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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 Great Smoky Mountains at Anakeesta. View printable Anakeesta brochure.
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 scenic 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!
TREE CANOPY WALK
Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature on our scenic Tree 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.
Anakeesta Rail Runner Mountain Coaster - Coming Summer 2018
Anakeesta’s new single-rail mountain coaster will be the first of its kind in the United States! As a single-rail line, riders can ride lower to the ground on a single track creating a thrilling and unique experience as you race through the trees while flying down the mountain. It also allows you to control your own speed so if you prefer a slower pace you can do that too! The Anakeesta Rail Runner takes you through tunnels, across bridges and can hit speeds of 25 mph. The ride begins with 1,600 feet of downhill twists and turns that include a 400 ft. vertical drop and ends with a scenic uphill ride back to the top of Anakeesta Mountain. Riders can ride solo or tandem with a small child.
- Maximum weight: 270 lbs. (if you choose to ride with a child, your combined weight cannot exceed 270 lbs.)
- Minimum age: 3 years old
- Riders under the age of 9 must ride tandem with a companion
- Our Rail Runner carts feature back and headrests for a comfortable and safe ride
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.