Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, TN

576 ParkwayGatlinburg, TN 37738
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Overview

A Smoky Mountains adventure awaits you at Anakeesta. This outdoor adventure theme park combines nature, thrill, wonder, and more for a one-of-a-kind journey. Race on a zipline, see epic views of the Smokies from the Chondola, go gem mining, or brave the treetop canopy walk—the choice is yours! Plus, don’t miss the Magical Firefly Village with shops, restaurants, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Gatlinburg Travel Experts
  • Visit the Magical Firefly Village for shopping, dining, and a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountain range.
  • Certain attractions and activities have height, weight, and age restrictions.
  • The only way to access the outdoor theme park is via the Chondola.
  • Anakeesta opens at 10:00 am daily.
  • Located at 576 Parkway (traffic light #5) in downtown Gatlinburg.

Description

from Anakeesta
Your journey begins at Anakeesta, a unique outdoor family experience immersing guests of all ages in the beauty and adventure of the great outdoors.

Admission to Anakeesta includes a scenic ride via the Chondola to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain where you enter our magical Firefly Village. Enjoy spectacular views of downtown Gatlinburg along the way. At the top, you’ll experience majestic scenic views of Mt. LeConte, quaint gift shops and casual dining at our Smokehouse BBQ food truck or savory pastries, pies, cookies, hot drinks, and of course ice cream at Pearl’s Pie in the Sky. Look for our new mountaintop restaurant, which features a delicious menu, full-service bar, and outdoor seating. Cliff Top Grill & Bar is named after the majestic mountain peaks that serve as the backdrop to our dining pavilion, making it the perfect spot to watch the sunset!

Stroll along the 16 bridge Tree Canopy Walk 40'–60' feet above the forest floor, and explore our whimsical Tree House Village Playground with the kids. Follow the Memorial Forest Walk to learn about the November 2016 fire and how it impacted our ‘mountain strong’ community, and discover our new Vista Gardens botanical walk that features walking trails that meander through lush gardens filled with a variety of flowers and plants.

For even more excitement purchase tickets on our Dueling Zipline Adventure (additional fee) and race side-by-side with friends on our 1,000+ foot zip lines soaring 125' above the ground. At each challenge tower, you will experience the thrill of rappelling to your next zip challenge. Everyone will enjoy racing down the mountainside on the new single rail mountain coaster… the Rail Runner (additional fee)!

Be inspired by nature, enjoy time with family and friends, and discover the magic in the mountains at Anakeesta.

