Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, TN

576 ParkwayGatlinburg, TN 37738
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Treetop Skywalk, Chondola, and more!


Experience Anakeesta Gatlinburg! This outdoor adventure theme park combines nature, thrills and wonder for a one-of-a-kind journey. Ride the chair lift, race on a zip line (additional), see epic mountain views atop AnaVista Tower at sunset, or brave the treetop skywalk—the choice is yours! Plus, don’t miss the quaint shops, restaurants, and more.

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Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Gatlinburg Travel Experts
  • Enjoy 360-degree views of the Smokies from AnaVista Tower, downtown Gatlinburg's highest point.
  • Visit the Magical Firefly Village for shopping and dining.
  • Located at 576 Parkway (traffic light #5) in downtown Gatlinburg.
  • Ride the scenic Chondola or Ridge Rambler adventure vehicle to the top.
  • Pick up your all-day wristband at guest services. You can visit multiple times throughout the day.
  • Plan about 3 hours for your Anakeesta visit with some extra time for the Chondola or Ridge Rambler ride to the top.


from Anakeesta
Located in the heart of Gatlinburg, Anakeesta mountaintop park is a great family value! With elements of adventure and relaxation, Anakeesta is sure to offer a memorable experience in the Smoky Mountains! Admission to Anakeesta includes all-day park access and unlimited scenic rides via the Chondola or Ridge Rambler before arriving in Firefly Village with quaint shopping, dining, and a whimsical mountain atmosphere.

NEW at Anakeesta, BirdVenture is an aviary-inspired adventure zone with three colorful, larger-than-life birdhouses, a dozen interactive adventure zones, and seven giant slides that kids of all ages can explore. The serpentine slides have light features and wind more than 50 feet down the mountain! BirdVenture is included in general admission tickets.

More adventure awaits at this award-winning theme park. Immerse yourself in nature as you stroll along a 14-bridge Treetop Skywalk with over 880-feet of connected bridges hanging 50-60feet in the air. Take your visit to new heights atop AnaVista Tower, the highest point in downtown Gatlinburg. This one of a kind observation tower provides guests with 360° views of the Smoky Mountains. See peaks as far away as Kentucky and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the park and lush botanical Vista Gardens 60 feet below! Home to over 3,000 plants, flowers and sculptures and the “keeper of the forest” Willow, who stands more than 20' tall.

Discover TreeVenture perched on the mountainside of Vista Gardens. Climb, crawl and slide your way through this interactive challenge course for all ages to enjoy. Meandering trails, waterfalls, and inspirational signage, Vista Gardens is a beautiful oasis among the mountains of East Tennessee, located in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg!

When it’s time to relax and recharge, head over to Black Bear Village and enjoy a bite to eat at one of Anakeesta’s restaurants including an elevated dining experience at Cliff Top, serving delicious modern American cuisine and spectacular views of Mt. LeConte. Savor slow-smoked southern BBQ and craft beers at the Smokehouse. Save room for a sweet treat at Pearl's Pie in the Sky. Afterwards, gather with friends and family around the fire pit in Firefly Village and watch the sunset on the Smoky Mountains while waiting for the lights of Downtown Gatlinburg to come alive.

Considered an add-on experience, you can purchase tickets on site for Astra Lumina at Anakeesta, an enchanted illuminated walk through the stars after nightfall. Set off across mysterious observatory grounds for a phenomenal celestial experience of lustrous light, cosmic visions, and astral song. Immerse yourself in illuminating encounters of lighting, projection and sound, and connect with the stars before they return to the sky above. Astra Lumina is the 15th Lumina experience, and the very first in the United States!
Astra Lumina is an add-on experience and NOT included in general admission tickets.

Please Note:
  • Astra Lumina, Dueling Zipline Adventure, Gem Mining, and Rail Runner Mountain Coaster are not included in Anakeesta general admission, but are available for purchase when you arrive.

Anakeesta Reviews

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Gary Kinsey
Opp, AL
1 Review
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"Kids will love this"
July 2024 NEW
When it first opened it had kids themes. they've expanded, and since then it's a majority of kids themes. Drinks are made at the top to buy, my particular drink seemed to have wishful thinking involved more than Rum. I've had them in the past and the were great, pot luck I guess, for 15 bucks you should get more than good thoughts. Food is overpriced even for tourist locations, if you want to eat, there are plenty of places not far from the ticket booth. The chonolas people complain about stop, this is because of on and off loading elderly, handicapped and babies with strollers. Please respect the need. You may need the same courtesy one day. Take water with you, they also have refill stations for your water bottles.
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Tip: Respect the stopping of the chondolas so elderly, handicapped and babies can get on and off. Don't plan on getting by cheap once you get to the top. Every additional activity costs more, lots more. Buying your tickets online through Tripster can save you a lot, buy one day ahead. Your hotel should be able to print them for you.

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Wanda Martin
2 Reviews
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June 2024 NEW
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Tip: It cost 20 dollars just to park

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Vivian Pinto
Orlando, FL
1 Review
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June 2024
Wow, what an incredible experience! Anakeesta park is truly a hidden gem. From the moment we arrived, we knew we were in for a treat. The park is nestled in a beautiful valley, surrounded by stunning scenery and lush vegetation.

The treetop canopy walk was breathtaking, with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The bridges and walkways were sturdy and well-maintained, making us feel safe and secure as we explored the forest.

But what really made our experience stand out was the staff. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and passionate about the park's history and ecosystem. He shared fascinating stories and insights that brought the park to life.

