Is the Gatlinburg SkyTrail open? Sneak peek, updated timeline 2021

The new SkyTrail is expected to open soon, in Spring of 2021 (photo submitted by Greg and Laura Akens)

The new SkyTrail is expected to open soon (photo submitted by Greg and Laura Akens)

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Guests who have been to the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park recently have been able to get a sneak peek of the latest expansion at the park: The SkyTrail.

On the new SkyTrail, which is scheduled to open soon, guests will be able to take a walk among the clouds on an interactive walking trail that will connect 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 wooden boards, and the west side is constructed with a paved walkway.

A view of the west side of the new SkyTrail (photo submitted by Greg and Laura Akens)

The SkyTrail will include three main sections:

  1. The Boardwalk will be a wooden walkway that spans from the SkyDeck and cuts under the SkyBridge.
  2. The Lookout will be a steel tower with an elevated viewing platform that will be accessible by rope bridges.
  3. The Pathway will be a smooth walking path that extends from The Lookout to the west end of the SkyBridge.
A view of the west side of the new SkyTrail (photo submitted by Greg and Laura Akens)

When will the Gatlinburg SkyTrail open?

The official opening date of the Gatlinburg SkyTrail has not yet been announced. The SkyTrail was initially projected to open fall of 2020, then delayed til the spring of 2021.

Since then, the project has been delayed yet again.

Currently, the Gatlinburg SkyTrail is expected to open in the fall of 2021.

However, since this project has been delayed numerous times before, we would not be surprised if it gets delayed again by the time fall rolls around.

We will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.

After its opening, this new attraction will be expanded throughout the season with covered rest areas and additional, educational signage.

Educational signage will include stories about the Gatlinburg fires from 2016.

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A view of the east side of the new SkyTrail from the SkyBridge (photo submitted by Greg and Laura Akens)

About SkyLift Park

SkyLift Park is famous for its iconic SkyBridge attraction, which holds the title of the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America.

Gatlinburg SkyLift Park opened to the public in 1954 as the South’s first scenic chairlift. The SkyLift transports guests into the mountains for one of the most unique views of downtown Gatlinburg.

Visitors can also enjoy the SkyDeck, which offers outdoor seating and beautiful scenic views.

Guests may also wish to visit the SkyCenter building, located on the SkyDeck, for a snack, souvenir and an adult beverage.

General admission for the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park is $28.95 per adult, $18.95 per child (4-11) and $23.95 per senior.

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The SkyBridge at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America (photo submitted by Greg and Laura Akens)

Is SkyLift Park wheelchair accessible?

While several experiences at SkyLift Park are wheelchair accessible, wheelchairs and other mobility equipment are not permitted on the chairlift and must be checked at the entrance.

Wheelchairs are available without charge near the loading/unloading area at the top of the lift.

A sunset at the Gatlinburg SkyBridge (photo submitted by Greg and Laura Akens)

Can you bring your dog to SkyLift Park?

Yes! One of the most exciting features of SkyLift park is that you can take your fur baby along on your adventures.

If you wish to bring your dog to SkyLift Park, dog owners must adhere to the dog policy, which includes guidelines such as:

  • Dogs must be leashed at all times
  • Dog owners must securely hold their dog on the SkyLift
  • Owners must always accompany the dog and are responsible for the dog’s behavior

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

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2 thoughts on “Is the Gatlinburg SkyTrail open? Sneak peek, updated timeline 2021”

  1. Hello my name is Rick Taylor I am in a electric wheelchair is there a way that I could drive up to the top an go on the trails ?

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