General Fact Sheet

  • Located adjacent to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
  • Opened in May 2001; celebrates its 15th anniversary season in 2015.
  • Built into the natural terrain of a 35-acre mountain “hollow”
  • $2 million investment by The Dollywood Company
  • $18 million in capital improvements and additions to the park since 2001
  • Highly themed to Smoky Mountains heritage and culture
  • Attractions include: Tennessee’s first and only water coaster, RiverRush; Slick Rock Racer (multi-mat slide); SwiftWater Run (tubing bowl ride), The Cascades™ (8,000-sq.-ft. leisure pool), Bear Mountain Fire Tower® (multi-level interactive water play area), Fire Tower Falls™ (70-foot-tall twin speed slides), Big Bear Plunge® (white water rafting family adventure ride), The Butterfly (55-foot drop into a butterfly pool), Raging River Rapids (multi-person raft ride), Mountain Waves (25,000 square-foot wave pool), Downbound Float Trip (lazy river ride), Wild River Falls (four raft-slide complex), Mountain Scream (triple body-slide complex), Little Creek Falls (children’s area)
  • RiverRush was awarded 2013 Amusement Today Golden Ticket Award for Best New Ride (Waterpark). The ride also was named one of the most extreme new coasters by USA Today and most anticipated by the Los Angeles Times.
  • Winner of the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions 2009 Must-See Waterpark Award
  • Three times named one of America’s best water parks by The Travel Channel
  • Chosen by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as one of the country’s best waterparks
  • Named the World Waterpark Association’s Best New Waterpark in America in 2001
  • 2001 Jeff Ellis & Associates Southern Regional Lifeguard Champions
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