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The Butterfly

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The Butterfly: Super Speedy Water Slide at Dollywood's Splash Country
Written by: Vicky Reddish
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Experience one of Dollywood’s Splash Country’s fastest slides at the Butterfly, which sends you into the friendly waiting “wings” of the Butterfly Pool.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Among the fastest slides at Dollywood’s Splash Country, the Butterfly sends you sloshing down a 55-foot-long contoured chute into the attraction’s namesake: the Butterfly Pool, shaped in the profile of a pair of wings.

The Butterfly isn’t exactly the most extreme-looking of the various water slides, mat racers, and other attractions at Dollywood’s Splash Country, but it’s actually one of the fastest features in the Pigeon Forge waterpark.

A pair of 55-foot flumes separated by a cobbly waterfall boast steep, drenching drops that result in one of the highest-velocity plunges in Splash Country. It’s a fantastic thrill capped off with a splashdown landing in the Butterfly Pool, whose extravagant “wings” are filled with water about three-and-a-half feet deep.

This “high thrill” Splash Country ride requires a minimum height of 48 inches to experience, and you can’t wear any footwear, shirts, or cover-ups for the plunge.

The Butterfly’s excitement rating lumps it with Splash Country’s two other high-thrill rides: Mountain Scream, with its choice between a tunneled corkscrew or a quadruple-drop slide, and Fire Tower Falls, the tallest water slide at the park and also the very fastest of all.

If you’ve got a person in your group too short to qualify for the Butterfly, you’ve still got plenty of other options at Dollywood’s Splash Country, including thrill rides such as Raging River Rapids, TailSpin Racer, Big Bear Plunge, and RiverRush—the only water coaster in Tennessee—as well as lower-key playgrounds such as Little Creek Falls and the Mountain Waves wave pool.

That said, if you do indeed hit the 48-inch minimum, the Butterfly’s definitely a worthwhile slide, and all the more fun if you’ve got a companion plunging feet-first in the other chute while you’re going down. Tap into the high speed and the big Butterfly Pool finish of the Butterfly at Dollywood’s Splash Country on your next visit!