Enjoy the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains with the best view in Gatlinburg.
Relax and Unwind
Vista Gardens, an enchanting botanical garden, features walking trails that meander through lush gardens filled with a variety of flowers and plants. Interactive and immersive experiences have been added in the newly expanded Vista Garden Walk. More than 3,000 new flowers, 800 shrubs, and 400 trees have been planted. Art sculptures called twigloos have been installed, pergolas with shaded seating, and a whimsical 20’ tall Willow Man sculpture (the “keeper” of the forest). Winding pathways will lead families to treehouse styled play areas, and the BearVenture Challenge Course for children. Let your imagination carry you through the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains!
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.
THE BEST VIEW OF THE SMOKIES
It’s a breathtaking view from the summit of Anakeesta. Discover the panoramic overlook of the Mt. LeConte Range hidden just above the City. Sit back and unwind at Firefly Village as you watch the mist roll out of the mountains in the early hours of the day. Then, find your favorite spot to watch the sunset over the Great Smoky Mountains and enjoy the twinkling lights of Gatlinburg come alive below.
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 Gatlinburg
Photos with friends are the memories we cherish. At Anakeesta you will find the best spot for a selfie with a backdrop of the majestic Great Smoky Mountains National Park or a friendly family of black bears!
Nestled 600′ above the heart of downtown Gatlinburg it is hard to find a bad spot for a selfie! Stroll across the Firefly Village bridge, pose next to our Anakeesta bear or put your feet up at the firepit centrally located in Firefly Village. All you need to do is smile and snap.
Sit, Relax and Enjoy Your Stay
After a day of adventure sit back and relax with family and friends in Firefly Village. Enjoy an ice cream, sip a root beer float or just share a quiet moment together taking in the views.
The firepit at Anakeesta is a hub of activity where guests can listen to music, watch the sunset or even listen to a story teller sharing Great Smoky Mountains adventures or tales of days gone by.