Gatlinburg Skylift Park

Travelers from across the map make their way to Gatlinburg, Tennessee year after year in the name of fun and adventure. From the amazing eateries and sensational views to the activities, attractions, and access to outdoor fun that await, customizing a stay to fit a particular travel style is a breeze in Gatlinburg. While the options for entertainment are vast, one stop visitors simply won’t want to leave off their itinerary is Gatlinburg Skylift Park. This family-friendly attraction has played a big role in the area’s history, and today, it continues to be a fascinating place to enhance an unforgettable trip this way.

An Integral Part of Gatlinburg History

The origins of Gatlinburg Skylift Park date back to 1953 when an innkeeper by the name of Rel Maples was inspired to build a chairlift that could take him up the mountain just behind his Gatlinburg property. He reached out to Everett Kircher and together, the two put together a plan to build and construct the chairlift that Kircher would operate. Little did they know it would become a sightseeing icon in the area. The original lift was designed using a ski lift from Sugar Bowl Ski Area in California which was dismantled and restructured to fit its new purposes. By 1954 the chairlift was complete and open for business. It didn’t take long to become a popular stop among locals and visitors alike. Over the years, the lift was paired up with other attractions which together, make up the greater Gatlinburg Skylift Park. The additions keep coming and in 2019, the park enjoyed the opening of the Gatlinburg SkyBridge.

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What to Do While You’re Here

The Skylift Park Gatlinburg is located at 765 Parkway, just a 2-minute walk from the Gatlinburg Space Needle. Visitors heading this way will of course want to ride the iconic yellow chairlift up to the top where stunning views await! Crossing the SkyBridge is also a top activity here and is an impressive activity to put on your to-do list thanks to the fact it’s the longest pedestrian cable bridge in North America. The SkyTrail on-site offers a great hike for visitors while the Tulip Tower is an amazing observation area as well. Guests can relax, unwind, and enjoy the view at the SkyDeck amphitheater and visit the SkyCenter for souvenirs and snacks afterward. This long-running attraction is made even more impressive at night when guests enjoy a SkyLift ride that offers up a twinkling vantage point of Gatlinburg below.

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