lumberjack square in pigeon forge

Where Are They Now? From Ogle’s Water Park, to Walden’s Landing, to Lumberjack Square

One popular location in Pigeon Forge has transformed tremendously over the years. Once a prime tourist mecca in the Smokies, Ogle’s Water Park closed over 10 years ago and was replaced by Walden’s Landing, a popular destination for shopping in Pigeon Forge. Just outside of Knoxville, Ogle’s Water Park couldn’t quite swim against the currents made by Dollywood’s Splash Country. So, it was replaced with shopping, restaurants, movies and even a miniature golf course. Walden’s Landing then became Lumberjack Square, which is what it remains today. Learn all about the transformation from Ogle’s Water Park, to Walden’s Landing, to Lumberjack Square!

Ogle’s Water Park

Ogle’s Water Park was once a popular destination for summer fun in the Smokies. At the time, it was the area’s largest waterpark complex. It had 6 giant water slides, a wave pool and an ice cream parlor! The demise of Ogle’s wasn’t apocalyptic by any means. The Ogle family decided to sell due to outstanding property values. The park was taken down in summer 2003 and replaced the next year by Walden’s Landing.

Walden’s Landing

Walden's Landing in Pigeon ForgeWalden’s Landing could be found at Traffic Light 2B along the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. It attracted shoppers and those interested in a family-friendly atmosphere. Many visited Walden’s Landing to enjoy the excellent restaurants available for family dining. These included Calhoun’s Pigeon Forge, Smoky Mountain Brewery and Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

As a final gesture to Ogle’s and family fun, Walden’s Landing featured a 36-hole miniature golf course called Firehouse Golf. The miniature golf course had 6 waterfalls that kept the Ogle’s image alive. And don’t forget, the popular anchor to the center, The Forge Cinemas, a state-of-the-art cinema experience with all digital projection, 3-D and surround sound, stadium seating and high-back rocking chairs. The cinema still stands today and features reasonable pricing, lots of specials and convenient showtimes.

Lumberjack Square

The family friendly shopping center recently was renamed Lumberjack Square, and now includes the addition of Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud and Adventure Park. Lumberjack Feud is a popular, family-friendly show that features competitive lumberjack events, from log rolling and speed climbing, to axe-throwing and chopping. During intermission, there’s a special event just for the kids to enjoy! After the show, head to the Lumberjack Adventure Park, where you can try some of the competitions for yourself. It’s also home to the Flying Ox Coaster, a unique zipline coaster that’s the first of its kind.

Lumberjack Square is still home to 4 delicious restaurants: Harpoon Harry’s Crab House, Five Guys, Smoky Mountain Brewery and Calhoun’s. No Way Jose’s is nearby as well! You’ll love grabbing a bite to eat, shopping and enjoying the Lumberjack Feud show!

Where to Stay Near Lumberjack Square

large group cabin in pigeon forgeIf you want to see how what was once Ogle’s Water Park has evolved, book a stay at one of our cabins in Pigeon Forge! We have cabins that put you just minutes away from all the action on the Parkway, but still provide the privacy you need for a peaceful vacation. Choose from a variety of gorgeous cabins for every occasion, from romantic getaways to family vacations. You’ll find amenities like hot tubs, full kitchens, mountain views, pool tables and more!

After taking advantage of the great shopping in Pigeon Forge, you’ll love relaxing at your cozy cabin. We offer quality lodging in the Smokies with options for any vacation budget. To start planning an affordable vacation in the Smoky Mountains, take a look at all our cabin specials and see how you can save!