Rivers, Mountain Streams, Water Parks and Swimming Pools
If you’re heading to Gatlinburg for summer vacation, it’s likely that you’ll want to enjoy the cool waters of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or find attractions that are sure to help you ‘chill out’ and relax on warm weather days.
If that’s the case, you’re in luck as Carr’s Northside Cottages offers convenience to both. Just off East Parkway (Hwy 321) and 3 blocks from downtown Gatlinburg, Carr’s is in a great location giving you easy access to the things to do in the Smokies that include ‘wet, water or river.’
For natural, nearby places to beat the heat in fresh waters, visit Metcalf Bottoms, Greenbrier, Cades Cove or the Chimney’s. Most of these Great Smoky Mountains National Park recreational areas have abundant picnic tables and restroom facilities as well as shallow water and giant boulders for wading and climbing. The best part of these adventures is that they are self-guided and completely free! Check out these and other wet places to play for free on the National Park Service website.
If you prefer popular water attractions, you can visit the underwater world of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies; paddle around Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park; or have a wild whitewater river adventure with Rafting in the Smokies. Although these activities aren’t free, you can purchase discount Splash Country tickets at our front desk and other attraction discounts can be found here.
No matter where you go in our area, there are plenty of places to keep everyone in the family engaged, entertained… and refreshed! When you start to plan for water adventures, you can ask our front desk staff for recommendations but don’t be surprised if they say, “Don’t go anywhere.”
The best and most affordable part of your vacation just might be staying put! Head down to Roaring Fork Creek that runs through our hotel property to relax creekside at a table or swing, or wade across the shallow waters and find a big rock on which to sit. Prefer to be poolside? There are lounge chairs and umbrella tables right next to the heated swimming pool and wading pool.
Ever feel like you need a vacation from your vacation? You won’t when you stay at Carr’s. Affordable, friendly, and THEE place to cool down.