Looking for sincere hugs? Head to Foxfire Mountain. Facing down fear-inducing challenges tends to make folks grab onto loved ones with enthusiasm. Such obstacles are abundant throughout this 150-acre park. Complete the seven-line Waterfall Canopy tour, the five-line Goliath zip-line course which boasts the highest, longest and fastest zip-line in the Smoky Mountains, and the 330-foot long Bridge to Prosperity Mountain, which is the longest swinging bridge in the U.S. You’ll also find climbing walls, ropes courses and off-road ATV adventures.
Keep hearts pumping at Sevier Air Trampoline & Ninja Warrior Park. This new facility features 38,000-square feet of jumping, bouncing and flipping fun. Find 60 trampolines, an obstacle course inspired by the popular Ninja Warrior TV show, plus a three-story net system specifically designed for youngsters age two to ten. There are also two competition dodge ball courts, a two-sided rock wall, three basketball goals, two tumble tracks for gymnastics, a rope swing, and a jousting area above a foam pit.
For ready access to thrills book a stay at Wilderness at the Smokies. Tennessee’s largest indoor waterpark — a comfortable 84 degrees year-round! — as well as two seasonal outdoor waterparks are exclusive to overnight guests (admission is included in room rates). With a total of 17 water slides, nine pools, a lazy river, and multiple water rides and attractions, guests of all ages and heights will find multiple ways to splash, slide and surf. Among the options is a 55-foot drop into a swirling funnel, the region’s only body-surfing simulator, and a vortex with a near-vertical trap-door release. An indoor adventure forest offers additional challenges with the option of staying dry.