Residents and employees of Sevier, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox, and Blount Counties are invited to visit Anakeesta for just $5.00 from November 11th – 17th.  A portion of the proceeds from this week-long local appreciation days will be donated to the Friends of the Smokies.

Friends of the Smokies assists the National Park Service in its mission to preserve and protect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds and public awareness and providing volunteers for needed projects.

“We are proud to support our Great Smoky Mountains National Park by supporting Friends of the Smokies.” said Bob Bentz, Managing Partner. “So much of what our guests enjoy about Anakeesta is related to the national park; you really won’t find a more beautiful place to view the Fall colors and take in the panoramic views.”

The special $5.00 admission charge to Anakeesta provides all day access to the park and includes a scenic Chondola ride to Anakeesta Mountain, the Treehouse Village Play Area, Memorial Forest Walk, Vista Garden Walk, 16-bridge Treetop Skywalk with a BRAND NEW NIGHTTIME FIREFLY FOREST EXPERIENCE, as well as access to quaint retail shops and several dining options offering a special Fall menu, burgers, Southern BBQ and seasonal desserts.

Locals are invited to upgrade to an Annual Pass during this week-long promotion for just the cost of one additional full price ticket (plus the $5.00) to enjoy the park 365 days from date of issue.

The Dueling Zipline Adventure is $29.99 for adults with senior and child pricing available and the Rail Runner Mountain Coaster is $12.99.  Please visit our website at for all zipline and coaster requirements.

Each person in party must live or work in Sevier, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox or Blount County.  Eligible guests must present photo ID with address or current paycheck stub with ID.


The promise of Anakeesta is to create a unique, authentic, entertaining and memorable outdoor family experience by immersing guests of all ages in the beauty and adventure of nature, providing diverse offerings and quality craftsmanship and instilling a sense of appreciation and wonder for the magic that’s in the mountains.

Media Contacts:

Erica Moore, 865-325-2433

Michele Canney, 865-235-2777