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3 Fun Activities to Experience While Visiting Anakeesta in Gatlinburg

Anakeesta has quickly become one of the top destinations in the Smoky Mountains for family fun! This Gatlinburg theme park provides a unique opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors with spectacular views, a whimsical village and plenty of activities for guests of all ages! If you are a thrill seeker, you will be happy to know that there are several awesome attractions to experience at the top of Anakeesta Mountain! Here are 3 fun activities that you can experience while visiting Anakeesta in Gatlinburg:

1. Dueling Zipline AdventureBear in Firefly Village

One of the most thrilling activities at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg is the Dueling Zipline Adventure, where you can enjoy the excitement of zipping right next to your friends and family members! All 3 of the ziplines stretch high over the forest floor and provide stunning views of the Smokies! During your adventure, you will be able to test your courage at 2 challenge stations! Here where you will rappel off platforms and experience a controlled descent to a cushioned platform! Of course, you will always be safely secured throughout your zips and trained guides will handle all equipment transfers to hook you up. Your journey ends with a short downhill path to the Anakeesta Chondola mid-station. From here, you will ride the Chondola back to the summit of the mountain.

2. Rail Runner

When you are really craving an adrenaline rush, head directly to the Rail Runner at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg! This amazing mountain coaster takes you on a breathtaking downhill ride! It has a 400 feet elevation change and speeds reaching 25 miles per hour! While there are other mountain coasters in the Smoky Mountains, the Rail Runner is a single rail mountain coaster. It is the first of its kind in the USA! The single rail allows you to ride lower to the ground. So, this enhances the speed and thrills as you race through the trees and down the mountain! Since you are in control of the speed of your own ride, you can also choose a more leisurely pace through the 1,600 feet of downhill twists and turns. You can ride solo or tandem with a child. Moreover, all of the Rail Runner carts feature back and headrests for a safe and comfortable ride.

3. Tree Canopy WalkEntering Treetop Canopy Walk

The Tree Canopy Walk at Anakeesta is a rare opportunity to feel completely immersed in nature as you stroll 40 to 60 feet above the forest floor! This attraction features a series of 16 connected sky bridges and are offer a unique bird’s eye view of the Smoky Mountains! Each of the bridges leads to a new observation platform where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery. The forest is full of wildlife, so you never know when you might spot a bear along the forest floor! The Tree Canopy Walk is included with your admission to Anakeesta and is an activity that is easy for both kids and adults.

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