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
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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"Anakeesta"
May 2019
Anakeesta was awesome great views and will definitely go back
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Lauren M.
Central City, KY
4 Reviews
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"Absolutely worth it.. loved it"
January 2019
A lot of fun
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Gregory A
"Pricey"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed March 20, 2020 NEW
Was disappointed for the cost. We spent approximately $80 for our family of 4 to basically walk around. The food at the restaurant was poor too. In my opinion it's too costly for what it currently offers.
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sarahedi
Mishawaka, Indiana
"Disappointed "
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2020 NEW
The insect situation was out of control. The top was disappointing. The ride up and down was the best part, but it was overall not great. I thought there would be more to do, and I feel like this was oversold in the reviews here. That, or everyone else had low expectations.
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DayTrip27311624734
"Very relaxing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2020 NEW
Although I'm not a fan of open seating, the ride to the top was entertaining at my expense. When at the final destination there's plenty to do and watch. Just to be able to set and relax is worth the money.
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flutelet
Lexington, Kentucky
"Breathtaking views!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 15, 2020 NEW
Anakeesta was gorgeous, cute, and reminds me a an alpine ski resort (wo skiing obviously). It was busy on a March Saturday. There is parking lots and garages near the park as you first enter downtown Gburg. Took an open lift up which felt like 30 min. So if you have to use the bathroom—use it first before the lift. There are “chondalas” but the wait is much longer. We were ok with open lift as we don’t have kids or extra equipment like strollers. The little neighborhood is decorated so cute!!! Comes with a restaurant, hot dog stand, beer stand, tree ropes course, shops, ice cream, garden, and a waterslide in the works. Hot dog stand has great service and meal comes with a bag of chips. The ice cream/coffee shop was a little chaotic with people not knowing what to order in their coffee. The mountain coaster was a blast, but I could see why it can be dangerous if you don’t brake like the sign tells you to in the down slopes. The menu in restaurant didn’t seem to appealing - just regular chicken fingers and burgers. It was open air—they should get some heaters up there. Took the open lift back down. Had a wonderful time enjoying the views! Will be back to see the developments for sure.
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pooop
Franklin, Tennessee
"Good time, great view."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 14, 2020 NEW
Long chair lift to the top, or a small gondola if the lift freaks you out. Also a van ride if needed. The lift is pretty high up in spots. Not for the faint hearted. The restaurant/grill was great. Good food, but not fancy. Chicken fingers, cheesesteak, burger were all good. The view is fantastic of Gatlinburg below. Indoor and outdoor seating. Order and pay at the counter, find a table with a view and they bring your food to you. Friendly service. The treetop rope bridges were extensive and a good time. We did not do the zip lines or mountain coaster which are extra. This place is new and they are adding to it. Lots of potential. Perhaps a little pricey for what's there now, but I'm still glad we did it. Lunch with a great view was worth it.
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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.