Getting Soaky in the Smokies
Wilderness Resorts and Waterparks ownership group have announced the building of a new attraction in the Smoky Mountain region: Soaky Mountain Waterpark.
The massive new 50-acre outdoor waterpark, which has a projected summer 2020 opening, will be located across the street and up the hill from the Sevierville Convention Center and Wilderness at the Smokies Resort. The official groundbreaking was held Tuesday, August 6.
"We are excited to be bringing another quality attraction to the popular Smoky Mountain tourist region," said Joe Eck, COO of Wilderness Resort and Waterparks. "Soaky Mountain Waterpark is going to be an amazing destination for families with children of all ages to enjoy. It will feature some of the most popular, thrilling and unique water attractions available, and it will all be outdoors in a beautiful mountain-modern park setting."
Plans currently call for the waterpark to feature a massive 35,000-square-foot wave pool capable of generating waves up to 6 feet high; a winding wave river spanning an area of 24,000 square feet; and a heavily themed and exciting kids' play-and-spray feature, with multiple slides for the tame and the daring.
There will also be a kid-friendly activity pool with smaller versions of the other towering slides found throughout the park; an adventure pool with a WIBIT water obstacle course; a flat-water cabana pool for relaxing poolside; a double FlowRider for the surfer in all of us; and four large slide complexes to provide thrills and excitement all day long.
Planned slides include a one-of-a-kind water coaster; a family ride tower with two five-person raft rides; a tubing tower with five flumes, all featuring unique and thrilling one-person or two-person tubing experiences; two high-intensity body slides; and a four-lane, head-first mat racing challenge to satisfy everyone's racing desires.
Eck anticipates Soaky Mountain Waterpark will be open to the public daily, mid-May through August, with additional select days through mid-September. While pricing for waterpark admission is yet to be determined, Wilderness at the Smokies guests will likely receive preferred pricing.
Wilderness Resort and Waterparks owns and operates Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville, and Wilderness Resort, Glacier Canyon Lodge, and Wilderness on the Lake in Wisconsin Dells.
For more information, visit Soaky Mountain Waterpark.
Written by Sarah Suydam, Staff Writer for Groups Today.
Photos courtesy of Soaky Mountain Waterpark.