Anakeesta in Gatlinburg Announces 2019-20 Expansion

Anakeesta in Gatlinburg
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Anakeesta has announced an expansion in 2019-20 that will create more fun for everyone! The 70+ acre family adventure park is continuing to grow, with plans to add new dining options, a new shop, new activities, and more. We’ve got all the details on what the 2019-20 expansion has in store for Anakeesta in Gatlinburg.

2019-20 Anakeesta Expansion

Scenic mountain views from Anakeesta in Gatlinburg.Since September 2017, Anakeesta has provided an incredible outdoor adventure for people of all ages. This popular Gatlinburg attraction is continuing to grow to make your experience on the mountain even more magical! The Anakeesta expansion will introduce new things to do for visitors and new experiences to enjoy while you’re there. Check out everything you can expect at Anakeesta once the expansion is complete:

Vista Garden Walk Expansion

On Memorial Day, the newly extended Vista Garden Walk opened. Visitors can now enjoy an interactive and immersive experience. Look for 5,000 new flowers, 800 shrubs, and 250 trees that will all be added soon, along with twigloos, gazebos, and a Willow Man sculpture. The winding pathways throughout the Vista Garden Walk will lead you to treehouses, natural musical instruments, challenge courses, and more.

New Dining Options

two cheeseburgers with french fries on the sideA new casual-dining restaurant is coming to Anakeesta in spring of 2020 that will allow visitors to step inside during the colder months and cool off during hot summer days. Similar to Cliff Top Grill & Bar, you can enjoy a tasty meal with seating for up to 150 people that offers scenic views of Mt. LeConte.

New Shopping Opportunities

A new signature shop is being added to Anakeesta! The shop includes special items you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Not many details have been released about what merchandise will be offered, but stay tuned for updates!

New Way to Reach the Summit


In addition to the scenic Chondola ride, Anakeesta is introducing a new way for visitors to reach the summit of Anakeesta Mountain! Beginning this August, you can take a military truck ride to the top on one of Anakeesta’s Ridge Ramblers. Your ascent will begin by boarding the new passenger trucks at the base station, where you’ll ride along a forested path to the summit. The ride features an audio tour, during which a guide will share fun facts about the unique history, animals, forest, and plant life of the Smoky Mountains. You can choose between a ride on the Chondola with open-quad chairs and enclosed 6-person gondola cabins, or an immersive ride through the forest!

Observation Tower

Later this year, you will be able to enjoy a 50-foot observation tower that provides 360-degree views of the Smoky Mountains! The observation tower adds to the many opportunities Anakeesta has for visitors to take in the stunning scenery of the area.

Overlook

As part of Anakeesta’s 2019 expansion, the attraction has created a new Overlook beer garden! This exciting area was created as a base for Anakeesta’s live music event series, arts and crafts, local artisan demonstrations, games, and more. It is also home to an Airstream Beer Cart.

Other Additions to Anakeesta in Gatlinburg

The Chondola station for Anakeesta in Gatlinburg.Since its opening, Anakeesta in Gatlinburg has continued to add new things for visitors to enjoy. Cliff Top Grill & Bar opened in the summer of 2018, offering visitors a new dining experience at the attraction. The restaurant offers a delicious menu of burgers, appetizers, and more, all with breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains. In the fall of 2018, Anakeesta introduced a single-rail mountain coaster that’s the first of its kind in the United States! The Rail Runner puts you in control of your own speed in a thrilling downhill ride with a 400 ft. elevation change. The ride begins with 1,600 feet of downhill twists and turns before ending with a scenic uphill ride back to the top of Anakeesta Mountain.

About Anakeesta in Gatlinburg

The scenic Firefly Village at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg.Anakeesta had an award-winning year in 2018! It was named Tennessee’s Attraction of the Year by the Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association, Best New Attraction by Blue Ridge Country’s Best of the Mountains, and the Attraction of the Year by Sevier County Hospitality and Tourism Association. This outdoor adventure park has fun for people of all ages, from kids to adults. Whether you’re racing on a dueling zipline or relaxing around the fire pit, you’re sure to have a great time when you visit!

We’ll update you with more details about the Anakeesta expansion as soon as we get them. In the meantime, you can enjoy all the other fun activities at the adventure park, like the mountain coaster and the Tree Canopy Walk.

Check out more things to do in Gatlinburg, and start planning your visit today!

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