There’s no better place to make a big splash on your vacation this year than Pigeon Forge! With several options for outdoor water amusement, you’re sure to find the activity that’s right for you and your crew. Whether it’s enjoying the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountain streams and rivers or diving into the one-of-kind water attractions that make Pigeon Forge truly special, you’re going to want to jump in with both feet to these amazing wet and wild thrills!
For those looking to make a big splash in vacation fun without dipping into their budget, consider visiting a favorite swimming hole in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Midnight Hole is a gorgeous, tucked-away place to take a cool dip in the cool mountain waters. Other favorite swimming spots include Abrams Falls, Metcalf Bottoms, and the Townsend Y. However, if you plan to dip into these natural watering holes, be sure to review the National Park Service’s water safety tips before jumping in. Staying safe is the best way to have a vacation worth remembering!
Another low-cost option for enjoying the crystal clear mountain springs of the Smokies is to grab your pole and fish! In the Great Smoky Mountains, you’ll find more than 2,000 miles of streams as well as one of the last wild trout habitats in the eastern United States! Fishing is permitted throughout the year from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. However, you must have a valid fishing license or permit to participate. Visit the park’s website for more information on accessible streams and fishing rules and regulations.
Water Slides and Rides
If water thrills is what you’re after, then be sure to check out Dollywood’s Splash Country on your Pigeon Forge vacation. Check out the park’s tallest water slides—the Fire Tower Falls—or race down the winding tunnels of the Mountain Scream! With more than 23 water attractions and slides, Splash Country has something fun for everyone! Another exciting water attraction in the Smokies is whitewater rafting. Smoky Mountain Rafting offers two different rafting trips, depending on your idea of a good time. If you’re into big drops and rushing rapids, the Upper Pigeon River is the trip for you. But if you’re looking to take in a bit more of the scenery—or perhaps play it safe with little ones—the 5-1/2 mile Lower Pigeon River is your best option. Either way, you and your family are bound to have a one wild ride and a splashing good time!
Besides big-time thrills, Pigeon Forge also offers low-key water adventures that will help you cool down and relax all at the same time. Back at Splash Country, you will not only find water rides that get your adrenaline pumping, but soothing water attractions like an 8,000-square-foot pool with interactive water elements throughout. Or take in the Smoky Mountain scenery while floating down the 1,500-foot “river” found in the park. Another stress-relieving water adventure you’ll find in the Smokies is the River Romp. This family-owned attraction located less than five miles from Dollywood allows you the chance to rent a tube or kayak and enjoy a leisurely pace down the Smokey Mountain River.
Perhaps the best way for you to enjoy the water on your Pigeon Forge vacation is by renting a cabin with your very own swimming pool, hot tub, or view of a scenic Smoky Mountain river! Call our reservation specialists for more information on our water-friendly cabin options today!