One of the majorly decked-out play areas at Dollywood’s Splash Country, Bear Mountain Fire Tower presents multiple levels of interactive family-friendly fun and the promise of a good old-fashioned soaking now and then.
This tiered water-based play structure—a nod to the fire lookout towers once widely used in this region of the Southern Appalachians—comes outfitted with plentiful hand cannons and hoses for good-spirited spray fests, plus seven slides, poles, ladders, and chutes to make a kind of firehouse wonderland.
Capping everything off (literally) is an enormous bucket that frequently dumps 1,000 gallons of water down the Bear Mountain Fire Tower, to the delight of everybody on hand.
The whole complex—which opened back in 2005 next door to the rafting ride of Big Bear Plunge—is an outrageously good time for young and old alike, and one of the highlights of Dollywood’s Splash Country. (It’s also just a stone’s throw from Dogs N Taters, perfect for grabbing a post-drenching bite to eat with the whole gang.)
Unlike many (though not all) of the Splash Country rides, Bear Mountain Fire Tower doesn’t have any height restrictions, but those younger than seven years old must be supervised by somebody age 16 or over. You can’t wear any footwear on the Fire Tower structure.
The Fire Tower is one of several children-focused play areas within Dollywood’s Splash Country, others including The Cascades lagoon and Little Creek Falls. It’s a great place to go for some open-ended, exploratory fun and games in between go-rounds on the park’s water slides and rides.
If you’ve got kiddos on hand during your visit to Dollywood’s Splash Country, don’t miss Bear Mountain Fire Tower: They’ll love scrambling, sliding, and spraying their way through the different levels, and they’ll especially love the occasional deluges issued by that titanic bucket perched up on top of the whole affair.