Location: Rossville, GA
When family owns a business for over 89 yrs, it's not just the family, but also the community feeling like the good times never have to end. That is how an amusement park near the Georgia/Tennessee border has been spreading joy of family fun for generations.
Lake Winnepesaukah, or Lake Winnie for short, was opened on June 5, 1925 by The Dixon family in the town of Rossville, GA near Chattanooga, TN. The lake is the main attraction as many rides are built around it, and one actually dives right into it. The Boat Chute is such a classic ride that even though it opened in 1927, it is still the park's top draw. The oldest mill chute ride in the world is simple, and that's what makes it so great. It is a unique ride no one will forget. The fun doesn't end with a simple splash into the lake. A great way to dry off would be to take a spin on the Cannon Ball roller coaster. Cannon Ball was designed by the late John Allen. This out and back coaster has been thrilling guests of all ages, at least those who meet the height restriction, since 1967. The park has two other coasters in their lineup. Wild Lightnin' is a coaster that pays homage to the Mad Mouse coaster that previously sat in that place. This one is sure to give a unique spinning ride each and every time. Wacky Worm, created just for the little ones, rounds out the line up. As the years have gone by, many new rides have come in to the park such as the OH-Zone drop tower, and the Fire Ball, a coaster style ride that will be sure to leave you head over heels, begging for more. The old favorites are still here and going strong as well. The oldest ride in park, the carousel dates, back to 1918. Also, the Fly-O-Plane, which just happens to be the only working Eyerly type ride in the Untied States, is a favorite. The Castle dark ride, the Ferris Wheel, and many other rides are available to keep families entertained for years to come. 2013 brought about the biggest splash in the parks history with the addition of SOAKya Water Park. Lake Winnie is not just five acres of fun, but a lifetime full of memories for families to cherish for years to come.
Today, Adrienne Rhodes and her family run the park. Adrienne is the granddaughter of the original owners Carl and Minette Dixon. When Carl and Minette wanted to open a little summer retreat to provide a break from the heat, they had no idea it would last this long. Adrienne is there make sure that the family tradition, started back in 1925, finds a home in the hearts of every family that comes to enjoy the park.
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