Located in Blountsville, Alabama approximately an hour north of the city of Birmingham, Spring Valley Beach is a family-operated water park featuring 10 water slides and the largest family pool area in the southeastern United States. Spring Valley Beach was the vision of Blountsville resident Allen Gilliland, who purchased the former Burgess Spring Lake facility in 1972 for the purposes of creating a water park for the Blountsville area.
Opened to the public in 1975 as Burgess Lake, the water park grew throughout the later part of the 20th century to include a number of innovative modern water slides, including the 360Rush ride, the first of its kind installed by its parent company, which won the World Water Park Association Industry’s Innovation Award in 2011. As Spring Valley Beach, the park has become one of the premiere waterpark facilities in Alabama, serving as a popular family tourist and travel destination.
Today, Spring Valley Beach spans more than 25 acres at the site of the original Burgess Spring Lake property, featuring a variety of mild and high thrill water attractions for visitors of all ages. As a vacation getaway destination, the park has been recognized by a number of industry publications and travel organizations as a “Tennessee Valley Treasure” and top Alabama tourist attraction. The park is the only remaining water park in the American Southeast that allows visitors to bring their own picnic lunches and grills to the facility for private dining. A number of other unique amenities are also offered at the family-owned facility, including free suntan lotion and free visitor parking.
10 water slides are offered at the park, including the award-winning 360Rush slide, designed by Splashtacular Entertainment. As the only ride of its type to launch two riders from its bowl simultaneously, the slide launches riders down a 58-foot entrance to parallel 32-inch tubes, allowing riders to “race” down the slide at peak accelerations of approximately 30 miles per hour. As a World Water Park Association award winner, the slide has been featured in spots on Travel Channel and other amusement industry programming.
Other park slides include the four-story tower slide Sidewinder, which allows up to two guests to freefall together at a time, and the Black Out, which sends riders through a twisting and turning completely-dark tunnel area. Mat sliding experiences are offered at the Need for Speed slide, geared toward family sliding thrills. The Circle S slide also offers classic twisting thrills mild enough for the entire family, and four classic slides of varying sizes service the facility’s main pool area.
As the largest water park pool in the American Southeast, the park’s two-acre main pool area offers relaxation and play for the entire family. A Kid’s Zone is located on one side of the pool, providing shallow play opportunities for children and parents. Visitors may bring floats and flotation devices into the pool’s main area, and poolside grilling, picnicking, and sunbathing are permitted.
More than 20 gazebo and pavilion areas are offered at the park, available for visitor rental on a reservation basis. All pavilion rentals require a non-refundable, non-transferrable rental fee paid in advance, either via phone upon booking or at least one day prior to the day of rental at the water park’s offices. Each pavilion facility offers one covered picnic table and are able to be used rain or shine, except in the event of extreme weather conditions that close the facility. Locker rental is also offered next to the facility’s main restrooms, requiring a refundable deposit at time of rental.
In addition to allowing visitor-brought food, the park also sells standard American fare concessions at its concession stand, including hot dogs, burgers, pizza, and nachos. Alcoholic beverages are not sold or permitted on park premises. A traditional conservative swimwear dress code is required for all visitors, and all swimwear, including jeans and other cover attire, must be free of exposed rivets or metal pieces. Diving is not permitted at the facility’s main pool, and radios, weapons, and graffiti materials are not permitted on premises. Pets are also not permitted within the park, with the exception of licensed assistance animals.
General admission tickets are available for purchase at the facility’s main gates, including discounted admission rates for children and seniors. Toddlers ages two and under are admitted free with paying adult admission. Season passes are available through the facility’s website for visitors ages 19 and older. Group admission rates are also offered for visitors attending private special events such as birthday parties, family reunions, and company picnics. Special accommodations may be made for large groups by contacting the facility directly prior to event date.
2340 County Highway 55, Blountsville, AL 35031, Phone: 205-429-2075
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