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Anakeesta in Gatlinburg Introduces New Halloween Event: Hallow Mountain

This fall, visitors will have a new way to get into the Halloween spirit with Anakeesta’s new Halloween event! The Legend of Hallow Mountain at Anakeesta is Gatlinburg’s premier Halloween event and includes fun for everyone, from kids to adults. We’ve got all the details on Anakeesta’s Hallow Mountain and what you can expect when you visit this attraction.

About the Legend of Hallow Mountain at Anakeesta

Pumpkin scarecrow at AnakeestaHave you heard the Legend of Hallow Mountain at Anakeesta? Legend says that before Anakeesta became the popular attraction it is today, Anakeesta Mountain was a sacred and hallowed ground where souls of the dead were freed and turned into fireflies whose guiding lights joined the ancestors to provide a path for future souls to follow. When Appalachian settlers arrived and built homes and graveyards, Hallow Mountain was desecrated. But, the tormented souls the settlers buried here would never rest. Every year during the harvest moon, the lost souls of the settlers rise from their graves, searching for a way off of Hallow Mountain. Still to this day, the firefly souls of the ancient people prevent the undead from leaving Hallow Mountain.

This fall season, enter Anakeesta if you dare. Be careful though — the fireflies might not let you leave!

Things to Do at the Legend of Hallow Mountain

The Legend of Hallow Mountain at Anakeesta has everything from heart-pounding scare zones to fun Halloween activities for the kids. The Gatlinburg attraction will have family-friendly crafts, games, character visits, and of course plenty of treats to satisfy your sweet tooth! If you’re looking for a scare, be sure to stay after dark and explore some of the scare zones. Here are some of the activities you can enjoy at Hallow Mountain:

Watch a scary movie: In their Overlook Beer Garden, you can watch a black and white cult classic movie on the outdoor screen!

Hallow Mountain at AnakeestaFirefly Forest Experience: Walk 40-60 feet in the air, suspended in darkness as you see thousands of fireflies below you and listen to the sounds of the forest all around you.

Glow in the Dark Gem Mining: Experience Anakeesta’s gem mining in a whole new light with glow in the dark gem mining. This activity is only available as part of the Halloween event, so enjoy it while you can!

Scare Zone 1: This scare zone takes you into the Ghoulish Graveyard, where zombies are dying to get out and the firefly souls of the ancients fight to keep them on the mountain.

Scare Zone 2: In this scare zone, try Zombie Ziplining! You’ll zip your way through the dark at speeds up to 35 miles per hour and plunge into darkness on 2 rappel drops that are 70 feet above ground.

Scare Zone 3: Enter this scare zone if you dare … Scarecrows will be walking around the mountain looking for people to scare, creating heart-pounding fun for everyone!

Dates of the Gatlinburg Halloween Event

Anakeesta’s Legend of Hallow Mountain is available select dates from Sept. 13 through Nov. 2. You can enjoy this experience on Fridays and Saturdays in September, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in October, and the first Friday and Saturday in November. All of the Hallow Mountain events are included with your general admission ticket to Anakeesta in Gatlinburg.

About Anakeesta in Gatlinburg

The scenic Firefly Village at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg.Anakeesta in Gatlinburg offers a magical outdoor experience for visitors. This attraction has opportunities for fun, relaxation, shopping, dining, and more. To begin your adventure, you’ll choose between riding the scenic Chondola to the top of the mountain, or try the new Ridge Ramblers, which take you on a covered ride along a forested path while you learn fun facts about the Great Smoky Mountains. Once at the top, you can go ziplining, let the kids enjoy a treehouse-themed playground, try the longest tree-based bridge in North America, or ride a one-of-a-kind mountain coaster! There are also plenty of opportunities to relax and take in the gorgeous views, whether you’re dining at Cliff Top Grill & Bar or sitting around the fire pit. There is plenty of adventure to be had at Anakeesta!

More Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains in Fall

The Legend of Hallow Mountain at Anakeesta isn’t the only fun event visitors can enjoy this fall season! Here are some of the top things to do this fall in the Smoky Mountains:

  • Fall colors along a road near Gatlinburg.Dollywood’s Harvest Festival & Great Pumpkin LumiNights
  • Enjoy the fall foliage from the deck of a Gatlinburg cabin
  • Go for a scenic drive through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Ripley’s Fright Nights
  • Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair
  • Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg
  • Smoky Mountain Harvest Fest

Start planning your trip to experience Hallow Mountain at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg and more fun fall events! For more ideas of what’s happening in the Smoky Mountains, check out all the upcoming events in Gatlinburg.