The Gatlinburg SkyLift Park has added more attractions that will make you want to ride this Gatlinburg tradition! The SkyBridge and SkyDeck are now open for visitors. You’ll love being able to ride the Gatlinburg SkyLift then get off on the SkyDeck to see incredible mountain views you won’t find anywhere else. Plus, you’ll get to walk across a bridge unlike any other! We have all the details of the expansion of Gatlinburg SkyLift Park.
You’ll love the SkyBridge, one of the newest additions to the Gatlinburg SkyLift. Once you ride the SkyLift and walk on the SkyDeck, you’ll come across the 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 15 feet of glass panels that look down into the forest. Your heart will pound as your cross the panels, but you’ll feel triumphant after you do it! 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!
Between the SkyBridge and the SkyLift, you can walk around 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!
To get to these exciting new 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. Your excitement will build as you ride 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.
History of the Gatlinburg SkyLift
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.
If you haven’t visited the SkyBridge and SkyDeck at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park yet, you should head over 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!