Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, TN
576 Parkway • Gatlinburg, TN 37738
With your Anakeesta tickets you can experience an outdoor adventure theme park that combines nature, thrill, and wonder for a one-of-a-kind journey. Ride the chair lift, race on a zip line, see epic mountain views atop Anavista Tower at sunset or brave the treetop skywalk—the choice is yours! Plus, don’t miss the quaint shops, restaurants, and more.
Anakeesta is located in the heart of Gatlinburg at 576 Parkway.What time does Anakeesta open?
Anakeesta is open year-round, but operating hours will vary. The park opens at 9 am Memorial Day through December and at 10 am January and February. March through May, operating hours will vary. Please see the operating calendar in the ticket section above for operating hours during your selected date range.Can you drive to Anakeesta?
You can't drive to Anakeesta Mountain. However, there are three fun ways to the park included in Anakeesta admission tickets. You can take an enclosed Chondola ride, an open-air chairlift, or the Ridge Rambler adventure truck that includes a 20-minute guided tour.Is parking available?
Anakeesta does not offer guest parking. However, several public parking lots and City parking garages are available nearby. All have handicapped parking available. On-site paid at “Parkway Parking” (not an Anakeesta owned parking lot) allows for convenient access before embarking on the Chondola ride to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain. You 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.Is Anakeesta wheelchair accessible?
While many parts of Anakeesta are wheelchair accessible like the 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 and Treetop Skywalk. However, Anakeesta's Gondola cabins are 32″ wide and 49″ deep to accommodate both wheelchairs and strollers for your ride to the summit. Please note: Beginning August 8 through Spring 2023 the access ramp into Vista Gardens/AnaVista Tower will be closed due to continued expansion of the park.What should I wear?
Anakeesta suggests wearing comfortable clothing and shoes that are appropriate for the area's changing weather. If you will be ziplining (additional), then you are required to wear close-toed shoes and be able to pull back long hair.Are pets allowed?
Anakeesta does not allow pets. However, ADA certified service animals are permitted.Is Anakeesta open in the rain?
East Tennessee is subject to many different types of weather conditions. Anakeesta is an outdoor theme park and many of the rides and activities are designed to operate safely in a variety of weather conditions including rain, snow and light winds. Weather conditions are monitored at all times for the safety of Anakeesta guests and staff. With this in mind, staff may choose to suspend operations during periods of inclement weather. The park does not issue refunds for tickets that have been redeemed and impacted by bad weather. Please check the weather prior to entry.What does Anakeesta mean?
Anakeesta is a Cherokee Native American word for high ground, literal meaning “place of the balsams.” It is often associated to a massive rock formation known as Anakeesta rock that is mostly slate. You can see Anakeesta rock outcroppings in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at spots like Chimney Tops and Charlie’s Bunion.