Gatlinburg Sky Lift Reopens to the Public

Gatlinburg Sky Lift has reopened

The Gatlinburg Sky Lift officially reopened at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 26 – just in time for Memorial Day weekend!

To celebrate the reopening of the Sky Lift, Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner and Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters rode the celebratory first chair up the Sky Lift!

The Gatlinburg Sky Lift originally opened in 1954 and, in most recent years, has welcomed over 450,000 riders each year, so we know it’s going to be popular once again!

What’s New at the New Gatlinburg Sky Lift?

  • There are now 92 chairs at the Sky Lift
  • Each chair can seat up to 3 people
  • The lift is just a little bit taller than before, so riders will reach 8-10 feet higher

For now, the Sky Lift is a continuous ride. The Gatlinburg Sky Deck is still being worked on and is expected to be complete in early fall. Once it is complete, riders will be able to get off of their chairs at the top of the ride. Visitors can expect a great view, gift shop and even a restaurant at the top of the Sky Deck that will be opening in fall 2018.

The ride on the Sky Lift lasts approximately 18 minutes. Kids and adults are welcome to ride on the Sky Lift!

Ticket Prices for the Gatlinburg Sky Lift


  • Regular ticket: $12
  • Unlimited: $14
  • Military: $10
  • Military Unlimited: $12


  • Regular ticket: $9
  • Unlimited: $10
  • Military: $8
  • Military Unlimited: $9

Hours of Operation for the Gatlinburg Sky Lift

  • April – June: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • July – August: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • September – October: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • November – March: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For the latest information about the Sky Lift, you can visit their official website here:

We are so excited to see the Gatlinburg Sky Lift reopen for all of our visitors! The views from the Sky Lift are some of the best in the area and we know you’ll love experiencing the updated Gatlinburg Sky Lift ride!


Will you be riding on the Sky Lift during your next vacation? Let us know in the comments down below!


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