Anakeesta – My Bear Foot Cabins



Located in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg is Anakeesta.

There is a zip line adventure, gem mining, roller coaster, treehouses, garden walks and a splash pad. Enjoy wonderful spots for selfies, viewing the scenery, watching downtown Gatlinburg. What could be better than southern foods with a view?


The Dueling Zipline Adventure has three zips that offer beautiful views of the Smokies while zipping down side-by-side with another person. There are two challenge stations where you can rappel off platforms.

Rail Runner

The Rail Runner is an exhilarating ride. It begins with 1,600 feet of downhill twists and turns and ends with a scenic uphill ride back to the top of Anakeesta Mountain. This coaster with speeds yup to 25 mph, is the first one of its kind in the U.S.

Ride solo or tandem with a small child.

Tree Top Sky Walk

More adventure awaits as you stroll along the 16-bridge Treetop Skywalk.
“The Treetop Skywalk is the longest tree-based bridge in North America. You will walk along a series of skybridges suspended 50-60 feet in the air. You may even spot a bear.

AnaVista Tower

Climb the new AnaVista Tower fo a 360-degree view from downtown Gatlinburg’s highest point. Climb 78 steps to an observation platform. See views as far as Kentucky. Two glass-panel floors allow you to look into the garden 60 feet below.

TreeVenture Challenge course and BearVenture play area are Anakeesta’s newest treehouse adventures. Climb, swing, crawl and slide through three levels in the interactive treehouses. 

Eat, enjoy cocktails

At the top of Anakeesta is The Bar at the Top of the World, part of The Cliff Top Grill & Bar.

The Smokehouse Barbecue and Brewery is where you can walk up to the bar for a beer and sit around the firepits.

Nestle into the lap of Willow, fall in love at our heart twigloo, strike a pose for the perfect
selfie. Capture memories that you can relive for years to come when you visit Anakeesta!

Vista Gardens

Get ready to experience an incredible mountaintop garden retreat in the smoky mountains at our experiential sensory garden, Vista Gardens.  This garden began as a clean canvas of design following the Chimney Top II Wildfires of 2016.  Virtually every single tree was charred and destroyed from the damage of the fires.  This gave Anakeesta the challenge and opportunity to create a very special garden design.

Listen to the birds and sounds of cascading waterfalls, discover musical garden chimes and feel cool mountain breezes as you pass through the wisteria covered misting tunnel. Meet Willow, share a memory at the iconic heart twigloo, enjoy the laughter of children at TreeVenture and BearVenture, then climb AnaVista Tower to discover 360⁰ views of the national park and downtown Gatlinburg.


Strike it rich at the Anakeesta Gem Mine. An interactive waterfall and sluice allows kids of all ages to search for that special gemstone or fossil.  Located at the start of the Treetop Canopy Walk and adjacent to the Treehouse Village Playground, Gem Mining is always a fun family activity.


Beat the heat on Anakeesta Mountain by cooling off at our Splash Pad. Located in Black Bear Village, children of all ages can enjoy the mountain-themed water spouts and geysers.


Climb, balance and play at BearVenture in AnaVista Garden! Kids will love the physical challenges of crossing this whimsical black bear themed challenge course.  Sure to delight, it is fun for families of all ages.

Lifestyle images with talent at Anakeesta on September 19, 2020. Photo by Steven Bridges


DINING  –Enjoy an elevated dining experience at Cliff Top restaurant located in Anakeesta’s Black Bear Village.  Serving modern American cuisine, guests will enjoy mouth-watering steaks, gourmet burgers, signature salads, savory appetizers, and house-made desserts.

Guests will love the local craft beers and full bar all while enjoying the sweeping views of Mt. LeConte and the smokies.  Seating is available indoors at Cliff Top or on the outdoor deck.

Save room for a sweet treat while enjoying the sunset from Cliff Top, Gatlinburg’s elevated dining experience!

Admission to Anakeesta is required to access Cliff Top.  Reservations are not accepted however, guests can place their name on a wait list to receive a text message when a table is ready for seating.


DINING  –  Located in Firefly Village at the top of Anakeesta Mountain, the Smokehouse offers delicious dining with an even better view. Enjoy our in house smoked meats like pulled pork, brisket and chicken wings, centered around a wood burning fire, for consistent temperatures leaving a juicy, smoked flavor that will take your taste buds on a delicious journey. Indulge in southern barbeque classics with unique dining overlooking downtown Gatlinburg and scenic mountain vistas.

Admission to Anakeesta is required to access the Smokehouse.  Reservations are not accepted.


QUICK – Enjoy a quick bite while relaxing at Black Bear Village, serving gourmet hot dogs and flatbread pizza.  Perfect for guests on the go, Kephart Café provides guests a delicious and fast meal before continuing their day of adventure at Anakeesta. Grab a soft drink or local craft beer and enjoy Black Bear plaza with friends and family. Quick bites have never tasted so good.


BAR – Take in the gorgeous views with a local craft beer or signature cocktail from our Tap House. Grab a spot at our infinity bar overlooking beautiful mountain vistas or relax around the fire pit in Black Bear Village. Anakeesta offers abundant seating for guests to enjoy the fresh mountain air and unbeatable views seasonally. Picture yourself with a cold brew as the sun sets over the mountains…. your chair is waiting.


Get ready to experience the thrill of a lifetime at Anakeesta with the highly anticipated launch of The Hellbender Smoky Mountain Coaster. With heart-pounding twists, gravity-defying drops, and jaw-dropping views, the Hellbender Smoky Mountain Coaster is set to redefine your notion of excitement. Buckle up and prepare to race your heart out – the Hellbender is about to unleash the ultimate mountain coaster experience.

Astra Lumina – Enchanted Night Walk

The stars are descending from the night sky, right here at Anakeesta!
Set off across mysterious observatory grounds to discover a celestial pathway of lustrious light, cosmic visions, and astral song.

Immerse yourself in illuminating encounters of lighting, projection and sound, and connect with the stars before they return to the sky above.

Come nightfall, mysterious observatory grounds set the stage for a phenomenal event: a visit from the stars.

While here, the fallen stars release an astral energy that transforms the forest into a celestial pathway for humans to discover.

As the night unfolds, the stars regenerate, rise and reunite in the night sky, to shine brighter than ever before.


Afterwards, head back to a fantastic mountain cabin for more play, movie time, cocktails on the log cabin deck or bubbles in the hot tub.

Whether it’s your first visit to the Smokies or your fiftieth, My Bearfoot Cabins will have your cabin waiting. 

Owners: Pat and Don Kirchhoefer
Phone: 618-559-3915