Anakeesta – 576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Are you looking for picturesque Great Smoky Mountain Views without the hike? Take a walk in the clouds on a mountain of magic at Anakeesta, an adventure park in the sky, home to an award-winning zip line, a mountain coaster, treetop skywalks, beautifully landscaped vista gardens, shopping, dining, and the best 360-degree views of Great Smoky Mountains in all of Gatlinburg!
Anakeesta is the Cherokee Indian word for “the place of high ground,” and you simply have to experience the beauty of this space in person! During your visit, enjoy a picturesque and relaxing ride on the 4-person chairlift or an open-air semi-enclosed 6-person chondola 600 feet to the top or, if you’re afraid of heights, ride the rambler – an open-air truck that transports around 45 guests up the mountain on a 20-minute guided tour. Once you’re at the top, make your way to one of Anakeesta’s many attractions, dining options and shops.
When it comes to live entertainment, Anakeesta did not disappoint! We stepped off the chair lift and into the gorgeous Smokehouse BBQ & Brewery high atop Gatlinburg where we were welcomed with a live acoustic rendition of Prince’s Purple Rain which, when combined with the phenomenal views of The Smokies, gave us chills – pure mountain magic!
Anakeesta features a number of seasonal events that can’t be missed. We visited during Summer in the Smokies which featured spectacular garden displays, live music, seasonal eats & drinks, and some really impressive Lego creations! Anakeesta is home to good brews & great views year-round, but the Summer in The Smokies seasonal offerings are spectacular featuring a Summer Sangria, Mountain Margarita, Raspberry Mojito and so many others that must be sampled. Beer lovers can enjoy Highland Brewing blends like Hazy Heights and seasonal Peachful, and don’t forget to sample a few of Sugarland Shine’s cocktails as well.
You’ll have to wait for the vlog, but our first mountain coaster experience was a blast at Anakeesta! A very big shout out to Danny at Anakeesta for taking such good care of us and showing us such a good time on our very first ride. As mountain coaster rookies, we weren’t sure what to expect, but Danny took great care of us and made sure we had the best experience possible.
The highlight of our visit to Anakeesta was our walks through the Treetop Skywalk, a series of the longest tree-based skywalk in North America with 880′ of hanging bridges suspended 50-60′ in the air all with spectacular views.
Plan your visit to Anakeesta with this pricing breakdown
General Admission Fees:
Adult (Ages 12-59): $34.99 USD/per person
Children (Ages 4-11): $22.99 USD/per person
Seniors (Ages 60 +): $27.99 USD/per person
Children ages 3 and under are FREE!
Included with the price of General Admission are the following:
- a roundtrip ride on the chairlift, chondola or ridge rambler
- access to the AnaVista Observation Tower
- walk across the Treetop Skywalk
- the Treeventure Challenge Course
- the Treehouse Adventure Play Area
- the Bearventure Challenge Course
Optional activities can be added on to your Anakesta General Admission ticket for an additional cost including:
- the dueling zipline adventure $59.99 USD/per person add-on OR $94.98 USD/per person stand alone
- the Rail Runner Mountain Coaster $14.99 USD/per person
- Gem Mining $10.00 USD/per person
- Astra Lumina Night Walk $15.99 USD/per person add-on OR $51.98 USD/per person stand alone
Obviously, we couldn’t do it all on our very first visit which gives us a reason to return again and again! The one thing we really wanted to experience but just didn’t have time for is the Astra Lumina Night Walk where the entire forest is illuminated at night. Although the photos on instagram are absolutely beautiful, this is just something we have to see in person to experience & we can’t wait to return!
Thank you to Anakeesta for hosting our magical day in the mountains! We hope our review of Anakeesta will help you plan your first or next visit to this magical mountaintop adventure park! If you haven’t already been, we hope everyone has a chance to visit this adventure park in the clouds where you’ll have a fun-filled day the whole family will enjoy.
We want to hear all about your past or future visits to Gatlinburg, your trip planning, and any questions you may have in order to help you plan the best possible visit to eastern Tennessee!
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