Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, TN

576 ParkwayGatlinburg, TN 37738
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Anakeesta re-opened on May 21. The facility takes your health concerns seriously.

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
A unique outdoor family experience immersing guests of all ages in the beauty and adventure of the great outdoors.

Anakeesta transforms into a Woodland Winter Wonderland from NOVEMBER 19th to FEBRUARY 15th

Experience a Woodland Wonderland of lights, live trees, Holiday displays, and of course, Santa Clause at Anakeesta this Winter in the heart of Gatlinburg:

  • Discover a 1,000' tunnel of twinkling artic lights as you stroll from Firefly Village to Vista Gardens.
  • Enjoy a display of live Christmas trees in Vista Gardens and on the Parkway, each decorated in their own unique style.
  • Santa will be on hand in Firefly Village Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec 20 and 21 from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM to engage with families and children.
  • Snap your Holiday family photo at our giant Anakeesta Snow Globe where the beautiful Great Smoky Mountain National Park acts as a natural backdrop.
  • Stroll along the Treetop Skywalk at night and immerse yourself in a forest of firefly lights that every adult and child will want to experience.
  • Enjoy Winter food specials and hot drinks like our famous Wassail at Cliff Top Grill and Bar and Pearl's Pie in the Sky.
  • Shop our quaint retail shops to find the perfect Holiday gifts you will want to share with friends and family.
  • Relax around the cozy fire pit at Firefly Village and enjoy the holiday lights.

And….when it snows in the mountains, Anakeesta is the very best spot to enjoy the views of fresh snowfall on the Mt. LeConte range. It is truly spectacular!

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, experience majestic scenic views of Mt. LeConte, quaint gift shops, and casual dining. 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)!

Tripster Customer Reviews

14 Reviews
Marla Hernandez
Stone Mountain, GA
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Love it!!!!!!!"
December 2019
I would recommend everyone to go to the place!!! It's beautiful and have so much to do. Next year they will be adding more to the location!
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Jeremy walls
Hartford city, IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Family fun"
September 2019
This is a must do family fun experience. Fun for the entire family, great food, treats, absolutely beautiful scenic views
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Tip: Plan on spending the entire day

