Gatlinburg SkyLift Park’s SkyTrail now set to open spring 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, in Spring of 2021 (photo submitted by Greg and Laura Akens)

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Gatlinburg’s SkyLift Park is now planning on a spring opening for their brand-new SkyTrail.

The attraction’s new SkyTrail will allow guests to take a walk in the clouds via an interactive walking trail that connects both sides of the Gatlinburg SkyBridge.

What is the Gatlinburg SkyTrail?

The SkyTrail at SkyLift Park will be a scenic walkway that spans a little over one-third of a mile. The walk will be a scenic, relaxing path that welcomes adults, kids and even dogs.

The SkyTrail will include three main features:

The Boardwalk will be a wooden walkway that spans from the SkyDeck and cuts under the SkyBridge.

The Lookout will be a steel tower with an elevated viewing platform that will be accessible by rope bridges.

The Pathway will be a smooth walking path that extends from The Lookout to the west end of the SkyBridge.

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)

When will the SkyTrail open at SkyLift Park?

The SkyTrail was originally scheduled to open last fall. But according to the attraction’s website, the SkyTrail is now scheduled to open in spring 2021.

The SkyTrail will include covered rest areas, signage and historical information about the Gatlinburg fires of 2016.

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Upcoming events at SkyLift Park

Gatlinburg SkyLift Park is most famous for its SkyBridge attraction, which is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in all of North America.

If you’re planning on visiting SKyLift Park soon, you can still catch the Lights Over Gatlinburg event, which runs through the end of January 2021.

During Lights Over Gatlinburg event, tens of thousands of lights lights will be on display to light up the SkyBridge and SkyDeck, creating a beautiful one-of-a-kind experience.

And next month, the SkyBridge will light up the in red and white twinkling lights as well as floral garland to create a “Tunnel of Love” – the perfect date night to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

For more information, visit the attraction’s event page.

About Gatlinburg’s SkyLift Park

While SkyLift Park is best known for its iconic SkyBridge, 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.

Read Also: Anakeesta vs. SkyLift Park: Which attraction is better? 

SkyLift Park's SkyBridge (photo courtesy of SkyLift Park)
The SkyBridge offers some of the best views of the Smoky Mountains (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 $22.95-27.95. Children under three are free.

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

Read Also: Top 11 dog-friendly destinations around Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge 

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.

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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