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
ADVENTURE AWAITS AT ANAKEESTA! The mountains are a place for adventure and relaxation, exploration and wonder. A place where people of all ages can discover nature and family entertainment. You and your family will find lots of fun things to do in the Smoky Mountains at Anakeesta.

RIDE THE SCENIC CHONDOLA
Enter Anakeesta via our scenic Chondola. 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 14-minute ride takes you up 600’ to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain where you will enter the whimsical Firefly Village. Soar above the City of Gatlinburg and enjoy the spectacular views from above. This unique fixed-grip transportation system has 104 quad chairs and eight 6-person gondola cabins. The Anakeesta Chondola is the first of its kind to be built in the United States!

RACE ON A DUELING ZIPLINE (Additional Fee)
Zip through the treetops on Anakeesta’s two unique ziplines. Stretching high over the forest floor, each zip is over 1,000 feet in length and will give you beautiful views of the Smokies while zipping right next to friends or family. Along the way, you’ll be able to test your courage at our two challenge stations where you’ll rappel off our platforms and enjoy a controlled 60-foot descent to a cushioned platform below. Zipline guests return to the summit by riding the Chondola from the mid-station.

CHILDREN’S TREEHOUSE VILLAGE PLAYGROUND
Children of all ages will love playing in the trees in this whimsically themed treehouse village interconnected by multiple bridges of varying challenges. Physical and educational elements designed to build strength and confidence will surprise guests at nearly every turn. Trek along a log walk to an elevated bird nest to learn about how an American Goldfinch cultivates its home, navigate a plank walk to a maze encapsulated by a house in the trees, and crawl through a tube net to a climbing adventure within the walls of nature.

TREETOP CANOPY WALK
Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature on our scenic treetop canopy walk. Experience what it feels like to be a bird in the canopy as you stroll 40’ – 60’ above the forest floor along a series of 16 connected sky bridges suspended in the trees. Each bridge leads to a new observation platform where you can take in the sights, learn about your surroundings with our engaging interpretive signage and enjoy the spectacular views. Keep a sharp eye, you may spot a bear on the forest floor below or a woodpecker in the treetops.

ANAKEESTA GEM MINING
Strike it rich at the Anakeesta Gem Mine! An interactive waterfall and sluice allow kids of all ages to search for that special gemstone or fossil. Located at the end of the Treetop Canopy Walk and adjacent to the Treehouse Village Playground, Gem Mining is always a fun family activity.

ADVENTURE OUTPOST
Your gateway to adventure, visit the Adventure Outpost to begin the Tree Canopy Walk as well as purchase tickets and check in and for the Dueling Ziplines. Shop our line of Anakeesta hats and t-shirts, the perfect way to remember your experience at Anakeesta and the magic in the mountains.

SHOP AND EAT AT FIREFLY VILLAGE
Stroll through our magical Firefly Village built among the treetops in the heart of the Smokies. Enjoy treehouse-themed shopping and dining while taking in the numerous scenic overlooks and our nearly 360-degree view of the surrounding mountain range, including Mt. LeConte as well as the extraordinary views of sparkling downtown Gatlinburg too.

Pearl's Pie in the Sky – Just like Pearl used to make! Enjoy a slice of our famous pies or assortment of mouth-watering baked goods. Save room for a scoop of creamy hand-dipped ice cream by Bluebell; cones, milkshakes, and sundaes. You’ll step back to Gatlinburg in the 1940’s when visiting Pearl’s Pie in the Sky!

Anakeesta Smokehouse – Bring a hearty southern appetite! At the Smokehouse, we use only the highest quality brisket and pork, season it with our own special rub, then slowly smoke to perfection. The result, tender, juicy mouth-watering BBQ! Or try our lightly smoked turkey, it’s moist and tender and served with Alabama hot slaw and spicy BBQ sauce.

Great Outdoors Trading Company – Shop our diverse array of regional Appalachian arts, crafts, jewelry, home goods and more made by local artisans right here in our local area. Outdoor enthusiasts, browse around
for all your gear and apparel needs for a day of hiking in the Smokies.

