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

7 Reviews
Mary Long
soddy daisy, TN
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Absolutely worth it.. loved it"
January, 2019 NEW
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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Tip: Go early to avoid line and order online to get voucher

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jim young
1 Review
"great family time"
August, 2018
our family really ejoyed our day. the chair lift had a great view. the food was good. they had a lot of free stuff for our kids, a walk in the trees, a nice playgound and a storyteller who really kept us entertained. this was a good choice for us
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Tip: great views. storyteller

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Jnrd1028
"Birthday trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2019 NEW
We took our 9 year old and 2 year old to Anakeesta. This was one of our favorite things we did on this trip! They loved the chair lift rides. We also loved the canopy rope courses! The view is absolutely breathtaking!
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Karen B
Sevierville, Tennessee
"My Happy Place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 19, 2019 NEW
Fairly new to the Gatlinburg area I just love this place. So much that I have a season pass. For locals it is well worth it. Ride the chondola to the top of the mountain and a selection of activities is there for the taking. Shops, a nice little restaurant with spectacular views of Gatlinburg, zip lines, a mountain coaster, play area for the kids, tree canopy walk and a really lovely tribute to the 2016 fires that nearly decimated the area. If you get lucky you may see Anna, the resident bear, foraging in the bush below.
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ksstringer0210
Dayton, Ohio
"Awesome day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 18, 2019 NEW
Loved seeing new attractions in the area! We highly recommend this place and look forward to visiting again in the future
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marksM9420EX
"Valentines weekend "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2019 NEW
Beautiful place to see. Riding up the chair lift was great. The view from the top was spectacular. Walking through the treetops on the swinging bridges was awesome. Recommended place to visit. Online coupon for 2 $ off
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marvistahotel
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
"Interesting new attraction"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2019 NEW
Long, fun ride up, and down. We are a family of 6. Wonderful views from the top, from the restaurant, and bar. Enjoyed the bridge walk and warming by the fire pit. Mountain coaster has a weight limit. I think it was 260? We spent a good 2.5 hours up there. This place is in it's infancy, really has potential to grow and flourish. Let's hope they don't make it un affordable to families in the future.
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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.