For a magical outdoor experience in the mountains, plan a visit to Anakeesta in Gatlinburg! This unique theme park offers great adventures for the whole family. To help guarantee you have the best time when you visit, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to Anakeesta:
Anakeesta is not your average Gatlinburg attraction. It’s located on 70 acres of forested land in downtown Gatlinburg and is a place where you will be inspired by nature, can enjoy time with family and friends, and discover the magic in the mountains. Before Anakeesta was built, its vision was to provide a family-oriented mountaintop experience with a promise to maintain the authenticity, heritage and beauty of the land — and it has done just that.
What to Do
There is something for everyone to enjoy at Anakeesta, from the thrill-seekers to those who just want to kick back and relax. Here are some of the top things to do when you visit:
Scenic Chondola: The scenic Chondola is your one-way ticket to the magical theme park. You can choose to ride in an open air 4-person chair or an enclosed gondola that seats 6. You will ride 600 feet up to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain while admiring stunning views of Gatlinburg and the Smokies.
Dueling Zipline: The Dueling Zipline Adventure lets you zip side-by-side with the person of your choice as you soar through the treetops on lines that stretch high above the forest floor. There are 3 ziplines, 2 rappels more than 50 feet high, and gorgeous views.
Tree Canopy Walk: On the Tree Canopy Walk, you will stroll 40 to 60 feet above ground across 16 connected sky bridges. Each bridge leads to a different observation platform where you can take in the scenery!
Shopping/Dining in Firefly Village: Firefly Village offers a unique shopping and dining experience for visitors. You can purchase a variety of Appalachian arts and crafts made by local artisans at Great Outdoors Trading Company, then grab a bite to eat at Anakeesta Smokehouse! For dinner with a view, dine at Cliff Top, which has everything from burgers to salads, then grab a drink at The Bar at the Top of the World as you watch the sunset.
Children’s Treehouse Village Playground: If you have kids, they will love getting the chance to explore the Children’s Treehouse Village Playground! The playground features both physical and educational elements that are designed to build strength and confidence. There is a log walk, a plank walk to a maze, a climbing adventure and more!
Enjoy the View: Anakeesta is the perfect place to relax and unwind while admiring the stunning scenery! Take a stroll through Vista Gardens, a peaceful walk past a cascading stream and through lush gardens, then grab a seat in one of the rocking chairs around the firepit, one of the best spots to watch the sunset.
When to Visit
Anakeesta is open year-round, allowing you to experience the beauty of the Smokies during every season. The park opens at 9 a.m. daily and is open both rain and shine. The activities continue to operate during inclement weather; however, if there are dangerous winds, lightning or other serious weather events, the park may close.
Where to Stay
When you visit Anakeesta, there is no better place to stay than Parkside Cabin Rentals. We have a variety of cabins available to accommodate every type of guest. There are 1 bedroom cabins for couples, 2 and 3 bedroom cabins for families, and large cabins for groups! All of our cabins come with everything you need and more for a fantastic stay. After a long and exciting day at Anakeesta, you will love coming back to your cabin and soaking in the bubbling hot tub before getting a good night’s rest. We even have cabins with their own entertainment, like game rooms and large flat-screen TVs! To make your stay more affordable, check out our cabin specials to see how you can save.
Now that you know everything there is to know about Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, it’s time to plan your visit! Browse all our Gatlinburg cabins and book your stay today.