Experience New Rides at Wilderness at the Smokies in Pigeon Forge

Nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Wilderness at the Smokies is a family-friendly haven that combines the beauty of nature with exhilarating indoor water park adventures. The recent expansion has introduced exciting additions to the Wild WaterDome, promising an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages. Today, we are sharing 10 reasons why The Wilderness at the Smokies, with its brand-new indoor water park attractions, should be at the top of your family’s vacation list.

*NEW RIDE* Kaleidoscope Kavern Lazy River

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains as you float down the Kaleidoscope Kavern Lazy River. The tunnel adds an extra layer of enchantment with kaleidoscope lighting and captivating sounds.

We were wowed by the new Kaleidoscope Lazy River. My kids loved all the bright colors and patterns, and how the scenes were continually changing. They didn’t want to get out and you don’t want to either as there are 9 different themes to enjoy!

Lazy River at Wilderness

Photo courtesy of Wilderness at the Smokies

Kaleidoscope Kavern Lazy River

*NEW RIDE* The Ridge Runner – Water Coaster Extravaganza

Brace yourself for a water coaster like no other: The Ridge Runner. With three steep drops, uphill blasts, and high speeds, it’s an indoor, three-story thrill that introduces the world’s first slide with Reverse AquaLucent effects.

The new Ridge Runner coaster was a fan-favorite with the kids (ranging from 13 to 6). This ride is thrilling and full of surprises at every turn. It is fast and has some big drops. All four said it was a speedy water ride!

Ridge RunnerNew Ridge Runner Wilderness

*NEW* Magnolia Grove Hot Spa

A Relaxing Oasis: Unwind in the lap of luxury at the BRAND NEW Magnolia Grove Hot Spa. With 25 feet of benches inside and 45 feet outside, this indoor/outdoor hot spa is the perfect place to soothe your muscles after a day of excitement. It’s the epitome of relaxation amidst the mountain scenery.

This area is so fun! The kids enjoyed the warm water and had fun playing basketball in this renovated area. 

The Wild WaterDome Extravaganza

The crown jewel of the Wilderness, the Wild WaterDome, is now even more thrilling with additions like the Storm Chaser, Trail Twisters Tube Slides, Runaway Canyon, and the brand-new Magnolia Grove Hot Spa. Get ready for a water-filled adventure like never before!

Storm Chaser Thrill Ride

For the thrill-seekers, the Storm Chaser is a must-try. Plunge 55 feet down a dark tunnel, experience a zero gravity fall into a funnel, and get ready for fast oscillations before splashing into the pool below. A scream-tastic adventure awaits!

The Great Wave Wave Pool

Dive into 10,000 square feet of rolling wave fun at The Great Wave wave pool. Whether you’re jumping in the waves or lounging on the “shore,” this ocean-like experience is suitable for all ages, with coast guard-approved life jackets available for added safety.

This wave pool is super impressive, and we’ve never experienced an indoor one! The waves were big and we had fun riding them!

Wave Pool at the WildernessSmokies Surf Rider

Wilderness brings the beach to the mountains with the Smokies Surf Rider. Experience a five-foot ocean-like wave created by 19,000 gallons of water per minute. Brace yourself for an exhilarating adventure where every ride is a unique experience.

Trail Twisters Tube Slide

Grab a single or double tube and race down the dueling pipeline of twists and turns in the Trail Twisters Tube Slide. It’s an exciting water adventure that creates lasting photo memories as you watch your loved ones splash down in delight.

Runaway Canyon – Family Raft Ride

Embark on a five-story-high family raft ride with Runaway Canyon. Rocket through 450 feet of tunnels and explosive turns for a family memory that will linger long after the ride is over.

We love a good raft ride in my family, and this one didn’t disappoint! I was impressed by how long this ride actually is and we all had a blast. 

Washout Mountain Water Play Feature

Open year-round, Washout Mountain is a multi-leveled water play feature located inside the Wild WaterDome. With two slides and plenty of spraying water features, it’s a surefire way to keep the kids entertained and cool.

My younger two thoroughly enjoyed this area and we couldn’t get them to leave!

Indoor water park Wilderness

Families can also indulge in some friendly competition at Wilderness Resort’s Adventure Forest, an engaging ropes course and climbing adventure suitable for all ages. Mini-golf enthusiasts will appreciate the resort’s mini-golf courses, offering a fun and challenging way to spend quality time together. As the day winds down, guests can gather around the resort’s fire pits for a cozy evening, sharing stories and enjoying the serene mountain ambiance.

Wilderness Adventure Forest

Wilderness at the Smokies
Lasers at Wilderness
Mini Golf at the Wilderness

During the winter season, Wilderness at the Smokies transforms into a festive wonderland, offering enchanting experiences that go beyond the water park. Families can lace up their skates and glide across the resort’s ice skating rinks (November 10th to January 15th), creating cherished memories amidst the picturesque mountain scenery. The joy of holiday festivities comes alive with The Wilderness’s Christmas celebrations, where the resort decks the halls with twinkling lights and festive decorations.

Ice skating was a blast for the whole family. Everyone, including the younger two, were able to make it around the rink. We were able to jump on right after they refreshed the ice, and even for me, the ice seemed super smooth. It was just getting dark when we started and all the fun lights added to the winter ambiance. You can also warm up at the “storm shelter” or grab a snack, a hot chocolate, or s’mores at the Tacolicious food truck. 

Ice Skating at the Wilderness
Ice Skating at the Wilderness

Looking to snag a great deal? The Wilderness runs many specials throughout the year and some of these include weekday discounts as well as homeschool rates. Don’t miss these great deals and read more here!


Stay for as low as $89 per night in Stone Hill Lodge or as low as $109 in River Lodge.

Need more space? Check out the Wilderness Villas, starting as low as $239!

Valid for the following stay dates:

January 7-11, February 4-8, April 21-25, May 12-16, August 25-29

Be sure to ask about our homeschool packets for elementary and middle/high school kids when you check in. Promo code: HOMESC



Your new home away from home! All Villas feature three bedrooms, a full kitchen and plenty of space for kicking back after a fun day at the waterpark.

1/01-03 from $399, 1/07-11 from $299, 1/15-18 from $299, 1/21-25 from $299, 1/28-2/01 from $299, 2/04-2/08 from $299, 2/11-2/15 from $299

Wilderness at the Smokies has truly upped the ante with its expanded indoor water park. From heart-pounding thrills to serene relaxation spots, this destination offers a perfect blend of excitement and rejuvenation for families. Pack your bags, set your sights on the Smokies, and get ready for a vacation filled with unforgettable moments at The Wilderness!

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Natalie has been married to her college sweetheart for 17 years and before children they traveled as much as their work schedules would allow. After working as a financial manager for six years, she welcomed her first son in 2010 and began a journey as a stay-at-home mom. Two years later she added another baby boy, to make them a family of four. In 2013, she launched the Knoxville Moms and started working from home while trying to find a balance of raising her family. In June 2016, she added their third boy to their crazy crew as well as launching the Chattanooga Moms just a few months before his arrival. 2017 proved to be an even bigger year of change as they added pink to their household and welcomed their first daughter to make them a family of six. In June of 2021 she became co-owner of Atlanta Mom and in March 2022 she took over ownership of Nashville Moms. When she's not carpooling the kids to sports and activities, you can find her enjoying a cup of coffee, reading a good book, and dreaming about her toes in the sand. She enjoys meeting new people and enjoys connecting the moms of Atlanta with the community of Atlanta Moms and local resources. Be sure to check out her other sites in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville.