Wilderness at the Smokies Review

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1424 Old Knoxville Highway, Sevierville TN 37876
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Editor’s Review of Wilderness at the Smokies

With two separate lodges and three waterparks for guests only, Wilderness at the Smokies is the largest indoor/outdoor waterpark resort in the southeastern U.S. Admission to all three waterparks is automatically included in the room rate, so kids can splash and slide to their heart's content without racking up extra charges. Salamander Springs (for the preteen crowd) and Lake Wilderness outdoor parks are open seasonally, while the Wild WaterDome indoor park is open year-round. Guests are permitted to enjoy the wet stuff from the time the parks open on the day of arrival until they close on the day of departure, extending the fun (and the value) both before check in and after check out.

The five-acre Wild WaterDome is the zaniest of the
... more three and includes (among other offerings) a wave pool, the only surf rider in the southeastern U.S., and two scream-inducing thrill rides. The Storm Chaser is the only thrill ride of its kind in the region; the climax is being dropped into a huge funnel where you'll shoot so far up the sides that you'll be convinced your four-person tube is about to tip over. Runaway Canyon is a five-story-high, 450-feet-long enclosed waterslide with twists and turns that include one complete 360-degree revolution.

Accommodations include two lodges, each with its own restaurant, snack bar(s), gift shop, fitness center, and arcade/game room. Stone Hill Lodge offers hotel rooms, while River Lodge has condos. By reserving any of several possible combinations of adjoining rooms that creatively use bunk beds, Murphy beds, and sleeper sofas, you can sleep as many as 15 guests in your accommodations. In addition to these two lodges, the resort property also encompasses two buildings with 189 timeshare condos operated by Wyndham Resorts. No matter what lodge Wilderness guests are staying in, they can use any of the resort's facilities; a free shuttle bus ferries guests throughout the resort.

When the kids get waterlogged, you'll find countless other family-oriented attractions of all types in the Smoky Mountain region, which includes not only Sevierville but also the neighboring towns of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park (the most visited national park in the U.S., and one of the very few that doesn't charge admission) is just over 15 miles away from the resort. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Three waterparks (one indoor and two outdoor) for guests only; admission included in room rate
  • 18-hole miniature golf course
  • Bunk beds available for kids
Family Interests
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Skiing
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Sports
  • Horseback Riding
  • Water Parks
Family Amenities
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Game Room
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
Our Member Reviews 2108 Reviews
Mary Bouchillon
Reviewed on 12/30/2016
Children enjoyed very much the water park. Area was clean, pizza was good. However, I had purchased a "weekend gateaway" for a family in a fundraiser. When they tried to make reservations, they were told they could not do so ...
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elizabeth repetto
not very handicap friendly
Reviewed on 07/24/2016
took my grandchildren here for easter break 2016. i am in a wheelchair so i booked a handicap room.i did not get one. to use the bathroom i had to go out into the hallway by the reservation desk. the hoyta lift is for a child, ...
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The Stone Hill Lodge
The best place to stay if you're attending an event at the Sevierville Event Center (which is connected to the lodge) or if you visit in the summer and have younger kids (because it's connected to Salamander Springs, the outdoor waterpark designed for preteens). Note that if you're visiting during colder weather, you may want to stay at River Lodge instead because Salamander Springs will be closed and the resort's only indoor waterpark is connected to River Lodge.

Stone Hill offers 234 traditional-style hotel rooms, including four family suites. The double queen rooms have two queen beds to sleep a maximum of four, and some also have a sleeper sofa that increases the maximum to six. The king sofa rooms offer one king bed plus a sleeper sofa, sleeping a maximum of four. The king executive suites have a king bed in one room, as well as a large living room with two queen Murphy beds plus a full-sized sofa bed, sleeping a maximum of eight (with two full bathrooms).

All the Spring Hill rooms have flat screen TVs, DVD players, refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, hair dryers, in-room safes, and an iron and ironing board. Some rooms also have balconies.

River Lodge
This is where most of the action is, including the Wild WaterDome indoor waterpark, the Lake Wilderness outdoor waterpark, the Cataloochee Creek miniature golf course, and the Polka Dot Pots ceramic studio. This lodge has 471 rooms, including studios and one- and two-room suites with a variety of floor plans. The studio rooms have two queen beds and a twin sofa bed, sleeping a maximum of five. The one-bedroom deluxe units have a queen bed, a queen/twin bunk bed, a queen Murphy bed, a queen sofa bed, and a twin sofa bed in a total of two rooms (with two bathrooms) that sleep a maximum of ten. The two-bedroom premier suites combine a studio plus a one-bedroom deluxe suite for a total of three rooms (with three bathrooms) that sleep a maximum of 15. The junior deluxe suites sleep up to nine guests in two rooms (with two bathrooms) offering two queen beds, one queen Murphy bed, a queen sofa bed, and a twin sofa bed. The deluxe family suites sleep up to 12 people in two rooms (with two bathrooms) that offer three queen beds, one queen Murphy bed, one queen sofa bed, and two twin sofa beds.

The multi-room suites all have electric fireplaces and full kitchens (equipped with dishes, silverware, and pots and pans) while the studios all have microwaves and mini refrigerators. All rooms in River Lodge have flat screen TVs, DVD players, coffee makers, hair dryers, in-room safes, and an iron and ironing board.

Both Stone Hill and River Lodge offer free WiFi, a restaurant, a retail shop, a video arcade, a fitness room, and one or two laundry rooms. Each lodge lobby also offers a DVD rental kiosk and an ATM.

The Wilderness property also has two Wyndham timeshare buildings that house 189 condo units, offering two-, three-, and four-bedroom accommodations with full kitchens, balconies, and whirlpool tubs. Some also have fireplaces. Each of the Wyndham's two buildings has a fitness center and a computer room.
Guests in any of the Wilderness lodging options can use any of the resort's facilities, no matter where they are staying. A free shuttle bus takes guests throughout the resort.


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