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Wyndham Great Smokies Lodge – Pigeon Forge, TN

Destination Vacations, Golf, Water Slides, Shopping, and Mountain Hiking! Oh My, So Much Fun!

When you have a family, and you want to keep everyone happy, this is an excellent choice for family fun!

Over the years our children wanted to go to a water park hotel, but we never really made it to one until a few years ago.

Water Park at the Great Smokies Lodge

The Wyndham family has a few resorts to choose from in the Pigeon Forge, TN area. My husband and our two children have had the opportunity to stay at all three of them.  They have Margaritaville Island Hotel Smoky Mountains on the Island, Wyndham Great Smokies Lodge, and Wyndham Smoky Mountains.

Lobby of Margaritaville Island Hotel

Pigeon Forge has much to offer, plus it is 20 minutes away from Gatlinburg, TN, home of Anakeesta Theme Park and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. So when I say it’s an area for everyone, it pretty much is, minus the ocean, but you can surf at the water park!

No Ocean but you can still Surf!

Starting with the Margaritaville Island Hotel.  We have stayed there one time, and we really enjoyed it.  We had a hotel room with two beds, a fireplace, and they even have a ‘Margaritaville’ margarita blender machine, their own exclusive brand.

Margaritaville Island Hotel Room with Margarita Blender
A View from our Three Bedroom Penthouse Condo Great Smokies Lodge

They have a coffee shop in the lobby with some baked goods and other lite foods. They also have a bar with a lounge that you can sit inside or outside by the firepit.   

The Patio Outside the Bar-Lounge Margaritaville Island Hotel

They have TVs too; it’s a great hang out spot, especially at the firepit to roast marshmallows for smores or just to hang out and have something to drink. They do have appetizers at Happy Hour, or you can order from the menu.

Margaritaville Island Hotel Bar Lounge off the Lobby
Margaritaville Island Hotel Lobby

They have a rooftop pool and a chill bar that you can look out over the Island and watch a colorful fountain show and see the Island’s Ferris Wheel; it’s a very cool view! They have a full restaurant right across the sidewalk too!

This was Thanksgiving time at the Island in Pigeon Forge, TN
Little Village of Shops at The Island
My Family at Margaritaville Island Hotel

When we stayed at the other resorts in the area, we still were able to enjoy Margaritaville Hotel and the Island when I went with my family and a girlfriends’ getaway weekend.

We have stayed at their Wyndham Smoky Mountains in the past years, which was a great resort! It was perfect for when I had a girls weekend, there were five of us, and we all were more than comfortable with lots of room in our two bedroom condo.  We were able to cook our breakfast and had a few happy hours of our own in the condo!

Apple Annie’s Antiques and Whatnot’s

This resort has two pools including one outdoor pool facing the beautiful mountains and one indoor pool with two miniature golf courses. They have a game room with a pool table and lots of other activities for the whole family!  This resort is centrally located to many of the events around in Pigeon Forge and close to the highway that takes you to Gatlinburg, TN.

View from the Outdoor Pool at Wyndham Smoky Mountains

So now I want to talk about the resort that has a water park and golf course! It is called Wyndham Great Smokies Lodge or The Wilderness Lodge in Pigeon Forge.  It has incredible water activities for older children and an area for younger children too!  

Younger Children’s Area at The Wilderness Great Smokies Lodge
Younger Children’s Area at The Wilderness Great Smokies Lodge

Our kids had a great time all three times we went to this resort. They were in their teens then; now they’re a little older, and they still enjoy it!  

The condos are extra roomy, with plenty of space for a break, or you can gather in the living room or on the balcony and make some memories!

Three Bedroom Penthouse Condo Great Smokies Lodge
Two of These Master Suite Bathrooms and Bedrooms in a Three Bedroom
Dinning Area in Our Three Bedroom Penthouse Condo
Spacious Upgraded Kitchens with all Top Brand Appliances
Lobby of Building Close to Golf Course

We didn’t golf, but this past fall we stayed in a building on the golf course side of the resort, and it looked gorgeous; we were told it is as beautiful to play a round of golf on as it is to look at.

Our View Off Our Balcony Great Smokies Lodge Facing the Golf Course
18 Hole Golf Course Great Smokies Lodge
Large Firepits at the Back Patio Overlooking the
18 Hole Golf Course Great Smokies Lodge

Colorful Buildings at Great Smokies Lodge

They have an indoor and outdoor water park, with a large game room, miniature golf, and indoor/outdoor hot tubs, an indoor and outdoor pool, two restaurants, gift shop, and an adventure forest indoor park.

Games and Activity Center Great Smokies Lodge

Coming In From the Outside Huge Tube Slides
Inter-tubes for Going Down the Slide

So if you are looking to get away and chill or have everyone entertained, then this can be the place to go!  Let me know if you have been to any of these resorts or to the area and what you like about it.


  • We have stayed at the Grand Smokies Lodge (Wyndham side) multiple times. It was an annual tradition with a few other families over Christmas break for a number of years. Everyone had a blast – we really love that resort. As the kids got older it was fun to let them play around the ropes area, putt-putt, etc. while we adults enjoyed the duckpin bowling. We are in a season where we can’t get away over break anymore (dang school sports), but have so many fond memories and will resume those trips as soon as possible!

    • That’s a great idea to go with multiple families. One cool thing is some of the parents could have some date time out when others are in charge of the children and then switch. Win-win for both the kids and adults.

  • Wow!! What an amazing place!! I am definitely going to add this to my travel list, my girls would love it!!

  • My husband works for Wyndham. We had no idea there was one in the Smokey’s. We love love love Gatlinburg and the mountains, even in the summer! Thank you for sharing. We are going to have to check this one out soon!

  • What a fabulous resort…so much to do without even leaving…adding this to my lodging options.

  • We just got back from Margaritaville Hotel in Pensacola, FL and loved it. This lodge looks like fun. My hubby would have a field day on the golf range.

  • Whoa! This place really does have it all. I love the wave pool, well, maybe just to watch!! This looks so fun!

  • Wow, this looks great. I have heard such great things about the area. I may need to plan a road trip. It looks great.

    • It’s a great area to visit, with a lot to do or you can go to the mountains and have some peace and quite.

    • Both are great places, the nice thing if you stay at the Wilderness Resort then you still can go to the Island and enjoy many of the activities at Margaritaville also.

  • Looks like a great place for kids! Will have to keep it in mind for the grandchildren!

  • Pigeon Forge has been on my list for a long time. This is by far the most comprehensive resort I’ve seen there. I love the water park for kids. Sometimes you just need a day to relax at the hotel… brilliant!

    • It is definitely one of those resorts with a lot of entertainment, plus you are not far from other places if you want to get out even for a few hours. It’s great if it rains too because so much is indoors.

  • What great resorts and way to keep kids entertained. Plus the heat Smokey mountains nearby that’s awesome. I will check out these places as our next road trip maybe Tennessee.

    • Yes, this is a great place for families for sure! Tennessee is full of so much to do! Enjoy your family trip!

  • Great views of the mountains all around. Boy, has this area grown. We enjoyed the ferris wheel for a lovely sunset view a couple years ago -highly recommended!! There are still some places off the beaten track to discover some little “old” shops for interesting finds.

    • Yes, a place to find lots of artisans is heading towards Gatlinburg. The area is called ‘the Loop Arts and Crafts’ they have a Yellow Trolley you can take to see over 100 artist and craftsmen or you can drive your own vehicle.

  • Thanks for sharing. My kids would love the Wyndham with the water park! The condo looks so nice and roomy too! I will definitely add it to our list.

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