Enjoy A Magical Winter Adventure In The Mountains At Anakeesta In Gatlinburg, Tennessee
By Andrea Limke|Updated on November 03, 2023(Originally published December 16, 2022)
A Cincinnati native who has lived in Kentucky for over 10 years, Andrea's heart belongs both in the Queen City and the Bluegrass State. After earning an education degree and working in that field for a number of years, Andrea began to pursue her passion for writing over 6 years ago. Since then she has written for a number of print and online publications, as well as published a children's book.
When I think of outdoor adventures, I tend to think about the warmer months. Who doesn’t love a sunny hike in the woods with a dip in a swimming hole or floating down a scenic river on a tube? Those are perfect summertime activities, but I personally don’t like to wait until June to explore the great outdoors. My family loves a good road trip, and one of our favorite places to explore that’s within driving distance from our Northern Kentucky home is the mountains of Tennessee. We’ve spent a lot of time in the Knoxville and Gatlinburg areas, and with two children, we are always looking for family-friendly adventures. During a Thanksgiving break, we decided to stay in this area of Tennessee, and we knew one of those adventures had to be a trip up to the popular Anakeesta in Gatlinburg.
Winter really is a great time to visit Anakeesta and Gatlinburg. We may have been at a busy time this year with Thanksgiving, but our last visit was in February, and we enjoyed lighter crowds and decent, 40-degree temperatures (no guarantee on that, of course!).
Don’t save all of your outdoor adventures for the summer months! Winter is a great time to explore, especially places that have lighter crowds in the cooler months. If you live within driving distance of Gatlinburg, keep this mountain town and Anakeesta on your bucket list. And if you plan a visit for winter 2023, don’t forget to include tickets to Astra Lumina!