You can almost feel the excitement in the air as a new major family attraction called Anakeesta prepares to debut in Gatlinburg! This amazing new attraction consists of several activities for guests to enjoy, starting with a scenic chairlift or gondola ride to the top of Anakeesta Mountain. Once at the top, you can explore a magic treehouse with retail stores, ziplines and more! Enjoy spectacular views of Mt. LeConte and the sparkling lights of downtown Gatlinburg.
How to Get to Anakeesta Mountain
Guests can access Anakeesta Mountain directly from the Parkway via a unique aerial lift called a Chondola! The base of the lift is situated in the heart of downtown at traffic light #5, just across the street from Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. From the base, the Chondola transports guests on a 12 minute ride and 600 feet above downtown Gatlinburg to the top of Anakeesta Mountain with gorgeous views of the Great Smoky Mountains. The awesome thing about the Chondola is that you can choose to ride up in an open air quad chair lift or in the privacy of a 6 person enclosed gondola cabin!
Activities and Adventures at the Summit
Upon arriving at the summit of Anakeesta Mountain, there are many activities and adventures for guests to check out! Whether you want to shop, ride a mountain coaster or simply enjoy the tremendous views, there is something for everyone at this 70 acre natural forested playground!
Shop and Dine at Firefly Village
Discover a magical treehouse with a variety of themed retail stores featuring everything from local crafts to handmade candies, jewelry and clothing items.
Explore Scenic Overlooks
Admire a nearly 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains as well as a bird’s eye view of downtown Gatlinburg from several scenic overlooks!
Have Fun on the Playground
Kids can have a blast on a treehouse playground that is designed for children of all ages!
Walk the Tree Canopy
Gain a new perspective of the mountains as you walk 40 to 60 feet above the ground through a series of 21 hanging bridges that connect the forest trees!
Zip Line Adventure
Soar through the air on dual zip lines where you can challenge your friends and family members to a challenging race!
Control the speed of your own mountain coaster sled as you zip along twists and turns throughout the forest before enjoying a relaxing ride back to the summit.