If your idea of the perfect Summer weekend involves off-roading, ATVs, and bikini-clad Southern girls wrestling in mud, then you probably don't need Jeff Foxworthy to tell you that you're a redneck (although it would be pretty funny if he did, you know, with that whole "You might be a redneck..." thing -- does he still do that?).
Anyway, if that's your Summertime fun, then we think you're gonna love Sweetwater, Tennessee's Redneck Resort Mud Park. Just a hunch.
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Located 45min south of Knoxville, Redneck Resort (if you can call it that unironically) is a giant mud park that specializes in off-roading, ATV-ing, and good, ol' fashioned hillbilly fun.
The 200-acre property is loaded with multiple mud holes of different depths, including one so deep that nobody's ever successfully driven through it. It's called the Bounty Hole, and if you make it through, you're getting a $1000 cash prize. Rest assured, though, you don't have to put your Subaru Baja in jeopardy -- they rent trucks and ATVs.
There're also swimming holes, a 240ft slip-and-slide, live tunes, food vendors, and camping, as well as...
It's also becoming a popular spot for shotgun weddings. Sorry, we meant weddings with shotguns. Actually, scratch that, the Redneck Resort does not allow guns on the premises. Didn't expect that, did you?
Basically, a getaway here is a weekend-long tailgate without a NASCAR race. And with a lot of discussion about the last season of Duck Dynasty. As it's billed on the website, "the Redneck Resort still IS what America WAS". We have no idea what that means.
Finally, you might not be able to tell from this picture, but there's even a Redneck Resort Lodge n’ Spa in the works. Yes... mud holes and mud masks. Heaven. Find out all about it, and book your trip to the RR, right here.
Sophie-Claire Hoeller is Thrillist's über-efficient German associate travel editor, and she actually has an ATV, though the closest she's gotten to this much mud is at a spa. Follow her @Sohostyle