Smokies a new spring break hot-spot

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT)- Spring break is here for many in the area.

And if you don't have plans yet-- you might after Volunteer TV's Whitney Kent takes you to the newest spring break hot spot.

Datona, Mytrle Beach and Disney World are typical hot spots, but now people are flocking to (believe it or not)-- the Smoky Mountain region.

Rick Laney, VP Ackerman PR says, "The newer attractions and newer resorts are giving this part of the Smoky Mountain region somethign to offer people all through the year, 12 months out of the year. In the past there was no place that you could go to and surf, play in the water, ride water slides when it's 15 degrees outside but now you can."

Newer attractions and resorts like the Wilderness at the Smokies.

Rick Laney, VP Ackerman PR says, "We are a 700 acre resort, we have a 18 hole golf course, 3 water parks, 2 outdoor parks, minute golf, area for toddlers. I could go on and on"

They have it all and people are noticing.

Rick Laney, VP Ackerman PR says, "We have our primary feeder markets. Altanta, Nashville, Lexington, Charolette. But now we are seeing a shift to some of the more affluent subourers as we have different attractions to draw people into the area."

Drawing in people like the Cesil family, from Northern Kentucky

"It's not that long of a drive from where we live in Northern Kentucky and it gets us out of where we are and there's a lot to do down here."

Something for everyone in the family.

Greg Cecil says, "They love it! There's a lot to do down here. You got the water park. They like to hike we can go hiking. Go to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge."

So there's a little bit of everything at this spring break hotspot right in our back yard!
In Sevier County, Whitney Kent. WVLT. Volunteer TV News.


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