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Posted on 8/16/2022

10 Fun Things to do at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, Tennessee


Come to Anakeesta and join the fun with ten terrific ways to spend a day at this mountaintop adventure park.

1. Climb AnaVista Tower

Welcome to the highest point in Gatlinburg! Climb the 86 steps to the observation platform for 360-degree views across the Smokies, as far as Kentucky.

2. Get Close to Nature

Bursting with native plants, Vista Gardens is a relaxing sensory garden with flowing water, fragrant blossoms, and refreshing breezes.

3. Stroll the TreeTop SKYWALK

Sixteen graceful bridges are your path through the forest canopy. This is a genuine bird’s-eye view! Visit at night for a magical walk, lit by gleaming fairy lights.

4. Go Ziplining

Don’t miss Anakeesta’s “dueling zip lines,” where you ride side by side with a friend. Ziplining includes three ziplines, multiple rappels, and an incredible forest view.

5. Ride the Mountain Coaster

Control your speed as you sail down the mountain in a personal coaster car on the Rail Runner. Twists turns and a 400-foot change in elevation make this a thrill.

6. Go Up the Mountain

Anakeesta perches 600 feet over Gatlinburg, so getting up here is part of the adventure. Take the Chondola, choosing an open-air chairlift or an enclosed gondola cabin for your ride–look for bears below! Or try the Ridge Rambler vehicle for an all-terrain trip.

7. INDULGE IN DELICIOUS DINING

Give in to temptation! Eateries serve something for everyone, from BBQ at the Smokehouse to steaks at Cliff Top to pizza at Kephart Cafe. Look for spots serving donut bites, ice cream, and fried pies to satisfy your sweet tooth.

8. Listen to Live Music

At Black Bear Village, bands play country, bluegrass, and more. Check the schedule to find the next show.

9. Experience Amazing Challenge Courses

The TreeVenture Challenge Course features three treehouses linked by bridges. The whole family can climb, swing, and slide high over the forest floor! For younger children, the BearVenture Challenge Course is a bear-themed kids’ course where they can have fun and build confidence

10. Go Mining for Sparkling Gems

Kids will love pretending they’re prospectors panning for gems in a mountain stream. A waterfall and sluice let them splash while they hunt for treasure.

Stay in a private, comfy vacation cabin in Gatlinburg, and you can visit Anakeesta again and again. Find your rental cabin today!

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