If you have been to the Smoky Mountains recently, you might notice mountain coasters are popping up all over the place. One of the most popular coasters in Gatlinburg is the Anakeesta Rail Runner, which puts a unique twist on these roller coaster style attractions where you control the speed of the ride! Everyone in your family will have a blast riding this unique mountain coaster. Here are the top 4 reasons why you should ride the Anakeesta Rail Runner during your vacation:
1. Only Single Rail Ride in the Nation
The Anakeesta Rail Runner is the only single rail mountain coaster in the United States! The single rail provides a different experience than the traditional mountain coaster because it allows you to ride even lower to the ground, ensuring you go even faster. This creates a thrilling experience because it enhances the sensation of speed as you race through the trees on your way down the mountain!
2. Awesome Track Layout
Your ride at Anakeesta Rail Runner starts with the downhill portion, so it gets right to the action! Since the ride departure point is at the top of Anakeesta Mountain, your downhill ride begins immediately as you experience a 400-foot elevation change and speeds reaching up to 25 miles per hour! After 1,600 feet of downhill twists and turns, you can catch your breath with the scenic uphill ride back to the top of Anakeesta Mountain.
3. Fun for All Ages
Another reason why you should ride the Anakeesta Rail Runner during your vacation is because it is fun for all ages! The Rail Runner carts can accommodate one or two riders, and each cart is equipped with back and headrests for a safe and comfortable ride. Single riders must be at least 48 inches tall and at least 7 years old, while children ages 3 to 7 can ride tandem with a responsible driver who can operate the braking lever at all times. Keep in mind passengers must be no taller than the driver’s shoulders and a minimum of 38 inches tall. Whether riding single or tandem, the maximum weight for the Rail Runner carts is 270 pounds.
4. Affordable Pricing
The ticket prices for the Anakeesta Rail Runner are affordable!! As a bonus, you can enjoy a second ride for half price. To access the attraction, you must purchase admission to Anakeesta, which includes the scenic chondola ride to the top of the mountain, Treetop Skybridge, Treehouse Village Adventure, Memorial Forest Walk, Firefly Village, and Gatlinburg’s most scenic views! Once at the top of the mountain, simply purchase your tickets to the Anakeesta Rail Runner as an add-on to your admission ticket.
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Your family will have a blast riding the Anakeesta Rail Runner down the mountain. Check out more fun things to do in Gatlinburg just minutes away from the downhill thrills of the Anakeesta Rail Runner for a fun-filled vacation! We hope to see you soon!