The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most popular National Park in the US thanks to stunning natural beauty, outstanding outdoor activities and no entrance fee to enter the park. Over 9,000,000 people visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park each year, which is more than twice as many as visit the Grand Canyon, Yosemite or Yellowstone National Park.
Visitors come to the Great Smoky Mountains to enjoy the scenic vistas, waterfall hikes, trout fishing and white-water rafting. Spring in the Park is the time to view American black bear cubs and fawns of the native white-tail deer, though visitors are strongly cautioned not to feed wildlife and advised to keep car windows closed against curious creatures. Autumn is leaf season, with fall colors ablaze as early as mid-September at the higher elevations and peaking at lower elevations between mid-October and early November.
Smoky Mountains Water Park
Waterparks are a great way to cool off during the hot, sizzling summers around the Smoky Mountains. Hen Wallow Falls may not look like much at the top, as it is only two feet wide at its apex of Hen Wallow Creek. As it flows down its entire 90-foot length, however, it eventually fans out to 20 feet at its base. That base is often home to salamanders. During very cold winter weather, the waterfall can even freeze into a beautiful, icy column.
The trip to Hen Hallow Falls consists of a walk through hemlock and rhododendron forest. A signed side trail leads to the base of the falls by way of steep switchbacks. The hike to the falls is 4.4 miles round trip and is generally considered moderate in difficulty. It usually takes between three and four hours to hike to the waterfall and back.
Hen Wallow Falls is located on a short side trail off Gabes Mountain Trail. Hikers who choose to continue beyond the falls on Gabes Mountain Trail can experience an impressive old-growth forest.
Great Smoky Mountain Lodge Water Park
Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort and Family Adventure Center is a luxurious vacation and meeting destination. Wilderness is a whole new concept of FUN for your Smoky Mountain vacation! Our Guest Exclusive Waterparks are only for resort guests and Included With Your Stay!
Wilderness is home to the Wild WaterDome, Tennessee’s Largest Indoor Waterpark, which features a see-through roof that will weather-proof your vacation and give you the opportunity to tan inside all year long. Along with year-round indoor waterpark fun, you will find two outdoor waterparks right outside your guest room door! And remember to check out the Adventure Forest dry, family adventure center. Featuring a 3 story ropes course, multi-level laser tag, black light mini-golf, mega arcade and much more!
Where There’s Smoke There’s Fun. The Smokies are like no other place where spectacular mountains, quiet streams and wildlife exist alongside famous-name entertainment, great shopping and unique attractions. Wyndham Vacation Resorts Great Smokies Lodge combines the best of both worlds, being just a short ride to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and an even closer trip to the delightful diversions in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.