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Lake Wilderness Outdoor Waterpark

Wilderness at the Smokies is excited to announce THREE NEW ADDITIONS to the Lake Wilderness outdoor waterpark this summer! Coming Memorial Day Weekend we will be opening a new play and spray water feature with three slides, a new ultimate VIP cabana experience and a new refreshment area. During this spring renovation Lake Wilderness will be closed; however, Salamander Spring outdoor waterpark will be open *weather permitting. Please view the waterpark hours of operation for dates and times.

Located at River Lodge, this outdoor waterpark offers something for everyone! Thrill Seekers – look no further, Wilderness has added yet another unique waterslide to the area - The WALL. This two-person ride will compliment the other two slides Wilderness introduced in past years: Wild Vortex - the areas only near vertical, looping waterslide and Cyclone Racer - a four lane, water dragway. Or, if you are looking to relax and catch some rays, you can definitely do that on the expansive pool deck, in the wave pool or lazy river. If you would like us to cater to you, we’ll do that too. Stop by our main kiosk at the main entrance of the waterpark and we’ll reserve you a private, poolside cabana.


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The thrill of your summer begins with the new WALL waterslide at Lake Wilderness. This riveting experience consists of dark twists and turns that lead into a steep drop, which is sure to leave you breathless. You aren’t done yet… you then continue up a near vertical, 35 foot wall, where you will drop backwards into the slide out below! Experience this ride by yourself or with a friend.

Height - Minimum of 48" to ride, Weight - Minimum of 100lbs, maximum combined (2 person) weight 400lbs
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Cyclone Racers

ON YOUR MARK. GET SET. GO! Get into the adrenaline-pumping spirit of competition with the Cyclone Racer, a four-lane, high-speed, waterslide that turns guests into hydro-powered drag racers. Starting on a racing tower 50 feet above the ground guests will race each other down the spiral course in mere seconds.

Height – Minimum of 42″ to ride
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Wild Vortex

A trap door… A 39-foot vertical free fall drop… Speeds up to 40 mph… An adrenaline rush like no other! Experience the Wild Vortex, the Southeast’s only near vertical , looping waterslide. Enter into the capsule 66 feet off the ground, wait for the countdown 3…2…1…, the trap door releases and you accelerate down the free fall drop generating maximum g-force, 2.5 G’s in less than two seconds! Plan for your Summer Get-A-Way NOW!

Height – Minimum of 48″ to ride / Weight – Minimum of 100lbs
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Cataloochee Creek Adventure River

Grab your tube and meander down the river on one of Wilderness at the Smokies newest amenities. When you want to take a break from all the thrills and excitement in Wilderness at the Smokies two other waterparks this is the relaxation you’re looking for.

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Washout Wilderness Rapids

Grab your tube or body surf the ocean-like waves in one of Wilderness at the Smokies newest waterpark amenities. This 12,000 sq ft wave pool is that extra bit of excitement you’re looking for. Whether you ride the waves or lounge on the beach entrance, you’ll soak up all the rays you wish.

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Lake Wilderness Cabanas


  • Private sitting area
  • Personal cabana host
  • Deluxe seating
  • Oversized pool towels
  • Overhead water spray misters
  • TV

RELAX…knowing your family can find each other in one designated meeting spot!

Reserve your Cabana today to guarantee your lounge chairs and relax in your own private sitting area while your family and friends play away in the Lake Wilderness Outdoor Waterpark. Quench your thirst with a cool drink or have food served to you by your personal cabana host. Also, enjoy cooling off by the overhead water spray misters and check out your latest show on the TV.

Don’t wait! Reserve your Cabana today, limited numbers are available. 1.877.325.WILD(9453)