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  • Writer's pictureSara Herr


Updated: Nov 27, 2022

Anakeesta originated from the Cherokee language; it literally means "the place of high ground." Anakeesta is situated on 70-acre mountain above Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It is a one-of-a-kind theme park with exquisite views of the Smokies.

The experience begins at the base of the mountain where the entrance will take you up the mountain on the Chondola or the Ridge Rambler whichever you prefer. On thing to keep in mind is: be on the look out for wildlife especially bears. They have been spotted numerous times in and around Anakeesta.

Once at top, you are welcomed by Firefly Village. It is like stepping to a a quite mountain village with plenty to see and do. Better get those walking shoes on. You're going to need them. But do not take my word for it; go and check this place out for yourself. The flower gardens are absolutely beautiful and the views breathtaking.

One of the highlights in Anakeesta is the AnaVista Tower. It is surrounded by the Vista Gardens; guests can climb the 84 steps to its observation deck. There you will have a breathtaking, scenic view of the Smokies. There are two glass panels that will allow you to peer down into the Vista Garden below. There are interpretive signs located in the four areas of the observation deck that identifies the mountain peaks and ranges within the Smokies. The guests can also see into Kentucky and North Carolina. Do not forget to take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. So mesmerizing!

It is all about the Smokies, right?

Afraid of heights? Looking down may or may not be worth the risk! But it does not hurt to take a risk once in a while, right? Especially through glass panels in the floor!

The Smokies are not the only view worth checking out from AnaVista Tower. So is Anakeesta itself. But do not take my word for it! You have to see it to believe it.

Check out the TreeTop SkyWalk. Immerse yourself in nature as you stroll along the 880' of spectacular hanging bridges. But keep a sharp eye out for wildlife. Bears are known to hangout in these parts. Just a heads up!

Here is a summery of things to do in Anakeesta including any additional cost!



Ride the Scenic Chondola or Ridge Rambler

Included in General Admission

Anavista Observation Tower

Included in General Admission

Dueling Zipline Adventure

Starting at $79.98 w/ Admission

Treeventure Challenge Course

Included in General Admission

Rail Runner Mountain Coaster

Single: $14.99; Tandem $18.99

Gem Mining

Beginning at $8.00

Bearventure Challenge Course

Included in General Admission

Treehouse Village Play Area

Included in General Admission

Splash Pad

Included in General Admission

There is also plenty of places to eat and shop. Here is just a few of what you will find at Anakeesta.




Great Outdoor Trading Company

Cliff Top

Catching Fireflies

Kephart Cafe

The Mercantile

Snack Shack

Adventure Outpost

Anakeesta is definitely a must on your Gatlinburg trip. Now, the question is: How much does it cost to visit place? Tickets are available at the entrance to the Chondola or online.

​Adults: 12-59


Children: 4-11


Seniors: 60+


3 and under


Or just click the button below and grab your Smoky Mountain Flex Pass to Anakeesta including several other attractions and tours customizable to your itinerary. Grab your Smoky Mountain Flex Pass today and Save on your next trip to the Smokies.

Now, that you have an idea of what Anakeesta is; time to grab the passes and the family; and hit the trail to the place where your adventure begins: Anakeesta.

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