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ANAKEESTA ADMISSION – (All day unlimited access)
Purchase a ticket after 6PM and enter the park free the following day.
DUELING ZIPLINE – (entry to Anakeesta is required to access ziplines)
Zip through the treetops on Anakeesta’s two unique ziplines. Stretching high over the forest floor, each zip is over 1,000 feet in length and will give you beautiful views of the Smokies while zipping right next to friends or family. Along the way you’ll be able to test your courage at our two challenge stations where you’ll rappel off our platforms and enjoy a controlled 60 foot descent to a cushioned platform below. Zipline guests return to the summit by riding the Chondola from the mid-station.
Yes, many parts of Anakeesta are wheelchair accessible. The Gondola cabins size are 32″ wide and 49″ deep for your ride to the summit of Anakeesta. The Firefly Village’s shops, dining pavilion and areas to enjoy the scenic overlooks are all wheelchair accessible as well.
Yes, this is the only way for visitors to get to Anakeesta.
If you are ziplining, then you are required to wear closed-toe shoes and be able to pull back long hair.
For all of our other activities we suggest wearing comfortable clothing and shoes.
Groups of all kinds are welcome at Anakeesta, and we’re happy to work with you on planning your group visit. Please get in touch with us directly at 865-325-2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss group pricing and logistics.
Pre-purchased tickets cannot be refunded. However, Anakeesta tickets are good for one year from date of purchase.
Daniel Laine is our staff Arborist. He has a degree in Forestry from Va Tech and has 20 years of experience in the tree care industry and 22 years as a member of the United States Army Reserves. He is a Certified Arborist, a Certified Tree Care Safety Professional, and has an Applicator’s Certification by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. He regularly attends seminars and conferences to stay on the cutting edge of Arboriculture and to maintain his certifications. Over the course of his career, he has held the position of Tree Climber, Tree Crew Foreman, Integrated Pest Management Specialist, Sales Arborist, Safety Manager, and General Manager for some of the top tree care companies in Tennessee. He has partnered with regional universities to create internship programs and helped establish, and taught for two semesters, the tree climbing portion of the Urban Forestry class at the University of Tennessee. He has participated for seven years in the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council’s Tree Climbing Competition as both a competitor and a judge. He is highly skilled in multiple methods of rope and saddle tree climbing, and rope and rigging techniques. He uses advanced tree felling techniques that employ multiple levels of safety back-ups to ensure that any tree removal operations are done in a safe and precise manner. His knowledge of insect and disease issues along with his professional approach to tree care have been instrumental in the continual recovery from the wild fires and ensuring the health of our trees for future generations.
Anakeesta doesn’t allow pets. However, ADA service dogs accompanying people with disabilities are permitted. Please notify our staff when purchasing your ticket if you will be accompanied by a service animal.
Anakeesta activities, including entry on the Chondola, ziplines and mountain coaster will continue to operate during inclement weather.
Anakeesta is a Cherokee word meaning “Place of the Balsams” or a place of high ground. Anakeesta rock was formed over 200 million years ago and is mostly slate. You can see Anakeesta rock high above Gatlinburg at Chimney Tops, Charlie’s Bunion and Mount Kephart in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
On-site paid parking allows Anakeesta guests convenient access before embarking on the Chondola ride to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain.
Guests 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.
When Anakeesta stops selling tickets is determined by a number of factors, including weather and season, and may change daily. Daily hours of operation will be posted at the ticket booth.
No, reservations are not required.
Anakeesta is pleased to offer the following discounts:
Visit our zipline page to review guidelines, restrictions and requirements.