Blog for Zip line Attraction in the Smoky Mountains
Located in Pigeon Forge, TN and near Gatlinburg and Sevierville.
By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on June 7, 2022
There are lots of things you can do in the Smokies all year long - music shows, attractions, outlet mall shopping and even visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But there are some things you can only do in summer, and one of them is visiting a waterpark.
Now that vacation season is well upon us, we'd like to tell you about the waterpark opportunities you'll find in the Smokies. The area's two largest parks are only open for a little more than three months each year, but during that brief and sunny window, they deliver a lot in the way of summertime fun that's geared toward helping guests keep their cool.
Also keep in mind that visiting a waterpark is the ideal companion activity to a morning or afternoon canopy tour at Smoky Mountain Ziplines. After your day of ziplining, Sevierville and Pigeon Forge are the places to go to experience the region's best waterpark attractions.
We'll start off in Sevierville, where you'll find Soaky Mountain located just off Tenn. Hwy. 66, aka Winfield Dunn Parkway. At their 50-acre site, you can splash the day away on all kinds of water slides and other water-filled attractions, including a wave pool, lazy river and much more.
There's something for every age and level of thrill seeking at Soaky Mountain Waterpark. For younger kids, there are tame slides like Lil Rattlers and Mini Mayhem, a pint-sized version of the park's Blue Mountain Mayhem ride. Also look for fun play areas like Boomer's Bay and The Hive, both of which have scaled-down version of the big-kid slides as well as a giant water-bucket dump.
If you're looking for something a little more daring, you might try Whoop! The floor of the launch capsule literally drops out from under you before you plummet at a steep angle to the runout chute far below. Similarly, Holler! Is a body slide that starts with a gentle descent before you drop like a rock to the bottom. There's also the aforementioned Blue Mountain Mayhem, a raft ride that sends passengers back and forth up two gravity-challenging walls, resulting in moments of weightlessness.
Also look for unique rides and attractions you won't find anywhere else in the Smokies. The first-of-its-kind Avalaunch Watercoaster is a two-person tube ride that takes you up and down hills, just like a roller coaster, before sending you to a wet, whitewater finish.
New for 2022 is The Edge Watercoaster, which features colorful rings of light in the tube segments. As the distance between the light rings grows closer and closer, it creates the appearance that riders are accelerating. Sharp climbs, heart-pounding drops and a zero-G hump near the end all add up to one crazy ride.
This popular waterpark has been around for more than 20 seasons in the Smokies, delivering lots of summertime water action on 35 acres. In 2021, USA Today ranked Splash Country as one of the top 10 waterparks in the country, thanks in part to its wide array of slide experiences and other wet-and-wild attractions.
They have water slides of all sizes and thrill levels, accommodating everyone from the youngest of tots to the most daring of big kids and adults. Look for open-chute slides, enclosed slides and some slides that defy description. Areas like Little Creek Falls and The Cascades are designed with little ones in mind. Both offer shallow swim areas, play structures and slides that are built just for kids. And then there are water slides that are only for the most daring of guests. For example, Fire Tower Falls is a steep, 280-foot-long slide that will take your breath away and probably leave you screaming until you taper off into the runout pool at the bottom.
And there are some attractions that are great for all ages, including Bear Mountain Fire Tower (which dumps giant buckets of water at regular intervals) and Big Bear Plunge, a family raft ride. Raging River Rapids is another group raft ride that's full of turns and crashing waves, or you could challenge a friend to go head-to-head on slides like Slick Rock Racer and TailSpin Racer. Waterpark staples like Downbound Float Trip (lazy river) and a giant wave pool guarantee a well-rounded day in the water.
Splash Country and Soaky Mountain both have plenty of amenities for their guests, including multiple food vendors, private cabana rentals, merch vendors (for stocking up on forgotten waterpark essentials) and locker rentals for storing your gear. And lifeguards are on duty at both destinations to make sure everyone stays safe while having a good time.