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.
  • 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
Your journey begins at Anakeesta ~ a Gatlinburg-based theme park offering a unique outdoor family experience by 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.

Reserve Pigeon Forge Customer Reviews

3 Reviews
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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Donald Moore
Buffalo Grove, IL
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"well worth the time"
August, 2018
went early , helped to have voucher to turn in rather than waiting in line, well maintained and good food at restaurant , treetop walk interesting
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Tip: Go early to avoid line and order online to get voucher

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jim young
1 Review
"great family time"
August, 2018
our family really ejoyed our day. the chair lift had a great view. the food was good. they had a lot of free stuff for our kids, a walk in the trees, a nice playgound and a storyteller who really kept us entertained. this was a good choice for us
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Tip: great views. storyteller

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"Thanksgiving week"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 03, 2018 NEW
This was a fun experience. The open lift is faster than the enclosed lift. Fun activities to do at the top. We zip lined for the first time and it was awesome! You need to book ahead of time to zip line; it gets booked quickly and they did decline people because they could only take as much.
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Panama City Beach, Florida
"A Day Of Family Fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 03, 2018 NEW
Our group of four adults along with our four year old Granddaughter visited on Saturday November 17th. This was our second visit. We rode the Chondola (6 person enclosed) up, and the chair lift (4 person open air) down. Enjoyed both. Upon arriving at the top my Granddaughter wasted no time sprinting into action. She rode the Rail Runner (additional charge) with her dad (her first mountain coaster ride), did the Gem Mining and then the Treehouse Village playground and that was before lunch! We had lunch at the Cliff Top Grill and bar. Our lunch from the grill was excellent; Price is very good for the amount of food you get (portion large enough to share) and the city backdrop and Mountain View’s can’t be beat. After lunch it was time for the sixteen bridge Tree Canopy Walk and then the Memorial Forest Walk and Vista Garden Walk (very informative about the 2016 Gatlinburg Fire). We ended the day sitting around the fire pit while my Granddaughter enjoyed her ice cream cone. For you older kids they also have dueling zip-lines (additional charge) through the treetops. The employees we encountered were friendly and helpful. The adults in our group enjoyed all the amenities from the retail shops to just sitting in the rocking chairs and enjoying the magnificent scenic views. Overall we had another great experience. This is a “Must Do” when you visit the area. Keep in mind that their operating schedule as well as which rides are open is subject to change based on weather conditions. Open daily;
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"Anakeesta family visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 02, 2018 NEW
Great visit to Anakeesta. We had a 2 year old so for his trip up the mountain the enclosed cabin was chose. I did see several families with similar aged children choose to ride the chair lift. In my opinion a bad idea. There is no safety clips or belts at all. The pictures and history on the fire from 2016 was informative. The views from Anakeesta were beautiful. We were fortunate to have clear sunny weather. Two of us had fun zip lining. Our guides were awesome (Tanner Levi Jeffrey and can’t remember the rest). This guide crew on 12/2/18 made my first zip lining adventure an awesome experience!!!
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"Everything about this was great!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 02, 2018 NEW
You can take a chairlift or gondola. The ride down was dark and the view of the city lights was breathtaking! There is a swinging bridge and gardens at the top. You can sit and enjoy the mountain view. Cute little shops and a coupke of places to eat or get a hot beverage. Can’t wait to go back when we have more time to explore.
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"Still early, but looks promising..."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 28, 2018 NEW
They just opened, but I have high hopes for the attraction. It's a bit pricey to get to the top as you have to ride the sky lift, but the views are excellent. A few shops and lots for the kids to do. A nice memorial to the 2016 fire along the path.Dress warm if you go in the colder months as the ride is chilly, but be sure to check it out.
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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.

When does Anakeesta open?
The park opens daily at 10:00 am.