Cool Off This Summer At The Best Gatlinburg Water Attractions in the Smokies

May 31, 2013

During the summer months, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg water attractions become very popular. The following are some Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg water attractions that deserve a visit:


Splash Country Water Adventure Park

As an addition to the amusement park Dollywood, founder Dolly Parton created Splash Country Water Adventure Park, which is geared towards water fun. The park is situated on 35 acres located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Dollywood’s Splash Country was designed with families in mind. The attractions vary to ensure everyone in the family has some enjoyable activities to try no matter their age. The park features less thrilling rides such as the Cascades, which is a lagoon-style leisure pool, along with more heart stopping attractions such as the Fire Tower Falls, which is the state’s tallest twin-speed slides.


Rafting

Thanks to local river access, rafting is a big Gatlinburg water attraction. There are many companies available that ensure a pleasant and safe rafting experience. For example, Smoky Mountain Outdoors offers a variety of guided river rafting tours. The tours vary in severity, meaning there are trips that are appropriate for children as young as three, and then there are trips designed for teens and adults only that are more physically challenging.


Hiking to waterfalls

Another adventure to try while in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg is viewing a spectacular waterfall. There are many falls located throughout the Great Smoking Mountain National Park, which is located just outside of Pigeon Forge. Laural Falls, Cataract Falls and Grottos Falls are three of the best. Laurel Falls, whose trailhead is located between Elkmont Campground and Sugarlands Visitor Center, features a paved trail making it a relatively easy hike. Grotto Falls is accessible via a 1.2 mile trail featuring a steady incline and is situated so individuals can go behind the falls. Mingo Falls is 120 feet high and is one of the most beautiful falls within the park. The trail is 159 steps with railing, and the falls are visible from a bridge.


Tubing

Tubing is available for guests near Pigeon Forge in the Townsend area. The River Rat company is located just 15 miles from Pigeon Forge and offers guests tubing and kayaking opportunities. Tubing is a more laid back alternative to rafting as it takes place in primarily calm water. It is the perfect way for a family to spend the day, especially if they have younger children.


The above Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg water attractions represent the very best the Smoky Mountains have to offer in the way of water activities. Choosing any of them to add to the vacation itinerary won’t leave you disappointed.



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