 sq. ft. indoor, dry family adventure center called the Wilderness Adventure Park. We spent a whole night exploring it. Here is a list of the attractions:
- Tree Top Towers: Get up in the air on this 3 story Ropes Course. Suit up in your safety harness and then head up into the canopy of Adventure Forest. You’ll find many exciting challenges that await; from cargo nets, balancing beams, to lily pads in mid-air. You can see Isabella up in the air concentrating on each step. Both the kids liked the ropes course the best. Where were these when I was a kid?
- Fury in the Forest: Challenge your family and friends to a game of laser tag in the black light, multi-level arena. Head up ramps, duck behind barrels and take aim from the second story outlook. If you are a laser tag fanatic, you’ll have to hurry over to Fury in the Forest for an awesome laser tag experience.
- Mount Wild: Climbing the trails in the Smoky Mountain National Park is a breeze compared to this adventure. Challenge your inner-fears or race a friend to the summit. And don’t worry, Mount Wild has an area for all skill levels and you’ll be super-safe in your safety harness. My youngest loves to do a fun wall climb. I wish I could climb this like a breeze. It’s just another fun thing to try in the Forest.
- Copperhead: Snake your way through this next adventure. Twist, duck and dive through all the laser and see how fast you can get through Copperhead. Once you master one skill level, you can up the ante by choosing the next. Who in the family is the quickest and most agile?
- Daredevils Drop: Little youngsters are some of the biggest daredevils and they’ll prove it on this spring ride. Strap in and prepare for lift off and then sudden descent. Daredevils Drop looks over the entire Adventure Forest from 25 feet up in the air.
- Moonshine Run: If you are looking to slow down or something the whole family can enjoy together, head over to 9 holes of black light mini-golf. Dad’s trophy for the long drive contest won’t give him a leg up on this course. It’s anyone’s game when you have to hit around these outrageous obstacles. The entire family did this late in the afternoon one day. I love mini-golf, but the black light southern version was extra fun
- Howlin’ Hound Dog Alley: You can even get a Turkey at Adventure Forest, a bowling turkey that is! Strikes, spares and even gutter balls are had when you take on the family with a game of mini-bowling. Who’s going to bowl the perfect game and who’s not? Bowling is always a fun option. Especially if the game gets a little competitive!
- Cubs Climbing Den: For the cubs of the family – Cubs Climbing Den is the largest climbing, playing and interactive playhouse in East Tennessee. It is full of climbing ropes, tubes slides and more, that the young ones will be able to enjoy for hours.
- Mega Arcade: Just like the name suggests it’s a MEGA arcade! Who doesn’t like trying to win tickets for a prize?!
As you can see from the list above the Wilderness Adventure Forest is HUGE! You can spend a whole day just hanging out. Plus, you are close to home. That’s always a bonus point for me. Speaking of things in the resort let’s talk about that waterpark!
That’s right! Not just A Waterpark, but multiple! We spent a couple of nights at the resort exploring the fun in the water.
Wild WaterDome Indoor Waterpark
This new state-of-the-art 66,000 square foot indoor waterpark features a Foil Tech glass roof that allows the sunshine in and guests the opportunity to tan year round.
This is where we mainly stayed. we all took a turn at the Storm Chaser Thrill Ride pictured above. It was quite a thrill at night! The colors screaming past you are as you are literally screaming from all the fun. The Wild WaterDome also had a 10,000 square feet Wave Pool. That’s where I spent most of my time waiting on the kids.
That’s not all! The Indoor waterpark also featured:
- Indoor Tube Slides
- Magnolia Grove Hot Spa
- Runaway Canyon
- Smokies Surf Rider
- Washout Mountain
That’s just the INDOOR WaterPark! There still is the Lake Wilderness Outdoor Waterpark and the Salamander Springs Outdoor Waterpark which we did not get a chance to check out because we literally ran out of time!
We loved our stay at the Wilderness of the Smokies. We had such a nice weekend stay. My only regret is that we couldn’t stay longer. You really need at LEAST a full 2 days to just experience the resort itself. Not to mention the surrounding fun in the area. So if you are looking to check out the Smoky Mountains area you should definitely check out the Wilderness of the Smokies!
***Disclosure: Our stay was comped by Wilderness At The Smokies to review the resort. All opinions are 100% mine. ***