The park's unique attractions, like the ziplining and rappelling, were exhilarating and thrilling. And the scenery? Absolutely breathtaking. We felt like we were in a tropical paradise, with waterfalls, gardens, and scenic overlooks around every corner.

Anakeesta park is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for an unforgettable experience. It's a true gem, and we can't wait to come back and explore more of what it has to offer.

Astra Lumina is an out-of-this-world experience! The immersive light installation is truly mesmerizing, with vibrant colors and patterns that seem to dance in the darkness. The interactive elements are delightful, and the music perfectly complements the visual spectacle. I felt like I was transported to another dimension. Don't miss this enchanting experience - it's a real treat for the senses!"

Rating: 6/5 stars (yes, it's that good!)"

I hope this review captures the essence of your amazing experience at Anakeesta park!
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Cassy Child
Spring hill, TN
1 Review
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"Best. Day. Ever."
June 2024
I took my 5 kids ranging from 8-17, and the older ones were skeptical that it would be much fun, but they ALL had an awesome time! On the chondola up we saw a family of beavers, and on the way down a black bear! My 9 year old couldn’t get enough of the bird village with the amazing slides, my 10 year old was over the MOON with the gem mining, my 13 year old didn’t want to leave the ropes course, the mountain coasters were my 17 year old’s favorite, and my 16 year old (the only girl) loved the shopping!
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Wendi Stone
Marengo, IL
1 Review
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"Loads of fun!"
May 2024
This place is awesome! A lot of things to do and great spot for some nice photos. Everyone is very friendly too! I would definitely go again
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Tip: Be aware of what time the ziplines end if you want to go. I was there right at the cut off and missed out.

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Michael Leader
Hopewell, PA
2 Reviews
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"Beautiful View"
May 2024
Nice park on top of the Mountain with lots of shops and things for kids to do. Beautiful views of the Mountains and the city of Gatlinburg down below. Fun ride up to and down the mountain and to see the views as well.
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Tip: If afraid of heights there is a shuttle that will transport you up and down the mountain then you won’t have to ride the lift.

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Roel T.
Middletown, PA
1 Review
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"Physical and mind relaxation"
May 2024
We were amazed by the place. We truly enjoyed the beauty of nature including live bears lol.
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Tip: Just enjoy.

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Nichole Clark
Colona , IL
1 Review
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April 2024
Anakeesta was beyond beautiful w Mountain View's and family fun. I'm already planning our next trip there
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Tip: Great for kids and walking the tree bridge is amazing

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Frequently Asked Questions about Anakeesta

Where is Anakeesta?

Anakeesta is located in the heart of Gatlinburg at 576 Parkway.

What time does Anakeesta open?

Anakeesta is open year-round, but operating hours will vary throughout the year. The park typically opens at 9 am Memorial Day through December and at 10 am January and February. March and April opening times can vary. For Anakeesta hours of operation during your next Gatlinburg visit, please check the operating calendar in the ticket section above.

Can you drive to Anakeesta?

You can't drive to Anakeesta Mountain. However, there are three fun ways to the park included in Anakeesta admission tickets. You can take an enclosed Chondola ride, an open-air chairlift, or the Ridge Rambler adventure truck that includes a 20-minute guided tour.

Is parking available?

Anakeesta does not offer guest parking. However, paid public parking is available adjacent to Anakeesta allowing for convenient access to Anakeesta Mountain. Guests 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. There are also several public parking lots and two City-owned parking garages nearby, one across the street at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and the other at Traffic Light #3 (the McMahan Parking Garage).

Is Anakeesta wheelchair accessible?

While many parts of Anakeesta are wheelchair accessible like the Firefly Village shops, dining pavilion, Black Bear Village, and scenic viewing platforms, there are some areas that are not accessible by wheelchair or stroller such as the Vista Gardens and Treetop Skywalk at Anakeesta. However, Anakeesta's Gondola cabins are 32″ wide and 49″ deep to accommodate both wheelchairs and strollers for your ride to the summit. Please note: Beginning August 8 through Spring 2023 the access ramp into Vista Gardens/AnaVista Tower will be closed due to continued expansion of the park.

What should I wear?

Anakeesta suggests wearing comfortable clothing and shoes that are appropriate for the area's changing weather. If you will be ziplining (additional), then you are required to wear close-toed shoes and be able to pull back long hair.

Are pets allowed?

Anakeesta does not allow pets. However, ADA certified service animals are permitted.

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 for the safety of Anakeesta guests and staff. With this in mind, staff may choose to suspend operations during periods of inclement weather. The park does not issue refunds for tickets that have been redeemed and impacted by bad weather. Please check the weather prior to entry.

What does Anakeesta mean?

Anakeesta is a Cherokee Native American word for high ground, literal meaning “place of the balsams.” It is often associated to a massive rock formation known as Anakeesta rock that is mostly slate. You can see Anakeesta rock outcroppings in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at spots like Chimney Tops and Charlie’s Bunion.

What is Anakeesta?

Anakeesta is a unique and award-winning outdoor adventure park located in the heart of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It is accessible from downtown via the Chondola's chair lift and gondola cabins, or their Ridge Rambler vehicles. The theme park offers a 14-bridge Treetop Skywalk, an observation tower with 360-degree views of the Smoky Mountains, an interactive challenge course, meandering trails, gardens and waterfalls, shops, restaurants, and more. Thrill seekers can purchase tickets onsite for ziplining and Rail Runner mountain coaster.