7 Tips for Visiting Anakeesta in Gatlinburg
Every vacation should include stunning views of the Smoky Mountains, BBQ, BeaverTails, YeeHaw Brewing, a walk among the butterflies, a zipline trip through the tree canopy and a friendly game of cornhole. Where can you find a place with all of that and more? At Anakeesta in Gatlinburg! The entry to this “magical theme park in the mountains” is located in downtown Gatlinburg, but the fun awaits at the top of Anakeesta Mountain in the Smokies. We’ve put together 7 tips for visiting Anakeesta as well as a few exciting plans that they have for this year!
Tip #1: Buy your tickets online. If you arrive at the entrance for Anakeesta and the ticket line is long, you’ll see the short line that welcomes online vouchers and wish that you had purchased yours beforehand. However, keep in mind that pre-purchased tickets are non-refundable. Tickets are good for one calendar year from the date of purchase, but no refunds are available.
Tip #2: Make the most of your 1-Day ticket! Tickets include unlimited all day access. If you’re staying with us at The Appy, you’ll be just minutes away from Anakeesta. Visit early and enjoy the activities, head back to the hotel for a midday rest and then take another ride back to the top for dinner and spend the evening at one of the best spots in town for watching the sunset!
Tip #3: Currently the only way to access Anakeesta is by the Chondola and riding the chairlift or Gondola to the top. This important to share with all members of your party before you arrive so that they know what to expect. The chairlift is open air and seats 4 people, the Gondola is enclosed and seats 6. The ride to the top is approximately 14 minutes long and offers incredible views of the mountains! Many areas at the top are wheelchair accessible, the Gondola is 32″ wide and 49″ deep and can be used for transporting a wheelchair to the top. The park also offers wheelchairs to use free of charge once you’re at the top of the mountain.
Tip #4: The weather in the Smokies can be very unpredictable but the staff at Anakeesta monitor the weather closely and in the event that they feel the situation may be unsafe for guests, they will suspend operations. Check their website for full details on their weather policy and be sure to check the forecast on the day of your visit to the park.
Tip #5: Ziplining through the canopy of beautiful trees on Anakeesta is one of their most popular activities. Reservations for the breathtakingly stunning and heart racing experience are not required – but they are recommended. You can check availability by calling Anakeesta at 865-325-2400 EXT 310.
Tip #6: Experience Anakeesta on a budget. It is true that once at the top, some activities do cost extra. However, there are also plenty of ways to enjoy your time without spending more than you can afford or want to spend. Take a walk along the Canopy Walk, take advantage of the free crafts for kids, play one of the outdoor games that are available, soak up the views from the swings and rockers, let the kiddos play in the Treehouse Village Playground, fill up your camera or phone with family photos and read over the plaques for the Memorial Forest Walk.
Tip #7: Some attractions and activities do have height, weight and age restrictions. Know before you go. Check the park’s websites for detailed restrictions for the activities that you want to do during your time on the mountain.
Exciting News From Gatlinburg’s Most Magical Mountain:
Vista Garden Walk:
The Vista Garden Walk is a new interactive area that opened memorial day weekend of 2019 and is an area where even the butterflies seem to have a little extra joy in their hearts! Take a stroll, snap a few photos and enjoy the beauty!
The Ridge Rambler:
Late summer of 2019, Anakeesta will be introducing their newest way to access the mountain! Guests will have the option of experiencing a 30 minute guided tour from the parkway to the top in a 5-ton M923-A2 customized military truck. The adventure ride will be available at no extra cost and will include an audio tour that includes facts about everything from the history of Gatlinburg to our favorite flora and fauna that can often be seen in the area!
Have plans for 2019’s Halloween yet? If not, Gatlinburg may just be the spot for you! Anakeesta’s Hallow Mountain will be the city’s premier Halloween event and the fun will be included in your general admission. The area will offer everything from kid-friendly Halloween fun to heart pounding scare areas as well. Kids will enjoy crafts, movies, activities, games, characters and sweet treats! If you’re feeling extra brave, make plans to hang around until after dark when the spooks arrive!
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