A Small Wonder in Wisconsin That Shouldn’t Be Overlooked
On my trip to the Wisonsin Dells I had experienced the underground insanity of Hades at Mt. Olympus along with that park’s arsenal of other woodies. It was almost time for me to head back south and catch my flight in Chicago. With only a little time to spare I made the decision to swing by Timber Falls Adventure Park for HellCat. I’m so glad that I did.
HellCat (formerly known as Avalanche) is one of the most unique wooden roller coasters I’ve ridden. Located at the front of a small amusement park with mini golf and a handful of other rides, the coaster couldn’t be less intimidating. It’s a rare S&S Power-designed woodie with a very small footprint that can’t take up more than a few acres. It’s little lift hill is a diminutive 88 feet tall that feels even shorter.
I can’t remember exactly how much I paid for my two rides, but today it costs $6.50 per ride unless you buy a ticket for the entire park. The train only has three cars and the park was pretty empty at the time. I rode once with two other people and another time with the entire train to myself. The train left the station and took the first of many left hand turns before it climbed the small lift hill. After the pedestrian drop, HellCat pounced with a shockingly fun and intense ride.
The train traversed one tight, highly banked turned after another. As I rose, fell, and saw each approaching turn, I thought I was going so fast that the tight turns didn’t quite look possible. HellCat continued to loop around a section of the park with intensity and surprising smoothness. After two complete circuits, the craziness ended and I returned to the mini station.
HellCat’s another great example of good things in small packages. On paper, the ride’s stats are laughable compared to many woodies, but this little thing packs a punch and delivers a pretty unique experience. Like the wild mouse of the woodies, HellCat’s tight turns make it worth a try if you find yourself in the Wisconsin Dells. I was wavering between a 7.5 and an 8, but I’ll bump it up to an 8 because of its uniqueness. Final Rating – 8.0 (Great)
HellCat is rated TR for Traditional. It’s a 2 out of 5 on the Thrill Scale.
Here’s an on-ride POV video of Hellcat at Timber Falls:
What’s Your Take?
Have you ridden HellCat? What’d you think? Leave a comment below. Images courtesy of CoasterImage.