Anakeesta is an award-winning mountaintop adventure park located above, and in the heart of, downtown Gatlinburg. Our nature immersive park offers an authentic Smoky Mountain experience for families of all ages. Anakeesta literally means “the place of high ground” in the Cherokee language. Anakeesta is situated on a 70-acre mountain 600’ above the city of Gatlinburg.

Gatlinburg is the gateway city to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As the most visited National Park in the United States the area sees up to 14 million visitors annually. Travelers from around the world enjoy the hiking, attractions, restaurants, shopping and entertainment that can be found in our area.

The promise of Anakeesta is to create a unique, authentic outdoor family experience by immersing guests of all ages in the beauty and adventure of the Smoky Mountains. By providing diverse offerings and quality craftsmanship we will instill a sense of appreciation and wonder for the Magic That’s in the Mountains.


How do I purchase an annual pass?

Become an Anakeesta VIP and discover the best way to enjoy your family vacation in Gatlinburg, the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Every VIP receives one FREE buddy pass, 20% off all shopping and dining (excludes alcohol) and unlimited access to the Chondola Lane.

How much is admission to anakesta?

Check out our updated pricing on all of our family-friendly activities by clicking the button below!

Can I propose at Anakeesta?

Yes, you are welcome to pop the question to your loved one while visiting Anakeesta! We have several picturesque locations that are very popular including; the heart twigloo, the Treetop Skywalk or the top of AnaVista Tower. No advanced reservations are required and no photo packages are being offered at this time.

Do I need to make reservation to zipline?

No, reservations are not required but are encouraged. You can check availability by calling us.

I have a question about food allergies?

We use reasonable efforts in our food preparation and handling procedures to avoid introducing the most common allergens into our menu offerings. While we take steps to prevent cross-contact, we do not have separate allergy-friendly kitchens and are unable to guarantee that a menu item is completely free of allergens.

Is Ankeesta wheelchair accessible?

While many parts of Anakeesta are wheelchair accessible like our Firefly Village shops, dining pavilion, Black Bear Village, and scenic viewing platforms, there are some areas that are not accessible by wheelchair or stroller such as the Vista Gardens, Treetop Skywalk, and Astra Lumina.

Are pets available?

Anakeesta does not allow pets. However, ADA certified service animals are permitted. Please notify our staff when purchasing your ticket if you will be accompanied by a service animal.

Where can I park?

On-site paid at “Parkway Parking” (not an Anakeesta owned parking lot) allows 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.
Anakeesta does not offer guest parking. There are however several public parking lots and City parking garages nearby. All have handicapped parking available.

Does Anakeesta provide First Aid?

We have certified professionals ready to help if First Aid assistance is needed. Find help at the Information Booth on Anakeesta Mountain located inside our Firefly Village. First Aid assistance can also be found in other buildings throughout the park. Please ask an Anakeesta employee for assistance.

Can guest bring their own food?

Outside foods and drinks are not permitted at Anakeesta unless required for medical purposes.

Are backpack allowed?

Yes! Backpacks and diaper bags are allowed

Can guest bring their own food?

No, as authorized by the T.C.A. no firearms are allowed at Anakeesta

What are the rules for the treetop skyway?

Anakeesta’s Treetop Skywalk is an exciting way to experience a bird’s eye view from the trees. Please respect the trees, they are alive and allowing you to visit their canopy. You will be walking on bridges that sway and move. you will be required to walk up and down stairs, and uneven surfaces. If you are unable to perform these tasks, then please do not walk on the skywalk. After the second bridge, the Treetop Skywalk is a one-way loop. There are a total of 16 bridges in the Treetop Skywalk and 14 viewing platforms. The following are our rules; have fun and be safe.

  • Use at your own risk
  • Hold onto the railing at all times
  • All participants must be able to walk without assistance
  • No carrying of children permitted
  • No climbing, sitting, or leaning over railings
  • Secure loose items
  • No food, or beverages on Treetop Skywalk
  • No passing on skywalk
  • No more than 8 people on any skybridge
  • Respect the trees. Do not peel, mark or harm the trees
  • No running, jumping, bouncing or swaying on the skywalk
  • No strollers are allowed
  • No smoking

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