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Now open in the Smoky Mountains is the newly renovated Gatlinburg SkyLift Park! The Gatlinburg SkyLift has been hard at work renovating the lift and creating a new experience for guests: the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America. We’ve got all the details on the new Gatlinburg SkyLift Park and the Gatlinburg SkyBridge:
Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park Opens
The Gatlinburg SkyLift celebrated its big reopening in May of 2017. Since then, they’ve been working on lighting and other renovations to make the experience even better. Now, visitors can enjoy the SkyBridge, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America! The bridge stretches 680 feet across, and features glass floor panels in the middle of the span so you can stand and look below you. At 1 p.m. on May 17, the SkyBridge opened to the public! When you get to the top of the Gatlinburg SkyLift, you don’t want to miss the chance to cross the bridge. You can walk across at your own pace, taking time to admire the scenery. Take a look at what you can expect when you walk across the Gatlinburg SkyBridge:
Gatlinburg SkyDeck Now Open
The Gatlinburg SkyDeck opened on May 17 too! The SkyDeck provides a place for visitors to relax and take in gorgeous views of the mountains. You’ll step off the lift at the top onto the SkyDeck, which has an expansive viewing deck, outdoor seating areas, a cafe, a bar, and a gift shop. Whether you’re eating lunch or taking in the scenic views from a rocking chair, you’ll love spending as much time as you want on the SkyDeck before riding the lift back down.
More About the Gatlinburg SkyLift
In recent years, the Gatlinburg SkyLift has welcomed more than 450,000 riders each year. Since it reopened in 2017, visitors can enjoy a smooth ride to the top of Crockett Mountain. With the opening of the SkyBridge and the SkyDeck, you can step off the lift at the top and explore before riding it back down the mountain. Along the ride, you’ll have stunning views of the forests and mountains. The SkyLift is open daily, year round. Here are the hours throughout the year:
Memorial Day Weekend – 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. Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The SkyLift is closed on Christmas Day.
Other New Smoky Mountain Attractions
The Smoky Mountains are home to several new attractions this spring. From entertainment venues to dinner shows, visitors have plenty of new and exciting things to try! Check out some of the best things that opened this spring:
Ole Red Gatlinburg: Blake Shelton’s restaurant and entertainment venue, Ole Red, opened in March of 2019. The venue includes a two-story bar and restaurant, retail space, performance venue, dance floor, and outside terrace. It is the perfect place for visitors to go at night!
Wildwood Grove at Dollywood: Wildwood Grove is Dollywood’s largest expansion ever. It’s a family-friendly area that both adults and kids will love. From rides to entertainment, Wildwood Grove is a place for families to play together and let their imaginations run wild.
Pirates Voyage: Starting at the end of May, visitors will get to enjoy some pirate fun in the Smoky Mountains! Dolly Parton’s pirate-themed dinner show, Pirates Voyage, is adjacent to The Island in Pigeon Forge. It includes acrobatic competitions, special effects, live animals, and a pirate feast!
More Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains
When you’re in town visiting the new and improved Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, spend time exploring other popular attractions in the Smokies! Find out more exciting things to do in the Smoky Mountains and plan your trip.