The Gatlinburg SkyLift Park has added more attractions that will make you want to visit this popular Gatlinburg attraction! In addition to the SkyLift, visitors can walk across the Gatlinburg SkyBridge, relax on the SkyDeck, visit the SkyCenter, and walk along the SkyTrail. You’ll love being able to ride the Gatlinburg SkyLift, then get off onto the SkyDeck to see incredible mountain views you won’t find anywhere else. And, the SkyBridge in Gatlinburg is unlike any other! We have all the details about the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park below:
You’ll love the SkyBridge in Gatlinburg, one of the newest additions to the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park. Once you ride the SkyLift and hop off on the SkyDeck, you’ll come across the Gatlinburg SkyBridge. It is the longest suspension pedestrian bridge in North America, stretching 680 feet over a valley! At the midpoint of the bridge, it stands 140 feet above the forest floor. To cross from one side to the other, you’ll have to walk across 30 feet of glass panels that look down into the forest. Originally, the SkyBridge had just 15 feet of glass panels for visitors to enjoy, but 3 more panels were added recently to make the experience even better! Your heart will pound as your cross the panels, but you’ll love the rush of excitement. The SkyBridge is 5 feet wide, providing plenty of room to walk comfortably. You’ll be able to see downtown Gatlinburg and the peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains from the bridge, so be sure to take lots of pictures!
Gatlinburg SkyDeck & SkyCenter
Between the SkyLift and SkyBridge in Gatlinburg, you can spend some time on the SkyDeck. At the top of Crockett Mountain, you’ll have views of the mountains and downtown Gatlinburg you won’t find anywhere else. Take pictures in front of the sweeping landscape, check out the man-made waterfall feature, and grab a souvenir from the gift shop. You can also get drinks from the bar or snacks from the cafe on the SkyDeck. You’ll find so many things to do, you won’t leave for hours! From the SkyDeck, you’ll also have access to the SkyCenter, which offers snacks, panoramic views, a gift shop and more.
To get to these exciting attractions, you get to ride the traditional Gatlinburg SkyLift. You can’t miss it when you’re in downtown Gatlinburg since the chairs are bright yellow. As many as 3 people will fit on a chair, so you’ll get to share the experience with the people you love! The Gatlinburg SkyLift has been a favorite among visitors for years. Your excitement will build as you get closer and closer to the top of Crockett Mountain to see the SkyDeck and the SkyBridge. Once you explore the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, you then ride back down the mountain in the yellow chairs, watching as downtown Gatlinburg grows closer to you.
Opening This Spring: Gatlinburg SkyTrail
The Gatlinburg SkyLift Park continues to grow and add new experiences for visitors. In the spring of 2021, the park will introduce the Gatlinburg SkyTrail, an interactive trail that connects both sides of the SkyBridge. The trail travels along the valley so you can get from one side of the bridge to the other without needing to walk across the SkyBridge in Gatlinburg. The trail can be walked in either direction! The Boardwalk is an elevated wooden walkway that goes from the SkyDeck along the hillside of the ravine. There will be several interactive signs along the walk. At the back of the ravine, there will be The Lookout, a steel tower that has viewing platforms for beautiful scenery you can check out. The Pathway is a walkway cut into the hillside that stops at the west end of the SkyBridge. Keep checking back for more updates on the Gatlinburg SkyTrail!
History of the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park
In the 1950s, a local inn owner asked a ski lift constructor to build a ski lift on his property. A ski lift was purchased in California, disassembled, and brought back to East Tennessee. The lift was reconstructed where it stands today. While the Gatlinburg SkyLift has gone through changes over the last few decades, the nostalgia of riding this traditional attraction remains to this day. And the new additions to the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park make it bigger and better than ever.
If you haven’t visited the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park yet, you should head there today! You’ll love seeing the expansion and taking in the views. You may be wondering what other fun attractions there are in the Smoky Mountains. Book a cabin with us today and you’ll get a Luxury Pass, which includes free tickets to area attractions. We look forward to seeing you soon!