These pics of “Gimli” celebrating SkyLift Park’s big news will brighten your day

Gimli the golden retriever celebrates SkyLift Park's dog-friendly announcement with a walk on the SkyBridge (photo courtesy of Gatlinburg's SkyLift Park)
Gimli the golden retriever celebrates SkyLift Park's dog-friendly announcement with a walk on the SkyBridge (photo courtesy of Gatlinburg's SkyLift Park)

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It’s a popular question: Are dogs allowed on the SkyBridge and at SkyLift Park? While dog-friendly activities may be difficult to come by in the Smokies, we are happy to report, that for one popular attraction, the answer is a resounding – YES!

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Gatlinburg’s SkyLift Park, home of the famous SkyBridge and soon-to-be famous SkyTrail, are re-implementing their dog-friendly policies just in time for the opening of the new SkyTrail attraction.

SkyLift Park has a long history of going out of their way to accommodate our four legged furry friends. Prior to the fires in 2016 that burned down portions of the park, the attraction had allowed dogs to ride the SkyLift for a number of years.

As of today, dogs are allowed on the SkyLift, the SkyDeck, the SkyBridge and soon, they will even be allowed on the SkyTrail. 

Gimli the golden retriever makes a few new stiff friends on the SkyDeck (photo courtesy of Gatlinburg's SkyLift Park)
Gimli the golden retriever makes a few new stiff friends on the SkyDeck (photo courtesy of Gatlinburg’s SkyLift Park)

“We have been a dog-friendly attraction for over 20 years. Before the fires in 2016 that tragically burned down portions of our attraction, shutting us down until May of 2017, we allowed dogs to ride the SkyLift for 20-plus years,” said Marcus Watson, SkyLift Park’s Marketing Manager. “We are now re-implementing this policy, just in time for the opening of the SkyTrail, to continue offering unique and enjoyable Smoky Mountain experiences for all people, just like we have always done since 1954.”

“There will be more space on top of the mountain for all guests to see more of the mountains and experience more of the SkyLift Park.”

Rules and restrictions are as follows:

  • Dog must be leashed at all times.
  • Owner must securely hold their dog while riding the SkyLift. 
  • Owner is responsible for: Leashing their dog. Riding with and holding their dog. Picking up their dog’s waste and cleaning up after their dog. Providing water for their dog. Controlling their dog. 
  • Owner must always accompany their dog. 
  • Owner must ensure that their dog does not bark excessively. 
  • Owner must make sure that their dog does not lick or jump on other visiting guests.
  • Owner and their dog must respect the space of other visitors, human and dogs alike.   
  • Owner is responsible for the behavior of their dog at all times while visiting the SkyLift Park.

Currently, the only way to access the top of the mountain with a dog is via the yellow SkyLift chairs.

On Monday, Watson’s dog “Gimli” visited the park for a photo-op to celebrate the announcement. 

Gimli was even able to brave the new 30-feet of see-through glass flooring recently installed on the SkyBridge. The new glass flooring doubled the original size of the glass portion of the bridge, giving guests the illusion of walking mid-air 150 feet above the ground.

This brave pup belongs to SkyLift Park's Marketing Director Marcus Watson (photo courtesy of Gatlinburg's SkyLift Park)
This brave pup belongs to SkyLift Park’s Marketing Director Marcus Watson (photo courtesy of Gatlinburg’s SkyLift Park)

When will the SkyTrail open?

Gatlinburg’s SkyLift Park, home of the world-famous SkyBridge, recently announced a brand new addition for the park, which is set to be unveiled in the fall of 2020: The Gatlinburg SkyTrail.

The SkyTrail will give guests the chance to take a walk in the clouds via an interactive 0.6 mile walking trail that connects both sides of the SkyBridge. The walking trail follows the contours and slope of Crockett Mountain. The trail can be walked in either direction. The East side is constructed of a wooden board, and the West side is constructed with a paved walkway. 

The SkyTrail is set to open this fall and will continue to undergo expansions throughout the season including covered rest areas, signage and historical information about the Gatlinburg fires of 2016. 

SkyTrail
The new SkyTrail is expected to open soon, in the fall of 2020 (photo submitted by Greg and Laura Akens)

Read More: Gatlinburg’s SkyLift Park to add new SkyTrail in fall 2020

SkyLift Park is located at 765 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 and is open year-round.

Visit the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park website for more information. For more information about the park’s pet policy, visit the FAQs page, and look for the FAQ listed “Are Dogs Permitted at the SkyLift Park”.  Follow TheSmokies.com on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news developments on attractions in The Smokies.

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