Make a Splash at East Tennessee’s Top Swimming Pools
Springbrook Pool is a blast from the past.
For the folks of Alcoa and Blount County, it’s a blast they don’t want to live without.
City swimming pools used to be popular in every East Tennessee town, but with rising operating expenses and other swimming options becoming available, many of those city pools are filled in and closed down.
Springbrook opened in 1931 and is still going strong. Hundreds of sun and swim worshippers are here every day in the summertime. You can buy a season pass or just pay a daily admission fee.
According to the City of Alcoa Parks and Rec, the pool was built in the Great Depression mostly by people who were allowed to pay off their $5 road tax with five days of work. They did not build an average pool. It’s huge, more than Olympic-size. It has high dives and low dives, and a big wading pool for preschoolers.
Round rock monuments, each about 10 feet tall, edge the pool and a wide, old-fashioned waterslide is at one end. Renovations were done about five years ago, and the pool looks like it could last another 80 years.
Other East Tennessee Swimming Hot Spots
The newest swim center in East Tennessee is the Kingsport Aquatic Center, a health, fitness and recreation facility and outdoor waterpark with two water slides, play area with water cannons, and a 900-foot lazy river, plus indoor facilities that include three heated pools and diving platforms.
Chattanooga’s wet’n’wild city pool at Warner Park had record attendance last year with even greater numbers expected this year. A popular new feature is WIBIT, an inflatable obstacle course in the deep end. Thrill-seekers crawl, climb and jump their way to the end.
In more than a dozen East Tennessee locales, the best pools are the one at the nearby state parks. Cumberland Mountain State Park serves Crossville swimmers and the pool at Warriors’ Path State Park draws people from Kingsport. The Olympic-sized swimming pool and a wading pool for children at Cove Lake State Park attract people from Caryville and Lake City. Panther Creek State Park’s pool in Morristown is distinguished by its fan shape. And, the pool at Fall Creek Falls has a wonderful view of the lake.
For waterbugs looking for all the bells and whistles, Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort in Sevierville has indoor and outdoor attractions. This spring, with the opening of the Cyclone Racer, funseekers can climb a 50-foot tower and spiral down a four-lane water slide. They can rush down the wild Vortex, a vertical looping waterslide, or simply relax in the expansive swim area.
Dollywood’s Splash Country opened RiverRush, a water coaster that carries guests along a track with hairpin turns, dark tunnels, multiple climbs and tantalizing turns. Guests take daring drops at Big Bear Plunge and slip down the Mountain Scream slide ride. The attraction has more than 23 water adventure slides and thrill rides along with a children’s playground area.
Do you have a favorite East Tennessee swim spot? Clue us in in the comments!