Groundbreaking is set for August 6 for the 50-acre outdoor waterpark that will be built across the street and up the hill from the Sevierville (Tenn.) Convention Center and Wilderness at the Smokies Resort. Features planned for the park include a 35,000-sq. ft. wave pool capable of generating waves up to six feet high, and a winding wave river spanning an area of 24,000 sq. ft.
The Wilderness Resorts and Waterparks ownership group has announced that it will build a new attraction, Soaky Mountain Waterpark, in Sevierville, Tenn. in the Smoky Mountain region.The 50-acre outdoor waterpark will be located across the street and up the hill from the Sevierville Convention Center and the Wilderness at the Smokies Resort. An official ground-breaking for the property will be held on Tuesday, August 6.
Plans currently call for the waterpark to feature a 35,000-sq. ft. wave pool capable of generating waves up to six feet high; a winding wave river spanning an area of 24,000 sq. ft.; and a heavily themed kids’ play-and-spray feature with multiple slides “for both 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 surfing; and four large slide complexes.
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 one or two-person tubing experiences; two high-intensity body slides; and a four-lane, head-first mat racing challenge.
“We are excited to be bringing another quality attraction to the popular Smoky Mountain tourist region,” said Joe Eck, Chief Operating Officer of Wilderness Resorts 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.”
Soaky Mountain Waterpark will be open to the public daily mid-May through August, Eck anticipates, with additional select days through mid-September. Pricing for waterpark admission is yet to be determined, but guests of the Wilderness at the Smokies resort will likely receive preferred pricing on admission.
In addition to Wilderness at the Smokies, Wilderness Resorts and Waterparks currently owns and operates Wilderness Resort, Glacier Canyon Lodge, and Wilderness on the Lake; both properties are located in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.