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Here We Grow Again: Anakeesta in Gatlinburg Prepares for Biggest Expansion Yet

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You may remember in 2020 when Anakeesta in Gatlinburg completed its largest expansion yet, including the opening of the AnaVista Tower! If you thought that was incredible, wait until you hear about their new expansion, which will be their biggest expansion yet! We’ve gathered all the details we know so far on the Anakeesta expansion.

About the Anakeesta Expansion

Anakeesta recently announced a first-of-its-kind nighttime experience, Lumina Nights, that will be opening this fall in the park. However, that’s not the only new addition coming to the popular Gatlinburg attraction. Anakeesta is gearing up for its biggest expansion yet — bigger than the $6.5 million expansion in 2020! While not much information has been officially released yet, we do have a few details on what’s coming:


Birdventure sign at AnakeestaBirdventure will allow visitors to fly high with brand new adventures in the park. This new area of the park will feature 3 new treehouses and multiple slides. The new challenge course will be designed to be fun for thrill-seekers of all ages!

New Mountain Coaster

If you love the Rail Runner Mountain Coaster, then you’ll love this new part of the expansion! Anakeesta in Gatlinburg will be adding a brand new mountain coaster for double the thrill. No details about the new ride have been released yet, other than it’s guaranteed to bring smiles to your faces!

A New Village

One of the parts we’re most excited about is the brand new village that’s coming. Think Firefly Village — but bigger! It will feature the finest new shops and dining in the Smoky Mountain area. But, that’s not all. The new Anakeesta village will also be home to a brewery!

This is all we know about the Anakeesta expansion so far, but as soon as we get any more details, we will keep you updated.

The First Anakeesta Expansion

mountain view from anakeestaIt was just two years ago when Anakeesta was working on its first big expansion. This expansion brought new shops, new dining options, and new adventures. Some of the main additions from the expansion include:
The AnaVista Tower: This observation tower is the highest point in downtown Gatlinburg and offers 360-degree views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the surrounding states. It makes for a great photo op too!

TreeVenture Challenge Course

This addition included whimsical treehouses connected by a net challenge course with areas to slide, climb and experience multiple levels of fun! Kids love putting their climbing skills to the test here!

Black Bear Village

Black Bear Village brought Cliff Top, a new restaurant for elevated dining, the Mercantile, a modern take on a general store, and Kephart Cafe, a quick-serve restaurant with flatbreads, gourmet hot dogs, and frozen yogurt. Black Bear Village is also home to a splash pad, a fire pit, and live entertainment!

About Anakeesta in Gatlinburg

chondolaAnakeesta has quickly become one of the most popular attractions in Gatlinburg, and it’s no surprise why! The mountaintop park is constantly adding new and exciting experiences for visitors. Plus, it’s fun for people of all ages. Kids love the BearVenture Challenge Course and the TreeVenture Challenge Course, teens love the mountain coaster and the ziplines, and adults love the AnaVista Tower and shops! There are plenty of opportunities for both fun and relaxation at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg.

Learn more about all the things you can do at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, and keep checking back for updates on the Anakeesta expansion!