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Gatlinburg Sky Lift has reopened

Gatlinburg Sky Lift Reopens to the Public

The Gatlinburg Sky Lift officially reopened at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017 – 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. Now, it’s just as 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

When it first reopened, the Sky Lift was a continuous ride. Now, the Gatlinburg SkyDeck is complete! Visitors can get off the top and enjoy a great view, gift shop, snack bar and more. Not to mention, the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park is now home to North America’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge! 

Kids and adults are welcome to ride on the Sky Lift!

Ticket Prices for the Gatlinburg Sky Lift


  • Regular ticket: $23.95
  • Senior ticket (Age 65+): $17.95


  • Junior ticket (Age 4–11): $17.95
  • Child ticket (Age 3 and under): Free

Hours of Operation for the Gatlinburg Sky Lift

  • May 24 – Labor Day: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • September – December: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • January – February: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • March – May 23: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Holidays: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For the latest information about the Sky Lift, you can visit their official website here: https://www.gatlinburgskypark.com/

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!

Learn more about other fun things to do in Gatlinburg, then plan your trip!


  • Avatar for Sharon Jackson
    Sharon Jackson

    My husband and I we’re in Gatlinburg in April and I was disappointed to see the ride closed as I rode it before but he had not. Glad to see that it’s reopened. We are coming back in September (from Florida) so we will be visiting the Skylift!

    May 27, 2017 at 9:35 pm
    • Avatar for Barbara Midkiff
      Barbara Midkiff

      Closed due to the fire in Gatlinburg , I’m assuming..

      May 27, 2017 at 11:50 pm
    • Avatar for Emily Wolff
      Emily Wolff

      It was closed temporarily for reconstruction, but it’s open again! Please be sure to ride when you visit again in September!

      June 5, 2017 at 7:50 pm
      • Avatar for Sharon Jackson
        Sharon Jackson

        We will do that! ☺

        June 9, 2017 at 12:14 am
  • Avatar for Brenda Nairn-Davies
    Brenda Nairn-Davies

    Heading to Pigeon Forge in June & we plan on making Gatlinburg a stop! We will DEFINITELY ride!!!

    May 29, 2017 at 11:52 am
    • Avatar for Emily Wolff
      Emily Wolff

      We are looking forward to having you in Gatlinburg! Definitely be sure to take a ride!

      June 5, 2017 at 7:50 pm

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