riding the rails to anakeesta

ANAKEESTA - A word from the Cherokee that refers to higher ground, or "the place of the balsams.  In Gatlinburg it's a 70-acre aerial adventure park filled with tree top canopy walks, concessions, gift shops, zip lines, and the most beautiful views this area has to offer!  There are two ways to get to this amusement park "in the sky!"  Ride the chair lift, or climb inside an Anakeesta Gondola. Immediately upon arriving, in the near distance you'll spot the most heartwarming, yet stirring area of Anakeesta, The "Memorial Forest Walk." it's an outdoor tribute to the Gatlinburg fires of November 2016!  Standing among the burned trees are podiums filled  with photos and information of the occurrences of that unfateful night.  Read testimonies of those who lost everything!  Find how their faith in God brought them through this terrible ordeal and how they were able to praise the wonderful name of Jesus!   As you move on, the whole family will enjoy Firefly Village, A tree-house village, and a canopy walk 50 feet in the air and includes 16 swinging bridges.  Enjoy unique shops filled with unusual gifts.  Savor a delicious hot/cold drink and a snack as you appreciate everything there is to offer here.

Hold on tight as the Anakeesta Gondola glides you up the mountain!ANAKEESTA GONDOLA
At Anakeesta relaxing is a popular ANAKEESTA RELAXATION
Follow this Anakeesta sign to find a certain
The Anakeesta village is an interesting place to visit in the Smokies!ANAKEESTA VILLAGE
Anakeesta Chair Lift

zip lining is an anakeesta favorite!

Mountain views are beautiful as you go Zip Lining Anakeesta!

Zip Lining is popular here!  The "Dueling Zip Line Adventure" sends you reeling across some of the Smoky Mountain's most scenic views.  Zip above the tree tops side by side with family, or friends.  This ride stretches over a thousand feet long! You're sure to bump into challenges along the way like perhaps, a bungee jump, or two!  When the ride is over,  the Chondola brings you back into the park.  The cost for a second trip on the Zip Lines is $14.99.  

Pricing is budget friendly!  Cost for the entire day is as follows:

  • Adults - $19.99
  • Seniors - $17.99 (60 & Older)
  • Children - $15.99
  • Children under 3 get in free!
  • Group Rates are also available upon request

Pricing for an annual season's pass:  This pass is good for 365 days after days of purchase.  Everything in the park is included except Zip Lining, Gem Mining, and the Mountain Coaster.

  • Adults -  $39.99
  • Seniors - $37.99
  • Children - $35.99


The regular admission price includes the Chondola ride, elevated 16-bridge Tree Canopy Walk, Tree house Village Playground,  The Vista Gardens Walk, The Memorial Forest Walk, and Firefly Village.  

There is an additional charge for Zip Lining.  Each zip is a thousand feet in length.  These dueling Zip Lines soar from two stations. Descend a controlled 60-feet before landing onto cushioned platforms.  You must be at least 7 years old to Zip Line, and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  The weight minimum is 70 pounds, while the maximum weight is 270 pounds.   

The most amazing views in the area are seen from this park!  The mountain peaks  are truly magnificent, while the entire city of Gatlinburg stands honorably in all her glory!  Once you've experienced this one-of-a-kind adventure, you'll want to come back time and again. Why??  Because this is the one place you can relax and take pleasure in the Smoky Mountains in a new, and exciting way....The Anakeesta Way!!!!