Gatlinburg’s mountaintop adventure park is adding exciting new thrills - from mild to wild - for the whole family to enjoy this season.

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (Mar. 30, 2023) — As part of its continued, multi-year $34 million expansion, Anakeesta, Gatlinburg’s premier adventure park, is unveiling two exciting new additions this year: The Hellbender Mountain Coaster and BirdVenture, an immersive and educational space for children, this year.

Hellbender, a new heart pounding double-rail mountain coaster

Hellbender, named after the salamander species native to the Smoky Mountains, will offer guests an adrenaline-pumping ride as they navigate a steep mountain incline, sway through tunnels, slither through twists and turns, and take in breathtaking 360-degree scenic views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With this new installation, Anakeesta will be home to a single-rail and new double-rail mountain coaster for thrillseekers to enjoy.

BirdVenture, an im-peck-able adventure through three life-sized birdhouses

BirdVenture will provide the whole flock the chance to experience three larger-than-life birdhouses, a dozen adventure zones, and seven giant serpentine slides winding more than 50 feet down the mountain. This unique series of slide paths marks another first of its kind in the United States. Each birdhouse is home to three distinct birds - the owl, woodpecker and bluebird - native to the Smokies.

“Our continued investment into Gatlinburg’s iconic mountaintop destination has reached another exciting milestone. These new additions will uplift the guest experience, provide exciting thrills for the young - and young at heart - and create incredible memories for families that bring them closer to nature,” said Bob Bentz, Founder and Managing Partner of Anakeesta. “Our team is proud to offer visitors an experience inspired by the majesty of the Great Smoky Mountains and pays homage to the state of Tennessee.”

Guests are invited to follow along on Anakeesta’s social media platforms for exclusive behind-the-scenes content and insider peeks into these new attractions. Guests can also enjoy even more savings with advanced online ticket purchases.

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Anakeesta is Gatlinburg, Tennessee’s award-winning theme park surrounded by the majestic Smoky Mountains. Anakeesta is a place for adventure and relaxation, exploration and wonder. A place where people of all ages can discover nature and family entertainment. The exploration begins with a scenic chondola ride or Ridge Rambler adventure vehicle to the summit to enjoy all day, unlimited access. Guests can stroll along the nation’s longest Treetop Skywalk and climb Anavista Tower for 3600 views from downtown Gatlinburg’s highest point. Walk meandering pathways in Vista Gardens, a multi-sensory botanical garden featuring whimsical art installations, music, and scenic overlooks. TreeVenture and BearVenture challenge courses will delight all ages. Innovative culinary creations and mixology await throughout the park. Thrill seekers can add to the adventure with the Dueling Zipline Adventure course, soar on the Rail Runner Mountain coaster and find treasure at Anakeesta Gem Mining. Anakeesta is located at 576 Parkway in Downtown Gatlinburg. To learn more, visit