SNEAK PEEK: Get a first look at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park’s new SkyTrail

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, in Spring of 2021 (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 a wooden board, 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)

When will the Gatlinburg SkyTrail open?

The new Gatlinburg SkyTrail is a brand-new, 0.6-mile trail located on top of Crockett Mountain in Gatlinburg.

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

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

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

Upcoming Events at SkyLift Park

In addition to the new SkyTrail, there are many other exciting happenings going on at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park this fall.

Music on the Mountain will feature live music from folk/bluegrass singer-songwriter Richard Bennett, who will take the stage on the SkyDeck on Fridays and Saturdays from 6-9 pm. Music on the Mountain will run from September through November.

Professional slackliners will perform a “SkyWalk” at the SkyBridge on Oct. 10 and 11. These slackliners will walk a nylon line suspended in the air next to the SkyBridge, over 100 feet above the valley floor.

This Halloween, kids age 12 and under who arrive at SkyLift Park dressed in costume will receive a special treat — FREE admission to SkyLift Park. As an added bonus, a portion of each ticket sold on this day will benefit the Sevier County Food Ministry.

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

Local Appreciation Days 2020 will be held Nov. 2-8, 2020. Locals who present a valid Sevier, Cocke, Knox, Jefferson, Blount, and Hamblen Counties who present a valid ID, or a current paystub showing proof of employment in Sevier County will receive admission to SkyLift Park for only $5. These tickets must be purchased at the ticket window, not online.

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A sunset at the Gatlinburg 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.

Guests 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.

Adult ticket prices range from $23-$25. Senior ticket prices range from $19 to $21. Children ages 4-11 are just $16-$18 and kids three and under are free.

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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.

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

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