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

The Gatlinburg SkyLift Park's SkyTrail will connect both ends of the SkyBridge (rending courtesy of Gatlinburg SkyLift Park)
The Gatlinburg SkyLift Park's SkyTrail will connect both ends of the SkyBridge (rending courtesy of Gatlinburg SkyLift Park)

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Editor’s Note: The SkyTrail is now projected to open in spring 2021

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.

This fall, guests will be able to take a walk in the clouds via an interactive 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. A paved walk way will be featured on the West side.

From the trail, guests will enjoy a one-of-a-kind view of the SkyBridge against the backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains.

When will the SkyTrail open?

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.

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Other exciting additions to SkyLift Park

In other news, SkyLift Park also recently announced in a Facebook post that the installation of three new glass panels on the floor of the SkyBridge is now complete. With this new addition, the glass-floor portion of the SkyBridge is now 30-feet in length.

The SkyBridge glass bottom floor (Photo courtesy of Gatlinburg SkyLift Park)
The SkyBridge’s glass bottom floor (photo courtesy of Gatlinburg SkyLift Park)

SkyLift Park shared this unique perspective of the new glass panel installation via drone on their Facebook page when making the announcement.

SkyBridge Glass Overhead Drone View

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Soar above the 30 feet glass-floor panels on the Gatlinburg SkyBridge to see the record-breaking bridge from a completely different vantage point.

Day or night, crossing the glass on the SkyBridge is a thrill you’ll remember for a lifetime. Can you #PasstheGlass? It’s #DoubletheDare now!

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Posted by Gatlinburg SkyLift Park on Monday, August 24, 2020

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About SkyLift Park

Today, SkyLift Park is perhaps best known for its iconic SkyBridge attraction, which holds the title of the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America. But there’s so much more that SkyLift Park has to offer as an attraction that’s steeped in Gatlinburg history.

Gatlinburg’s 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 you’ll ever see.

SkyLift Park's SkyBridge (photo courtesy of SkyLift Park)
SkyLift Park’s SkyBridge (photo courtesy of SkyLift Park)

Once at the top, guests will be greeted by an expansive SkyDeck featuring outdoor seating and sweeping 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.

A mama bear statue on the SkyDeck with the Great Smoky Mountains in the background (photo by Jon Kraft /
A mama bear statue on the SkyDeck with the Great Smoky Mountains in the background (photo by Jon Kraft /

Wheelchair accessibility

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.

The SkyDeck and SkyCenter building are both wheelchair accessible, but due to the steep grade of Crockett Mountain and other safety issues, wheelchairs and mobility devices are not permitted. Guests who require the use of mobility devices are able to purchase restricted access tickets at the SkyLift Park ticket window.

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

Visit the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park website for more information. Follow on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news developments on attractions in The Smokies.

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