Catching Fireflies Boutique – Experience the enchantment of the forest at the whimsical Catching Fireflies boutique featuring a line of children’s clothing and toys designed to ignite a child’s imagination and wonder of nature as well as unique jewelry, home goods, and women’s apparel.

SINGLE RAIL MOUNTAIN COASTER (Additional Fee)
COMING SUMMER 2018! Our adrenaline pumping coaster sits low on the forest floor where you feel the full force of the 25 MPH speed. Race through the trees and twist and turn while flying down the mountain. Not just for the brave of heart, this family-friendly ride allows you to control your own speed. The unique car design lets you ride solo or tandem with young
children.

ENJOY THE VIEWS
Camp up around our fire pit, kick back in a rocking chair, enjoy a cold beer or ice cream cone on our patio; however, you choose to relax at the top of Anakeesta Mountain there are panoramic mountain views to enjoy and fresh mountain air to breath in.

It’s a breathtaking view from the summit of Anakeesta. Discover the panoramic overlook of the Mt. LeConte Range hidden just above the City. Sit back and unwind at Firefly Village as you watch the mist roll out of the mountains in the early hours of the day. Then, find your favorite spot to watch the sunset over the Great Smoky Mountains and enjoy the twinkling lights of Gatlinburg come alive below.

MEMORIAL FOREST WALK
On November 28, 2016, more than 17,000 acres of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Gatlinburg were damaged by the most devastating fire in the state’s history. The south side of Anakeesta Mountain which was badly scorched is a fitting location for our Fire
Memorial Walk. Stroll through the charred forest that serves as a reminder of the courage of the brave men and women who fought the fires, the fortitude of those affected and the resilience and restoration of our beloved Smoky Mountains and the city of Gatlinburg that truly are ‘mountain tough.’

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Susan F
Westfield Center, United States
"Beauty from the ashes"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2018 NEW
Rebuilt after the horrible wildfire, Anakeesta offers amazing views and peaceful resting areas. For the more active ones, there's a tree canopy walk, playground and gardens to walk through. For an extra $30, you can zipline through the mountains. The ride up on the lift is amazing!
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brynkitty
"Eh!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2018 NEW
Bought a ticket after 6 so we could go next. Ride up mountain was good. Nice things to see on top. Next day got there so we could do zip line and was told no more tickets would be sold. Bummer. Went up anyway and it poured rain. Ride was very slow going so got all the wetter. Not a great experience.
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Anonymous
" Beautiful view and peaceful "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2018 NEW
We purchased tickets at 4pm only expecting to go the one time but when you purchase after 3 or 4 you get to return the next day! It was beautiful and amazing. The food truck had a great selection the ice was yummy, the shops were cute and the view was breathtaking. This is a must!
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RussellS9
Saint Marys, GA
"Out of this World Views"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2018 NEW
Long chair ride to the top was very relaxing. Did not know what to expect on top but was pleasantly surprised. First, the views are unmatched but there was much more. The rope bridges were fun and good exercise. The beauty of the grounds was an extra plus. They are still adding and it will soon be even better.
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Gary C
Illinois, United States
"Opened too soon"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2018 NEW
The views are great, the landscaping is great. We went early in line 30mins before they open. Already 20 people in line and by 10am prolly a hundred people behind us. I thought this is gonna be great. After a slow Chair ride up the mountain with stopping dead 3 times we finally arrived. The view was great, lots of places to get great pics. Within 30 mins we saw everything up there. What is open is a few retail shop, I ice cream place, a camper serving beer abs a bbq food stand. I stopped to get a beer, mind you now I am 49 with Grey hair, I showed him my ID. He says rudely take it out of your wallet, I told him how hard it was to get my ID out of that see through pocket. He said no beer for you then. After telling him how wonderful he was we went back down the lift. So we paid 7$ to Park 23.95 to get up there to see 3 stores, ice cream shop, one beer camper and one bbq food truck. The zip lines were 30$ extra, the pictures they too was extra. Save you money until the add much more.
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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.

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