Reserve Gatlinburg Customer Reviews

9 Reviews
kristen rodriguez
Hamilton, OH
7 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Quite pricey!!"
April, 2019 NEW
Cost almost $100 for four people to go on this, then you get to the top and it’s like $50 more to eat.. There is no rails at the top so if you have little ones you have to keep a close eye on them.. The little shops are cute..
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Karleen Kellison
appleton, WI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Anakeesta"
April, 2019 NEW
Although the views were breathtaking, the price I think is a little steep for a ride up the mountain and a playground for the kids. They are still working on this place and adding landscaping, the restraunts werent open and the zip lining costs extra. The fairy gardens didnt have any fairies we saw.
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Mary Long
soddy daisy, TN
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Absolutely worth it.. loved it"
January, 2019
A lot of fun
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Rebecca Howell
Lucedale , MS
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Enjoyable"
January, 2019
First time to Anakeesta. Beautiful views. Loved the rope bridges. Wonderful barbecue. Could use more seats/tables.
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Tabitha Russell
Glen st Mary , FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Anakeesta"
January, 2019
It was very relaxing and beautiful, all 3 of my kids enjoyed it which i was kinda nervous about but will def reccomend to anyone and do again when we go back!
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Meleah Gross
Evansville, IN
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great Experience"
December, 2018
I came here with my family. We loved the treetops walk and the kids area. The views are gorgeous and there’s lots to do. The memorial was very nice. We will be back!
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Tresa Hugueley
Fulton, KY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"My Trip"
September, 2018
This was my second time going to Anakeesta and really enjoyed. My husband and I finally did the zip line and it was great. Love the views from the top and good food.
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Donald Moore
Buffalo Grove, IL
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"well worth the time"
August, 2018
went early , helped to have voucher to turn in rather than waiting in line, well maintained and good food at restaurant , treetop walk interesting
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ARMommy
Langhorne, Pennsylvania
"Not worth the money "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed April 17, 2019 NEW
You are basically paying for a ski lift up to the mountain to walk on a 10 min rope bridges and a small Treehouse for kids. Parking is $10. Anything else you want to do you have to pay extra. You need to book the zip line days ahead of time. The mountain rail cannot be purchased ahead of time and it was an hour wait to go on. All these activities need a long drawn out waiver you have to fill out. If you want to take the gondola lift up instead of the chair lift, it’s a 45min wait. Lunch lines were long. After finally getting our order at the BBQ place, they were out of coleslaw so unless you settled for the baked beans, you were SOL. There was more food in the kids meals than the adult meals. We ended up spending almost $400 there and it was definitely not worth it. We had 4 adults and 5 small children ages 4-6.
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Charda J
"Our Zip Line experience was AMAZING!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 15, 2019 NEW
It was a first time experience for a few of us couples and nerves were high! Adam, Jerrad, Auston and Hunter were so knowledgeable and funny to help ease our fears and make our experience so much fun! I would definitely do it again at this location!
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O9689DFamyw
Bremen, GA, United States
"Beautiful and still growing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 15, 2019 NEW
This is a great new attraction in Gatlinburg. It was a crisp March day when we visited but the sky lift ride up the mountain wasn't cold. At the top there was a gas fire pit surrounded by rocking chairs. Firefly Village shops were unique. There is a Treehouse Village Playground for the kids. We enjoyed the Treetop Canopy suspended bridges. The summit garden wasn't quite in bloom and they were still planting but it will be great. There is a sit down restaurant overlooking Gatlinburg and an outdoor dining area for the Smokehouse BBQ walk up truck. Look online for discounts.
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S6190QUsarak
Sharpsville, Pennsylvania
"Beautiful place but a work in progress"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 14, 2019 NEW
Spent an absolutely beautiful midday in April up here with my toddler and husband. We rode the chondola up and really enjoyed the scenic views of Gatlinburg. The memorial fire walk is very nice and the views are breathtaking at the top. Unfortunately the kids treehouse was shut down due to a bee infestation but the staff member running the gem mine was extremely nice and accommodating even though we didn't buy a bag of pay dirt. We just played with the gravel and water around it. Our family highlight was definitely the treetop walk. You can definitely appreciate the craftmenship and uniqueness of it and it's just an awesome walk up high in the woods. The garden walk in the spring is also absolutely gorgeous. We rode the chair back down which was actually in some ways better than the Chondola as it was open air and you could see better. PS there are I believe 8 Chondolas and 100+ chairs. They were paving which kind of ruined the fresh mountain air and they are expanding so I am looking forward to seeing what is to come. Unfortunately with the play area being closed my son got quickly bored. I am personally looking forward to going back.
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andreamS9000LG
Troy, Ohio
"Lovely outing!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 14, 2019 NEW
We all enjoyed our trip up the mountain! The gardens were being planted with new spring plants and the views were amazing. We also learned a lot about the terrible fire that tore through the town. They have come a long way in restoring the forest.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Anakeesta

Is Anakeesta wheelchair accessible?
Yes, several areas of Anakeesta are wheelchair accessible. The Gondola cabins size is 32″ wide and 49″ deep for your ride to the summit of Anakeesta. The Firefly Village’s shops, dining pavilion, and viewing platforms are also wheelchair accessible.

Is the Chondola the only way to get to Anakeesta?
Yes. Guests can choose to ride in an open air 4-person chair with a safety bar or select an enclosed gondola cabin with seating for 6. This scenic ride takes passengers up 600’ to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain.

