Could it be? I'm actually adding an update to this thread! Obviously since this trip was 5 months ago already (WOW Time flies!) I won't be able to provide my exact ride counts but otherwise hopefully memory serves me well with Lake Winnie, Dollywood, and my August New England trip so that I'll be able to give you guys a good rundown of each park!
Anyways onto Lake Winnie. This was Thursday of our trip after going back to SFOG for a couple hours in the morning for more rides on Twisted Cyclone and Goliath. Unfortunately, our heads were still bothering us and we couldn't fully enjoy Goliath. I fully believe this is one of the best B&M's out there and hopefully someday soon I'll be back to try it out again. I think we were able to get around to pretty much everything in the park again thanks to small crowds. We noticed on our way out of the park in the early afternoon that it was filling up quite a bit. I believe there was a festival of some sort that weekend that was getting started that night.
Anywho, a couple hours later and what was probably an unhealthy amount of Advil we arrived at Lake Winnie, relatively headache free.
I've known about Lake Winnie for most of my life. I knew they have an older woodie, (for some reason I was thinking 1920s though. I'm confusing my Cannonballs ) some carnival-esque flats, an old log flume and maybe a waterpark? Otherwise though I pictured a small rundown park only a step up from Conneaut. I had no reason at all to think this but for some reason this is what I pictured in my head. The nearly empty gravel parking lot and less than stellar park entrance didn't do much to change this idea, but once inside the gates I realized I was totally wrong about this cute little park in Georgia.
No you're not greeted by any mega coasters or anything of that nature, you're greeted by a bright colored park surrounding a beautiful lake and plenty of rides the whole family can enjoy. The first order of business was obviously Cannonball. Up until I got in line I thought this ride was made no later than 1930, so I was slightly disappointed it's from the 1960s. Obviously not the ride or the park's fault but it took away the nostalgia of the ride. But, after a ride on it, I didn't really care about the age anymore. It still has buzz bars and still runs like brand new. Not a whole lot of airtime but enough, especially in the back. We rode this quite a few times including some laps without even getting off right before the park closed.
While on Cannonball we noticed that Lake Winnie is also home to a pretty stinkin big waterpark that seemed to be the big draw here. It also looked to be almost brand new. It was nice to see that the park has been getting some money put into it.
My idea of Conneaut was completely shot to hell by this point and I was already blown away by the park and its charm, but what could make it even better? No not a Giga-RMC-Intamin-Aquatrax. No not some big sparkly B&M. No, what made this park for me was the 1920s log flume. I love log flumes like mad to begin with and all the nostalgia I missed at Cannonball was in tact and chugging along here at the Boat Chute. This thing is as classic as they get. You load, go through a long, slow, super dark, almost creepy tunnel. Then turn a corner, go up a small, hardly inclined hill and then drop down into the water with a splash the perfect size for a hot summer day in Georgia. God I loved this thing.
Now ok, I might be getting a little ridiculous with the Boat Chute but to me it really personified all the great things about Lake Winnie. It quirky, cute, and a ton of fun, just like the whole park is. Obviously don't be making a trip to Lake Winnie on its own. But if you're in the area, make a stop, even just for a couple hours. You won't regret it.
So as the park got ready to close and the voice of who I can only imagine to be a late former owner came over the PA and wished us a goodnight and thanked us for coming, we got ready for some more driving and two full days at Dollywood.... and hey, our headaches were gone! Must've been the magic of Lake Winnie. Thanks for reading, and don't be afraid to leave a comment making fun of me for my love for the log flume On to the pictures!
Of course my dang finger ruins the first picture
The Lake Winnie
Our visit was right after the accident on this so it was closed, from my understanding we didn't miss much
There it is
Love these drop towers.
Steep lift for a mouse.
About the best view of Cannonball you can get
My favorite pic from the day
Nice and new
Quirky, cute, and awesome. Also of note you can just walk straight into the Lake. All that is stopping you is a little sign and a voice on your shoulder telling you to not be stupid.
Love these old dark rides
The next few pictures are from the skyride. I asked the ops beforehand if it was allowed and they looked at me as if to say "why wouldn't it be?"
That's all from Lake Winnie. Dollywood next!