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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

10 Reviews
Lauren M.
Central City, KY
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Perfect Mountain View!"
May 2019 NEW
This place has everything. Tree houses, gardens, plenty of food, shopping, zip lining, and more! If you are looking for perfect views of the mountains, this is it! Perfect for family photos and perfect for peaceful outlook on top of the world. It’s truly beautiful.
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Tip: Vista Gardens and Photo Ops there.

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kristen rodriguez
Hamilton, OH
7 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Quite pricey!!"
April 2019
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
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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173kyliep
Dundee, Illinois
"Favorite part of our trip!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2019 NEW
Amazing mountain views! A little something for everyone to do! The ride up and the ride down was so much fun! Clean restrooms. A bar and a restaurant, as well as different food stands to chose from. Gift shops as well!
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ltdburnett
Walton, Kentucky
"Mountain View Surprise "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 19, 2019 NEW
The Cherokee word has it right as a “high place “ and a most beautiful one at that. The Zipline crew of Jordan, Spencer and Darryl were amazing and took great care of us. Pearls Ice Cream was amazing and can’t wait to visit again. Great job Bentz family.
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BillyT0718
Jacksonville, Florida
"Amazing Sky lift"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 19, 2019 NEW
This is by far, the BEST sky lift in Gatlinburg, TN. The views up top, complete with rocking chairs on the side of the mountain is second to none. Be sure to walk the tree canopy and do the Zipline. The views at the cliff restaurant is AMAZING, to die for. This is a MUST see while visiting Gatlinburg, TN
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ImTheBestReviewrEver
"The best experience ever!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 18, 2019 NEW
OMG! This place was awesome! I went in the beginning of March and it was absolutely wonderful! I had a lot of fun on the zip line and Justin was the best! He was very funny, nice, and helpful. All of the staff were very nice and great people. Anakeesta has a very lovely atmosphere. A lot of fun and kid-friendly! Would definitely go again!!
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Hedy C
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
"An Amazing Day Out"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 15, 2019 NEW
Me and my son had an amazing and magical time at Anakeesta! The Zipline and food was great, and the service was wonderful. Luke and Jay were incredible guides for the Zipline, which made it the best part of the trip. The scenery was beautiful and it was an overall magical experience!
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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.