What should I wear?
It is recommended that guests wear comfortable outdoor attire and shoes. Those who wish to go ziplining must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to pull/tie back long hair.

Are pets allowed?
No. Only service animals may accompany guests.

Is Anakeesta open in the rain?
East Tennessee is subject to many different types of weather conditions. Anakeesta is an outdoor theme park and many of the rides and activities are designed to operate safely in a variety of weather conditions including rain, snow and light winds. Weather conditions are monitored at all times and for the safety of our guests and staff. With this in mind, staff may choose to suspend operations during periods of inclement weather.

Is parking available?
Yes. On-site paid “Premier Public” city parking allows Anakeesta guests to park before embarking on the Chondola ride to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain. Visitors can also find nearby parking at two City parking garages, one across the street at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and the other at Traffic Light #3, the McMahan Parking Garage.

Are there restrictions for ziplining?
Yes. The restrictions are as follows:

  • Participants must be at least 7 years old AND 70 lbs. to participate. 
  • All guests under 12 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.
  • Participants must weigh between 70 lbs. and 270 lbs.
  • Everyone must wear closed-toed shoes. No Chacos, Crocs or Five-Finger shoes will be permitted.
  • Guests must be in good health and able to stand for 45 minutes.

Visitors cannot participate in zip lining if:
  • You are pregnant.
  • You suffer from medical conditions that require immediate attention.
  • You have existing or recurring injuries or have recently had major knee, back, or leg surgeries.
  • You are under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or anything else that impairs judgment.
  • You have any known mental or physical handicaps or disorders that would not enable you to complete the mental and physical tasks that happen throughout the course.

What should I bring for ziplining?
  • Appropriate attire and closed-toe shoes.
  • Bring cameras, GoPro’s, and phones at your own risk. We highly recommend having straps or secure pockets.
  • Glasses and sunglasses can be worn. If you plan on taking them off we recommend having a strap.
  • Necessary medication such as inhalers, nitroglycerine pills, or epi-pens.
  • We recommend hair ties for long hair.

The following items are not allowed on the ziplines:
  • Dangling jewelry including long necklaces and hoop earrings are not allowed.
  • Unsecured items (phones, keys, water bottles, etc) that can fall out while ziplining. This is for the safety of those working or traveling under our zip lines and platforms.
  • Short shorts, dresses, skirts, swimsuits, and baggy clothes are not recommended.
  • Backpacks or fanny packs are not recommended unless for medication.

Does the Rail Runner have restrictions?
Yes, the following restrictions are in place for the Rail Runner for single riders:
  • Maximum weight: 270 lbs.
  • Riders under the age of 7 may not ride alone.
  • Must be at least 48" tall.
Tandem riders are subject to the following restrictions:
  • Combined weight cannot exceed 270 lbs.
  • Passengers ages 3 to 7 years old must be a minimum of 37" tall.
  • Passengers cannot be taller than the driver's shoulders.
  • Driver is fully responsible for passenger in front when riding tandem and must be able to control braking lever at all times.
Visitors cannot ride the Rail Runner if:
  • You are pregnant.
  • You suffer from medical conditions that require immediate attention.
  • You have existing or recurring injuries or have recently had major knee, back, or leg surgeries.
  • You are under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or anything else that impairs judgment.
  • You have any known mental or physical handicaps or disorders that would not enable you to complete the mental and physical tasks that happen throughout the course.
What should I bring for the Rail Runner?
It is recommended that visitors wear comfortable clothing (dresses, skirts, and swimsuits are not allowed) and bring GoPros, cameras, and phones at their own risk. Anakeesta is not responsible for lost items. Glasses and sunglasses may be worn.

Selfie sticks, dangling jewelry, backpacks, fanny packs, and unsecured items are not allowed on the Rail Runner.

When does Anakeesta open?
The park opens daily at 10:00 am.