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Smoky Mountains Area Features

What’s New?

New and exciting events, attractions and businesses are always coming to the Smoky Mountains. And when it comes to staying “in the know,” What-to-Do does the work for you. We’ll share the hottest news for 2018 so you can make the most of your visit to the Smokies. Here are some of the latest attractions you can add to your vacation itinerary.


Anakeesta is the biggest and newest family-fun attraction in the Smoky Mountains. Adventure, shopping, dining and gorgeous views await you at the 70-acre park on the Anakeesta mountain. Your trek begins in Gatlinburg where you board a Chondola (similar to a ski lift that seats 4 people) or an enclosed 6-person gondola for an easygoing ride up the mountain. Once there, you can take a canopy walk through the treetops on suspended bridges,, try your agility on ropes courses, fly over the trees on ziplines, or ride the single-rail mountain coaster for an unforgettable high-speed trip through the forest. In Anakeesta’s Firefly Village, visit boutique stores and delicious eateries before relaxing by the firepit with a glass of wine and spectacular views. Anakeesta just opened in 2017, but it is expected to grow. This mountaintop village is a welcome addition to the other exciting venues in the region.

Mountain Glider

The company that is known for its mountain coaster now has a new ride—the Rowdy Bear Mountain Glider. Ziplining combines with an aerial coaster to bring this first-of-its-kind ride not only to the Smokies, but to the world. Strapped in your harness, you safely dangle from a single rail as you soar down the mountain and through the trees at dizzying heights. It’s like you’re flying! Let gravity do the work on this personal roller coaster on an exhilarating trip down the mountain.

Indoor Snow Tubing

It may be roasting outside, but inside at Pigeon Forge Snow the temperature is always 70 degrees and there’s always snow on the ground! In 2018, the area welcomed its first year-round snow-sport facility. Pigeon Forge Snow makes the (real) snow and blows it onto a steep indoor hill for a unique tubing experience. Jump on an inflatable tube and coast down to the bottom—it’s tons of fun that you’ll want to do over and over again. There’s also a snow play area and an elevated platform with concessions where onlookers can watch their loved ones play.

Tower Shops at the Mountain Mile

The Mountain Mile will be a whole new destination for visitors to the Pigeon Forge area, and ground was recently broken for this revolutionary shopping, dining and attraction complex. Phase I of the project, the building of the Tower Shops at the Mountain Mile, began in 2018. In addition to hosting many retailers that are well-known throughout the United States, rides including the centerpiece of the project—the 189-foot free-fall tower—will provide excitement and fun for everyone in the family. Eventually, The Mountain Mile is expected to span over 174 acres and consist of hotels, adventure parks, additional shops, restaurants, and more. Since it’s also in close proximity to other major attractions including The Ripken Experience, Dollywood, and The Island at Pigeon Forge, this entire area is expected to be an amazing destination for tourists and residents alike. What-to-Do will keep you posted on this ambitious project.

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