What a phenomenal place! And to think I almost bypassed the visit. A must see.
Suggestions for the visit..
- Buy tickets on line
- Arrive early, they open at 9 a.m.
- Get literature on the Park, review it.
- Bring a water bottle.
- Park in the lot near the venue.
- Enjoy, it’s the experience of a lifetime.
Up, Up, and Away……
The visit begins with a trek to the top of the mountain. This is done via an open chair lift, an enclosed chondola, or for those elevation fearful, a bus ride. The chair lift ride takes 20 minutes.
Once off the lift flowers surround and abound. The Park is a Garden of Eden developed as the brainchild of landscape architects. And all these gardens have the backdrop of the Smoky Mountains to enhance the floral beauty even more. I’ve traveled the world but never saw such a beautiful garden.
Continue down the brick path to..
At the top of the garden walk is Anavista Tower. Built in 2020, this 60 foot structure of organic wood and steel was built on the highest point of the mountain. Walking up stop at every level and enjoy the view as each level affords a different vista.
After walking down from the Tower follow the path to enjoy other sites.
And check out the side view of wildflowers and mountains as you sit in the many rocking chairs in open and covered areas.
Don’t miss the wood cutter along this path,
Memorial Forest Walk – At the base of the Garden are signs describing the Smoky Mountain fire of November 28, 2016, when 14 lives were lost as well as thousands of forest acreage. It is a sad tale, however, it also describes the courage and resilience of the Tennessee people. Take some moments to read, reflect, and honor.
The Children’s Area
Let’s look at the obstacle courses here. They are only for the strong, so make sure you are before starting these. In some instances the only way out is through.
The Treetop Skywalk
In closing, other rides and amenities..
The Rail Runner Mountain Coaster – This single rail coaster speeds down the mountain at close to 25 mph. Many were in line signing up for this one. Another fun event.
One final look,
and a quote to sum it up.