Immerse yourself in the beauty that surrounds you
Relax and Unwind
Discover an Experiential Sensory Garden
Get ready to experience an incredible mountaintop garden retreat in the smoky mountains at our experiential sensory garden, Vista Gardens. This garden began as a clean canvas of design following the Chimney Top II Wildfires of 2016. Virtually every single tree was charred and destroyed from the damage of the fires. This gave Anakeesta the challenge and opportunity to create a very special garden design.
Listen to the birds and sounds of cascading waterfalls, discover musical garden chimes and feel cool mountain breezes as you pass through the wisteria covered misting tunnel. Meet Willow, share a memory at the iconic heart twigloo, enjoy the laughter of children at TreeVenture and BearVenture, then climb AnaVista Tower to discover 360⁰ views of the national park and downtown Gatlinburg.
Coming back from the fires in 2016, Vista Gardens has become part of our reforestation project in order to revitalize this side of our mountain and continue being good stewards of the land at Anakeesta.
Your Seat Is Waiting
Discover panoramic mountain views hidden just above the city of Gatlinburg. Breathe in the fresh mountain air as you watch the sunlight dance off the trees. Grab a seat at our infinity bar or in a rocking chair and enjoy relaxing with the beauty of the great smoky mountains. Find your favorite spot to enjoy your day and stay to watch the most magnificent sunset you will ever see in Tennessee!
MEMORIAL FOREST WALK
On November 28, 2016, more than 15,000 acres of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Gatlinburg were damaged by the most devastating fire in the state’s history. The south side of Anakeesta Mountain which was badly scorched is a fitting location for our Forest Memorial Interpretive Trail.
Stroll through this tribute to the Gatlinburg fires of 2016 that serves as a reminder of the courage of the brave men and women who fought the fires, the fortitude of those affected and the resilience and restoration of our beloved Smoky Mountains and the city of Gatlinburg that truly are ‘mountain tough.’
The Best Selfie Spot in the Smokies!
Nestle into the lap of Willow, fall in love at our heart twigloo, strike a pose by a Tennessee themed waterfall, or capture the backdrop of Mt. LeConte from AnaVista Tower….all you need to do is smile and snap! Opportunities for the perfect selfie are endless! Capture memories that you can relive for years to come when you visit Anakeesta!
Gather around the fire pit while you enjoy a sweet treat or cold brew and share in the excitement of all the wonderful things Anakeesta has to offer. Black Bear Village is a hub of activity where friends and families can relax and enjoy each others company, listen to music, watch a movie and soak up every moment of your trip! Take in the sunset from whimsical firefly village as you watch the lights of downtown Gatlinburg come to life!