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Swimming in the Smokies

Swimming is not recommended in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Visitors can explore at their own risk.  Stay away from fast currents and areas under waterfalls, lest you fall in.  Cold mountain streams provide an increased risk of hypothermia, if you fall in.  Do not dive and take chances on getting a head injury. 

Many deaths occur each year in the park by guests trying to explore rough and dangerous waters.  If you do get in a situation where you are being swept away by a fast current, try and float on your back, going with the flow.  When you drag your feet, you risk getting them caught under something and having the force of the water shove you downward.

To be safe, only wade in very shallow pools with little if any current.  Try sticking with local area tubing services and the routes they provide.  If swimming in natural surroundings isn't your thing, you can take a journey to a Smoky Mountain Waterpark (listed below) or enjoy the pool and hot tub at your local hotel or cabin.

Whatever you do, don't be stupid.  Think smart!  Swim smart! 

For more swimming information, visit http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/watersafety.htm.

You can check out some of the Smoky Mountain area waterparks if you need a water fix!

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