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Stephanie Smith
Grand Rivers, KY
5 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Excellent"
August 2019
Loved the chairlift ride up to the top, very pretty once at the top and enjoyed the rope bridge. Wish we had visited at nighttime.
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Darryl Crocker jr
Pendleton, SC
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Anakeesta"
May 2019
Anakeesta was awesome great views and will definitely go back
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Lauren M.
Central City, KY
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Perfect Mountain View!"
May 2019
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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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eglsnst00
Goode, Virginia
"A one time place to visit "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 18, 2020 NEW
We heard that we needed to visit Anakeesta. Upon arriving (8:45am) there was already a line and a sign reading that zip lining was sold old for the day. After $12 for parking, and $45 entry fee we took the lift up the mountain. The views were spectacular and took about 10 minutes. From the time of arrival to getting to Anakeesta, it was just over an hour. Once on top, we found some cute shops and a coffee shop that admittedly said they were under staffed and that it would take some time to get coffee. After 40 minutes in line for coffee, we enjoyed the fire pit and the weather. We looked in the other shops, visited the tower and took the rope bridge through the woods (highlight of visit). The upper village was crowed, making walking difficult, and shopping near impossible. This was definitely a one time visit. The staff was not helpful, nor was information forth-coming. We were asked if we went on-line to buy tickets for the rides. Doubtful we will ever go back because it’s honestly just not worth the money and time. We absolutely love Gatlinburg but fee like we wasted our valuable time and money doing Anakeesta.
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emmalyne
Louisville, Kentucky
"Second visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 18, 2020 NEW
We first visited in august of 2019, this year we definitely wanted to visit again due to them having a new attraction at the top. We went up in the morning and again that evening. Must go up both times, the views are amazing in the morning and breath taking in the evening. The weekend we went the sky bridge was partially closed, but we still enjoyed it. The new tower was great, 360 views, relaxing. The evening we went you could see fireworks in the distance from the tower and that was awesome to watch. At night everything is lit up and very pretty. We enjoyed sitting and just relaxing. The lift up is nice but in the middle of the afternoon it can be very hot :). Overall we throughly enjoyed it and will definitely visit again.
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anneliesegal
Miami Beach, Florida
"Zip line is highly recommended"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 17, 2020 NEW
It was an amazing experience and worth the money. The guides were amazing and hilarious!!! Just go and do it!
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metrochica
Washington DC, District of Columbia
"Beautiful but very popular, come prepared."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 17, 2020 NEW
My husband and I visited Anakeesta on a Tuesday afternoon in early September. I wanted to go and do the tree bridges, which had recently reopened completely after a big storm broke some of them. I'll break down our visit in pros and cons. Pros: Advanced online tickets are the way to go. We showed up to the entrance to see a very long line. Because we had tickets in advance we were told to go to the right and were seated on a traditional ski lift up the mountain within 10 minutes of queuing up. It seemed the enclosed carriages were few and far between and many folks were waiting a long time to take them to the top. The ride up was scenic yet slow. We also got to watch the zip lining adventurers wiz above us. The entire mountain top is really beautiful. We spent a lot of time just sitting in a quite area away from the hustle and bustle looking at the changing light on the mountain. We had just gone for a long hike that morning and sitting and relaxing was just the right speed. We got hotdogs from a to go stand and they had a beer stand as well. We also got fantastic ice cream from the ice cream place near the restaurant. For just 5 dollars, I ordered a regular two flavors bowl expecting two scoops of each. Instead I received a massive serving of blackberry and Dutch chocolate ice cream. It was bigger than the sundaes people ordered. So that was a pleasant surprise. So much for the burning calories on the hike but the ice cream was delicious and we had a pretty view of the mountain as we ate it. The tree bridge was a lot of fun. I felt like an ewok. I would have done it a second time but there were too many people around. We did manage to keep our distance from folks until it bottle necked at the very end while people refused to budge and just talked at each other without masks. (sigh). I really like the garden area with Halloween decorations. It was very cute and not super busy besides the line for fresh squeezed lemonade. We spent some time around there. By 4 the crowds had diminished and I could see how lovely the whole park is. They did a great job with it. But they are expanding it and that comes with a lot of growing pains. The pandemic certainly doesn't make it easy to operate a tourist attraction either. Staff were all very polite and helpful. It would be good to get them more training on proper mask wearing though. There is a diversity of things to do and fun stuff for families and singles. The bathroom up by the garden area was very clean too. Cons: When we got to the top it was around 3 pm way past lunch and a good two hours before senior dinner, the restaurant was impenetrable. Just huge wait and grumpy, hungry folks. The tavern on the other side of the park was not yet open. It should be open now though. It looked very lovely. They were out of water at first but then a truck of water come up the mountain and places got restocked. There were a ton of people and social distancing was kind of a joke. So many visitors were not wearing masks and some employees did the whole I have a mask on my chin or mouth but not my nose thing. I'm giving Anakeesta a very good because I had a great time. My husband would have given it a good. He thought it was pretty and had lots of potential if not full of people. He was pretty concerned about lack of social distancing. I countered that by saying that it is pretty impossible to social distance anywhere in downtown Gatlinburg. It is definitely a concern though if you are older or have a weakened immune system. So factor that in on your planning. Not sure if going really early in the morning would help.
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flemingguy
"Great place on top of the mountain!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 17, 2020 NEW
This is in the middle of Gatlinburg and you take a lift to the top of the mountain! The area is very beautiful, but is a little crowded and cramped! If you decide to go to Anakeesta and want to zip line you need to book a day and time before you arrive! The have a chair lift with enclosed gondolas every 26 cars (they need more)! There espresso lots do on top of the mountain but the area is very condensed!
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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.