Enjoy a one-of-a-kind family destination!
Play in the Trees
The mountains are a place for adventure and relaxation, exploration and wonder. A place where people of all ages can discover nature and family entertainment. You and your family will find lots of fun things to do in the Smoky Mountains at Anakeesta.
RIDE THE SCENIC CHONDOLA
Enter Anakeesta via our scenic Chondola. Choose to ride in an open air 4-person chair with safety bar or select an enclosed gondola cabin with seating for 6. This 12-minute ride takes you up 600’ to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain where you will enter the whimsical Firefly Village. Soar above the City of Gatlinburg and enjoy the spectacular views from above. This unique fixed-grip transportation system has 104 quad chairs and eight 6-person gondola cabins. The Anakeesta Chondola is the first of its kind to be built in the United States!
TREETOP CANOPY WALK
Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature on our scenic treetop canopy walk. Experience what it feels like to be a bird in the canopy as you stroll 40’ – 60’ above the forest floor along a series of 16 connected sky bridges suspended in the trees. Each bridge leads to a new observation platform where you can take in the sights, learn about your surroundings with our engaging interpretive signage and enjoy the spectacular views. Keep a sharp eye, you may spot a bear on the forest floor below or a woodpecker in the treetops.
CHILDREN’S TREEHOUSE VILLAGE PLAYGROUND
Children of all ages will love playing in the trees in this whimsically themed treehouse village interconnected by multiple bridges of varying challenge. Physical and educational elements designed to build strength and confidence will surprise guests at nearly every turn. Trek along a log walk to an elevated bird nest to learn about how an American Goldfinch cultivates its home, navigate a plank walk to a maze encapsulated by a house in the trees, and crawl through a tube net to a climbing adventure within the walls of nature.
Race on a Dueling Zipline
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.
Single Rail Mountain Coaster
COMING LATE FALL 2017! Our adrenaline pumping coaster sits low on the forest floor where you feel the full force of the 25 MPH speed. Race through the trees and twist and turn while flying down the mountain. Not just for the brave of heart, this family-friendly ride allows you to control your own speed. The unique car design lets you ride solo or tandem with young children.
Anakeesta Gem Mining
Strike it rich at the Anakeesta Gem Mine! An interactive waterfall and sluice allows kids of all ages to search for that special gemstone or fossil. Located at the end of the Treetop Canopy Walk and adjacent to the Treehouse Village Playground, Gem Mining is always a fun family activity.