Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, TN

576 ParkwayGatlinburg, TN 37738
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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 and may cost additional.
  • 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.


from Anakeesta
Anakeesta, Tennessee’s award-winning outdoor family theme park is known for its panoramic smoky mountain views, thrilling treetop adventures including zipline and mountain coaster, dining, shopping, and seasonal special events featuring live music and family-friendly activities.

Ride a scenic Chondola or Ridge Rambler adventure truck from Downtown Gatlinburg to the summit of Anakeesta and enter a world of whimsy and family fun.

Walk North America’s longest Treetop Skywalk, play at TreeVenture and BearVenture Challenge courses or the Treehouse Village playground, Climb AnaVista Tower and see 360 ° mountain views from Downtown Gatlinburg’s highest point, then stroll lush meandering pathways in Vista Gardens, an interactive sensory garden.

Dine at Cliff Top restaurant with spectacular views of Mt. LeConte, serving delicious modern American cuisine. Savory southern BBQ and craft beers are served at the Smokehouse. Save room for a sweet treat at Pearl’s Pie in the Sky. Gather with friends and family around our firepit and watch the sunset on the smoky mountains while waiting for the lights of Downtown Gatlinburg to come alive.

General Admission includes: All-Day Access, visit early in the day and return later if you choose. Includes Anakeesta's Ghondola Ride, Elevated TreeTop Skywalk, Treehouse Village Adventure, Vista Gardens Walk, Memorial Forest Walk and Firefly Village. The Dueling Zipline Adventure, Gem Mining and Rail Runner Mountain Coaster is not included in General Admission and can be purchased when you arrive.


Tripster Customer Reviews

26 Reviews
Peggy Daugherty
Houghton lake, MI
1 Review
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"Fabulous day"
August 2021 NEW
It was one of the best things we did on our trip. There is something for adults and kids. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. We had already eaten so we didn’t try out the restaurant but we definitely will on the next trip.
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Tip: So much easier if you get your ticket ahead of time.

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Shawna Byers
1 Review
"Anakeesta Fear of Heights Challenge, CONQUERED!!!!"
August 2021
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Tip: The staff is amazing especially Zach, Nick and Julia. They make you feel safe, had a lot of fun and will leave you wanting to do it again!

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Knneth Lloyd
Bahama, NC
1 Review
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"Great Place"
August 2021
Had to wait in line about 1.5 hrs bring some water it was hot out.
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Tip: A lot of walking make sure you dress for it if hot out

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Tiffany Watson
Cincinnatti, OH
1 Review
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"Never again"
August 2021
I have never been so dissapointed with a service or an atraction. I recently had a family reunion in Gatlin, Tn. I puchased tickets for Anakeesta for20 family members, at acost of $350.00. I was not aware that you have to wait until they put every code in from the tickets into the computer to generate a braclet. Needless to say this was a head ache with small kids. Then it rained that day, nothing was open for over 3 hours, there is no evacuation plan to get you off of this hill, I was astounded. Needless to say we paid $350.00 for nothing. Very disappointed in this. They never offered a discount a refund or anything.
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Tip: Know you have to wait to get a braclet from your ticket, and once you get to the top if there is thunder you are stuck up there.

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Patricia Watts
Branchland, WV
2 Reviews
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August 2021
We had to wait in line for 3 hours and by the time we got to the top we were to tired to actually do anything it was also so hot the day we went which made it worse also there’s only 8 I closed cabins which makes the wait even longer if you want to ride one of those
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Tip: I think the best time to go would be cooler weather

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Jody Conway
Richton, MS
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
August 2021
I really enjoyed this place. Very beautiful views and good food!
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Tip: They have 2 options for getting there: the skylift chairs/gondola or you can ride the truck up.

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Sandra Bell LePrevost
Davenport, IA
4 Reviews
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"Absolute fun time"
June 2021
I would recommend the bus up if you are afraid of heights. Its a nice ride and faster then the line for the lift!! The walk across the tree tops was awesome. Views from the top are amazing.
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Tip: Great place to see. High price water so take your own!!

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Holly Bodish
Waukesha, WI
2 Reviews
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"Beautiful adventure"
June 2021
Lots to explore. Even without traditional theme park rides, kids had a great time. Ride to the top felt long and was very sunny. Be sure to wear sunscreen!
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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. The park does not issue refunds for tickets that have been redeemed and impacted for bad weather. Please check the weather prior to entry. 

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 (not included in General Admision)?
Yes. The Ziplining is an additional cost and 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 (not included in General Admission)?
Yes, the Rail Runner is an additional cost and 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.