Are you in need of a relaxing walk in the woods, or are looking to gain a new perspective on things? Well, then this treetop skywalk in Tennessee is just what you’ve been searching for to help you unwind and reconnect with nature and yourself.
Anakeesta’s Treetop Skywalk
Anakeesta, a Cherokee word meaning “place of the balsams”, and is most often referred to now as a massive rock layer called the Anakeesta Formation that makes up several of the peaks in the Smoky Mountains. It is also home to the Anakeesta Mountaintop Park (2).
There are many different ways for visitors to the park to relax and have fun, and one of the most spectacular is definitely their treetop skywalk. (1)
The treetop skywalk is the longest tree-based bridge in North America. It is 800 feet long and is suspended 50 to 60 feet in the air, depending on what part of the bridge you are on. (1) The best part about the walk is the ‘bird’s-eye’ view that it gives you of the forest floor. Observant guests have the possibility of seeing (1):
- Bears on the forest floor
- Woodpeckers on nearby trees
- Other plant and animal wildlife
Cameras are encouraged, though it is essential that guests are able to walk unassisted in order to participate. Strollers are not allowed, however, babies in secure carriers that are worn by an adult are. (1)
At nighttime, the walk is light all the way along with beautiful fairy lights, making it as romantic as it is breathtaking. (1)
Other Things to Do at Anakeesta
Of course, there are plenty of other adventures and activities to be experienced in the park. This includes (3):
- Dual zipline
- The chandala
- The rail runner
- The tree venture course
- The bear venture
- The treehouse village adventure
- The vista gardens
- The memorial forest walk
If you are from Tennessee or are visiting the area, the Anakeesta Mountaintop Park is an incredible place to visit for families and couples alike.
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